January 4th, 2005

Tahini Help?

I bought a jar of tahini the other day in the vain hope that it would be something like the wonderful black sesame cream stuff that my mother brought home from Japan last year. I tried a little taste of the tahini and absolutely hated it. My husband hated it too. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. It was about $4 for the jar, so I don't want to waste it.

Does anyone have any recipes or uses for it that will mask that horrible taste or somehow make it taste good?

Edit: Perhaps I should add that I think the tahini was made from raw sesame seeds. I like the taste of roasted sesame seeds. I pan roast my own and grind them for lots of dishes. I think maybe it's because it's made with raw sesame seeds that I don't like it. The taste of it is just so strong.

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I dont know if any of you live in an area with a Giant Eagle, but starting Thursday, all Cascadian Frozen veggies, Full Circle pasta and canned veggies & beans, and Muir Glen products (like pasta sauces and other tomato products) are all $1 for the week. All organic too. Bob's Red Mill Flaxseed Meal is 1.99 and Spectrum Flax Oil is 6.99.
Heck yes! See you there!

Awesome multigrain pancakes

1 c AP or whole wheat flour
2 T ground flax seed
2 T buckwheat
2 T cornmeal
2 T rolled oats
1 T brown rice flour
1 T baking powder
1 T brown sugar
1 T carob powder
pinch cinnamon
pinch salt
tiny, tiny pinch coriander (or cardamom? The one that usually goes in Turkish coffee)
1 1/4 c soymilk
3 T vegetable oil
1 t blackstrap molasses
1/3 c sunflower seeds and or pine nuts

Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Mix together, cook on a hot griddle. Top with peanut butter and maple syrup.

I was just kind of throwing things together that I thought would be good in pancakes, and boy, they sure were. A lot of things probably aren't necessary, and the ratio of all the flours can probably be messed with a lot, but this worked out for me.

Breadmaking 101

So, I want to start making my own bread. Problem is, I've never done this, and don't really know where to start, so I was hoping you guys would be able to help me out. Let it be known that I don't own a bread machine, nor do I own any loaf pans. Come to think of it, I don't even have a rolling pin, I usually just use my fingers for that sort of thing. Do I need any of this stuff?

Is making your own bread cheaper than buying pre-made loaves? My boyfriend and I eat a LOT of bread, so if we can save money by making our own, that's great news! I'm pretty sure making your own bread is healthier - no preservatives, etc.

Any general tips on breadmaking?

The cookbooks I own are "How It All Vegan!", "The Garden of Vegan", "Vegan Planet", and "The Vegan Sourcebook". Have you made any of the breads in these books? Which is your favorite? I'm looking for something more along the lines of a sandwich-type bread, not a dessert bread like zucchini or banana bread.

I'm really excited about this. :) Thanks in advance!
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coconut chocolate chip almond ice cream

I've been reading like crazy about different ways to make vegan ice cream, since I just bought an ice cream maker. I tried a soymilk recipie the other day and made peppermint stick ice cream, but the consistency was off. It was more icy than creamy. So tonight, I used all of my new knowledge and threw together an AMAZING recipe for ice cream. I'm eating some now, in its pre-hardened stage.

soy coconut chocolate chip almond ice creamCollapse )