Monday, 29 June 2009

Highland Games.

A yearly BC tradition - the BC Highland Games. Lots of good Scottish fun for the whole family - even with (imported) Irn Bru!

Now, the girls have both been taking Highland Dancing lessons (as you know) for a year now, and aren't ready for competing (yet) but both have said they want to be dancing at this next year. (We'll see) I told them they need to listen to their teachers and practice lots.

In the meantime, we had fun playing mini golf, making kites and getting faces and arms painted, as well as listening to all the bagpipes and watching the "big kids" dance. Doesn't it look like fun?

Saturday, 27 June 2009

End of Grade 1.

Another end of school year party, more cookies to share. This time for M's class, and with a recipe, as its one of mine! All enjoyed and gone! M's teacher is moving to a new school next year, and will be greatly missed - lots of tears on the last day. Enough of that, here's the cookies -
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 25 large, soft and cakey cookies

½ C Sugar
¼ C Agave
¼ C Maple Syrup
½ C Canola Oil
½ C Almond Milk
2 T ground Flaxseeds
½ t Vanilla Extract
½ t Caramel Extract
1 ½ C Plain Flour
1 C Wholewheat Pastry Flour
1 ½ t Baking Powder
½ t Salt
½ t Cinnamon
1 C Chocolate Chips

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, agave, maple syrup, oil, milk, flaxseeds and extracts until smooth. Stand 10 minutes.
Sift in the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Place in fridge for 25 – 30 minutes to firm up a little.
Preheat oven to 350F and line baking trays with parchment paper.
With slightly damp hands, roll dough into golf ball sized balls, and place 2” apart on the baking sheet. Flatten with your fingers.
Bake for 10 minutes until the bottoms are a little browned. Cool 5 minutes on the tray before transferring to a rack to complete cooling.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Pre School Graduation Party

R's last day of preschool ever was on Monday when they had a party and a "graduation" of sorts. We had to provide something to share so R and I made Cookies.
They are the Cut and Roll Sugar Cookies from the upcoming Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

R chose the shapes - hearts "because I love all my friends" and stars "because my friends are superstars". My baby is growing up! Kindergarten in September.
Here she is, all graduated and ready (or not) for Kindergarten. She says she wants to stay at preschool and not go to Kindergarten in September. Like she has a choice.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Thank you to the driver.

M went on a 2 night sleepover Sparks camp this weekend (my big girl!!) and got a lift both ways with her friend M whose Mum drove. She (that is the mum) wouldn't accept any money for petrol, and as it was quite a long trip I offered a cake in payment instead. She jumped at the chance of that!

I gave her the choice of one of the following -
1. Raspberry Blackout Cake (Vegan with a Vengeance)
2. Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake (Veganomicon)
3. Smlove Pie (Veganomicon)
4. East Coast Coffee Cake - Apricot and Cardamon Variation (Vegan Brunch)

She's pregnant at the moment so her choice was determined by cravings! I made the winner and delivered it to much acclaim. Here we have the -

Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake

(from pg 256, Veganomicon) in all its glory. I lightly glazed it and topped with a tinsy sprinkling of coconut.

Thanks for the driving, Andrea, and I hope you enjoyed your payment!!

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Sports Day

M's school sports day was Friday. This year she was in Blue House, as you can see from the outfit, and I have a few action shots to share. She had loads of fun!!

and sitting waiting for the Popsicle!

Friday, 19 June 2009

Dead Batteries!

I took a bunch of photos at M's school sports day today meaning to put them up as my post for today, but my camera batteries are now dead and I won't be getting more until tomorrow most likely so that will have to be the next post I do.

Today you just get this excuse post. Without a photo. and no food.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Airmiles Redemption #1

I recently discovered I had over 2,000 Airmiles in my account. Now I know its not much, but when the things you want to spend them on are only about 600 Airmiles each it is! I have ordered 3 food related things using my points and will share what I've used them for as they arrive.

So far the only one which has come is the waffle iron, yes, a waffle iron!! I've never had one, and wanted one so bad to make the waffles in Vegan Brunch! so when it came I made waffles for dinner. The Gingerbread Waffles to be exact.
Gingerbread Waffles

How were they?? great, R LOVED them, and M even ate some (she's NOT a gingerbread fan). I told them waffles could be made in any flavour, so they immediately made requests. R asked for Orange Waffles and M for Vanilla. While M was at school today I made R these Orange ones for lunch, and she gobbled them up. I just changed up the Gingerbread recipe somewhat. I'll get to the Vanilla ones at some point and most likely post the pictures here too. YAY Waffles!!
Orange Waffles

Anyone care to guess what else I may have ordered?
Here's a hint - they're both also small electrical kitchen appliances.
Wait and see!

