October 12th, 2005

kiss me (by me)

banana chocolate chip muffins.

got this "Anything Goes" Fruit-Filled Muffin recipe from "How it all Vegan" (rad book btw) These are really yummy muffins.

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sweetener ( I used maple syrup)
egg replacer[to equal 2 eggs] ( I use Ener-G)
1/4 cup oil
3/4 cups sour soy milk (add 1 tsp vinegar to soy milk)
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
Vegan chocolate chips (I threw in about 2 handfuls)

Preheat oven to 350f. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder*. Add the sweetener, egg replacer, oil, sour soy milk, banana, and chocolate chips. Stir together untill just mixed*. Scoop into lightly oiled muffin tins and bake untill tester comes out clean and tops are golden brown.

I used the paper muffin tins so I got about 13 muffins but if you use a regular muffin pan it makes about 6 very large muffins.

*Mix the dry ingredients before you add the wet ones.
*Dont over mix.
[You can really use any fruit in here just use about 1 and a half cups of it.]
k is for kaleidoscope

asparagus ideas

tomorrow night i'm cooking a meal for a few friends, and i need some help with a side dish. i'm going to be making (all vegan, of course) eggplant parmesan, garlic bread and a butterscotch cake, but i really want to do something with the veggies i have in house.

i need something light and compatible with the above, preferably with asparagus but i also have broccoli, onions and brussel sprouts.

thanks in advance!
godless whore

Indian fry bread

Okay, so I just started tutoring in the Natives program, and they gave me a recipe for that wonderful, delicious, tummy warming fry bread. If you don't know what it is, think of elephant ears that you get at the fair. Yum! Anyways, the recipe is vegan (though not very healthy...but damn is it good)and I thought it would be a nice thing to share this time of year. Enjoy!

4c flour
3tsp baking powder
1tsp salt
1.5c warm water

1)stir together dry ingredients
2)add water a little at a time. Knead until the dough doesn't stick to your hands
3)shape into balls and flatten the dough
4)melt shortening in a skillet and deep fry about 5 min on each side or until golden brown

(I like to cover mine in cinnamon sugar too ^_^)

Tropical alien food/haupia

In my Literature Types class we're currently studying Sci-Fi. As a group project we're making up our own alien culture, dressing someone up as our alien, and preparing our alien's native foods for the class. The food is supposed to be something that looks weird (gooey, slimy, discolored) but tastes good. I've been having a hard time coming up with something to make that will fit our alien's culture.
Basically it's all about music (the aliens speak in power chords). There are three islands, with three basic climates: temperate, tropical, and cold. Our group is trying to make a food from each region. The cold region is already taken care of and I wanted to try something for the tropical region, most likely a dessert.

I'm at a total loss when it comes to tropical things, because all I can think of is pineapple!
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Please help!
Victor Van Dort

Making Boxed Cakes

I made a Duncan Hines spice cake yesterday using Dr. Pepper in place of the water. It came out quite good. It's probably the softest most moist cake I have ever come across. The only problem is that it is very crumbly and it sort of fell apart when I took it out of the pan. I did use powder egg replacer in it as well as the amount of oil it said to add on the box. Maybe I should have left out the oil. I think next time I will use apple sauce and see how that works. The box gave directions on how to make a spice applesauce cake, anyway, which sounds really good.

I also made my own icing because I generally don't like store bought icing. And the packaged frosting has about a bajillion weird ingredients in it, also. I think I should probably get a good recipe for vanilla icing, though. I can make chocolate just fine, but when I do vanilla I sort of just wing it. I take about 1/3 cup of shortening and about three tablespoons of margarine and mix it with about 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/3 cup soy milk, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. Maybe I should just add more butter to make it more creamy and not so overwhelmingly sugary.

And lastly I have been wondering, what is the easiest way to tell someone to make a vegan cake? Can a cake just be made with a can of soda and the cake mix or would the cake just all fall apart? I would think the easiest way would be to tell them to do the can of soda along with applesauce or a banana. I just don't know if that would really hold the cake together or not.
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