July 13th, 2009

Vegan 'shortcake', and creamy soups.

Two things I suck at as a cook are baked pastries, and sauces (or soups that need to be blended).

Does anyone have some suggestions/recipes that are not terribly difficult to follow for vegan shortbread? My 11 year old desperately wants strawberry shortcake, or some facsimile thereof, for her birthday this weekend. I've tried a few times over the years to make this, but the shortbread has always been a huge disappointment. At best it's been too dense and heavy, at worst it's been.. indescribably horrible. If possible, something that does not include too-specialized ingredients would be great as well.

My favourite soup in the whole world used to be a nice Irish potato soup, before I went vegan. I have also never found a way to make a creamy based soup that didn't separate, taste like plastic (I really dislike vegan 'cheese' products, and think they taste like petroleum products), or congeal when it cools. If anyone has any cooking methods, ingredient suggestions, or magic tricks, I would be so grateful.

Banana Muffins



This was supposed to be a muffin recipe, but I didn't have any proper muffin pans!! They're still SOOOO delicious though, and so easy to make, so I thought I would share!

Ingredients
- 3 ripe bananas (the riper the better!)
- 1/4 Cup Oil or melted Vegan margerine
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup (walnuts, coconut, currants, oatmeal - whatever takes your fancy!)

Directions
+ Mash bananas... add oil/margerine and sugar... mix well!
+ Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together and add banana mixture. Mix until flour is blended.. (do not beat)
+ Pour into muffin pans or a bread pan and bake at 360F until a toothpick comes out clean.

sandwiches my kids can make

my oldest kiddo is almost five and currently getting handy at making his own sandwiches - but other than pb&j (which he doesnt really like) and your typical lunchmeat sandwich, im at a loss.

im looking for something easy i could make and keep in the fridge he could easily slap between two slices of bread or some interesting combination of things he could make.

im intrigued by the homemade lunch meat recipe i found in the tags and we do hummus/beans a lot.

soy free earth balance

Well I asked my whole foods about ordering this. I was pretty certain they would not be able to do this (as another poster suggested) because this is another country and crossing borders and such just special ordering into a another store is not as easy as it sounds. Anyway, they cannot do this due to packaging regulations. Nutritional/bilingual packaging regulations being different in Canada than the US make this impossible. For example, Canada used to see Boca products but don't anymore due to the bilingual packaging thing.


Booo