December 6th, 2005

pumpkin/chocolate cupcakes

we made the best cupcakes in the history of world art (a very bad, very hard to explain joke) last night. it's sort of a mix of two recipes, so i'm posting it here so i'll remember to next time.

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chocolate pumpkin cupcakes

3 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 tablespoons cocoa
4 vegan eggs (we used 1 cup applesauce mixed with 2 teaspoons of baking powder)
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin

combine wet and dry ingredients separately, then add wet to dry. bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

(it's this recipe slightly modified.)


frosting

1/2 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons soy milk
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tablespoon vanilla
a dash of salt

mix it together and spread on top! no cooking required! and yes, let the butter get to room temperature first if you know what's good for you.

(the recipe was taken from kittee's cooking website, but i can't find the actual link right now. just trust me on this one. it's the yummiest frosting i've ever had.

Pie Crust?

I'm going to Poland for the winter holidays to visit my dad. There are a number of vegan
substitutes available in Poland (eg, lots! of soya products), but I don't remember seeing
any vegan margarine. I would like to make pie, but I've only ever made crust with margarine.

So, can it be done without margarine? Are there any recipes that you know of that are nice
and that don't call for margarine?


I checked the memories, and there was talk of pie crust made from vegetable shortening,
but I don't know whether vegan shortening can be had in Poland, either. And though my
dad is a native speaker of Polish, he probably won't know whether the shortening's
ingredients are vegan or no (and wouldn't be able to translate them into English, since his
English is kind of rusty, and I don't know enough Polish for the ingredients list to mean
very much to me).

Quick Stovetop Quinoa

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of quinoa
1 1/2 cups of water
1/2 8 oz can of black beans
1 10 oz can of stewed tomatoes
Chili powder and hot peppers to taste (you can eliminate this by using chili-style stewed tomatoes)

Bring water to a boil, add quinoa. Simmer at medium-high heat until the quinoa has absorbed the water. Add tomatoes and beans. Heat over low heat until thoroughly warmed.

Serve with a cilantro garnish, grated "cheese", or a dollop of "sour cream."

Flax seed eggs dilemma

*puts in about 1/3 a cup of whole flax seeds in a blender and pulverizes them into an almost wheat flour like grain. He then drizzles in a cup of water while still blending until the mixture is thick, milkshake thick. He beams with pride at his first and successful batch of egg replacers, and then blinks*

...What the heck can I use this for?
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homemade miso soup (best for this time of year)

sorry no pictures!

Recipe:

put all in a pot and simmer for over an hour
chopped up onion
4 sliced diced up however you like them carrots
4 chopped celery
chopped up bok choy
sliced and diced mushrooms
32-ounce container of vegetable broth (I use Pacific brand)
32 more ounces (about 4 cups) water
Tablespoon powdered garlic
1/4 teaspoon pepper

after that's done stir in
1/4 cup red miso
1 Tablespoon sesame oil

stir stir stir and makes about 8 servings. Add some red chili in it to spice it up

No Bake Cookie Woes

Alright guys. This is my first post here, and it seems to be a pretty active community, so I'm excited to have joined.

Anyway.

I've been trying to make the perfect batch of No Bake Cookies with different vegan recipes for a long time.

But, no matter what I try, my cookies don't harden. They stay relatively gooey and may solidify a little around the edges, but that's it. Before I was vegan, I had no bake cookies that were pretty dry and crumbly and delicious. How do I do this, vegan style?

Here's the recipe I tried most recently:

# 2 cups vegan sugar
# 1/2 soymilk
# 1/4 cup vegan margarine
# 1/3 cup of cocoa
# 1/2 cup peanut butter
# 1 cup of dry coconut flakes
# 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
# 2 1/2 cups of oatmeal

Boil first four ingredients for 2 minutes, remove from heat, add the rest and plop onto wax paper in spoonfuls. Pretty basic.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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