Sunday, 31 May 2009

Dinner - BBQ Tofu

Using my standard, go to BBQ sauce (the first one if you follow the link) I marinated some tofu slices, then baked at 400F for about 30 minutes, turning after 15, until firm and chewy. Served over brown rice with salad on the side. What a yummy, simple dinner.
Would also have been good cooked on the BBQ!

Friday, 29 May 2009

Asparagus Risotto

As made many times before - with a few changes to what I usually do but nothing major. We love asparagus, and it is always so very good as a risotto! This time I used Tarragon as my herb accent, chopped up some asparagus teeny tiny to saute with the onion, as well as using a homemade asparagus stock, and I didn't roast the asparagus this time either.

Served with biscuits from Yellow Rose Recipes and a green Salad. Yay for spring!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Bake Sale!

No pictures, because we gobbled the stuff we bought far too quickly for that!

Thanks to the wonderful Evan from Bjorked Off for making such good treats! Follow the link to his blog, and I'm sure photos will be up soon, and there are ones from the previous bake sale too.

Held every third? Sunday of the month this Craft Fair / Bake Sale is well worth a visit if you are in Metro Vancouver. I'm sure if you check Evan's blog you'll find out when they are on.

Next time maybe I'll remember to take photos!!

Monday, 25 May 2009

Erik Marcus.

If you are Erik Marcus and have googled yourself, Hi!

I have been meaning to read this book - Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money -for ages, and have finally got it from the library. I have previously read this book - Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating -he also wrote, and really liked it. Both books are an informative, interesting read, well written and easy to follow. I'd recommend either to anyone who is interested in stuff vegan.

Erik (may I call you Erik?) has also recently published this book - The Ultimate Vegan Guide: Compassionate Living without Sacrifice - and I would love to read it too. My library doesn't have it (yet) but I have requested they buy it and they are pretty good about getting requests in. I've only heard good things about it too.

I also follow Erik's blogs on Google Reader, his old one, Vegan.com, well, its still current so maybe calling it his FIRST one would be better, and his new one, An Activists Life, which is more personal, and I think, more interesting. Both blogs are updated all the time so there is always something new to read.

And just to reiterate, I don't know the guy from Adam, but he's out there all over the place, and has interesting stuff to say. Book pictures stolen from Amazon.com (thanks) where you can buy the books too.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Whole Foods

I know I've raved in the past about Save on Foods, and I really do love them, but I have another love in Whole Foods too!

The other day M&R had to go to the dentist for a checkup, and their pediatric dentist is way over in Vancouver so we left loads of time to get there and arrived super early (sods law right), so had time to kill. Their dentist is near the new Whole Foods at 8th and Cambie and its great.
Photo from their website!



I didn't buy anything but happily browsed for AGES enjoying looking at all the things I'd like to buy, and all in one place too. If you were there the other day and saw some strange lady wandering down the aisles cackling with glee, that was me. If only we lived nearby and there'd be none of this going to 5 different stores to get everything business.

The girls were fantastic at the dentist too btw, no cavities and checkup done for both without Mum!

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Biscuits.

North American Biscuits that is. I think I've posted about the whole biscuit / cookie / scone conundrum before so I am not getting into that again. I have in the past used Tracy's recipe - like in this post - but decided to try another couple over the last wee while to go with soup and other things.

First up from Jae Steele's wonderful Get in Ripe, Buttahmilk Biscuits. These are made with Spelt Flour and Coconut Oil, so not your usual white biscuits. I found them to be a little salty, and a wee bit dry, but very good and healthy tasting. Would make again.
Then I made the Buttermilk Biscuits from Yellow Rose Recipes. A lovely light, scone like biscuit that went really well with jam.
and just to round out the theme for this post I made the Baking Powder Biscuits from Vegan with a Vengeance. These are very scone like too, and great fresh out of the oven, but then a little dry.
You want a verdict? I like Joanna's best. Yay for Yellow Rose Recipes.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

BREAD!

I sometimes just want to bake bread. Sometimes I don't get to act on that desire, and sometimes I do. Here are a couple of loaves I've made recently - the first a plain old boring white loaf, which was lovely, and the second, flavoured Sundried Tomato rolls. I'm so good to myself.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Mother's Day.

We're having ours this weekend because H had to work last Sunday (all day) - its what you get when your restaurant is the most popular venue around for Mother's Day brunch and dinner! So Happy belated Mother's Day to me, and everyone else!
As celebration I made this wonderful Coconut and Pecan Chocolate Pie. mmmmm. The pastry (which is far to thick but it's a work in progress) has coconut oil in it as well as ground pecans and is lovely. The topping is a little too sloppy (like I said its a WIP) but very tasty! I will make again (maybe for Father's Day) and post the recipe once i am happy with it!

I actually was woken up last Sunday at 6am and given my stuff the kids had made. It was super cute. So I didn't miss out, I just get extra love now too!

Friday, 15 May 2009

Testing with Seitan.

