Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thank you for all the encouragement! You guys are the bestest! I promise I am done being a slowpoke and I will work hard at getting this e-cookbook finished as soon as possible!
The mister and I celebrated Thankspiggin' a couple of Sundays ago, and now we're ready to celebrate Flakemas whenever we get the first good snow of the season. Flakemas will be all about celebrating the purdy snow, the cold weather, the purdy lights and decorations around town, eating festive cookies, gift-giving, and whatever fun stuff we feel like celebrating. There will be snowy movie marathons and plenty of hot chocolate and sweet treats! I like the element of surprise because we don't know for sure when the first good snow of the season will be. Bring on Flakemas! What's with all the made up holidays, you ask? Meh. I'm bored with all the traditional stuff.
What I am not bored with is good food! Particularly cookies.
Awful pictures, awesome cookies! I knew I wanted to make these as soon as I saw them on Shelly's blog, and I have already made them several times. These ganache-filled, thumbprint Peanut Butter Cup Cookies deserve some major Blog-Love!
Today's Blog-Love goes out to Shellyfish @ Musings From the Fishbowl! Shelly's blog is très fabuleux (totally had to use google translate!) There's the délicieux side of Shelly's blog, where you will find lots of vegan recipes in a brand new and neatly organized recipe index, and there's the super crafty side of Shelly's blog which will make you *squee* at all her W.I.P Wednesdays adorableness! If you're lucky enough you might even catch a glimpse of her little Guppy, the official Sprinkle Sprinkler! Check out Shellyfish's blog! :)
I had to add some extra ganache because for some reason I was all prudish and dainty with the pre-baking application of the chocolate and they didn't have as much ganache as they should have. I felt pretty badass about making them with my own homemade peanut butter, brown sugar, and brown rice milk. You must make these cookies! You must! I'm telling you they're the bomb-diggity-bomb-bomb! Check out Shelly's recipe!
PS: I'm thinking about writing a "Happy Post" that I can use to cheer me up whenever I have the mean-reds and I want to hide from the world. It would consist of a few of the things that never fail to make me laugh or at least smile. What do you think? Does that sound really cheesy or would you be interested in reading a Happy Post?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Want a sneak peek?
Whaddyathink? Look good? All recipes are free of margarine, not because I have something against it, but because I know soy-free margarine is hard to find for some of you. Hmmm. Now I feel terrible that I'm showing you pictures of my goodies but not sharing any recipes. Can I make it up to you with some of my previous soy-free chocolate recipes?
Quick and Easy Chocolate Ganache (Strawberry Santa Hats!)
Well, there it is. Now that it's out in the open I'm going to have to start working hard. No more procrastination! Starting tomorrow...
Question for the soy-free peeps: Is it difficult for you find soy-free chocolate chips and baking bars? I'm talking about that pesky soy-lecithin stuff that they add to everything.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This is one of Andrea's recipes that I bookmarked a while ago, it's an Orange Chocolate Chip Cake that I baked in two medium sized ramekins (I'm only baking halved or even quartered recipes during MoFo.) Andrea originally made them as the cutest little bundt cakes, and you can also make them as one big yummy cake.
The addition of almond and coconut flour gives this cake a lovely texture. It's flavored with orange zest and ginger, which is a perfect combination! The soft chocolate chips add a delicious contrast, and if you're into cranberries that's an extra bonus. I'm not a cranberry person, so I added a few more mini chocolate chips instead! Thanks for sharing this scrummy recipe, Andrea! :)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
1- Grab a bucket.
2- Place bucket on your lap.
3- Scroll down and read the rest of this post.
4- Drool profusely into bucket.
5- Put bucket down and wipe off any excess drool from your chin.
6- Go hug Ricki for sharing this obscenely amazing recipe.
