And the cooking sprees begin

March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I have gotten back into the swing of things! Life can get you down sometimes, and when it’s snowing and cold, it can really get me down.

Post-Run Protein Shake

But now that the sun is shining more often and we have an extra hour of daylight, the cooking resumes!

Let’s start with my testing recipes for Urban Vegan. Since my last post, I have tried: Earl Grey Cookies, balsamic baked beans, orange-soy seitan tenders, chocolate-hazelnut polenta budino, funeral casserole and post-race protein shake. WOAH! lol.

All of the recipes were awesome. I think I screwed up my homemade seitan recipe, so that probably impacted the tenders. The polenta was yummy but didn’t keep well for reheating. Oh, the issues of only two of us!

I would display all the photos, but heck, that would bog down the page!

Potato and Leek Soup

I also have discovered my cookbooks again. I made Potato and Leek Soup from You Won’t Believe It’s Vegan, Bean Cassoulet from Moosewood and Millet and Spinach Polenta with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto from Vegan with a Vengeance. I have also been looking for recipes online and when I was sick, I found the perfect get-better soup.

I also made chocolate chip cookie dough bites for St. Patrick’s Day for my office. My birthday is in a little more than a week and I wanted to test the recipe I found online. Well, they all went! I didn’t even get one! Serves me right for not saving any! LOL.

I also am developing a vegan version of a recipe that I absolutely love. I got the recipe when I moved into my first apartment on my own and LOVED it so much. But now it isn’t vegan, so I must adapt. Move over, Rachel Ray! That entry is forthcoming, as I still need to do another trial run or two.

This is a short entry, more of a recap, as I have been gone & in my little shell. Well, now it’s time for some spring cleaning and hanging out on my blog more often! Keep posted for more entries soon.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bites

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Urban Vegan reviews

February 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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!

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