January 19th, 2005

Cookie Experiment (x-posted from my journal)

My husband and I felt like baking some cookies tonight, but our pantry is badly in need of re-stocking. Most of the cookie recipes I use call for pure maple syrup or maple sugar crystals, and we have very little left of either. Also, I'm running out of a bunch of other things, including Earth Balance and oil, and I haven't wanted to go shopping out in the cold. What this means is that I couldn't use any of my usual recipes, and had to make something up entirely! I didn't know if the results would be vile, but we're actually rather pleased. They reminded us a bit of the mildly sweet vegan scones from Whole Foods, sort of a combination of the oatmeal and chocolate chip varieties. They were not too sweet, and a bit crisp on the outside, but mainly chewy.

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Okay, so it's not exactly cooking, like, edible stuff, but it's kitchen lab experiments anyway, so I thought I'd give it a shot:

I love olive oil soap. Somehow it does wonders for my complexion. However, I don't have frequent access to stores that sell the Kiss My Face version, and I can't justify the price (since it usually melts on me anyway). I did find it handmade for a buck a bar at an Italian grocery back home, though come to think about it I don't know if it's especially vegan (I'll have to check with the shop next time, I guess. Old-school family owned shop = weird blank stares ahoy when I ask). Does anyone have recipes for simple olive oil soap? I'd prefer no glycerin in the recipe (do they even make veg glycerin soap?) as that kind just icks me out.

apples apples apples

For reasons unknown, my dad purchased a whole bushel of apples.
(I didn't even know you could buy fruit by the bushel in the midst of winter, but yes it's true!)

Anyhow, I've already made a pie and now I'm out of ideas.
I don't think my family can eat all of these raw before they go bad (Raw apples don't like me anyhow).

So, other than eating lots and lots and lots of pie, what could I do with these?

I'm thinking of maybe making applesauce! Anyone know any good simple tried-tested-true recipes?
(I have both a blender and food processor, if either of those are needed!)

Any ideas, tips, recipes etc greatly appreciated!

editing to say: WOW. that was a lot of exclamation points. Pardon those, I'm sleep deprived.

Smoked Tempeh.

Okay, what would you guys suggest I do with a block of SMOKED tempeh? I checked the memories, but I still don't really know what I want to do with it. (And I like to hear new ideas/opinions from you guys, anyway.)


PS I don't really eat sandwiches.



EDIT: Thanks for the ideas, everyone! Right now, my tempeh is soaking in a sweet and tangy marinade. I think I will bread it tonight, serve it with roasted eggplant and top it with onions and mushrooms sauteed in balsamic vinegar.

Delicious White Cake.

I tried this white cake recipe from vegweb with a couple alterations, and I almost peed my pants because it was so yummy! It is so moist and fluffy and delicious. You won't believe your tastebuds! I want you guys to try it, too, okay?

The only things I would suggest to change, are to use soymilk instead of water, and to stir in the vinegar at the very end--not with all the other ingredients. This will result in an incredibly rich and fluffy cake! I've made it a few times and definitely like it better plain, without frosting. It's too good to cover it up! I ended up picking off the frosting and giving it to my boyfriend. :)

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Anti-allergen soup help?

I'm trying to include a friend in this week's soup night despite her highly restricted allergy-detection diet. Here's what's on the "no" list:

onions
garlic
wheat
peanuts
soy
lemon
hot peppers

I'm having a devil of a time thinking of things that don't involve onions, garlic (presumably also things like chives and shallots) or soy.

Help?

Also, I'm hoping to go shopping sometime in the next couple hours, so the sooner the better :)

EDIT: I just got the word that onions and garlic are now ok, so that should be easy to work with. Thanks!

mmmm

ok i made amazing vegan cinnamon rolls today, but my ((non-vegan)) roomies and i ate them all up before i could snap a picture! time for batch #2...

anyway here's the recipie:

dough:

3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1/2 cups of orange juice
1 teaspoon of vanilla

combine flour, baking powder, and brown sugar. add oil, mix with a fork until small lumps form. combine orange juice and vanilla, and then add to dough. mix until moist, knead dough with hands and shape into rectangle. cover liberally with cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar ((you can also add pecans, or raisins, or whatever else you like in your rolls. put in as much as you want)). roll lengthwise and slice into 8-10 pieces. place on cookie sheet, and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand. cook at 350 for 12-15 minutes.

frosting:

1 cup of confectioner's sugar
1/8 cup of water
2 tablespoons of soy milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of margarine

combine sugar, soymilk, vanilla, and half of the margarine. slowly add the water and remaining margarine, while mixing the frosting with a beater. you may have to add more sugar/butter/water depending on the sweetness and consistancy that you like.. i just kind of played around with it until it tasted good. put the frosting in the fridge for an hour or so for it to get firm. spread over hot cinnamon buns, let cool, and then add more! i've already had like four today, they're fabulous :)
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