June 12th, 2006

Is red palm oil supposed to smell/taste like this?

I'm trying some red palm oil for the first time. The things I have read describe the taste as "strong" and "distinctive", but no one takes a stab at actually telling me *how* it tastes.

It smells kind of like sheep or feta cheese or something in my skillet. Is that normal, or might this jar be rancid?

Carob- melting problems

I attempted to make carob-coconut rum balls for this week's vegan_cookoff contest, but let's just say that it was a disaster. A tasty disaster, but a disaster nonetheless. One of the issues was that the carob chips would not melt, and when they did, they became a giant blob as opposed to flowing thick liquid (like when you melt chocolate chips).

Is this a general characteristic of carob, or was my melting technique off? I did cheat and use the microwave (oh noooooo!), but I tried both lower and higher power to melt the chips to no avail.

(As a side note, the filling was akin to cream cheese-rum-coconut icing and would be great as actual cake icing instead of a candy filling!).

irish "cream"??

i am not much of a drinker but one thing i miss INCREDIBLY as a vegan is baileys irish cream. so, i started wondering if it would be possible to create a vegan version and did a bit of googling and came up with this:

Better Than Bailey's Irish Cream'   (vegan)


This recipe was sent in by Mark Olsen.
"Make yummy Irish Cream for about 1/3 the cost of the 'real' one! Apart from being
delicious it's also suitable for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant."
You will need:
     1 tin         coconut milk
     2 tbs        brown sugar
     2 tbs        chocolate topping
     2 tsp        vanilla essence
     3/4 cup    whisky (or to taste!)
Method:
     Combine all ingredients thoroughly using a whisk, but do not froth. Keep
     refrigerated, preferably in a dark bottle. Old 'Bailey's' bottles are ideal!
Note:
     If your coconut has separated into solid and liquid, be sure to mix or blend
     thoroughly first into a completely smooth liquid with no lumps. Experiment with
     different brands as applicable.
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has anybody ever tried this before? how similar is it to non vegan irish cream and is it even worth the effort to prepare? thanks in advance!