Monday, June 21, 2010

Garden Goodies!

My friend Jen brought me another special delivery of garden veggies! String beans, cucumbers, squash, and banana peppers- mmmm!!

I made a yummy salad of marinated veggies, lettuce, and herbs from my container garden.


And sauteed veggies with a deeeeelicious oat flour gravy!



My first tomatoes are growing and I am super excited!! Anyone else growing and eating yummy garden stuff?

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

My Birthday AKA Vegan Brownie Domination

My birthday is nearing...ok in a little over a month! But still, soon to be 32 year olds having the best year of their lives have to plan early for celebrations. Opening my beloved POPshop & Spazz Records has reset my priorities a lot, which means that I am feeling very appreciative of the chance to get to eat out at a favorite restaurant with my favorite people.

 Maybe we'll do costumes... :P


I am totally excited that I got a new birthday party dress..thrifty thrift thrift for $6.99. Mine is minus the bow, but this nice mocha color, and is selling for $135 from the designer. I LOVE thrifting!


Here will be my nose jewelry ( just 1!):


I was at home on my new favorite day, Mondays- my day off!, and my fave, Giada came on, giving me an idea for the cake portion of my birthday party. I have established my admiration for Giada before, so I won't go into that...onto the birthday cake plan!

She made Frozen Brownie Sundaes- YUM.

Here's the recipe.

Ingredients



Brownie layer:


Vegetable oil cooking spray


2 tablespoons water


1/4 cup vegetable oil


1 large egg, at room temperature


1 3/4 cups brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge)


1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


2 (1.4-ounce) milk chocolate-toffee candy bars, coarsely chopped (recommended: Heath or Skor)


Ice cream layer:


1 pint dulche de leche or caramel ice cream (recommended: Haagen-Dazs), softened


Chocolate layer:


1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


1 3/4 cups milk chocolate chips


Sauce:


1 (12-ounce) bag frozen strawberries, thawed


1/3 cup powdered sugar


1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


Directions


Brownie layer: Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 by 8-inch glass baking pan with vegetable oil cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of paper to overhang the sides. Set aside. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable oil cooking spray.

 
In a large bowl mix together the water, oil and egg. Add the brownie mix and stir until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and candy bar pieces. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and cool the brownie layer completely in the pan, about 1 1/2 hours.






Ice cream layer: Using a spatula, spread the softened ice cream on top of the brownie layer and freeze until firm, about 4 hours or overnight.






Chocolate layer: In a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium-low heat until hot but not boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Using a spatula, spread the chocolate mixture over the ice cream layer. Freeze for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.






Sauce: Put the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice in a blender and blend until smooth.






To serve: Remove the layers from the pan and peel away the parchment paper. Cut the layers into squares and drizzle with the strawberry sauce.






Notes


For a smoother sauce, strain the sauce through a sieve and discard the seeds.

I will be veganizing the crap outta these things, and I know they will rock. Yay! Updates later!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Kittee Rocks My Ever-Loving World!!

So I was feeling funky and there was only one thing to do...make good food!!  A plethora of PB & J (despite the luxury of Ezekiel Bread and PB & Co.) had me in a slump!

I went to my go-to site, PakuPaku.info. This is the Holy Grail of amazing vegan recipes, all by Kittee. Get there!!!

I picked out Grandma Millie's Orange Candied Carrots and Tofu Mojo.


Marinating the tofu...look at that green goodness!


Yummy carrots!



And the finished Tofu Mojo, full of cilantro, chipotles in adobo, sweet potatoes, purple onions... (it tasted EXCELLENT!!)



Whatchoo been cooking lately?


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Friday, June 11, 2010

Whew! Tea, John Waters, and Vegan Food To The Rescue!!

I have been so busy with the new store.  It's 2 weeks old now! The process has been very happy, but exhausting!!! I've felt really run down the last few days and am fighting a narsty summer cold. It's prolly exacerbated by me pawing my new nose piercing a lot- teehee!
Tonight I had a little free time and decided to recharge with the following:

A banana smoothie with some Amazing Grass Powder.

Amazing Grass All Natural Drink Powder, Green Superfood, 8.5-Ounce Container

Some Breathe Deep Yogi Tea ( a lifesaver!!). I have the Cold Season sampler and it's excellent.


Yogi Cold Season Tea Sampler, Herbal Tea Supplement Variety Pack, 16-Count Tea Bags (Pack of 6)

Two excellent recipes from Kittee's site (future post!!)

And finally, Divine Trash!! Broke out the old VHS of this super fun John Water's documentary.

Divine Trash

The house smells amazingly like cumin, citrus, and tea. I've got my eye on a gorgeous purple nose hoop. I'm thinkning I'll pop my freshly washed vintage pillow case (garage sale score!) on my pillow and lay me down for a verrrrry restful sleep :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Fresh green beans!

Yum! My friend Jen gave us some fresh green beans and banana peppers from her parents' garden!


Today I cooked up the green beans. I sauteed half an onion and a clove of garlic, then threw in the beans. I wanted to skip the oil, so I mixed some water and Bragg's for cooking liquid.

 About ten minutes later, we had some seriously delicious green beans.

Any great ideas for the banana peppers?

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