February 3rd, 2007

fortune cookies?

I can't seem to find a recipe for fortune cookies! the non vegan ones I find seem to rely largely on eggs, and I know that its possible to make them without (as I've eaten a lot of them that don't have eggs!)

I have some ideas for experimentation, but would love some suggestions, and preferably tried and true recipes.

I just want to make these, but I also think they will be great for valentines day and giving to random people. (I really want to give cookies to random people who I see around, but even though I make cookies all the time, they rarely end up leaving my house)

oh and any other cookie recipes that you've been loving lately would be welcome.

the best ones I've made lately are these-

Cornmeal-Thyme Cookies

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 tsp. Salt
8 oz. margarine
1 1/4 cups sugar
2/3 cup applesauce
3/4 cup dried currents
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream margarine and sugar, mix in applesauce. Sift in flour, baking soda, cornmeal, and salt and mix until just combined. Mix in the currants and thyme. Plop tablespoon size blobs of the dough onto cookie sheets and put into the oven until golden, about 10-12 minutes.

riduclous, squishy vegan choc chip cookies

These were super fast, east, and delicious.

2 cups flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup carob/ vegan choc chips
1/4 cup vegan margarine
226 grams apple sauce ( i just emptied 2 of thos elittle mini cups of applesnax apple sauces into the mx.. sorry about the whack measurement)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp egg replacer
2 tsp vanilla

mix all the dry ingredients, then add the wet stuff.
Finally, fold in the chips.

spoon 1 tbsp of batter dollops onto a lightly sprayed cookie sheet, and bake on 350 for 8-10 mins each, or until edges are slightly browned.


makes lots of delish, squishy cookies!



>.< gas!

Mmmkay...Went to a lovely vegetarian/vegan cafe yesterday, had a kickass black bean and brown rice burrito...and my system was all angry for the rest of the day. I'm not used to eating that large a quantity of beans at once, so maybe my system isn't used to it, but I really want to incorporate black beans in particular to my diet. But the whole gassy for the rest of the day bit is way annoying. What do I do about that? Is there a particular suppliment I can take with the meal, any foods I can eat along with beans to help with gas, etc? Help!

college-fare for nine (and cheap!)

I spent some serious quality time searching through the memories section, but wasn't able to find what I need (most were vegan substitute inclusive, labor intensive, and/or difficult to make in bulk)
I'm cooking dinner for eight non-veg students tomorrow (mostly freshmen), and there's been some serious trepidation on their part about being confronted with veg food.
I've had requests for no faux meat or tofu, which really limits the options.
I'm looking for suggestions of an inexpensive meal to make en masse (so no individually prepped portions, please), complimentary side dish recipes also welcome.
I need (relatively) unadventurous college fare. The standard fall-back, of course, would be pasta with vegan marinara, garlic bread, and mixed green salad with vinagrette. I would love more exciting, less dorm-tastic suggestions, though!
so, the guidelines:
- must be easy to prepare and serve for NINE in a tiny kitchen
- minimal assembly for the diners ("build your own" anything could get really messy with 8 18 year olds)
- conventional ingredients (there is serious tofu/faux meat/soy substitution phobia in this crowd)
- Inexpensive ingredients (I want to keep the ingredient total for the meal below $30)

So, show me what you've got!
side dishes, main dishes, and desserts- conventional, not terribly adventurous, but delicious!

EDIT: Thanks for all the fantastic suggestions! The clear winners so far seem to be a veggie chilli (sans faux meat or TVP) with vegan cornbread, a green salad, or warm collard or mustard greens (I'll go with what's freshest), and a massive apple crisp for dessert. I have recipes for everything but the warm greens (I'd love to get a selection of your favorite mustard/collard recipes)
However, if you have a brilliant idea before Sunday morning, definitely post. The menu isn't set until I start cooking.
Thanks everyone!

freezing silken tofu-based-pudding pie? and an orange tofu recipe

The other day I made cailin_t's chocolate peanut butter pie which turned out pretty freakin' awesome. I didn't have the 9" springform the original recipe called for so I made it in a normal pie tin, and found I had enough of everything to make two pies, so I froze one last night, covered in plastic. Will it thaw okay, do you think? (Guess I should've figured that out before freezing it...)

EDIT: Also, for dinner, I really wanted orange tofu, but it seems I can never find a recipe that's simple enough ingredient-wise; they also rarely taste like the good takeout stuff and the sauce is always kind of thick and goopy rather than the pretty, flavorful glaze you get at restaurants. Finally found a good one, here. Original and my variations behind the cut.

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