Sonntag, 30. März 2008

Kale and Potato Hash & ChickBeetPotato Sandwich

In the mess that is called my recipe book I found one for a Kale and Potato Hash I had copied from some website quite some time ago and altered the recipe a little. When I wanted to take a picture of the bowl I realized my batteries were empty, but no panic! Luckily my old digicam was loaded.

No kidding, my boyfriend loved this! He ate at least half of the bowl! I was like "Why didn't you say anything? I would've made more!" He said "Well, I couldn't foresee that it would be so tasty!" Ha ha.

Ingredients (serves 1)

2 medium potatoes
1 cup kale, chopped
1 tsp. olive oil + 2-3 Tbsp. water (you can always omit the oil and use only water instead, but I figured a little hint of olive flavor wouldn't hurt here)
1 medium onion
2-3 Tbsp. soy milk (optional)
1 - 1 1/2 Tbsp. balsamico bianco
nutmeg, to taste (I used about 2 Tbsp. I think)
salt & pepper, to taste

1. cook the potatoes
2. in a saucepan sautee the onions in oil & water
3. add the salt, pepper and vinegar
4. add the kale to this mixture
5. add the cooked potatoes, mash them with a fork and add soy milk
6. season with nutmeg and pepper

I had beet salad on the side which I put on top of the potatoes after the first bite, because it went so well together.

And you may have been wondering... a ChickBeetPotato Sandwich? Yeah, I wouldn't exactly call it a sandwich, but I didn't know how to call this odd creation that satisfied the hell out of me!

Here you go: I had a leftover potato and leftover beet salad, we had fresh whole-wheat carrot bread so I sliced the potato, topped it with a layer of beet salad, baked two Falafel balls, mashed them a little and topped them with some more beet salad.

My two bread slices were loaded so I decided to use silverware - something that always seemed odd to me. I remeber sitting at my aunts table as a kid, wondering why on earth she was eating a small slice of bread that was only topped with a slice of cheese with a fork & a knife when one could just as well hold it in the hand.

Now I like to eat bread with silverware too, because you don't eat as fast and get to enjoy your food longer. The whole process of eating is intensified! I started eating pizza with a fork & a knife (something that always seemed so out of question) for those reasons, too.
Well, that was back in the cheese eating days I guess because cheese tastes crappy once it cools and hardens - I always got so greedy, seconds later my slice was gone and I didn't even get to really taste and enjoy it. I remember shoving my pizza down so fast just so that I'd get to enjoy the cheese while it tasted best: hot and runny. And it was on top and in the crust... jeez =p Well, that's not a problem anymore now!

Last night I made a pizza with - eek - mushrooms (often just the smell or the thought of chewing one makes me sick... apparently I can only eat them in Pierogies, don't ask me why)! I decided to give them another try - just to give them all to my boyfriend in the end. Ah well, it was good nonetheless. I had mine with lots of sliced zucchini and green asparagus (oh how I love it!) and convinced my boyfriend to let me top his with veggies, too. He loved the combination of the three!
Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture because I hadn't eaten anything the whole day and was starving so it was gone within a matter of minutes (of which I spent at least three picking the mushrooms off my pizza) .

Donnerstag, 27. März 2008

Lemon Corn Pancakes

Yumm, these were good! Inspired by the Lemon Corn Waffles from VwaV I came up with the following.
Topped with black currant jelly and blueberry jam this was a fluffy yet crunchy and very fruity breakfast!

Ingredients (yields 3 pancakes)

4 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. corn meal
1/2 tsp. baking powder
pinch salt
1 Tbsp. apple sauce
2-4 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. soy milk
juice and zest from 1/2 lemon (or 1 lemon, depends on how lemony you like it)
1 Tbsp. agave syrup

Dienstag, 25. März 2008

Red Beet Salad & Sweet Potato Fries

Okay, I'm not a fan of sweet potatoes. I had three fries... but they're not for me. The sweet taste was irritating and not very much to my liking. Anyway, at least I can cross the sweet potato off my list of things to try.

The red beet salad was fantastic though, but I love red beet anyway. I used jarred ones(vinegar is in there already) and shredded them and along with an onion. Simple as that! And most importantly - it tastes sooo good!!!

Montag, 24. März 2008

Peanut Butter Invasion

First off here's a pic I meant to post in the beginning of March, but totally forgot in the mess that is my images folder ;)
Anyway, I pretty much had the same breakfast today: a pear, Blueberry Raspberry Pancakes with applesauce, blueberry sauce and maple syrup.

