Monday, December 31, 2007

Cinnamon Rolls

I have not had cinnamon rolls since before I went vegan and it has been worth the wait.
They're my sister's creation with a little help from The Joy of Vegan Baking.
She filled them with a concoction of walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar and vegan butter and dressed them with a rich vanilla icing.

Note: The pictures do not do justice to the reality of goodness felt by my taste buds this morning while eating one for breakfast.

Soup: Roasted Butternut in broth of Coconut Milk

If I could, I would eat homemade vegan soup every day for lunch and dinner. (Soup for breakfast weirds me out) I'd dedicate an entire blog to soup.

One of the greatest things about soup is that it is so versatile. Often times, it's best when unplanned: you have something in the refrigerator (squash in this case) that needs to be used so you spontaneously make some soup of it.

This soup was made using the Roasted Butternut Squash recipe from Vegan World Fusion. It has a coconut broth and is spiced with a hint of cumin. It's great for a cold, drizzling day because not only does the soup's warmness neat your body and soul but the spices leave their heat within long after being consumed.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Like Girl Scouts - only better

I've been wanting to make these Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies for quite some time and finally had the chance now that finals are over and break has begun.

I used this caramel recipe instead and it worked out fine. The cookies were ridiculously messy and absolutely delicious.

Would you like some Apple with your Caramel?

Yet another dorm-style creation- I wouldn't recommend using plastic forks as sticks unless you absolutely have to.
The whole process was actually pretty low maintenance, easy and a lot of fun. I didn't have a candy thermometer so used a caramel recipe that didn't require one. The recipe calls for one cup of the sweetened condensed milk. I used the recipe provided for the sweetened condensed milk but added all of it to the caramel mixture which worked well.
Toppings may include chocolate sauce, pretzels (my favorite), walnuts etc. I encourage you to be creative.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Needums: I guess its a Maine thing...

My neighbor from the east coast recently introduced me to a Maine delicacy.

Not only are needums delicious, they're also a simple and extremely low maintenace treat to create.
Simply combine potatoes, sugar and cocount and you've got goodness. Traditionally they're cut into squares and dipped in chocolate... however she did it dorm style in which there's no double broiler in sight and the closest thing to a jelly roll pan is a disposable pie plate.

Saturday, December 08, 2007