April 15th, 2006

the vegan placek was a success!!!

oh yes, my fellow polish (and friends-of-polish) vegans! the easter placek i discussed about a week ago went off without a hitch-and i got my mom's recipe over the phone to veganize it. seriously, this was an awesome, exciting experience- even though it took like five or more hours to do it. this is just like my mom's, but somehow better, and i think it's because it's so moist- and, of course, vegan. :)

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this was a time-consuming baked good, but i was just so happy when they tasted exactly as i wanted them to. i'm looking forward to impressing my omni family tomorrow @ breakfast. :)

Freezing Food / Planning Ahead for dorm life and busy work days

Okay, so vegan food makes me feel pure and happy.

With this in mind, next year (i.e. in September) I will finally be living in a dorm where I'll have my own kitchen, a real live kitchen with a stove and a freezer! Yay! It's been two years of caf food and sketchy hotpot and microwave recipes. Finally, freedom, at last.

Despite this, I am very keen on making food in advance this summer while I'm at home for the next four months. In addition to ridiculously copious amounts of sugary treats which will no doubt be eaten very quickly, I want to try my hand at stocking up the freezer so I can take it easy on those days when work and/or school causes me to reach for premade, reheatable meals. I know that soup is awesome for this and it's definitely a favourite. But what are some other savory things I can throw together in packages that will be as easy as dumping a bag into a pan or microwaveable dish? I'm thinking maybe stir fry veggies I can prep now, or pasta, or curries. I like my rice fresh though, that's one thing that I refuse to freeze.

Seeking your tips on setting aside extra for later...

substitute for cardamom?

So, I'm baking the famous chai cake that's in the memories for my mom's birthday. :) I have all of the ingredients, EXCEPT for ground cardamom. I went to the grocery store to check it out, and it was waayyy too expensive.. what can I substitute it with? I don't even know what it tastes like.. would something like allspice work? Maybe just extra cinnamon?

Thanks. :)

Grapefruit

because there is a very fancy juicer at my place for a few days, i made a ton of grapefruit juice today. but now there is a ton of pulp and it looks so pretty i don't want to toss it out. is there anything i can make with it? like cake?

now grapefruit cake sounds so good, even if i can't use the pulp ill have to use the juice and make one.