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Showing posts with label Halloweegan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloweegan. Show all posts

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Quacky Halloween!

Can you guess what Curly's Halloween costume is supposed to be? Here's a hint: he's not "doody". You probably have already guessed if you are a fan of FRIENDS! :)

Quacky Halloween from Curly and the gang!!

Happy Halloween from Curly and the gang!

Give up? Here's a little clip for those of you who are stuck or never watched FRIENDS. "Space Doody!" :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spider-Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

Arachnophobia trigger alert! If you freak out at the mere sight of a spider, real or chocolate, turn around and run for the hills! This post is crawling with chocolate spiders and there's a short animated film about a man with a spider crawling all over him. Are you ready? Let's go!

Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's a spider infestation! They're eating my cookies! What a fun and super simple treat for Halloween, isn't it? All you have to do is bake a batch of your favorite chocolate chip cookies, place some chippers on top of the cookies before you bake them, draw some chocolate spidey legs on them after you bake them, and you're good to go! I'd love to lie to you and tell you that this was my brilliant idea, but that would make me a lame little sausage, wouldn't it? The brilliant mind behind these creepy crawly cookies is actually Beth at Hungry Happenings. The cookie recipe itself isn't vegan, but you can pipe chocolate spider legs on top of any cookie, right? If you don't have a favorite vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe yet, I can highly recommend Dreena Burton's Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are awesome! Unfortunately this time I didn't use Dreena's recipe and tried a gluten-free recipe I'd never made before. The cookies themselves weren't very good, but that's a Wing-It, Don't Fling It story for another day.

Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

See the chocolate spiders that are crawling around the cookies? They are the same type of spider that I made five years ago during my very first Halloweegan. Good times! 

Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies

OK, let's break it down now:

Here is how to make Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Here is Dreena Burton's recipe for vegan Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies (not pictured here).

Here is the pattern and instructions for the chocolate spiders that are crawling around the cookies.

Thank  you for sharing this awesome idea, Beth! Now let's wrap things up with Simon's Cat's latest video! I must warn you again about the spider crawling all over Simon. Even though it is an animation you might still find it unsettling. That's it for me this Halloweegan - at least I made something this year! Happy Halloween to everyone who is celebrating!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Halloweegan Disaster! (Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes)

Halloweegan is not going so well...

Spider Web Cupcakes *FAIL*
WTF? (What the frailty?)

Those are supposed to be spider web cupcake toppers. Not my best moment. I was trying to make these white chocolate toppers but using this vegan royal icing recipe instead. As you can see, the royal icing worked out wonderfully as far as drawing the webs goes, but the bottoms never fully dried which made it impossible to remove them from the wax paper without breaking them or smooshing them into a blob of sticky goo! I was able to salvage 1/4 of a spider web:

Spider Web Cupcakes *FAIL* 

Spider Web Cupcakes *FAIL*

The cupcakes are the basic chocolate cupcakes from VCTOTW, which I made gluten-free because I'm all wheated out for the week. I used Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour mix instead of all purpose flour, and I threw in a couple extra tablespoons of tapioca starch in there for good measure. I also added an extra little splash of oil to the mix for extra moisture. The ganache? Also a recipe from VCTOTW. The cupcakes themselves were awesome if you ignore the fact that I completely fudged up the toppers! Next time I'll stick to vegan white chocolate for the spider webs as instructed in the original recipe.

Today's cuteness might be too much for some of you to handle! You've been warned! If you already hang out with me on Facebook you might have already seen this furry piano virtuosa that I shared the other day. If not - you're welcome. The "call and response" towards the end is my favorite part - it reminds me of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Enjoy - and happy weekend! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloweegan Roundup!

The last day of Vegan MoFo is here! This has been a fun MoFo. I didn't think I was going to actually last all month when I first started, but here I am! Those of you who participated and blogged every single day including weekends - you are machines! You are awesome, impressive, blogging machines! I am feeling a bit under the weather today so this post is just going to be a recap of a few of my Halloweegan favorites of all time. It seems like I do one of these every year! Let's start with the savory!

Jack-O'-Lantern Bell Peppers. These were one of the original Halloweegan dinners of 2008. That was a special year because it was my first year blogging, it was my first year participating in Vegan MoFo, and it was the first Halloweegan! This often imitated guy could probably be the official Halloweegan mascot:


Meatless Meatloaf Scramble with Mashed Potato Ghosts. These were easy free-form ghosts shaped with a spoon!