Monday, 15 June 2009

Salads from South America.

The wonderful Terry has started putting up more Vegan Latina testing recipes. We had three with dinner the other night!! Two were salads and they lasted a few days.
In the photo we have Peruvian Red Chile Corn Salad with Limas & Cherry Tomatoes and Tomato Salad with Sweet Crisp Onions (Ensalada Chilena). They were both very good but I think we both preferred the bean salad. I've said it before, but this book is going to be so cool.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

Fruit. Salad.

Nice way to enjoy both your salad and the fresh summer fruit. Not a fruit salad as in mixed up different types of fruit, but a salad with fruit!

First up is mixed salad greens with pear slices, cherry halves and sliced strawberries, dressed with a pomegranate balsamic dressing.
Then we have mixed salad greens with kiwifruit slices and orange segments, dressed with a plain Italian style vinaigrette.
So, who is wanting a salad now then?

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Highland Dancing - The Recital, and Cookies.

Both M and R take Highland Dancing classes, it is in their blood really seeing as they were both born in Scotland, and they both love it. Honestly both of them are known to spontaneously break into some steps all over the place! So I'll start with some photos of them in costumes from the show - no action shots as the school makes a tape and sells it for fundraising.

First half of the show costumes -

Second half of the show costumes -
There's also a "tea" at the end and parents are asked to provide food for sharing. I made these cookies - Chocolate Chip Mint Leaf Icebox Cookies, and Gingerbread Biscotti - from the forthcoming Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar (follow the link and buy it people). I love being a tester for this - I can make super cookies and smugly not share the recipe while promoting the book! Needless to say, they were loved by all!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

I appreciate....

Mini Green Tea Glazed Green Tea Cupcakes
from the eternally wonderful Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World.

Made for the Staff Appreciation Lunch at M's School. The theme this year was Japanese and I volunteered to provide a dessert. These may not be traditionally Japanese, but the Matcha (green tea) powder they contain is!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Cookies on Playdates.

Big A and Little a are away for a few weeks (enjoy the wedding girls) so we've taken the opportunity for M to have a bunch of playdates with other friends. Here's some pictures from baking done in the ones we've had already -

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (made with S)

City Girl Snickerdoodles (made with D)

Mexican Chocolate Snickerdoodles (sans some spices as its for kids) (made with AI)
all are testers for Vegan Cookies invade your Cookie Jar the wonderful new book by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, due out in November.

Friday, 5 June 2009

I know its Spring, but its never to warm for CRUMBLE!

and this time its crumble with a twist.
For the fruit base I used a mix or Rhubarb, Strawberries and Ginger, which I stewed with some sugar, and thickened a little with some Arrowroot. I love this mix of flavours, but H is not so keen.

The topping is the twist. H loves coconut (which I think I have said before) and I wanted to incorporate that into the topping. What I ended up with was a treat, here's the recipe -

Coconut Crumble Topping

2 C Plain Flour
½ C unsweetened Shredded Coconut
½ C Panko
½ C Sugar
1 t Baking Powder
½ t Salt
¼ t ground Ginger
Pinch ground Nutmeg
¼ C Coconut Oil
½ c Coconut Milk
¼ t Coconut Essence

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, coconut, panko, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.
Now, depending on how solid your coconut oil is you can either mix the oil, coconut milk and essence together in a separate bowl and then mix into the dry ingredients until crumbly (hands are good for this), OR, if your oil is solid you can cut it into the dry ingredients like you would shortening and then stir the coconut milk and essence in to form a crumbly mix afterwards. Either way works – just do what your oil dictates.
Pile on top of your pre prepared fruit layer, store in the fridge if making in advance if you like, and when ready bake for ½ hour at 400F.

Served with a little (or a lot after the photo was taken) custard. mmm.

I think this topping would work fantastically well with a mix of tropical and subtropical fruits - mango, passionfruit, peach, pineapple - that sort of thing, and served with a good quality vanilla vegan icecream. (I'd make my own if one of the publishers of the many new vegan icecream books on the market would send me a copy and an icecream maker to make it in!)

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Brunch for Dinner

Starting with the Tofu Benny from Vegan Brunch, as requested by H!
and here's a bonus shot of the Italian Feast Sausages from the same book, served on Garlic Mashed Potatoes and with Broccoli.

Monday, 1 June 2009

East Coast Coffee Cake

from -
as is almost everything posted on vegan food blogs these days! I made the blueberry variation with chocolate chips. hmmmm

I made this plain during testing (remember when it was just testing...) which was great, so when my tester copy arrived the other day I knew what I had to make. Dessert and breakfast taken care of. (PS - There's a MUCH better picture in the book.)

H has requested something from the book for dinner later in the week so watch this space for that!