October 1st, 2008

Raw Sunflower Seeds

I was recently given a 5 lb bag of raw, shelled, sunflower seeds. What are your favorite, creative ways to use sunflower seeds? I honestly do not want to snack on sunflower seeds, so I'd prefer making something delicious with them to roasting them.
Any suggestions? Sweet and Savory ideas are welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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I'm trying to lose weight at the moment and hence I am thinking about doughnuts. Do you have any good doughnut recipes? Some good fattening greasy doughnuts please, none of this use apple sauce instead of oil and put bran sticks in them business.

I was thinking about buying an electronic doughnut machine but then I saw some 'vintage' type doughnut makers. Which would do the best job? I don't really care if they look like doughnuts, just that they taste like doughnuts.

Doughnut icing and jam-ball recipes are also appreciated :)


I have a whole bunch of overripe bananas that are leftover from our fruit box at work (they were misplaced and recently found!!). I would like to make some banana bread or muffins with them so I can bring them back to the office for morning tea. I have all the basic ingredients but all the recipes I look at a very high in butter and only use 2-3 bananas (a have about 6-7).

Does anyone have their favourite banana bread/muffin recipe that they would like to share (can be lacto-ovo or vegan, I'm not fussy at the moment)?
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Spinach Patties

As a lover of spinach and crunchy snacky things, I was immediately drawn to the recipe for "Baby Spinach Burgers" from V Cuisine: The Art of New Vegan Cooking by Angeline Linardis. I didn't have all of the ingredients, so I substituted whole wheat flour for the bread crumbs, normal mustard instead of Dijon mustard, and left out the Italian seasoning and nutritional yeast. I also didn't add any salt, as I recently had a bad experience with a gravy recipe that called for both soy sauce and salt.

They were tasty, but a little bit bland. The next time I make them, I will add a little bit of salt, and double the mustard. Of course, they would probably taste even better with the nutritional yeast, but they are tasty without it.

The recipe claims it serves "2 for lunch, 4 for a snack". Well, I suppose it kind of worked as a snack for two people... I would recommend doubling the recipe.

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x-posted from my new food blog

Mild Curry Paste

I bought a jar of Patak's Mild Curry Paste (impulse buy, hoping that I'd use it) and I am not quite sure what to do with it.

Suggestions are so more than welcome here, I'm begging for them.

Oh, and gluten-free please.