August 7th, 2005


Sob. Oh coconut milk tapioca!!

Let me preface this with: I am so culinarily depressed!

I was making this really great coconut milk tapioca pudding and it was going really well, and I was pouring it into ramekins when I thought "Oh crud! Need to sweeten it a little!" so I dumped it back in and before I knew what happened, the coconut milk had separated!! It was so gross! I tried reheating it to mix it back together and that didn't do anything, so now I have all these coated fish eye looking things (not swimming in anything) and I am just so bummed out. Does anyone know what went wrong, and what I could do to fix it/what I should do next time?

Spicy Curried Lentils

This is one of those recipes that happens when I have very little food in the house.  I was pretty happy with it, tho!

1 c lentils
1 T curry powder
1 T tumeric
2 t cayenne pepper

1/2 onion, sliced in rounds
4 celery stalks, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T margarine
splash of red wine

1 c veggie broth
1 c water
handful of fresh cilantro, torn up
1/3 c dried coconut

In a crock pot, mix the lentils with the spices.

In a skillet, heat the margarine and fry the veggies  until the  onions soften.  Add the wine and cook until the liquid reduces, maybe 5 minutes?  Dump  this in with the lentils and add the rest of the ingredients.

Cook in the crock pot on high for about an hour, then reduce to low for 2 hours more.  If the lentils are still crunchy, give them a little more time.

This would be really nice over spiced coconut rice.  Maybe with some raisins or currants stirred in? 

Substitutes for liquid lecithin?

I'd really like to make these cookies today. I made them once when I was in America when I was able to get liquid lecithin. Now, I'm not able to get it, and I was wondering if anyone knew what I could substitute for it..? Thanks!

The recipe is from the Vegan Chef (

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1/2 cup walnuts
2 t. flax seeds
1/4 cup water
2 cups unbleached flour
1/4 cup arrowroot
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/2 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar from sugar beets)
1/2 cup vegan margarine
2 T. liquid lecithin
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. almond extract
raspberry of strawberry jelly or jam (or other flavor of choice)

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Fruit and Veggie Muffins

Would anyone like to help me out in doctoring a recipe? It is very good as it is, but it needs some tweaking : )

I am looking to put together an amazing fruit and veggie muffin recipe with lots of room for substituting. Here is it as it stands:

3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil

1 1/2 cups pureed fruit (last time I used 1/2 cup applesauce and two large mashed bananas, next time I will throw in some pineapple or some pureed peaches)
2 1/2 cups shredded veggies (summer squash, zucchini, carrots)

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder

Any dried nuts and fruits you want.

Mix the sugar and oil. Add the fruit and veggies. Mix the dry ingredients and stir them in.

Last time I made it, I think it needed some vanilla and cinnamon. I will add a tsp of each next time I make it.

Bake in oiled muffin tins at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Also, as a tip, shredded veggies freeze great. So if you are trying to use up an explosion of squash, you can freeze then in containers to make these muffins and defrost them when ready to bake.

cocoa alternative.

still tweaking for the perfect vegan cocoa treat.
found this along my journey today.

1 cup vanilla soy milk heated on the stove
a couple of shakes of cinnamon and sugar.
a drop of vanilla and about 1/8th tsp cocoa powder.
stir vigorously so as not to get clumps.
as soon as it starts to steam pour it into your cup.

it's a filling snack and works in the situation where the only chocolate you have is cocoa powder.
I think i'll make a lot more versions around xmas.

Mead again

I think I've asked this before sorry, but I couldn't find it in memories, and my own isn't quite that sharp. I'm trying to successfully make vegan spiced mead. I understand it's made from honey, but thought I could cook up a vegan version. Anyone have any ideas how I could do that? Any existing recipes that could be substituted for a vegan-friendly mead?

big snafu

So I'm making these cookies, but I used baking soda instead of powder because I'm a fool. I've only mixed the dry ingredients (flour, baking SODA, salt, chocolate chips) so far.

How can I fix this?

Thanks a bunch!!!
-the moron who can't read a recipe
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