Meatless Meatloaf Scramble

A Mashed Potato Ghosts extravaganza! Because one can't have too many mashed potato ghosts. Right?

Mashed Potato Ghosts

Nope. One cannot have too many of these guys. This Spooky Dinner post with a gingerbread man shaped meatless meatloaf and mashed potato ghosts comes with a step by step video!

Spooky Dinner

My favorite savory Halloweegan food of all time is the Man-Eating Burger! This post also comes with a step by step video!

Man-Eating Burger

Let's have some dessert! Also one of my favorite Halloweegan treats of all time are these Leggy Whoopy Spiders! It also comes with a step by step video that shows how to make those pesky little chocolate legs.

Whoopie Spiders

These simple Cats and Bats Sandwich Cookies were so tasty! Shortbread has always been my favorite type of cookie! Meow!

Sandwich Cookies

More sandwich cookies! These Spiced Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies are easy to make and so tasty! I forgot all about them until I was looking up previous Halloweegan posts today - I think I'm going to need to make a batch later.

Pumpkin Strawberry Ghosts

These Strawberries and Cream Ghosties are as simple as it gets! Don't ask me what I was thinking with that neon green background there...

Strawberry Ghosts

A couple of weeks ago I made these Coconut Whipped Cream Ghosts along with a handy step by step video. You can also make them with buttercream!

Coconut Whipped Cream Ghosts

That's it! I hope you've enjoyed this round up, and I hope you have a lovely and fun (and safe!) Halloween, if you're celebrating! See you next week! :)

Creepy Curly stalks his next victim
Creepy Curly stalks his next victim

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloweegan Man-Eating Burgers!

Run! Run!!! RUN!!! The Man-Eating Burgers are here! They will spare no one! Look at what happened to this poor guy!

Man-Eating Burger

Some of you might remember the original Dead Man Burger from Halloweegan 2010, but this time the guy has green goo oozing out of him. Tasty! The green goo is of course that tasty Coconut Milk Cheddar that I am so smitten with, but this time I blended a couple of handfuls of spinach with the coconut milk before I started working on the cheddar. I added a bit more of all the seasonings that the recipe calls for because I didn't want it to taste like spinach - it doesn't!

The patty is of course the same Beet Burger recipe I've been going on and on about since I first made it. I shaped the patty inside a greased gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter, just like I did last week for my Spooky Dinner. Check out the Spooky Dinner post for a video with more details.

Man-Eating Burger

This is probably my favorite Halloweegan food of all time! It's fun and fairly easy to make. I made a step by step video that shows how to assemble the burger. If you need help making the gingerbread man shaped patty check out my Spooky Dinner post and video.

I forgot to squirt some messy ketchup around the "teeth". Oh well. I get very discombobulated when I am cooking and making a video at the same time. Walk and chew gum at the same time? Me? Not without biting my tongue and stepping on my own feet!

Man-Eating Burger

Man-Eating Burger

The end of Vegan MoFo is almost here! Only a few more days of insanity! Are you going to any fun Halloween parties this weekend?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Halloweegan Spooky Dinner Revival!

Are you sick of ghosts yet? No? Good! This time I am bringing back from the dead an old Halloweegan dinner that I blogged about a couple of years ago...

Spooky Dinner

Spooky Dinner

Spooky Dinner

Spooky! It's a meatless meatloaf shaped like a gingerbread man, surrounded by spooky mashed potato ghosts and pumpkin-puree pumpkins. I used the same recipe for the beet burgers that I made earlier this week. Making videos isn't a natural skill for me, so I prepared myself with some quick and easy instant mashed potatoes for the ghosts. The more time I can save in the kitchen the better when it comes to making videos! Freshly made mashed potatoes look better, but if you need to save time too I am not going to judge you. You will need some special decorating tools for this (large round and star decorating tips), unless you just want to wing it with a ziploc bag or pastry bag. You can also make your own parchment paper or wax paper pastry bag following the instructions from this handy video. OK, enough chit-chat! Let's watch the video! (warning: loud music!)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Video: Coconut Milk Whipped Cream Ghosts!