And now onto the birthday baking. I apologize because we were in a hurry and when we arrived at his place I honestly just didn't think of taking more food pictures although there was A LOT of food. His mom made many turkish dishes. I had the vegetarian ones: couscous and hummus. And even though her hummus was perfectly prepared I still don't get why so many seem to go nuts over it.

But now I present you the best chocolate cookies! I am not kidding. If you're into the combination of banana, peanut butter and chocolate you will love these! If you're not into the banana taste simply use another egg-replacer.

They were actually supposed to have a PB core inside, but we were out of peanut butter and made only the chocolate cookies. I'll post the full recipe though, they are totally worth it!

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Munchies

(makes 32 cookies)

Chocolate Cookies
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup vegan margarine, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1/2 banana, mashed (or egg-replacer for 1 egg of choice)
1 Tbsp. soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla

1. stir together flour, cocoa, and baking soda, set aside
2. in a separate bowl, mix margarine, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter
3. add mashed banana, soy milk, and vanilla, beating well
4. beat in as much flour mixture as possible using a mixer, stir in the remaining flour mixture
5. form into 32 balls, about 1 & 1/4 inches in diameter, set aside

Peanut Butter Filling
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tbsp.s granulated sugar

1. beat together powdered sugar and peanut butter until smooth (knead by hand if necessary) and shape into 32 balls
2. preheat oven to 350°
3. slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter filling ball, shape the chocolate dough completely around the peanut butter dough, roll into a ball and repeat with remaining dough
4. place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking pan
5. bake for about 8 minutes or just until set

The cookie surfaces should be slightly cracked. Cool on pan for about a minute. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Can be frozen for up to 3 months!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake.
You were right Jennifer, this crunchy but soft cake was fantastic!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Bars from Have Cake, Will Travel!

The Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls which my friend liked the most.
They looked pretty much like those, but we didn't have time left for icing but had already mixed powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla sugar together and just put that on top which lead to the picture - lots of sugar, but where are the rolls?

And not very photogenic, but damn tasty! Crunchy, sweet and perfect with the raspberry jam in the middle: Peanut Butter Cupcakes from VwaV. We just added jam and 71% chocolate pieces.

All in all this was a huge success, everything was very well recieved and I was called the MacGyver of baking because everyone was like "I'll call you when I want to bake and am missing an egg so you can tell me what to use instead!" Ha ha =p

I wanted to make a pie with silken tofu, too. But the stores were closed on Friday and when I wanted to buy it on Saturday I looked at the recipe again to read that it was supposed to cool in the fridge overnight. So no pie, but there was wayyy to much food anyway.
Talking about way too much food, I just came back from my best friend who's polish and her mom made Pierogies & Borscht, roasted rosemary potatoes, red beet salad and lamb's lettucce with oranges... SUCH a filling and wonderful dinner!

Grilled Veggie Pita and Easter Goodies

Just a quick update about my dinner yesterday. The PB Birthday goods will be posted later, I'm just off to meet my friend to take pictures.

First, salad: red cabbage with red beet, a little balsamico bianco and sunflower seeds.

And my "main course": grilled red bell pepper, zucchini slices, broccoli, scallions, brussels sprouts and tomatoes on a mashed Falafel in a sunflower seed pita pocket with a layer of pepper-peperoni spread.

I'm proud (and totally surprised by myself to be honest) to announce that I managed to resist the temptation until Sunday and therefor highly enjoyed my espresso chocolate last night.
And my mom was so sweet! She got me a Lindt Goldhase mug and lots of dark chocolate =)

Hope you had a good time with your friends and family aswell!

Freitag, 21. März 2008

Veggie-Lentil Curry, Carrot Cupcakes & Falafel

Tonight I had a craving for lentils and cauliflower again, but didn't want the same meal I've had in my post before so I made a few additions.

I prepared the cauliflower the same way like I did here. The red lentils were prepared like before, too with an addition of 1/2 tsp. curry powder and a dash of chili powder.
To make the dish more colorful I roasted a red & yellow bell pepper and some zucchini that I sprinkled with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder in the oven for 20 minutes on 375°F.

Yesterday I went to the Bio supermarket to get new agave and bought Falafel. Homemade ones would've tasted better for sure, but they weren't bad and the idea of having Falafel ready within 8 minutes was quite appealing so I bought them along with new whole wheat pitas.

