If it’s your birthday I’ll pretty much make anything you want. My sister requested Lavender Cupcakes. She envisioned them being lavender in color as well as flavor. I just stuck with the lavender flavor. I’ll use food coloring sometimes but would rather just stick with non dyed foods especially if a recipe would need A LOT of dye, which, this would have. They definitely tasted like lavender and were very pretty to look at. I’m not sure if I would make them again. A little too herb-y for a sweet treat I think.
My daughter is very into learning how to bake. She wants to own a bakery when she is “a teenager”. :) So we’ve been experimenting with our own recipes every once in a while. Our latest, which needs more testing, is and Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookie. We were big fans of these!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin
When your banana’s start to go you make Banana Bread/Muffins. We always add chocolate chips to ours. I have some bananas that are perfect for muffin making on my counter right now!
Mini Key Lime Pies
This was a Pinterest recipe that I pinned awhile ago. I’m one of those pinners who pin but never do anything with those pins in real life.
This past weekend we celebrated Easter. For me, as a non religious person, it’s just another food holiday, which are my favorite! I love making new and special meals to share with family. After a backyard Plastic Easter Egg Hunt for the kids I got to work in the kitchen preparing 2 dishes to bring to my Mother In Laws house.
First up was a Gluten Free/Soy Free/Nut Free-Vegan Carrot Cake. We have some allergies in our family (!) and as the only vegan in the family I wanted to make sure we had a dessert that everyone could eat. I’ve never made a full size Gluten Free cake before so I was a little nervous at how it would come out. As is my nature I tend to not test new recipes out before hand for holidays or events. Its a terrible habit but one that I’ve been able to get away with and managed to get away with again…phew! The cake was a huge success! It was full of hand shredded carrots and a ton of spices. The spiciness of the cake was everyone’s favorite part of it. It was loaded with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg.
To decorate the cake I made a peachy pink vegan buttercream that I spread out as smooth as possible and piped some little decorations around the edge of the cake. I found some unsweetened coconut in my baking cabinet and sprinkled that on top.
Just before serving the cake my daughter and I added some handmade decorations that she made for the cake earlier in the day to make it more festive. It was adorable. I highly recommend letting your kids help decorate a cake with some of their drawings taped to long wooden skewers.
My husbands Aunt declared that this cake will be her new birthday cake. She loved it that much and I will be happy to make it for her again.
Seitan and Mushroom Roulade
For the vegetarian main entree I made a Seitan and Mushroom Roulade. I only had half a plan for this part of the meal. I know I was going to saute onions, seitan, carrots, mushrooms, garlic and spices and then deglaze the pan with tamari and red wine and then do something with filo dough. First I was going to make individual “cigars”. Then I was going to make individual wrapped pockets. In the end I didn’t have time for anything “individual” and a roulade was just to thing to speed things up! I saved some of the seitan simmering broth and we used that as a jus sauce. It was a nice a festive main entree.
On my plate next to the roulade were Thyme Infused Spring Vegetables and Asian Sauteed Asparagus, both made by my mother. I didn’t eat a lot because I was saving room for the cake! Which we served with Trader Joe’s Soy Vanilla Ice Cream. It was the perfect Holiday Meal.
Homemade Seitan Wrap w. Mesclun and Sriracha Mayo
We are home, yet again, with another snowstorm. Spring is only 15 days away and I can’t imagine ever seeing my neighborhood without snow again! Its gotten to a point where there isn’t any place else to shovel it. I feel bad for the people up in and near Boston. They have it way worse then us. I love the snow and love that it is snowing but it’s getting to the point where enough is enough.
Grilled Tofu with Spicy Veg Stirfry
Since the kids and I are home today I’m thinking of trying out some new recipes. Turn the oven on and make the house cozy warm. A few months ago I started working on a Spinach-Cheddar Biscuit. They would be so comforting to make and eat today. I’m thinking up an enchilada recipe or possibly a stuffed sweet potato recipe. Maybe I should combine both ideas? My 7 year old daughter wants to learn to bake so I though we could create a cookie recipe today with whatever is in the baking cabinet.