I haven't quit Vegan MoFo! The reason I missed yesterday's post is that I worked on a coconut whipped cream video all day. By the end of the day I had no energy left to blog! A few of you guys said you had trouble turning a can of coconut milk into a whipped cream that would hold its shape, so I set out to solve the coconut cream mystery! I think it comes down to the brand of coconut milk and the type of sweetener that we use.

* Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk (not "lite") works every time. The non-organic does not! They both have the same ingredients and nutritional info, but for some reason only the organic coconut milk works.

* You have to refrigerate it for at least six hours! Overnight is best, so you can be sure the fat has separated from the liquid. When you are ready to open the can, remember to be gentle and never shake it.

* The best choice of sweetener if you really want a stiff whipped cream is powdered sugar. If you want to use a liquid sweetener like maple syrup, keep in mind that more than two tablespoons per can would make your cream too soft. If I am not using it to decorate anything, I prefer a softer, creamier, maple-syrup sweetened cream. If I need it to hold its shape well, I use powdered sugar. You can try Stevia too!

* Keeping your the bowl of your mixer cold helps if you're a bit of a slowpoke! :)

* When you're ready to decorate your tart, cake, or whatever you're making - try to keep your hands cool to keep the cream in the pastry/decorating bag/ziploc from melting! Squeeze a bag of frozen peas or wrap your hands around a cold bottle of beer, pickles, ketchup, or whatever you have.

OK, I think that's all. This four minute video took me all day! Sorry the lighting in my kitchen is so crappy. For this whipped cream I tried to recreate a "worst case scenario". I used a liquid sweetener instead of powdered sugar, so the cream is at its softest, and I used a ziploc bag instead of a piping bag with a metal decorating tip and coupler. Also, I am standing at a weird angle because the camera is where I would normally stand, so a few of my ghosts are a bit crooked! And because I am an airhead, I decorated the whole tart only to realize that the camera wasn't recording, so I had to remove all the ghosts and do it all again. Anyway, I hope this helps! (Warning: loud background music!)

Coconut Whipped Cream Ghosts

Coconut Whipped Cream Ghosts

The only problem with the little ghosties is that they are very filling! One can of coconut milk makes enough whipped cream to ghostify two mini tarts or one big one, but then you can only eat a little sliver of tart before you're super stuffed. Doing only a small little cluster of ghosts in the center of the tart is a good alternative! Enjoy!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Halloweegan Ghostly Lemon Mousse Tart!

I promised there would be a few Halloweegan posts during this year's MoFo and I'm keeping my word! May I interest you in a Ghostly Lemon Mousse Tart?

Ghostly Tart!

This tart is actually supposed to be a Raspberry Lemon Mousse Tart, and it is a recipe created by the one and only Ms. Amber Shea Crawley! I needed to make something with whipped cream ghosts, so I swapped the berries for the spookies. The recipe is from Amber's cookbook Practically Raw, but lucky for you, Amber shared the recipe online! There are a few cookbook recipes that I want to make during Vegan MoFo, but I will only use recipes that are available online for all to enjoy, even if you don't have a particular cookbook. The ghosts are made with coconut whipped cream and they have strawberry jam eyes and mouths, piped on with a little ziploc bag. I made some Ghostly Pudding Pies for MoFo 2008, but those only had one lonely ghost on top. This is a gang of ghosts!

Ghostly Tart!
Your pants. We shall scare them off you.

How did the tart taste? Heavenly! I am still getting used to non-baked "crusts", but the filling is absolutely heavenly! See what I did there? Heavenly? Ghosts? Boo? Never mind. The lemon mousse is amazing, and it's not full of junky junk! It's made with cashews, coconut water, agave, lemon juice, coconut oil - even a little turmeric! Even Mr. Wing-It who prefers more traditional (non-raw) desserts raved about it. Check out the recipe and go make some!

Ghostly Tart!
Looks like they're riding a delicious lemony jet ski! Ha!

Today's TV show find on Netflix Watch Instantly is Hell on Wheels. Do you watch it? This was another one that I was reluctant to watch, but now I am SO into it! It's dirty, gritty, bloody, and even funny sometimes. It's a western show set in 1865, but it's not your typical western, so even if you're not into that kind of stuff don't write it off! It moves very slowly and not much seems to happen during most shows, but somehow it manages to keep me completely hooked.