I bought a sunflower seed based pepper & pepperoni spread that I used, along with 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage, tomatoes and cucumber.

And I made Happy Herbivore's Fat Free Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Frosting. I used a little bit too much applesauce, because after 20 minutes in the oven they were still a little gooey inside. But did I mind? Hell no, there was no egg in there so I could have just as well eaten the raw batter =p To be honest I snacked quite a lot while mixing together the applesauce, shredded carrot and vanilla. Tasted delicious! I think I'll make that as a snack again soon!
But back to the cupcakes - my best (girl)friend tried one and loved it, the icing in particular. She's an omni so I got the "There's really no egg in there? Amazing...!" between each bite, ha ha!

So, tomorrow the big baking for the night's party will take place. I'm so excited!
I have to hurry now though, the boyfriend's waiting!

Hear you on Sunday I guess. Happy Easter and have a nice weekend everyone!

Dienstag, 18. März 2008

Red Lentils with Cauliflower

I couldn't decide what to make for dinner last night so I just started cooking some cauliflower and then settled for red lentils to go with it. Another delicious and nutritious meal. Mhmmm! Lentils are so good and I can't believe I waited until now to make them, because they had been sitting in my cupboard for at least a month now. But hey, I think they won't be around for too long since I'm already thinking about how to use them next.

Cauliflower florets with nutmeg & salt and 1/2 cup red lentils with a tsp. vegetable broth, salt, pepper, some paprika powder and nutmeg, a small sauteed onion, a dash of garlic powder, tumeric and cumin.

And thank you all for your comments on my last post =)

Montag, 17. März 2008

Birthday Baking!

My best friend turns 20 in four days and I want to spoil him with baked goods.
He's a peanut butter lover BIG TIME and here's what I've planned to make for him so far:

- No Bake Black Bottom Peanut Butter Silk Pie (VwaV)
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Swirl Cookies (I'll veganize an old recipe I used once which he loved)
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes

Now what I'm asking you to do is: post your favorite recipe that includes peanut butter. I want him to squeal like a little girl when he sees the baked goods =p

I'd love you forever and ever if you helped me out with this. I just need more ideas and reviews (especially on the No Bake Pie... is it good?), because these goods will represent veganism (there will be omnis only) and under no circumstances do I want people to be able to say "See, I told you vegan food tastes like crap!". I think you know what I mean ;)

Thanks in advance! I'm off to lunch now!

Granola Bars

So I'm back at work. I've been here for an hour and my bosses are chatting next door. Oh well, that gives me time to update my blog! I don't mind chilling a little longer ;)

Last night I had a toasted pita pocket. Not whole wheat, but at least with sunflower seeds ;)
One half with mustard & red bell pepper, the other half with the all-time favorite peanut butter & jelly.

Yeah, as you may be able to tell I wasn't really in the mood for cooking.

This weekend I made Rominas Granola Bars. The recipe sounded wonderful, exactly like what I was looking for. Sadly I think I pressed them in the pan too much because they tasted pretty gum-like. Or I should've left them in the oven longer.

I topped it with peanut butter because it was rather dry. That kind of helped, but nevertheless I wasn't able to eat more than one half.

I'm sure they would've tasted great if only they had turned out like hers. I will give them a try again some time and get them right!

Donnerstag, 13. März 2008

Classic Breakfast Food

Of course I'm talking about oatmeal ;)

Mhhh, this one was so good. The pear was perfectly ripe and the whole combination was highly satisfying!

1/4 cup oats
2/4 cups + 2-3 Tbsp. soy milk
1 Tbsp. sugar (or sweetener of choice)
1-2 Tbsp. flax seeds
dash cinnamon
1 pear, chopped

I let half the pear cook with the oats and added the other half when it was done. and sprinkled it with almond slices.

This one's a little more fancy. Or let's say it just included more ingredients than the Pear Oatmeal.

1/4 cup oats
2/4 cups soy milk
1/2 mashed ripe banana
1 Tbsp. sugar (or sweetener of choice, I'm out of agave atm)
dash cinnamon
1 apple, chopped
toasted almonds

Luckily I still had some Blueberry Sauce from VwaV that went perfectly well with this breakfast!

I'm off to enjoy the beautiful weather now! The sun is shining and I can't wait to cruise on my bike again!

Dienstag, 11. März 2008

It's Waffle Time!

I made VwaV's Lemon Corn Waffles with blueberry sauce yesterday for breakfast and I can only reccomend them to anyone who likes lemon and corn meal. They were lemoney, crunchy and overall delicious! I didn't take a picture though because my batteries were empty.