I let her make my Secret Brownie recipe the other day. She did about 95% of it herself which is not only a big deal for her but also a big deal for me. Its very hard for me to give control over to someone else in the kitchen! She did a great job on them. Can’t wait to bake with her some more!
Hope you are all safe and warm indoors today if you live in the path of this current snowstorm!
I am so excited to share this cake with you today!
It was my husband birthday, this past weekend, and we decided to have friends over instead of doing a restaurant meal. Its so hard to talk to everyone when sitting at a long table. This was much better. Everyone was able to chat and move around the house. The kids were there and other friends were able to bring their little one. It was all good.
I made all the food, which was a lot of work, but worth it.
We started with Somer’s Kick Ace Extra Sharp Raw Vegan Holiday Cheddar Cheese Ball. For a party full of omnivores this Cheese Ball disappeared! Also out for appetizers was a hummus plate with olives and pretzels and a bowl of mixed nuts. Simple.
For dinner I made a Tomato and Roasted Eggplant Stew with Chickpeas from Veganomicon and Balsamic Roasted Tofu with Kale and Sun Dried Tomatoes by Melomeals.
I didn’t have time to take pictures of any of the food because I was too busy taking pictures of the cake I made. I’m so very proud of it.
I made all 4- 9″ chocolate cake layers the day before the party. The morning of the party I whipped up a ton of peanut butter buttercream. I though for sure I was going to have a lot of buttercream left over for another dessert but no. Not a drop was left and I’m not someone who loads on a ton of frosting. A few hours before the party I made a quick and thick chocolate ganache and poured it over the chilled cake. Chilling the cake helped the ganache harden while dripping so it didn’t pool on the bottom of the cake. I really wanted most of the ganache still on the top of the cake with some drips down the side. I’m really pleased with how the drips turned out!
The cake was almost 7 inches high and I swear it weighed more then my 3 year old son. I had to take a shelf out of our fridge to store it in there.
It was all worth it though. It was delicious and everyone was happy to eat it. In fact we are still eating it! With 15 people over we still had half a cake left. A really thin slice of this cake is more then enough. It could easily feed 25 people, I think.
::Dusting off the cobwebs here::
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love ALL THE FOODS and ALL THE DESSERTS! I overeat like I’m at an all you can eat vegan buffet brunch. I’m in tremendous pain afterwards. Its both worth it and not worth it but I put in the extra time at the YMCA the day before and after.
This year both of my families (mine and my husbands) were celebrating together at my mother-in-laws house. It was a tight squeeze…my sister and I sat at the kids table..it was fun. I made most of the desserts this year. I went in the opposite direction of what is usually made by my husbands grandmother.
Instead of an apple pie I made a Tart Tatin from Terry Hope Romero’s book Vegan Eats World. It was my first time making this so I was nervous. It starts with an olive oil crust that is pressed into a tart pan and then frozen before baking. Thank goodness it was a pressed crust. I was not in the mood to wrestle with a rolled out crust! The apples were peeled, quartered, and cooked down in a vegan butter and sugar sauce that turned into a caramel that was later hit with some booze at the end. The tart was a complete success. It is definitely going to be my go to apple “pie” dessert. I topped my slice off with some So Delicious CocoWhip. That stuff was delicious!
Instead of a pumpkin pie I made Pumpkin Donuts! I decided to go Donut over Pie for the kids. They wouldn’t have eaten either so this gave them something else to choose from. I’ve had a donut pan for years now and have never used it. I think I alway’s assumed donuts would be too labor intensive but cake donuts are as easy as cupcakes. They were really moist and delicious. I topped them with a chocolate ganache and sprinkles. I’m currently baking another batch of them for a Thanksgiving Potluck at my friends house.
The last dessert I made with my 7 year old daughter. We had chocolate ganache left over from the donuts so we dipped Sweet and Sara Marshmallows, which we stuck a lollypop stick into them first, into the chocolate and then dipped them into either coconut or sprinkles. These were super cute and everyone had fun eating them! A dessert for all ages.
Hope your Thanksgiving was full of awesome people, food and desserts!