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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A Vegan Meringue Topping and a Chocolate Movie
Vegan MoFo continues! This is a picture-heavy post, so I'll try to keep the text on the light side. Also, I will start this one with the daily movie recommendation instead of the foodz, because once you see what I made you will be far too freaked out to read a movie review!
Romantics Anonymous is a quirky French movie about two lonely chocolate lovers who suffer from severe anxiety issues. French charm? Check! Qurikiness? Check! Chocolate? Check! Socially awkward characters? Check! Angélique is a super talented but extremely shy chocolatier who finds a job at a chocolate-factory owned by Jean-René, who is possibly even more socially awkward. It's a romantic comedy, so they fall in love and encounter all kinds of funny situations. You probably need to be able to relate to their problems to fully enjoy it, but the characters, the chocolate, the sets, and the music will probably keep you interested even if you are the most outgoing people-person in the history of humankind!
OK. Are you ready? Are you holding on to your socks? This will blow them right off your feet! I'm still trying to find my socks that were rocked straight off MY feet when I first found this recipe! Ready?
It's vegan meringue topping!! Tofu based? Nope. Coconut cream? No. Cashews? Nope, no nuts. Ener-G Egg Replacer? No! But it is made with something that is used as an egg replacer - flax seeds! Wha??? OK, not flax seeds, but flax seed goo. Flax seed goo turns into a white fluffy vegan meringue! Did you know this? Am I the only one who didn't know? Surely I can't be the only one that had been kept in the dark about this awesomeness? I found the recipe at Artisan Vegan Life, and I was in denial at first. Flax goo into meringue? No! I didn't believe it at first! Wake me up! I'm dreaming! But it was true, and so I made a batch, and then another batch, and now I can't stop eating it. It does start to lose its fluffiness fairly quickly, so you have to whip it *just before* you're ready to serve it.
How do you make it? You simmer flax seeds and water until the water gets all slimy and icky, then a couple of simple steps later you whip it into a wonderful bowl of fluff! I sweeten mine with pulverized sugar (whiz it in the Magic Bullet) and flavor it with a teaspoon of vanilla. I have also tried powdered sugar but I didn't care for it. Maybe coconut sugar? Maple sugar? Low calorie Stevia? Oh, the endless possibilities! It does not taste like flax seeds, or at least I don't think it does at all, and neither does Mr. Wing-It. Calories? I don't know. How many calories are there in flax goo? Head over to Artisan Vegan Life for the recipe and go nuts! Bring Miyoko some sort of offering and help me build her an shrine too, mkay? Here come the pictures...
Not too appetizing flax goo.
Blurry whipping-action shot!
Almost done! Add sugar and flavorings and keep whipping a little longer!
1/4 cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla later... Meringue!
May I interest you in a light-as-air strawberry and meringue dessert?
Perhaps a cup of creamy hot chocolate with an airy meringue topping?
Miyoko, you are my hero!
You know what else is white, fluffy, and sweet? Curly!
Aww. Why so sad, buddy?