Friday, April 24, 2009

hey there

so i realized just posting every darn vegan thing i eat is kinda dumb. so im just gonna post something if i really have somehting to say about it. or if i didnt use someone elses recipe..
like tonight. when i was in santa barbara a week ago we stopped at the cost plus world market and picked up a few things...i bought this indian sauce, jalfreezi. ok im totally completely new to indian cuisine im trying to learn more about all kinds of foods. so i thought i kinda give indian a try tonight. what i ended up doing was baking some tofu in the oven with the jalfreezi and i also added some chickpeas to that. then i made some whole wheat couscous and i put a bit of lemon in there[which i didnt taste much of in the result] and peas, and cinnamon. so both thing i made were pretty good, but i dont think they really went together. got any advice on indian cuisine, like what flavors go well together, heck ill take advice for any type of food.
so much to learn....
theres a crappy pic down there! :D
oh by the way i made vegan dads creamy
zuccini soup last night and it was gooddd :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

oh hai blog!
almost didnt post.
i dont have pictures...been to lazy
but basically i got back from LA yesterday.
i tried to be vegan most of the week, and when i was with dakota it was super easy because she rocks, [and i even got down to 130 lbs!!] but i slipped up a few times....once with bad.
anyways on saturday i got sick to my stomach for like an hour maybe. it was so so so SO terrible. i was so scared i had a food borne disease or something. [those e-coli videos from foods class are really scary]. but i survived and vowed to be vegan from here on out and really really try to eat healthier. i dont knwo what it was that made me feel so bad but i ended up throwing away the hummus i made sat today :( i think i used an old lemon, so yeah. or maybe old pie. I DONT KNOW! but i feel like crap for having to toss so much.
today though i made some yummy pumkin chocolate chip muffins. everyone really liked them[i was the only vegan] here
and i also made a spinich tofu frittata here
ok byyyeee

ps....anyone wanna buy me veganomicon?

Friday, April 10, 2009

how fun!

this is terrible. im spending so much time just reading cooking blogs. haha

earlier i had some of my leftover tofu loaf[that was crumbly/mushy] and i just heated it up in a non stick pan with some of trader joes roasted potatoes. i also made a smoothie with celery, green apples, mango, pineapple juice, flax meal, a little soymilk, a little peanut butter, and a little soy deliciious chocolate and peanut butter soy icecream. it kinda ended up tasting like apples with peanut butter. it was good but when i started i was aiming for an all fruit smoothie but i didnt have any banana which i wanted for smoothness and a less green flavor, so thats how i ended up adding all that other stuff at the end...
anyways, cool survery thing!
1. Favorite non-dairy milk?
im still strying to find one that really works for me. sucks that silks no longer organic

2. What are the top 3 dishes/recipes you are planning to cook?
ive been really wanting to test out some cinnamon rolls, a cheezy dish, and something with whole wheat flour

3. Topping of choice for popcorn?
i dont really usually do toppings, bu ti love kettle corn

4. Most disastrous recipe/meal failure?
i made bread a couple of weeks ago that i was really dissappointed with. it was my fault cuse i didnt let it rise nearly as long as it was supposed too

5. Favorite pickled item?

6. How do you organize your recipes?
i have a binder that in the last week ive been printing out recipes and putting them in

7. Compost, trash, or garbage disposal?
i guess mostly trash....i really need to go more green

8. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 foods…what would they be (don’t worry about how you’ll cook them)?
i guess something very healthy with alot of protein like soy based[tofu, soy beans etc] whole wheat bread, and fruit smoothies.

9. Fondest food memory from your childhood?

10. Favorite vegan ice cream?
well ive only tried soy delicious peanut butter chocolate so far and its pretty good

11. Most loved kitchen appliance?
kitchenaid mixer

12. Spice/herb you would die without?
cinnamon probably

13. Cookbook you have owned for the longest time?
i dont technically own any...theyre my moms. but i guess it would be better homes and gardens new cookbook. i really want to get veganomicon though!

14. Favorite flavor of jam/jelly?
thats really hard, depends on my mood

15. Favorite vegan recipe to serve to an omni friend?
itd probably be somehting baked, like cookieas or something

16. Seitan, tofu, or tempeh?
ive only had tofu so far! :(

17. Favorite meal to cook (or time of day to cook)?
probably later in the day

18. What is sitting on top of your refrigerator?
yummy trio bars, "potato crisps", and swedish fish.....we need to buy less snacks

19. Name 3 items in your freezer without looking.
meatless meatballs, asparagus, berries

20. What’s on your grocery list?
a tonn of stuff. spices, soymilk, veggies, so much!

21. Favorite grocery store?
trader joes

22. Name a recipe you’d love to veganize, but haven’t yet.
cinnamon rolls!

23. Food blog you read the most (besides Isa’s because I know you check it everyday). Or maybe the top 3?

24. Favorite vegan candy/chocolate?
oh goodness. possibly swedish fish, pure sugar i know.

25. Most extravagant food item purchased lately?

26. If you could eat dinner at a vegan cookbook author’s home, who would it be?

yum! apple pie!

many moons ago i printed out veganyumyum's mini apple pie recipe.
actually it was months ago. maybe in the summer, cant quite remember exactly. anyways that was when i found her blog[how, i dont remember] i wasnt vegan but i loved it and for some reason i just began following her blog. when i happened to have all the ingrediants for something i thought it was so fun to make something vegan! haha plus ive been drinking soymilk for quite sometime.
so now i finally decided to use the recipe. this was my first time making pie let alone vegan pie and id say it came out pretty good. my mother and grandma[not vegans] had some too. my gma said the bottom of the pie crust could have been crispier [i agreed] and she said if i would have used a glass pan[i used one of those foil things, i totally forgot about our pan] if would have done the trick. i think i could have also cooked it just a few minutes longer too. next time i suppose!
also, instead of making mini pies i made one regular sized pie!
before the top crust
with the top crust and brushed with soymilk
baked and eaten!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

oh man

so i gotta catchup and i have like 2 minutes to do so. i promis ill add more like i was supposed to do a week ago tomorrow!
anyways i have messed up a few times since tring out this vegan thing but ive also been cooking alot of stuff! and today i picked up some nutritional yeast, and tahini so that should come in handy!
ok a week or two ago i made yummy chocolaste chip cookies from">here. as i said they were yummmyyy. but a little on the fluffy side i think..but still. delicious and super easy.

also on friday i tried out this cake recipe for caramelized sugar spice cake which was all around awesome except im pretty sur ei burned the sugar make it all taste...well kinda burnt :( but the texture was awesome and i made my own frosting of powdered sugar, vegn margarine, and possibly[cant remember]soymilk and a chai tea latet base and oh myyy goodness it was amazing. didnt get pictures though.
and today i made a tofu loaf from here
and brussels sprouts[i used veganyumyum superfantastic brussels sprouts recipe]


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

ahh totally havent posted and havent updated either!! no time!!
im preparing tofu right now for tomorrows lunch though and tonight i have pasta with asparagus, tomato, and meatless meatballs!