March 5th, 2006

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A while ago someone in the cooking community posted a recipe for sesame cookies. And they looked good - but for the fact that I don't use sugar or butter or eggs or regular flour in my cooking.

So I made my own version:
Low Fat Vegan Amaretto Sesame Seed Cookies

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Per cookie: 117.8 calories, 1.4g fat, 2.2g protein, 2.2g fiber, 23.1g carbohydrates, 3.2% RDA calcium, 5.4% RDA iron

what to cook for someone with serious restrictions...

I've recently met someone that would LOVE to eat vegan more often but can't because of certain health restrictions. It has something to do with amino acids - he can't really eat grains, nuts, chocolate, soy or alcohol. Well he can have them but it has to be in really limited amounts. Yesterday he accompanied me to a vegan restaurant and had a few bites of my absolutely delicious slice of choc raspberry vegan cheesecake (if anyone on here is ever in Brisbane - go to The Forest in the West End (124 Boundary St)for vegan yumminess)and then in the evening he had a glass and a half of wine (a friend of ours made us dinner - it was really nice - he is Italian ( as in from Italy) and he made pasta and a sauce out of diced tomatoes, zuchinni and bell pepper (or capscicum as they call them here) with oregano, salt and pepper - yum!! and Topher (the guy with all of the restrictions) and I made a salad)but by having done this he might have screwed up his stomach for a week (so he said - b/c he had a little something to drink the night before - he called it an experiment - seing what his body will do that is). After he had the vegan cheesecake he said he would need to have some milk later to balance himself out. He generally eats a lot of milk/diary and fish he says. He was vegetarian for a few months and vegan for a few weeks once but says he really can't do it because of his health restrictions. At one point he lived off of nuts and grains unaware of his condition. I love cooking for people so what can I make for this guy? I was going to make a stirfry but I wouldn't be able to put any nuts or tofu in it - or I guess I could if he just didn't eat that part of it. Thats probably what i'll do tonight since I want to invite them all over for dinner. Does anyone have any innovative *but cheapish as far as ingredients go* veg/fruit filled recipes - those are both safe - except he also can't really eat citrus. And yes for those of you that are wondering --- I could be interested in him for more than a friendship.

Thanks guys for your help on this one! :)

*~Mimi*~ O:-)

The easiest recipe

I don't even have a name for it.

1 can (black) lentils
2 medium tomatoes, diced
a bit of chili powder
more than a bit of curry powder
black pepper to taste
dump in enough couscous to soak up all the liquid and then put some more liquid in
cover and cook for about 10 minutes. then eat!

Today when I reheat I'm going to add some spinach so it steams it a little. Yum!

chocolate covered strawberries

so im making fun oscar food tonight and ive been looking at the memories, but i have a few questions. should i add margerine to the chocolate chips? and does anyone have a recipe that has the amount of how much chocolate/strawberry ratio i will need. im being anal aren't i? i should just go for it and see what happens, anyways, tips would be cool.


Apple fritters

A friend wants me to make him vegan apple fritters, but there are a million different (sometimes radically different) recipes out there. And I've never eaten an apple fritter myself, so I have no way to judge what's good. What he described to me sounded like a donut, so I'm thinking that the recipe I need would be for a yeast dough. But I'd be grateful for any help. Thanks!

Tangy Bean Dip

Modified from the recipe on the bean can label:
1 chopped green onion
1 chopped jalapeno pepper
2 chopped garlic cloves
approximatly 12 black olives
1/4 C rehydrated sun dried tomatoes (approximatly 8), chopped
3 T extra virgin olive oil
2 T lemon juice
2 T chopped fresh basil
2 T chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp dried thyme
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 540 ml can of white kidney beans

Add ingredients one at a time to a food processor, scraping down the sides from time to time. If it is too think to mix properly, drizzle in a little of the tomato juice from soaking the tomatoes. Serve chilled if possible. If it is too strong flavoured, you can add another half to a full can of beans.

I had to go to a lunch potluck with my fellow Vagina Monologues cast memebers and I made sure to take something non-sweet that I could eat. This went over really well with fresh whole wheat french bread. It would also probably work well in a hollowed out round loaf.

Edit to add: Wow, I can't believe I forgot about the *beans* part of the BEAN dip. Sorry. How can you tell I am writing term papers? :-P

Pancake/ baking mix recipe

I love to buy in bulk, and with some friends am involved in a food buying co-op. I get whole grains, dried beans, flours, etc in 25 lbs increments. One of those friends, Kathy, adapted this recipe from somewhere, and I will always be grateful that she did!

Bulk Pancake Mix (Very hearty!)

30 cups whole wheat flour
15 cups oats
5 tbsp baking soda
1/3 cup baking powder
2 1/2 tbsp salt

I use a big, food safe bucket, put in all the ingredients, then roll it around for a while to mix it. I keep a smaller container full of this mix in my cupboard.

For basic pancakes: For app. 6 servings, mix 5 cups mix with 3 cups soymilk and 1 1/2 cups water. (I actually just eyeball it and add all rice or soy milk.) Add more liquid if needed, it does thicken up when the oats absorb some of the moisture.

For drop scones: I use the mix, add fruit (raisins and cinnamon, grated apples and cinnamon, berries, whatever) and some maple syrup (you could use sugar instead or in addition to), then enough applesauce/ fruit puree/ soymilk as needed to make a dough. Drop by the large spoon full onto a greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until bottoms are getting light brown.

I have experimented quite liberally with this mix, with great results! I made heart shaped, rolled scone like things tonight for dessert... I added finely diced cranberries that I've had in my freezer, grated apple, applesauce, cinnamon and maple syrup, rolled them and used a heart shaped cookie cutter, then put walnut pieces on top. Collapse )