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On Hiatus…

November 11, 2008

Hi folks.  I’m going to be gone for a while.  There was an incident with my computer, involving Ethan, red wine, and Planet of the Apes.  Plus, work & school are pretty demanding.  Until Winter Break…Adieu!

It’s Still Halloween, Right?

November 3, 2008

Better late than never.  I thought I would have time to post these earlier, but didn’t.  I made caramel apples for my friends/family this year.  I used this recipe, from CHOW, but subbed in Earth Balance for the butter, French Silk Soy Creamer for the heavy cream, & brown rice syrup for the corn syrup.  They turned out great!  I rolled them in different things, combinations of pecans, peanuts, & chocolate chips.

And here are my friends’ jack-o-lanterns.  Matt’s alien invaders are on the top & Ethan’s creepy hacked-up face is on the bottom.  Mine was mysteriously not documented.  Darn.

Halloween Treats!

October 26, 2008

I made these at work today.  My sister even came by to help me decorate them, thank goodness (yes, she has a food handler’s card!).  They took for-freaking-ever!  But it was a lot of fun.

Lemon Sugar Cookies…

Spiderweb Cupcakes…

And some Glazed Orange Scones…

I’m planning on making some more Halloween-style treats before Friday, so I’ll try my best to post them!

Peanut Butter-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream & Homemade Magic Shell!

October 22, 2008

This is the first ice cream I’ve made since I got my Vita-Mix & it was awesome!  Of course, I couldn’t just leave the ice cream alone; I had to make some Magic Shell to top it with.  And there’s not a bit of sugar in any of this!

The recipe is adapted from one of the coolest blogs ever, A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise.  Here is the original version.  Mine is below.  The Magic Shell is from Brownie Points.  I used all virgin coconut oil & this sugar-free chocolate, available at Trader Joe’s.

Peanut Butter-Banana-Coconut Ice Cream

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 15-oz. can coconut milk (I used light, because that’s all that Trader Joe’s had)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt

Blend everything together.  If you are lucky enough to have an ice cream maker, use it.  I just did the blend, freeze, reblend method & it was heavenly.

Magic Shell

  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) virgin coconut oil
  • 5 1/4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (150 grams or 1 1/2 bars of chocolate mentioned above)
  • pinch salt

Gently melt everything together over very low heat or in a double boiler.  Store in a squeezy container at room temperature & shake before using.  Refrigerating this stuff will turn it into a hard lump.  A sweet, tasty lump.  If your house is cold (Smels, I’m talking to you here!), you may need to run the bottle under hot water or place it in a pan of warm water to liquefy it once again.

If you’re not familiar with Magic Shell, it hardens on contact with the cold ice cream & is downright amazing.

I’ve mainly been eating pretty boring stuff, like this pasta.  It was just a bunch of sliced zuchini & chopped red & green bell peppers, sauteed in olive oil, then mixed with organic marinara.  I poured it on a heap of whole wheat penne & was content with life.

I’ve mostly been spending time at work, school, or Eth’s house lately, so there hasn’t been a lot of excitement in the kitchen.  Here is a cute picture of Ruben, a.k.a. “Noodle Head”.  He’s so funny.

Now I’m off to try to catch up on some of my GoogleReader blogs.  Yikes!

Not a Real Post…

October 15, 2008

I just thought it was funny that two people have found my blog by searching “b cup boobs.”  Are my measurements hidden somewhere on here?!  But seriously people, I’m a C cup.  Get with the program!

Stuff I’ve Eaten Recently…

October 14, 2008

Here are the pretty bell peppers before they were chopped & added to one of my favorite foods: tofu scramble!

Yum!  Tofu scramble with oven-roasted taters—baked in olive oil, then sprinkled with Cajun seasoning.

And here’s a sort of ugly, but delicious dinner I had the other night.  A couple bags of spinach, wilted, then simmered in tahini-dill sauce & served with cracked wheat sourdough toast.

I hope everyone is well!

Midnight Dinner…

October 9, 2008

My eating schedule is all wacky from working so late, so this is what I’ve been eating if I get home & am starving.  It’s an onion-poppyseed bagel with Tofutti cream cheese, smoked Tofurky, sprouts & tomatoes.  Pretty much heaven!

I also re-read a book that I haven’t read in sooo long!

19.)  A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

For some reason, it seemed super religious to me this time around, but wasn’t gaggy.  At least I wasn’t as shocked as when I re-read Narnia!  I was way too young to notice the Christian subtext the first time around, so I thought it was such an awesome book that appreciated animals’ intelligence & agency.  Um, no.

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