June 10th, 2006


I whipped this up this morning. it's called "herbes de provence" sauce and it's from the saucy vegetarian. it's very savory and flavorful and awesome as a pasta salad dressing.

you'll need...

½ cup crumbled silken tofu (about half a mori-nu container. I used soft tofu, but i've done it with firm before)
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 Tbs onions
1 Tbs nutritional yeast
¼ tsp pepper
¼ tsp each: thyme, sage, rosemary, fennel
¼ tsp salt
1 Tbs water (only use this if you're using extra firm/firm tofu)

Throw everything in the blender. Blenderize.

Chill for at least 20 minutes.

I usually throw it on top of medium shell pasta with some thawed frozen peas, I put it in pasta salad once. it's a great savory dressing without garlic.

Cookbook swap

Hello! Every once in a while cookbook recommendations pop up in here and it seems there are always cookbooks that some people love and others have had the worst luck with them. i figure we all have a couple of these types of books laying around our homes, collecting dust.

what if we were to swap these, so i could get one that i've never tried and someone else can try the one i've had no luck with? granted the other person may not like it either, but then they could always send it on its way to another loving home.

the ones i don't use are:

sinfully vegan
please feed me
the everyday vegan
vegan microwave cookbook (i try to avoid the microwave; i bought this for an exboyfriend but it has ended up back at my house somehow and i'll never use it).

anyone want to trade me for any of these? i'll pay for shipping to you if you'll do the same with your book.
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General Cooking Question

I would like to make icecream but I don't have an icecream maker. Do I have any options other buying icecream or making another ho hum sorbet?

Sidenote: I ran into Walmart to buy a pack off Morning Star chicken strips and I ended up finding GardenBurger Riblets and Vanilla, Chocolate So Delicious?! Now I don't want to start supporting Walmart (used strictly for food emergencies) for a plethora reasons in which I won't get into but the riblets were on sale and had a $1 coupon on the box in addition to the sale price but get this, the regular price for the riblets and icecream were significantly less than a Wild Oats. I walked out with just my chicken strips but now I am thinking about going back (OH NO!).

Ok back to my original dilemma...making ice cream!

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Please forgive another call for recipe help!

I want to try to make an oven-baked version of jalapeno poppers, using Vegan Gourmet Montery Jack and Cheddar cheeses and Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese. I found a few different recipes, and I'm trying to decide which to try:

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I hesitate to try the last one because I'm not sure how well soy milk and egg replacer powder would work; However, I've heard Emiril's recipes are awesome so I guess it might be worth the extra effort...what do you guys think? I'm guessing the vegan cheeses I mentioned, and Earth Balance in place of butter, would work fine, but please let me know if there's anything I should be warned about!

Input/advice would be much appreciated; thanks in advance!
On the ferry

Democratized Truffles

For those who remember these truffles I posted about earlier (which of course link back to two previous generations), you'll see that these have been a work in progress for me.

The beauty of this latest version is that it requires absolutely no special equipment, and you don't have to worry about breaking the chocolates when you unmold them. Just buy a roll of parchment paper, some ribbon, and off you go. You can toss them into a decorative bowl or just pile them into a gift bag--no worrying about keeping fiddly chocolates in petit-four cups.

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I have discovered a jar of sauerkraut, bought a while ago in a 'ooh, that looks interesting' moment. I've got no idea what to do with it - googling brings up a lot of things that involve pork. Would serving it with onion gravy and potatoes be a good idea?

Any ideas appreciated!
last unicorn


We've been given a HUGE bunch of parsley from my mum's friend's garden. its fresh and smells beautiful. i have plans for potatoes and parsley, and im going to chop some of it up and freeze it into cubes in an icecube tray, to season soup with later, too.

so, im just wondering, does anyone know any really good, healthy and vegetarian dishes that involve parsley? i dont want to waste any of it. :)


Vegan "Funny Cake"

I just found out that this certain cake my mom has been making since way before
I was born is vegan. So here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
2 tsp baking SODA
2 tsp vinegar
2/3 cup oil
2 cups water (cold)
Put flour, baking soda, sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl. Make 3 holes in
mixture. Put vanilla, vinegar, and oil in separate holes. Pour in cold water.
Mix by hand. Spread in pan.

The frosting recipe that went along with it wasn't vegan, so I veganized it.

3 TBS cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 TBS soy milk
3 TBS margarine
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
Mix and spread on warm cake.

I've eaten this cake many, many times, and it is really good.