Monday, January 28, 2013

all things cheese. nut cheese?

HAHAHAAH, that sounds gross. (I'm still laughing)

We are getting ready to move and my cookbooks have all been packed. LAME. So, I'm trying to find my favorite recipes online....Which are not showing themselves--well at lease the specific one i'm looking for.  Gravy that tastes like Ikea's swedish meatball sauce!

However I found a website that shows some of my fave vegan cookbooks, pictures of the completed recipes, and reviews--but no gravy. I'll keep searching but I guess I'll have to wait to cook in the new kitchen... when we find it.

Of the recipes on this tease-site I look forward to trying the pimento and tempeh cheeseball for the superbowl!

I also want to try to make Chloe Coscarelli's  spinach artichoke dip. I hope it's different than the other recipes I've followed, because it may as well be made with real cheese for all the flatulence that ensues.

Have a lovely, Cheesus-filled day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sweet Potato cookie CRACK

So, I love sweet potatoes... and I love cookies.

bam. CRACK.

I used this recipe, but I used all the rice flour I had left and added bob's red mill GF Biscuit mix. I don't like any of the bean-based flours, they taste green. I don't know how to describe it in any other way, but my grandma used that terminology when roasting peanuts. Raw. It tastes undone. Anyway, Rice flour IS actually awesome and fluffs up nicely. As long as garbanzo or fava bean flour is a small amount of the mixed flours, it should be fine. 

I also used vegetable shortening instead of butter/coconut oil, and agave nectar instead of sugar. I added agave after I pulsed the dry ingredients and added the shortening, to gauge how moist the dough was getting. 

And by moist, I mean, crumbly like the recipe says. I'm amazed the dough worked, and I'm also amazed I didn't burn them, since I've burned everything I've made the past few days, thanks to TRUEBLOOD.
It gets super sticky, so I may have used 1-2 Tblsp, rather than the 3-4 Tblsp of fine sugar.  

No, they aren't too sweet, but they do the trick. And I'm still going to eat them all in one day.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Starting Over

It's that time again. January.

Everyone I know is starting the new year over. Whether it was full of good things to continue, or bad ones to let go. Time to start anew, without judgement, because we all are.

Instead of resolutions, I am taking a cue from my day job, and setting intentions:

    • That was #1
  • Finish what I start.
    •  SO many unfinished sewing/crafting projects!
    • Life gets in the way, which is awesome.  
  • Chase my dreams. 
    • Maybe not chase, but reach and take steps to get closer.
  • Take smaller steps, bites, whatever. 
    • Live like a student with a spongy, open brain. 
  • Choose love over anger, hate, ignorance. 
    • We are all just trying to get by, a little niceness never hurt anyone.