This morning I made Vegan Dad's waffles and Jennas Banana-Walnut Waffles.
Since I made the regular waffle batch first I was left with 1/4 cup too little flour, added some corn meal but the mixture was still runny. Anyway, I had to scratch it out of my waffle iron, but the taste was still wonderful! Thanks so much for providing the recipe Jenna, I'll definitely give them another try once I have flour in the house again =)

My messy breakfast table after breakfast(as you can see I made too many regular waffles, there were more left over than the picture shows): green tea, some pear slices, berries, waffles, blueberry sauce, powdered sugar...

I'm on my way to meet some friends now, but I'll definitely comment on your blogs tomorrow. I've been checking out your new posts, but haven't had the time to comment yet. But as always I gotta say: your dishes are awesome!!!

Freitag, 7. März 2008

Cinnamon Rolls, Berry Crisp, Pizza and Spinach Chickpea Curry

So here we go: food from the last days!

CINNAMON ROLLS! Mhh, they were so good! My boyfriend loved them and it's extremly hard to get him to say something like "Wow, they are delicious!"
Success!!! I used Bjorkedoffs recipe!

Spelt pizza crust with Barilla Basil Sauce, spinach, broccoli, yellow bell pepper, tomatoes, shredded zucchini and vegan mozzarella.

Chickpea Spinach Curry from VwaV. It was a little bland and sure did not look very pretty, but after adding more spices it was really good! Too many chickpeas for my taste, but other than that this was quite a success.

Happy Herbivores Blueberry Crisp. Such a quick and berrylicious dessert!!!

With ice cream - my dad's plate.

And the raspberry version, because I was out of blueberries.

And then I got fresh blueberries, yumm!

Dienstag, 4. März 2008

Mashed Cauliflower with Broccoli & Chickpea - Pepper Salsa

I went grocery shopping today and came home with the following!

Yes, I bought a sweet potato for the first time in my life. We'll see what will happen with it.
And since I'm craving pizza quite often lately, yet never make any dough, I bought spelt pizza crusts.

So here's what I cooked. Rather simple, but verysatisfying.

Katie's Mashed Cauliflower, garlic Broccoli and Chickpea - Pepper Salsa (red pepper, yellow bell pepper, fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup cooked & partly mashed chickpeas, onions, garlic, balsamic vinegar, garam masala, dried basil, nutmeg, salt, pepper).

I'm off to enjoy a long night now! I mean hey, I' haven't been on vacation for 6 months. So it really was about time!

Montag, 3. März 2008

Spinach Tortellini, my magical place & something that made my day

I just cleaned up my kitchen, so now it's about time to show you where the magic happens!

If I should get myself to throw out the couch already I'd have more space, space I need actually. But I love my couch too much ♥ Some day, some day...

For dinner 2 days ago I had the following.

There were no nice tomatoes available at the supermarket so I bought a jar of Bertollis Basil Sauce. I usually don't like to buy something like pasta sauce, because you can easily make it yourself. But this one tasted quite good. Nevertheless I had to add vegetables of course: zucchini, bell pepper, asparagus, broccoli, scallions.

Last night I had the tortellini again, with the same veggie-pimped sauce. I also made spaghetti and Pesto (which was delicious), but I totally forgot to take a picture *slaps*

I'm on vacation for 2 weeks now though so hopefully I'll start cooking more. My parents already mentioned that they like the idea of me having dinner ready every night for the next days when they come home from work, ha ha ;)
I have a loooooong list of things to try so finding recipes shouldn't be hard.

And now it's time to squeal like a little kid... LOOK WHAT I GOT! He he.

Thank you so so much, Jennifer!
I feel incredibly honoured that people enjoy this blog and reading your lines absolutely made my day =) Thank you SO much!!!
There are so many vegan blogs out there I enjoy, and yours is definitely one of my all-time favorites!
Here's also a small list of blogs I visit frequently and enjoy a whole lot:
  • The Happy Herbivore
  • Vegan for one
  • Eat, Live, Run
  • Chocolate Covered Vegan
  • Love like a Vegan
  • Veggie Delight
  • Eat, Live, Run
  • The Metal Femme's Vegan Living
  • Ruby Red Vegan
  • Melo Meals
  • Veggie Girl
    There are many more... Like Jennifer said I think we can rate the vegan community 'E for Excellent'.