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Thursday, October 27th, 2011 00:48

Obscenely rich, completely vegan. An excellent way to get tofu into those who profess to loathe it. We had a family friend proclaiming how horrid tofu was as he was working his way through his third slice of this.

(This is a very slightly tuned-up version of a recipe in the Rebar Cookbook. Said cookbook is Full of Good and Wonderful Things, and I will not stop plugging it until everyone has a copy. =)

Crust:

  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup spelt flour (or unbleached white flour)
  • ⅓ cup toasted cashews (or substitute whole-wheat flour)
  • ⅛ tsp salt (omittable)
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp powdered ginger
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Filling:

  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2½ boxes extra-firm silken tofu
  • 1lb dark chocolate
  • ⅛ tsp salt (omittable)
  • 2 tsp espresso powder (optional)

Crust:

Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease an 8" springform pan.

Place sugar, flour, cashews, salt, cinnamon & ginger in a food processor. Whiz until finely ground. Add shortening; process until well blended. Turn out into a bowl; add oil & vanilla. Mix well. Press the mixture into the bottom of the springform pan. Bake for 15 minutes; set aside & let cool.

Filling:

Drain the tofu; purée in a food processor until smooth. Add sugar, vanilla & salt; mix well. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Fold the melted chocolate into the tofu mixture & mix thoroughly.

Pour the filling over the baked crust. Bake for 35min or until firm. Cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate overnight before serving. Omnomnom.

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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 11:33

I posted this recipe a while back in a comment to an entry in [community profile] omnomnom. Now that it's Thanksgiving weekend and we have a bunch of beets from the last week of our CSA for the year, I've been looking high and low for it, so here it is for future reference.

I'm not a huge fan of beets, but these are really nice and really simple. They go well in a salad, or you can use them as a side. It's a fairly large recipe but it halves. We get tiny beets from our CSA, so we just peel them and cut the larger ones down to 1cm/½" cubes.

Orange-glazed beets
(from Vegan With a Vengeance)

  • 1½lb / ¾kg beets (3-4 average sized); peeled, quartered, sliced ~¼"/½cm thick
  • 1 cup / 250ml orange juice
  • 1 tsp / 5ml orange zest
  • 1 tsp / 5ml maple syrup
  • 1 tsp / 5ml salt

Put everything into a large pan, cover, and bring to a low boil. Simmer for around 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover & reduce to give a nice glaze.

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011 23:59

Grant loaves: super-easy to make whole wheat bread with a super-dense texture (almost muffin-like, with a crisp, substantial crust). No kneading. Minimal time commitment - scratch to bread in 90 minutes.

Grant loaf

This is a dense bread that goes well with butter, jam, or a nice cheese. Also great with soups, stews, and the like. Won't fit in a garden-variety toaster, but toasts up nicely in a toaster oven. Definitely not sandwich bread.

The original recipe appeared in a British cookbook published in the 1940s, written by Ms. Doris Grant. It's exactly the kind of bread recipe I'd be looking for if I were working shifts at the munitions factory but still expected to bake fresh bread for the family every day.

The recipe as I remember it, cut down to one loaf instead of the original batch of three:

  • 1⅔ cups warm water (yeast-friendly; ~95-100℉ or ~38℃)
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (the darker the better)
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 4 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt

The temperature of all ingredients is key, so if you should happen to keep your flour in a coldroom or some such, bring it into the kitchen and let it warm up a bit.

Grease a loaf pan.

Stir the sugar into the water until dissolved, then add the yeast. Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl, or if you're like me, dump them both into a bowl and run a whisk through them a few times to mix. After about ten minutes or so, when the yeast is foamy and happy, make a well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast & water in. Stir with a wooden spoon, working the dry outsides towards the center. Mix for about a minute. Again, if you bake like I do, you'll get annoyed with the stirring process after about 30 seconds and mix in the remaining dry bits with your hands. ^_^;

Form into a loaf and dump it into the greased loaf pan. Let rise in a warm place for ~30 minutes, until the loaf has increased in size by about a third.