It took me about 20 minutes to make these little clusters of heaven, so I figured I'd take my sweet time taking lots of pictures for my hungry readers. They are fudgy and nutty and chocolaty and dreamy! The recipe calls for cashew and macadamia butters, but I am a broke vegan and all I had was almond butter which worked wonderfully anyway. If they are *this* good with almond butter, I can't imagine how friggin' awesome they are with yummy macamadia... see I can't even spell properly thinking about a batch of madacamia... macadamia nut butter based Fudge Nut Clusters! I did have a few macadamia nuts that I used for the nutty bits, along with almonds. Thanks for sharing yet another addictive recipe, Ricki! :)
Monday, November 8, 2010
Do you not believe me? Here's what I made for lunch today:
I cooked all that for lunch instead of eating whatever scraps I find in or under the fridge as usual! Isn't it purdy? It's Jeni's Lentil and Mushroom Loaf with Savory Potato Filling, with a side of roasted carrots and parsnips and some greenery. The recipe is for one big loaf, but I only made a couple of small individual loaves for my lunchypoo. The lentil-mushroom part of the loaf is gloriously non-mushy, and the savory, oniony potato filling is the bomb! This loaf will become a regular here at the Wing-It Kitchen. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Jeni! :)
Today's Blog-Love goes out to Jeni Treehugger @ Heathen Vegan! Jeni has been a resident of Blogville since 2008, and I was very lucky to have found her blog only a couple of months after it went live. Jeni is a badass cook and an awesome cute cake maker! Her blog has lots of vegan recipes, and many of them are for traditional UK dishes that Jeni has veganized and awesomized! Also, she's a cat lady and a good witch who specializes in shenanigans and jiggery pokery! Check out Jeni's blog!
This post seems like a good time to announce my celebration of the upcoming made-up Thankspiggin' holiday! What? Thankspiggin'! The mister and I are going to be celebrating it this coming Sunday and we're going to stuff ourselves silly with tasty Autumn offerings and general yumminess. It's a very unofficial celebration, and you are welcome to join in. Food. We're going to celebrate food. Do we really need a reason?
UPDATE: I blogged about this beauty again recently!
Friday, November 5, 2010
The first week of Vegan MoFo is almost over already! Where does the time go? Today marks the end of the beet trilogy: first I brought you beetaroni, then I brought you a beetloaf, and now I bringeth dessert!
No, seriously! They're beet cookies! And they taste like sweet treats, not beets! Aren't they the purdiest cookies ever? Don't you want to invite Tinkerbell over for tea and pink cookies? I couldn't stop staring at them while they were baking because they're so lovely. Mental note: pressing one's nose against a hot oven door is not a good idea. These Happy Pink Cookies came courtesy of Katie, which brings us to today's big Blog-Love!
Today's Blog-Love goes to Katie @ Making Food and Other Stuff! Katie is so cool you might mistake her for Shaft.* Not only does she make awesome food and crafty other stuff, she's also getting a PhD in Bird Nerdery. Katie is researching the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (a cutie patootie endangered bird) so she can figure out a way to restore their habitat, which is being destroyed by us lovely humans. Katie is my hero! She's super fit and strong too, so don't you mess with those birdies... just sayin'. Check out Katie's blog if you're in the mood for something witty, hilarious, delicious, and downright awesome! I'm telling you it's fascinating! (Like her beet cookies!)
UPDATE: Katie said that she has made these with pureed beets from a can, so those of you who don't want to touch beets can still make these cookies and avoid getting pink fingers!
Happy weekend! I'm off MoFo-duty until Monday, because blogging on the weekends would get in the way of my slothing around.
* I stole that line from one of my favorite sarcastic TV characters Lorelai Gilmore! :)
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Thank you for your sweet comments about the Ellen Turkey! I'm so glad you guys could tell he was holding up a sign! :)
This Vegan MoFo has been so much fun already! And it's only day four! This was definitely the right approach for me, I don't have to come up with any recipes, you guys do all the work, my belleh is happy. It's a win-win-win. Here's something that made my belleh happy...
It's beetloaf! Yes! More beets! This dinner came courtesy of The Stripey Cat. Cutest blog name or what? This isn't a faux meatloaf, it's exactly what the name of recipe implies, a beetloaf! The loaf is soft and tasty, made with wholesome ingredients like ground nuts, tahini, herbs, and of course beets. Look at the color! Isn't it beautiful? I had my beetloaf with a side of mushroom quinoa and a good dose of mint dressing. Definitely try this recipe if you're a beet nut! :)
Are you a beet fan or am I putting you off with all the beet posts? Even if you're a beet hater, tomorrow's beet post (last one!) is going to make you want to eat something beety! Oh yes. It will. How much do you wanna beet? I mean, bet.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Let's get started with today's Blog-Love! (during MoFo, there will be Blog-Love every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!)
