banana bread

March 28, 2007

Modified from this recipe. Reading over the comments, I noticed how many mentioned the super sugary taste, so I cut the sugar in half. It was delicious. Here is the recipe with my modifications:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup margarine
1/4 cup applesauce
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup plain rice milk, mixed with 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 F, and lightly spray an 8×4 bread pan.

Sift togther dry ingredients. Cream margarine and sugar. Add bananas, milk, vanilla and apple sauce. Add the wet and dry ingredients togther, and stir until combined-DON’T overmix!

Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


March 19, 2007

Finally I can start getting caught up on all the stuff I have made. This weekend I cooked for my family and some friends (all omni’s), but more on that later.

For now, some pictures of what I have made over the past few weeks:

This was probably the hardest meals to photograph. It just looks so blah in EVERY picture. Oh well, it can’t really be helped.
Anyway, a couple weeks ago I was totally craving Split Pea Soup – even though I have only had it two other times in my life – I used this recipe. The bread is the Soda Bread recipe from La Dolce Vegan. I didn’t eat because I really hated the texture. It was like biscuits – which I really, really hate. I’m not sure why, but I cannot stand to eat biscuits of any kind. The soup was great though!

Peppers were on sale at the store this week, so I tossed this together to save them from going bad. It is just couscous, kale, zucchini, carrots stuffed into the peppers then topped with tomato sauce. They were o.k. – not the best thing I’ve ever made, but pretty good for just being thrown together.

I had never had Kale before, but I bought some becuase it looked kind of interesting. It is so great! You all probably knew that already though… Recipe is here . Just scroll a little and you’ll find it – it is the Sweet Potato and Kale Soup.

More exciting food tomorrow… hopefully.

I am a little late in getting it, but I finally had enough money to buy Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.
I know that almost every cooking blog has been posting cupcakes like crazy, but there is good reason for that. They are so cute and fluffy, and taste darn good. And, they are very easy to photograph. I was a little apprehensive about the frosting on these- it has EB and shortening- but it was so good with the crushed cookie bits.

I have so many food pictures ready, but not a lot of time to type out recipes. So, they will be coming soon hopefully over the weekend =)

Tofu, raw salad

March 9, 2007

I finally tried the General Tao’s Tofu everyone on VegWeb was raving about. The tofu had a very nice texture, and the broccoli was yummy- as always- but the sauce was far too sweet. I have never been very big on sugary foods, and I really did not like it in a dinner recipe.

I am trying my best to eat more raw foods. I eat very little processed food, but my raw vegetable intake is lower than I would like. I am shooting for 50/50 in my meals, and I sometimes don’t quite reach it, but I did pretty well with this salad. It is green leaf lettuce, homemade salsa, avacado, carrot, cabbage, red sweet pepper, black beans and baked tortillas.

Tomorrow I will have a few recipe posts. I made samosas for the first time tonight and they were delicious!

Does anyone know how to make my Flickr pictures, to my blog, without them getting all tiny? I don’t know how to fix it, but I know it is possible. I’ve seen quite a few blogs this way =/


March 6, 2007

I love waffles. In my pre-vegan days, I was never too excited at the prospect of pancakes, waffles of french toast, but lately I have been craving them like mad. For dinner of course =)

The recipe is Apple Waffles from the PPK. I’m sure all the nutritional value of using fresh apples and apple juice is lost by drowning them with syrup and Earth Balance… but hey, I have to eat junk every once in a while, right? I am still in highschool- it’s mandatory =D

The only changes I made to the recipe was to omit all of the spices except cinnamon. I didn’t have anything else but nutmeg on hand, and I was being super lazy and didn’t want to go through all the work of opening two spice containers.

I will have a lot more to post tomorrow, but it is monday and I have loads of school still waiting for me. Phooey.

1 1/4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup uncooked Couscous

Bring water, salt, and oil to a boil. Pour in couscous, stir quickly, cover and remove from heat. Let sit for five minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.

Spinach garnish
2 cups thinly shredded fresh rinsed spinach (do not dry the spinach)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil
3 stalks chopped green onion
2 gloves garlic, minced

While the couscous is cooking, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onions and cook until fragrant and slightly softened. Add in sun-dried tomatoes, and cook until warm. Quickly add in the wet spinach, and cook over low heat until wilted (be careful not to overcook or the spinach will become squishy).
Spoon couscous onto a plate, and top with spinach garnish. Sprinkle with a small amount of olive oil, and salt if desired.

O.K., kitchen appliance/accessory craving time. I want one of these like you would not believe. When you can make doughnuts as gorgeous as this, who could resist?
I always think I have so many more food pictures, but when I actually go to post, I realize how much more often I need to photograph things =/

Beans and Rice

February 21, 2007

Bountiful Beans and Brown Rice from La Dolce Vegan:

-It is next to impossible to take a good picture of beige food… especially beans =P