March 24th, 2010

Pie Crust-with coconut oil?

I am still mastering the art of the perfect vegan pie crust. It has been a tasty time, but I need to stop eating pie. I have one more method I would like to try; but before I spend hours in the kitchen and end up wasting ingredients, I wanted to know if anyone has ever made perfect pie crust using ONLY coconut oil/coconut butter for the fat, in it's solid (possibly even cold) form? If you have, would you mind sharing your method and recipe? I have found recipes online that use coconut oil, but they also use butter for a substantial portion of the fat which leads me to believe maybe using all coconut oil in a pie crust might not work out very well. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciate.

Tim Burton Themed Party Snacks!

Hi guys,
So I am having a Tim Burton themed dress up party for my birthday in a couple of weeks, and I wanna go all out with the decorations, and the food. But I'm having a bit of a mental blank thinking of ideas!
All I can think of is some biscuits and/or cake with icing saying 'Eat Me' and little tags to go around glasses saying 'Drink Me', and I'm going to look at Willy Wonka for ideas for some more sweets.
But I want to try to make food reminiscent of some of his original movies, not just remakes, and I also need some savoury ideas.

So, show me your collective creative food genius! (Pretty please?)

Falafel Waffles!!!

1 box Fantastic Foods falafel mix. 1 cup water. Olive oil spray. Waffle iron. 8 minutes a piece.

Um, wow. These were amazing. Why had I not heard of these?

Also, bonus recipes:

Tahini lemon sauce:
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup water
Juice of one lemon
1/4 tsp salt
1 clove garlic
2 sprigs of parsley
Blend in blender for about 1 minute.

Rose-vanilla ice cream (Adapted from the Vanilla recipe in Lick It!)
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 1/4 cups vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbs vanilla extract
1 tbs rosewater
a few drops of red food coloring
Combine all ingredients, chill for 2 hours, then freeze in ice cream freezer according to manufacturers instructions.