September 2nd, 2004

Brilliant, easy recipes -- Cookbook recommendations

I want to plug the cookbooks Garden of Vegan and How It All Vegan. We got these for Christmas two years ago, and I have not found a bad recipe yet. In fact, everything we try from these books becomes part of our regular rotation of dinners. Last night we tried Faux Egg Salad from How It All Vegan, and it blew me away. My favorite recipe in the whole world, both to make and to eat, is Jesse's Cuban Sensation, from Garden of Vegan. I cannot wait until the next book from these authors is published. The recipes are easy but not boring, and they don't call for a lot of strange ingredients that I can't find. I also love that they have recipes for pet treats and beauty products. I think that one or both of these books would be good for someone who is a new vegan or vegetarian, or for a family with a vegetarian teenager who is trying to convince his/her family to try some food without meat.
crystal eye

muffins and frozen berries

so i am making some muffins and i would really like to add the field berry frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, and cherries) to the muffin mix, my question is how should i go about this? should i defrost the berries in the microwave before hand, or can i just throw them in the mix and it wont be to watery. how much berries should i put in the whole package(its 600g)? i'm making a batch of 24 muffins.

if someone could help me out really really quick i would really appreciate it, because i would like to start cooking them soon:)


Home made granola

I just made some delicious, healthy granola. It's not too sweet (I was going to breakfast type stuff) so if you want something dessert like replace some of the water or apple sauce with more sweetener. :)


3C regular rolled oats or other flakes (not quick cooking or instant)
1/4C soy flakes (or wheat bran or just more oats)
3/4C chopped nuts/seeds
1/4C ground flax
1.5t cinammon
1t allspice
1/2t salt

1/4C apple sauce
1/4C sticky sweetener (I used half blackstap molasses, half agave nectar. Maple syrup, brown rice syrup or honey of you eat it would work too)
3/4C water
1t vanilla extract

1/2C dried fruit or more

-Preheat your oven to 300F
-Mix the wet stuff in a pot over low/med heat. Stir every so often.
-Mix the dry stuff together (minus fruit) and when the wet stuff is hot, add the dry.
-Stir the mixture over the heat until it clumps together, about 5 minutes.
-Spread it out on a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake 45 minutes to an hour, until crunchy.
-Stir it every 20 minutes or so, and break it into smaller clumps if you like.
-Let it cool, and add the fruit.
the wall

(no subject)

For the record and the general advancement of society, allow me to advertise the following recipe:

mushroom soup!
oddly like the campbell's canned stuff, but i think that's just the salt i used.

-2 large shiitake mushrooms, washed and sliced
-couple handfuls of button mushrooms, washed and sliced
-2 cups soy milk
-2 green onions, minced
-4 fresh basil leaves, torn up
-1 1/2 cups water
- sea salt
- olive oil
- corn starch (1 tbsp-ish)

stirfry the onion, basil and mushrooms in the oil. sprinkle with salt. add water and then soy milk, lower heat and simmer. sprinkle in corn starch and whisk until there are no lumps. stir as it thickens up. remove from element and let cool a bit, then toss it all in the food processor and pulse until it still has bits of mushroom but is creamier.

you could probably add some cooked rice when you blend it, to thicken it more, too.

My Modifications:
-I used those round white mushrooms, don't know what they're called, along with one portobello mushroom, rather than the mushrooms listed but I think this works for any type of mushroom.
-Didn't use onions because I don't like them; my mom said it would've been perfect for onions, though.
-Don't have sea salt, so I just used a bunch of regular salt -- and you need a bunch for flavor.
-Used 2 tbsps of cornstarch, 1.5 would've done the job.
-Didn't blend it, I blended it last time and didn't care for it.
-Also didn't add rice.

Everyone liked it. :D It was really good and really creamy and amazing and takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Now go forth unto your kitchens! just kidding. okay bye.