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Strawberry season has filtered out, and now it is time for blueberries!
It also is time for Wonder Vegan to go on a diet, and so that meant it was a baking bonanza at my apartment.
One of these items was blueberry pie.
According to Wikipedia, the earlier settlers ate it and using wild Maine blueberries truly makes the dish. It IS the state dessert for Maine after all!
While I didn’t have wild Maine blueberries, I used Dynise Balcavage‘s recipe for blueberry pie with a slight modification in her filling: ginger. I once before baked Balcavage’s recipe when I was taste-testing for “Celebrate Vegan.” I wanted to put a summer twist on it, and everyone at the CSA agreed that it was delicious. They said they never thought to add ginger and it was a bit of spunk that fit well.
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Tags: blueberry pie, caponata, italian mojito, pear tart tartin, peppermint bark, testing, urban vegan, vegan
I know, I know. It has been quite some time. I didn’t mean to be gone for so long, it’s just life steals me away.
I was getting into an exercise grove, then on weekends, I didn’t feel like blogging. I also went away to Michigan to visit “in-laws” for 4 days in January. And then, I hurt my wrist when I fell on snow/ice about a week ago.
But, on that note, let’s get to food!
Wayyyyy back, Jamieson and I decided to make blueberry pie, as I am testing for Urban Vegan. Well, it was delicious! I don’t think I have had blueberry pie since turning vegan, and I LOVE blueberries! Jamieson is a master at crust, and he also put his own touches on the crust (can you see the Batman and Wonder Woman symbols?)
Then there was caponata. It reminded me of an Italian ratatouille. I am not a huge fan of olives (hate them, actually), but it did add to the dish. It called for a little bit of sweet, but it wasn’t overpowering. I think the vinegar and other more “sour” vegetables take over. I had it over rice.
Next, I made Italian Mojitos to drink with this dinner. Well, I don’t know if I didn’t crush the mint leaves well (it just said to chop ’em), or maybe sparkling water isn’t sweet enough for me. It wasn’t my favorite, but I think mojitos are on the same line and gin and tonic, and I am more of a wine or sweet alcoholic drink.
I made two desserts. First, what I was most excited about, was the peppermint bark. It was SUPER simple. I still have a lot of it, and I keep trying to hand it off to co-workers, who also enjoy it!
Then I made pear tart tartin. I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour (I looked everywhere. Where do I get this stuff?) I had to use regular pastry flour, but only 1/2. It was difficult to get out of the pan, as the goo went EVERYWHERE, but it was a sweet, yummy dish. Definitely a hearty winter dessert to warm you up!
Well, I did test a few more, but that can be for another post, so I don’t bog this one down!! Happy Friday!