Thursday, September 27, 2007

I don't know how great of a blogger I'll be this year. I've been cooking and baking regularly, but either I forget to take pictures, or the camera batteries are dead. Most nights its "cook, eat, homework" and nothing in between. I'll try to post more regularly when I make something great. So far I've made oriental pasta, banana-berry muffins and oatmeal chocolate chip muffins from Looneyspoons, and lemon-poppyseed muffins from LDV. I also made a really good chickpea chowder from Looneyspoons...but no pictures!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

And I thought Science was hard...

Oh my...I'm bombarded with work already. I'm used to the first two weeks of school being slack...needless to say, posts might be a little less frequent, although I'm still trying to cook a lot.

Last weekend, I made a fettuccine alfonso from The Uncheese Cookbook. The sauce was made with soymilk, white beans, onion powder, etc. It was good. A little bland, but I added some S&P, and vegan parm to jazz it up a bit.

For lunches, I'll be using Vegan Lunch Box many great ideas! I oven-dried some tomatoes last weekend and used them in a pita with flaxy hummus. Very yummy along with some cucumber spears, fuzzy peaches and some peach yogurt with frozen blueberries.

The first dinner I made during the week was from Vegan Slow Cooker. I did not even bother to take a picture...yuck! Pasta primavera....veggies for primavera are not meant to be cooked that long, I got through three or four bites and threw everything out. Mostly everything I've made from this book so far has been good though.

The next night, I made a simple Shepherd's Pie from Cooking for the Rushed, except I used ground round and made the mashed potatoes vegan. Very good. Billy really liked this too, particularly the spice in the ground round mixture.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

The end of summer

I finally buckled down and cooked again. It'll be nice to start school, just so I can get back to my regular routines of cooking and exercise.

From Looneyspoons I made the "Canajun" rice and beans, a mix between Canadian and Cajun flavours. I'm not posting the recipe because I didn't really need to change any of the ingredients, it was in the vegetarian section. I really like this dish, there's some spice but not too much.

From Cooking for the Rushed, I made the chicken pot pie. I adapted it by using fake PC chicken strips, Earth Balance and soymilk, and instead of using prepared Pillsbury biscuits, I made mine from scratch, using the baking powder biscuits from La Dolce Vegan. This dish is amazing!! I love the idea of placing biscuits on top of the pie, instead of spreading a crust. And the biscuits are phenomenal!

I had a craving for fried foods last night after work, so I decided to try my hand at cheesesticks. They actually turned out pretty good. I cut up Follow Your Heart Mozza cheese into mini sticks, and then dipped them in a flour/arrowroot mix, an egg replacer/water mix and then a breadcrumbs/ Italian seasoning mix....and then redid that. I fried them in oil for about 30 seconds and then sprinkled them with a bit of salt and parmesan. They really hit the spot! I want to refine the seasoning a bit, but they're a great occasional snack.

Back to school Tuesday, better hit the mall for some school supplies.