And now I will leave you with an awkward picture of Curly. Happy weekend!

Picasso Curly
Picasso Curly laughs at your traditional head-placement preconceptions.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Halloweegan!

Ahoy there! Yes, I am indeed alive. Alive but completely without any creative mojo. I tried and tried and tried to think of a few good Halloweegan treats, but the mojo is nowhere to be found. So instead, I've compiled a list of my favorite Halloweegan recipes and treats since 2008. Will that do?

Before we get all creepy and spooky, I need to thank everyone who has poked me and checked on me during my blog hiatus. You guys are da bomb! (Cindy, I don't know how to contact you, so let me thank you publicly for checking on me and always being around! You rock!)

OK-let's get freaky!

And then I made them again for Halloweegan 2010!
(Almost six months after I posted this, I remembered that this one wasn't a pepper,
it was a gold acorn squash. *dumb*)

Sandwich Cookies for Halloweegan, 2009

Felt Coasters - Frankie
Some crafty, non-edible Halloweegan coasters, 2010

And here is a complete (ish) list of all my Halloweegan posts, plus lots of links to more Halloweegan fun. That'll do, pig. That'll do.

Please remember to link back to my blog if you decide to make (and blog about) any of my Halloweegan goodies. I hope you all have a fun Halloweegan and a lovely holiday season! 


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Final Halloweegan, Go Dairy Free Guest Post, and Vegan MoFo!

Oy with Halloweegan already! This post marks the end of Halloweegan, thanks to my cursed kitchen that keeps sabotaging my every attempt at cooking. I think one of the mashed potato ghosts managed to escape from the haunted cottage pie and it's creating havoc in the kitchen now. Somebody call the Ghostbusters! Do you guys ever go through these phases of kitchen-rebellion?

Luckily, before the ghost escaped, I managed to make stuffed Jack-O'-Lanterns for my guest post on Go Dairy Free! YAY! Alisa was so kind to ask me if I wanted to be a guest blogger, and I am beyond honored to have been one of the chosen ones! Go Dairy Free is overflowing with information about moo-juice-free living and I am most flattered to be able to contribute a little som'n som'n to Alisa's awesome site. Here's a picture of the spooky squash, check out the recipe at Go Dairy Free!

Jack-O'-Lantern Squash

And now here's my latest *fail*

Frankie Fail

OK, so it doesn't look incredibly horrible, but this is not what I wanted to do with them! Frankie seemed to be the most popular felt coaster, so I wanted to do some little Frankie cakes that would look similar to the coaster. Well, that didn't work. They were supposed to have purple facial features and hair, but frozen blueberries from a berry-mix do not make blue food coloring. Nope. It's pink. A pink Frankie? No! Do. Not. Want! Anyway, after I realized that the frosting wasn't going to work out, I decided to decorate the faces with melted chocolate. Can you tell I put zero effort into them? Meh.

In case you're wondering, the cake is green because it has baby spinach in it. Don't gag. It doesn't taste like a salad, it tastes like yummy cake! The cake is the basic vanilla cupcake recipe from VCTOTW, baked in an 8 inch square pan for 28 minutes. To make it green, I blended a handful of raw baby spinach with the milk before I added the apple cider vinegar. Also, I added a couple of teaspoons of lemon zest, which played a trick on Mr. Wing-It's mind and made him think the cake was lime flavored, because it was green! Mwahahaha! :D

Frankie Fail

You can check out all my Halloweegan goodies from this year and also from Halloweegans past here. And if you want to add your own goodies to the Halloweegan flickr group, go for it!

Now that I am all done with my Halloweegan assignment, I am ready for YOU to do the cooking for me! Bring on Vegan MoFo! This year I am going to leave my dinners, desserts, and snacks up to you, so I will lurk around your blogs like a creepy, hungry stalker looking for recipes that are quick and easy. Halloweegan was a lot of work! I want to sit back and enjoy someone else's work now! *Lazeh*

funny pictures of cats with captions
Lazeh kitteh iz ready for lazeh MoFo

Have you signed up for Vegan MoFo yet? I hear that about elebenty billion bloggers have registered already. And have you checked out the confirmed list of speakers @ Vida Vegan Con? I think University Place Hotel is going to explode with awesomeness!

Happy Halloweegan! *POOF*
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