Saturday, November 04, 2006

Hybrid Dessert

I started out making apple phyllo strudels from Vive le Vegan, but the phyllo was not cooperative, and well, let's just say that we did not get along. No one has seen the phyllo since. So I was left with a bowl of apple filling. I decided to make an apple crisp. So much easier. I used the apple raspberry crisp recipe from La Dolce Vegan, but only used the topping ingredients. So we have a Vive-Dolce apple crisp, and it is yummy! My grocery store finally started carrying soy ice cream again, so I just had to buy some to serve with it. Mmmm, nothing better than baked apples.













Today, Billy begged me to make the carrot ginger muffins from The Garden of Vegan. This is a miracle and made me very happy for two reasons: 1) He never knows what he wants, and I have to drag it out of him when I'm packing lunch, 2) He requested vegan food!! These muffins are a favourite of his (sans pecans though). They look a bit different than usual. I usually make 6 jumbo muffins, but decided to make 12 smaller ones, so they'd fit in our lunches. So the tops cooked a lot more. They're still yummy though, especially when they're warm and slathered with a bit of margarine.













Tonite I made spring rolls from Vive le Vegan. These are baked, but they still get crispy without the oil and frying. Mine didn't get too golden on the top, but they're still super crispy. I made a ginger dipping sauce (also from Vive). The rolls are pretty good, they lack *something*, I'm not sure, but its missing some flavour. I like them though, and the dipping sauce adds a lot of flavour. These would be fun for lunches too. The filling contains carrots, celery, ginger, garlic, shitake mushrooms, rice noodles and some seasonings. This was my first time working with spring roll pastry, and I was very pleased. Much better than the above phyllo incident. I look forward to trying the pastry with other ingredients too.
springrolls
springroll

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those spring rolls look great. I am looking forward to trying spring rolls. I just found spring roll pastry in our grocery freezer this week. No such luck on the soy ice cream front yet. The one they carry is really nasty.

Too bad about the phyllo. Which brand are you using? I use the PC brand and I find it very easy.

Melissa said...

It was the PC brand. I've used it before successfully, I guess it was just a bad batch.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful food! I plan to make the apple cherry crisp (from Everyday Vegan) for the cookbook club. Seeing your pic, I really look forward making it ;)

raising_kahne said...

Im so glad you posted about those muffins because I wanted to make them because they sounded so great(Sarah described them as tasting like carrot cake!). So you think they'd be good without the pecans?? I think it's great that Billy requested them. It makes me feel good when people want to try vegan food. : )

The spring rolls look great! And the dessert mis-hap looks like it turned out fabulous!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Melissa! Every single item here is making me drool. So good!!

Melissa said...

Rita I look forward to seeing your crisp!
Raising kahne, I think the muffins are just fine without pecans. I'm not a huge fan of nuts, but if a recipe calls for them I'll usually put them in. Billy doesn't like them though(well he could deal with them, but he prefers to not have them) I suggested adding chocolate chips, but he didn't want them (gasp!...is it a woman thing???)

Thanks kleopatra, the pictures made me drool again today, haha, since there's no more leftovers for me to enjoy.

PS The spring rolls tasted great the next day. I sauteed them in some Earth balance to recrisp them, and they were yummy!I totally pigged out on them. Although, it can't be too bad for me, they're filled with veggies!

Anonymous said...

Yes... phyllo and I have been known to get into a tiff or two... I'm just way too much of a non-perfectionist to work with that stuff! Your dessert looks awesome anyway.

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Your food looks yummy - especially the apple crisp. What a perfect recipe for this time of year!

raising_kahne said...

*gasp* He didnt want chocolate chips??!! Maybe it is a girl thing, but usually guys are the first to gulp down the chocolate goodness!

Melissa said...

yes I was very surprised too! But they're great without them, so no big loss. I just had a bowl of ice cream with fudge topping to make up for it ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid of Phyllo. :)

Melissa said...

i just might be now too!