Today's Blog-Love goes to Ricki @ Diet Dessert and Dogs! Ricki is the Queen of alternative cooking and baking! She points and laughs at dietary restrictions, or at least she should. Ricki's blog is loaded with vegan recipes, anti-candida friendly recipes, gluten-free recipes, you name it! With her amazing creativity and imagination (and maybe a magic wand?) she can turn black beans into fudgy brownies, and beets into a delicious pepperonesque pizza topping! And by the time your belly is full and happy, Ricki will treat you to funny anecdotes and interesting stories while her Girls try to talk you into slipping them a treat. Check out Ricki's blog!
And speaking of pepperonesque beets...
No, really! Those are beet slices! And they taste totally un-beety! The combination of liquid smoke, along with fennel, spices, and magic dust makes a perfect marinade for the thin beet slices. Don't take my word for it, check out the recipe and treat yourself to some beetaroni! (I love saying that word!)
So, since we're already making Ricki blush all shades of red, let me go on for a little longer. I was trying to think of new ways to support Ricki's EL-LENd Me a Hand campaign, and all I could come up with was that maybe we need to send Ellen tangible things, instead of relying entirely on emails and facebookery and twitterness. Nothing terribly expensive, just a token of our fierce determination - that'll show that pesky Ellen! Ellen is a vegan, so I thought a little Thankful Turkey for Thanksgiving would be fun!
He's holding a sign. Can you tell? I had a hard time with the sign. This is my first non-electronic contribution to the campaign. What do you think about this new plan of attack? If all of Ricki's groupies out there want to join in, all you have to do is make your own craftiness and send it to Ellen along with your own handwritten card/letter. How can she say no to handmade gifts and handwritten notes? Even if you're not feeling crafty, I'm sure even a nice purdy note will be... noted.
Just a disclaimer: Ricki did not put me up to this! This is just me being her groupie! :)
Possibly my favorite Lolcat of all time!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
On to the yummy food! My lunch today came courtesy of Mandee @ Cupcake Kitteh! Mandee is doing an E.A.T World themed MoFo, (yay!) and when I saw her Endive au Gratin dish today, it reminded me that months ago I had bookmarked her recipe for Cauliflower Cheeze, and because I can't hold a thought in my head for more than five seconds I totally forgot to make it. Until today!
Isn't it purdy? It almost looks like a soufflé! The cauliflower became soft and tender in the oven, and the cheezy sauce was smooth and nutty. I broiled mine for a few seconds because I wanted to crack it like a Crème brûlée. I'm quirky like that. Definitely a dish I will be making over and over again! Thanks Mandee! :)
What an awesome Vegan MoFo this has been already! Everyone is kicking butt and taking names! Aren't we a cool gang? *snap*
Monday, November 1, 2010
Like I said on my previous post, my MoFo plans are very simple and very laid back. I have been lurking around your blogs looking for recipes that are quick and easy so I don't have to exert myself too much this month. It will be as if a sloth was running my MoFo. But less cute. The slothy-cooking won't be limited to blog recipes though, there will be the occasional cookbook-cookery, but only if the recipes are available somewhere online for everyone to see.
Which brings us to today's noms.
These are the Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vive le Vegan, Dreena Burton's book of awesome. Check out the recipe for these mapley-sweet, wonderfully addictive cookies, courtesy of mapley-sweet Ms. Dreena.
Manually applied chocolate chips for even distribution.
One chip per bite. Chocolate is serious business.
Why am I kicking off Vegan MoFo with these dreamy cookies? Because they are my buddy Becks' favorite! Becks has decided to come out of hibernation and her blog is going vegan for the MoFo celebrations all throughout November! (Check out the Chocolate Viennese Whirls that she made today!) Which brings us to...
Today's Blog-Love goes to Becks @ Not A Rabbit! (I've been wanting to say that for a long time!) Becks has just returned from a two year long hibernation. If you've been around Blogville since 2008 and were lucky enough to know her blog back then, then you're probably screaming with joy! Not A Rabbit is restarting from scratch, so you will need to update your url/feeds/stalkery-tools. For those of you who weren't around to be Rabbit's groupies, let me tell you that you're in for a treat! Not A Rabbit is a baking blog, so expect to suffer from dehydration by drooling. Becks' witty and effortlessly funny writing style is going to charm you like a snake... or something less scary. And fluffier. She's going to charm you like a Rabbit! Go check out her blog and join the Not A Rabbit fan club! :)