While the bread is rising, preheat your oven to 400℉. Bake for 40 minutes. When done, the loaf should have a substantial crust and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

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Saturday, August 6th, 2011 13:27

(Originally from Health & Wellness magazine.)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups orange or pineapple juice
  • ½ cup carrot, diced
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber (~ ⅔ of an english cucumber)
  • 1 ea red or green pepper, diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt/pepper to taste
  1. Rinse quinoa, combine with juice, bring to a boil. Reduce heat & simmer, covered, until liquid is absorbed; ~15-20min. Let cool.
  2. Combine everything; adjust seasoning. Chill & serve.
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Sunday, May 8th, 2011 18:27

Since having to quit eating eggs on account of my youngest daughter's egg allergy, one of the dishes we've really missed is macaroni salad. The traditional family recipe calls for Miracle Whip, all varieties of which contain some amount of egg. Most of the vegan mayo substitutes try to replicate plain mayonnaise, and even it just doesn't have the same zing. Someone on one of the veggie boards pointed out that Miracle Whip is just mayo with a few additives to make it more sweet & tart, though, and further recommended tuning up some Vegenaise with a bit of sugar and cider vinegar, a strategy we used to great effect. Mixing ¾ tbsp of white sugar and ½ tbsp cider vinegar into 1½ cups of Vegenaise gives a vegan "Miracle Whip" that has about the right balance of sweet & tart, but is a bit weaker than the real thing and still missing some of the "bite". Next go 'round we'll probably try to zip things up with a bit of lemon juice or dry mustard, but this worked passably well. Use that to make a double recipe of Company's Coming Main Macaroni Salad and you are off to the races.

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Monday, February 7th, 2011 19:25

Iridōfu is a homestyle Japanese dish of crumbled tōfu stir-fried with various additions. Maki's recipe has quickly become one of my favourites, but I like to make it quite a bit stronger since I'm generally eating it with a fair deal of rice. Essentially, I double the seasoning components and substitute out the ingredients that I don't often have on hand or can't get easily here in the Sault. This winds up giving a recipe something like this...

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Saturday, January 8th, 2011 11:42

Made a veganized version of these this morning and they turned out very nicely. Subbed Earth Balance out for the butter (first time baking with it; it's neat stuff, eh?) and ¾ cup soymilk + ¾ tbsp cider vinegar for the buttermilk.

Left out the dried fruit because we didn't have any on hand, but even with only ½ cup of chocolate chips, they were still quite busy. I can see these being repeated for a nice breakfast treat at home or work; they're relatively quick to make, and much less sickly than store-bought doughnuts or pastries.

Joy of Baking: Chocolate Chip Scones

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Monday, September 6th, 2010 11:40

This is the first time we've actually made homemade Pico de Gallo; we should have done much earlier. It's got a nice fresh flavour that's the perfect antidote when you feel like you've been eating nothing but frozen, canned, or packaged food for far too long.

(Originally from The Complete Vegan Kitchen).

  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups (500ml) seeded diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) lime juice
  • ¼ tsp (~1ml) salt
  • black pepper to taste (cracked or ground, as you will)
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) minced cilantro

Mix in a bowl; let stand at least 15min for the flavours to commingle.

Side tip: if you're a tomato-processing noob (like me), one of the faster ways to seed tomatoes is to cut them in half around the equator (ie, not through the stem or base, but around the other way) and then squeeze each half out over a bowl. This gets rid of most of the seeds, and you can clean the stragglers out with a spoon or finger if you want. After this, you can optionally flatten each half against your cutting board with the heel of your palm to give a nice, two-dimensional, easy to dice tomato.

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Sunday, April 11th, 2010 22:13

We're vegetarian, I'm lactose-intolerant, and my youngest daughter is allergic to eggs, so vegan food makes with the happy for us. Birthdays get interesting, since the requisite centerpiece cake is problematic: most any bog-standard cake contains eggs, and we can't dodge the issue with an ice-cream cake either.

What we do (and we're not the first to have done this) is to take one of the basic cupcake recipes from the excellent Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and turn it into a cake.

Recipes follow... )