June 7th, 2005

white peppers?

So I was grocery shopping yesterday, and amongst all the red, yellow, and orange peppers I usually stock up on were white ones. My curiousity got the best of me and I bought one. Does anyone know of any recipe that calls for white peppers? Should I just use it like I would a colored pepper? Any ideas at all?

Bean Question

Okay. I know sometimes people sprout beans intentionally. However...I did not. I guess I soaked them a little too long. Question is, now that they have begun to sprout (they do not all seem sprouted, though there are quite a few)is it okay to cook these normally? I certainly don't want to waste them. They are nice cannellini beans. Any special suggestions? I had originally intended to improvise some kind of bean salad with them.

on seitan and cooking equipment

I've never made seitan before, but after trying it and loving it at Chicago's Vegetarian Diner (and buying their cookbook), I want to make their recipe, which is the easiest one I've seen. It calls for 2 cups vital gluten flour, which I have, and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, which I don't have, though my mom did just get me some unbleached flour. Will that be an okay substitute, since it's a small amount?

Also, I see food dehydrators and pressure cookers mentioned a fair bit in vegan recipes and in this community. Which lower-priced, good-quality ones would you recommend? And how about that Magic Bullet thingie? All we have is a blender for that sort of operation, which isn't a bad blender at all, but it's from 1982 and has to be attached to this big huge power base that's a hassle to lug out of the cluttered cabinet all the time.

EDIT: One more thing, I just bought some flaxseeds, which I'd prefer to use for their nutritional benefits rather than as an egg replacer. Should they only be used at certain temperatures and in certain recipes, like flaxseed oil, or can they be used in anything without the nutritional benefits being affected?

mint

does anyone have any recipes using fresh mint? I just picked some from my garden and i have no idea what to use it for. i already checked the index and i didnt really find anything i liked. if anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appriciated. :D thank you.

Dryish, not very sweet Brownies.

Hey.

I really want to make some brownies.

What i've always known and liked as brownies have tasted pretty dry (but not unpleasant), dense and not very sugary (probably because thats how my mum makes them.) My mum doesnt know where the recipe is tho. =(.

i've looked at a few other recipes for making brownies but none of them seem to sound as if they make the kind of brownies i'm thinking of.

Does anyone have a recipe to make dryish non-fudgy, non sugary brownies?

Or how could a modify a brownie recipe to make it drier? (sorry if that sounds like a dumb question). Maybe i'd modify this http://www.livejournal.com/community/vegancooking/518170.html recipe.

Would using whole wheat flour (or even half whole wheat flour) make much of a difference?

Thanks.

Miso Rosemary Wheat Berries with Corn and Tofu

I'm currently munching on the tastiest wheat berry dish I've had in a loooong time.

3 1/2 cups water
1 cup wheat berries (rinsed)
1/2 cup frozen corn
about 1 tsp dried rosemary (picked from my mom's garden just days ago!)
dash of black pepper
heaping tbsp of red rice miso
splash of soy sauce
dash of ground ginger
two dashes of dried basil
1/2 cup or more cubed tofu

Boil water, add wheat berries, cover and keep at a low boil for 45-60 minutes. Stir occasionally. About 30 minutes through add herbs, soy sauce, miso, frozen corn and tofu. Cook for another 15 minutes or until desired texture is reached. I like my wheat berries firm and a little bit softer than chewy.
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Chocolate Coconut Cherry Cup Cakes (AKA sexy dessert dreamcakes)

I posted my friend's Pennsylvania Dutch grand mother's chocolate cake recipe a couple of months ago and here it is again in cup cake form with some extra frills and thrills.  Thanks to oriannakitty for suggesting I make cup cakes with the ingredients I had kicking around my house. 

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