Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I'm back!

I took a break from cooking. First, because Billy was out of town and I felt lazy and lived like a bachelor, and then when he was back we just wanted to hang out so I didn't want to be in the kitchen all night. Plus the weather has been so nice, we uncovered the BBQ, and that's Billy's domain :). But, I've done my groceries and I'm ready to jump back into it...

Vanilla ice cream cake with caramel sauce- Vive le Vegan

This is a vanilla cake layered with banana, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. I left out the pecans so Billy would eat it too. Next time, I'll make the sauce with a darker sugar...but very good.

Chicken Cacciatore with pasta-Vegan Slow Cooker

This was easy to prepare. I just had to slice up some green pepper, onion and garlic, and mix it with marinara and seasonings. It cooked with the PC Meatless chicken in the slow cooker, and we just made some pasta in the evening. Very filling!

Caesar salad with sourdough garlic croutons- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Foods
I whipped this up quickly last night to go with the chicken cacciatore. The dressing is very easy. I only reduced the amount of capers, since I'm not a huge fan. The croutons are so yummy!

Brownies- Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar
Made at Billy's request for Fox's cartoon night....easily one of the best brownies I've ever made!Nice and chewy. Make them!

Friday, March 05, 2010

Friends are the vegan bacon bits in the salad bowl of life!

My dreams have come true again and I finally have a vegan friend! She decided to try it out for a while, and borrowed some of my cookbooks, then bought some for herself. We've been getting together every Sunday to cook vegan meals together, along with a few other friends. This Sunday, we had our hands full with crab cakes and seitan potpie....

Almost All-American Seitan Potpie- Veganomicon
This was the girls' first time working with seitan and they were a little freaked out by the look and texture of it. The V'con recipe calls for it to be baked, which makes it chewier, but it turned out alright with the rest of the ingredients. My friends made the crust, which turned out so flaky and tender...better than I could've done I have to say. A very good meal!

Cinnamon Rolls- Vegan Brunch

I made these the same night, although my friend also brought the cinnamon pinwheels from V'con....so good! These cinnamon rolls were delicious! Also, they freeze well. Just warm them up for 30 seconds to soften them up. Mmmmmmmmm. Perfect breakfast on the way to work!

Tempeh Crab Cakes with Remoulade- Vegan Brunch
These were also part of our vegan cooking night. I am never successful with patties and this night was no different, although I can at least share the blame with two other people since it was a team effort. The patties had to be made very small in order to stick together, and most of them still fell apart while frying. However, they are delicious and we ate these up with remoulade very fast! So now I just have to figure out how to make them look nice too! They don't taste like crab, although there's nori in them, but they're good on their own. Excuse the fluorescent lit picture!

Random picture of Dill with Auntie Caroline!

Tex-Mex Burritos- Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food

This was our weeknight meal. It was quick and easy, like the book says, which was perfect on a night when I had a homework deadline. Pinto beans, corn, avocado and lime, tomotoes, lettuce, salsa, cheese and sour cream. Yum! Nothing fancy, but it hits the spot.