The seitan used to make these recipes is in itself a tester too. First up, something that looks like the dogs dinner. Its actually super tasty, very more-ish and really easy to eat, Fieojada Portabella - Hearty Brazilian Black Bean Stew (with seitan and portobello mushrooms). mmmm.

Then we have Seitan Saltado - Peruvian Seitan and French Fry Stir Fry. What? I hear you asking. Sounds a bit strange doesn't it, but let me assure you it tastes GREAT!
Now we have Shredded Seitan Empanadas ala Chilena. Like Latina Cornish Pasties, but with other stuff. Tastes good hot and cold!

and last for this Seitan themed testing post - Chipotle Seitan and Potato Tacos. Messy to eat, but ever so tasty.

We're really enjoying testing for this book! Can you tell.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

COOOOOOOKIES!!!

Finally Isa and Terry's book I have been testing for is available for preorder from Amazon. Go and order it!
It's dead cute, and the name is a blast. The little sister book to Vegan Cupcakes take over the World!


I can thoroughly recommend all the recipes I tested, and to be honest, I think I tested most of them!

I don't think it'll be out until the Autumn, but will make a perfect Christmas gift for vegans and non-vegans alike - so go order!!

Monday, 11 May 2009

Pomegranate and Blueberry MUFFINS!

Using up some of that POM Wonderful Juice as posted about the other day!

and bringing muffins back to this blog, where they belong!
Pomegranate and Blueberry Muffins
Makes 12

1 C Plain Flour
½ C Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
½ C Ground Almonds
2½ t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
½ t Cinnamon
½ t Salt
½ C + 1 T Soy Milk
¼ C Oil
½ C Pomegranate and Blueberry Juice
2 T Pomegranate Molasses
3 T Brown Sugar (packed)
3 T Sugar
1 C fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Preheat oven to 375F and prepare muffin tins.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt.
In another bowl mix together the milk, oil, juice, molasses and sugar.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and mix to just combine. Fold in the berries.
Spoon mix into tins and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until tests done.
Cool muffins in tins for 5 minutes and then on rack.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

POM Wonderful

Like a whole bunch of other people out here in blog land I was approached by POM Wonderful and offered free Pomegranate Juice. Now they're back in the good books for stopping their animal testing stuff, and considering how expensive this juice is to buy, how could I say no. and I get to use this cool graphic bottle in this post!
As I've had plain pomegranate juice before I thought I'd use my free vouchers and get the other flavours and do a bit of a taste off, and tell you what I thought of them all. So that's what I did. I bought and tasted Pomegranate and - Blueberry - Cherry - Tangerine and Mango Juices. In order of preference, drum roll please, we have the tasting notes-


1. Tangerine. I loved how this one was slightly sweeter than some of the others. A nice orange undertone that complemented the tart pomegranate nicely. Easiest to drink.


2. Cherry. Has a very cherry taste to it, and I love cherries. Not too tart and not too sweet, and not overly pomegranate tasting. Nice.


3. Mango. A little disappointing as the mango flavour got lost int eh pomegranate tartness. It softened it slightly but wasn't really overly present.


4. Blueberry. I expected to like this one more as I love blueberries, but for some reason I found this very tart, a little bitter and with a tannin like aftertaste. Smells great though.


Would I buy any of them again? Yes to Tangerine and Cherry (as well as plain Pomegranate which I do like) but probably only if on special, or if I had a big craving. Its good stuff, and the price reflects how difficult it is to get I guess.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Vegan Latina - more test stuff.

On this plate we have a bunch of testers -

Pupusas with Black Beans and Plantains

topped with Simple Latin Tomato Sauce

served with Salvadorian Slaw

and a selection of sauces on the side;

So Good So Green Sauce, Pinenut Crema and Pickled Red Onions.

I'm not convinced I like plantains yet. The jury is still out on that one, I think I need more recipes with them. The slaw is lovely, fresh and vibrant, and the sauces all really good. I especially like the Pine Nut Crema and have made this one over and over already.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Arroz con Gandules - more Vegan Latina Testing

Rice with Pigeon Peas (Arroz con Gandules) is a simple, easy to prepare dish which tastes wonderful. It cooks in the oven so you can pop it in, forget it and come back to a great dinner - with or without anything on the side.
Pigeon peas where new to me, and I like them. A little earthy tasting they are great beans, and I have a bunch in the freezer to use up. I've made this dish (and variations thereof) about 3 times already!

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Chilies Rellenos - Another Vegan Latina tester

Chilies Rellenos con Papas y Alemdras - the name itself is a mouthful! Basically, stuffed and fried chilies. A bit of work, but REALLY good and so worth it.

Not something you'd whip up on a weeknight after work, but something you'd make to impress. Believe me, they are impressive - smooth and crisp at the same time and really tasty. Terry is a goddess.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Sancocho Soup - A Vegan Latina Tester

aka - Root Vegetable Soup. Doesn't Sancocho sound more appetising!

A lot of the tester soups for this book so far have been filling and substantial. This one sure was, and tasty to boot.

Eating the corn was a little messy, but worth it!