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!
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.
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.
- 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!
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!
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!
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.