Thursday, December 27, 2007

Happy Holidays

For this holiday season I made my specialty: Vegan Cupcakes! For the past few years I've been using store bought icing on my cake and cupcakes because I haven't found a recipe that has been quite wonderful enough. This year I got my hands on a cake decorating bag and felt it was absolutely necessary to make towers of frosting on my cupcakes. I made one batch of of what would have been dulce de leche cupcakes (had I used the icing I was supposed to instead of the vanilla frosting) for work and another batch of plain chocolate, also with vanilla frosting, for my family Christmas party. Ok, to be perfectly honest, I have never had such amazing frosting in my life. So good. Other good news is that my new oven (and when I say new, I mean seventy years old, just new to me) bakes quite well which is really a lovely thing since an off-temperature oven can ruin everything. In any case, I'll try and keep up with my postings more than I have (oops!) .

Sunday, August 5, 2007

All things green

I realize August is not really the ideal time to be making scarves, but sometimes it's just nice to not have to follow a pattern. I bought this yarn a little while ago from Knit Cafe in West Hollywood. It is a organic dyed cotton from blue sky alpacas and it is amazingly soft and easy to work with. I absolutely adore it and will definitely use it again despite it's price. It was only $10 a skein but I have a habit of buying inexpensive yarn. I went with a simple moss stitch in alternating greens.

And because I cannot seem to stay out of the kitchen recently, I had quite a few different food experiments this weekend. Most of them, while edible, did not go as well as expected. In the end though, all my mistakes were completely overtaken by the fact that I made the best vegan pizza I've ever had. Now that is really saying a lot because I have a mild addiction to the pizza dough from Trader Joe's and have made countless variations from tons of fake meat to vegetable overload to barbecue and most things in between. This pizza was a simple pesto, tomato and vegan mozzarella on wheat crust. I'm usually not a fan of the wheat crust as it tends to come out a bit dry, but all the oil in the pesto seemed to counteract that. This thing was definitely greasy, but well worth it. The cheese even melted! This alone would excite any vegan. In any case, I ate almost the whole thing. I attempted to make this last weekend but had a minor disaster with the pesto. The adapted version of the recipe is as follows.

Vegan pesto

1 bunch fresh basil (about 2 cups)
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp lemon
2 cloves chopped garlic

Throw it all in a food processor and blend.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

First post!

All right, it's official. This is the inaugural post to this soon to be amazing blog. I just wanted to show off one of the fabulous margarita cupcakes I made this weekend. Of course this recipe is from "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World." Although I never thought I would be putting tequila in a cupcake, they're really quite sweet.

Since I bought a new cupcake tray tonight there will definitely be more made in the near future. Not to mention that I still have a ton more recipes to try. Hopefully there will also be some non-edible treats as I can't spend all my time snacking in the kitchen. (Alternatively, I just need to find more people to eat the things I make.)