October 17th, 2009

baking cupcakes

This is just a general question with regards to cupcake baking:
Do any of you have a problem with the cupcake batter sticking to the paper cups? I never had this problem with non-vegan cupcakes, but since I made the switch, all my cupcakes become fused with the paper cups and IT IS SO FRUSTRATING. Any tips/suggestions? I want to bake cupcakes all the time but I always become deterred when I think about the dreadful stickiness. Ugh.

looking for cooking ideas

so.. my roommate and i are trying to figure out how to run a vegetarian household but we are both noobs to cooking. we just got a ton of produce at the public market and i am not sure what we should do with it all, so was wondering if you guys had any suggestions?

here is what we got:

green beans
eggplants
peppers - red, green, and mini sweet ones
carrots
asparagus
swiss chard
yellow tomatos
potatos
squash
bananas
oranges
plums

we also got some flat bread and have tons of pastas, beans, rice, and other grains. anybody know of any recipes that would be good for noobs or even just ideas for stuff to throw together using this stuff? i'd really like to be able to just cook improvisationally, but wouldn't know where to begin, any tips?

Sweet Sticky Purple Fried Rice



1 cup brown rice
1/4 cup black rice
1/4 cup millet
1/4 cup pearl barley
1 jewel yam (they work better than garnet yams)
1 bag of mixed frozen veggies
water
vegetable oil
salt

1. Wash the rice, millet, and barley until the water runs clear. Place in rice cooker.
2. Wash and chop jewel yam into chunks. Layer on top of rice. There is no need to mix.
3. Add water until it barely covers all the contents.
4. Cook in rice cooker until done.
5. Heat a non-stick pot and add a bit of oil. Add the frozen veggies and stir-fry. Add salt to taste.
6. Add the rice and stir.

Tip: Keep the rice cooker away from walls. Black rice stains and it's a pain to clean if it splatters.

Recipe and images from: theveganabc.blogspot.com/2009/10/from-college-kitchenette-sticky-sweet.html