Lately, I’ve been on the search for an easy, fast vegan cheese. A lot of recipes I’ve seen lately involve making a culture from sprouts grains (which takes days) or using gums, thickeners and a myriad of ingredients that all involve a special trip to the grocery store, which really, I’m usually just not in the mood for. Cheeseballs usually conjure up images of Chiristmas parties and office potlucks, but I found that this one just reminded me that vegan cheese can be Continue reading
This weekend I met an online friend in real life (we bonded over our love for tacos), saw Gone Girl (!!), and actually learned properly about football (thanks to my very patient fiance). OH and I ate almost this whole loaf of chocolate and cinnamon swirled bread, how could I forget about that? It started out innocently enough, a slice or two just for photo purposes, then a few more slices before heading to the gym (for fuel, you know?), and then the best thing I did with this bread? Continue reading
Back on the recipe bandwagon again! I have a list of recipes burning a hole in my pocket, but this one had to be re-done and added back in. As you know, the way to a man’s heart is through the stomach, and my finace is no exception. He’s a sucker for anything double chocolate and cake like, so this was one of the first desserts I took to one of our weekend dinner date nights. A few times a month, we would cook dinner together, him cooking the main dish and I brought side dishes, and of course, dessert. Tiny and packing a lot of chocolate punch, these little cakes are simple, decadent and perfect for a weeknight dinner date! Almost every ingredient is something that you will probably have on hand, so whipping them up is fast and easy, just how a last minute dessert should be. Woo a date or take yourself on a date, either way, you can never go wrong with chocolate cakes!
- 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 ripe banana, finely mashed
- 6 tablespoons whole wheat or all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees, grease 4 ramekins and set aside.
- In a small, microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, almond milk and coconut oil. Microwave for 1 minute, or until melted. With a hand held mixer, blend in granulated sugar, banana, flour and vanilla extract until combined.
- Divide batter evenly between the 4 ramekins. Bake for 10-15 minutes, let cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. Top with a scoop of vegan ice cream, it's necessary!
Oh hey there! It’s been about, 2 months since I’ve written one of these? Time has FLOWN by and I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But I’m not really mad at that, give me alllll the mashed potatoes. Let’s catch up, ok?
The main events that have been going on are WEDDINGS! All the weddings. Ok so really only 2, but I was in them, so that makes for an extra action packed weekend. From flower arranging to last minute escort card sorting, I’ve been there and back a few times. I felt so lucky that I got to experience my two best friends getting married within a month of each other, especially since we all live so far apart. That being said, I’m glad my own wedding isn’t for another year or so, so we all have time to recover from the wedding madness. (BTW, I have a place to get married, it’s so pretty and I love it!). One of the pictures above is from the first wedding I was in, which took place in Silverthorne, Colorado, basically the prettiest place I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait to go back!
Along with all this busyness I’ve been lacking on the creation of new recipes, buuut that means my list of ‘to make’ recipes is growing longer and longer, so I’ll be rolling those out so soon. Is it ok to make key lime pie, even though it might snow in the not-so-distant future? Please say yes. I’m also dreaming about pretzel wrapped veggie dogs and some kind of bars that have pretzels, fudge and peanut butter, but I’m still working that one out in my head.
This edition is short and sweet, but here are a few of the recipes I made over the past couple of months, in case you missed them!
– Have you seen the start of my Kitchen DIY series? This post is the most popular so far!
– This smoothie is more tropical feeling, but I always seem to have the ingredients on had, so it seems like I’m making it at least once a week.
– Are you a major chocolate lover like me? These are the bomb.com and so easy, on the real.
– Sometimes I wake up late and make recipes that should be saved for a lazy Sunday (because I just can’t help it), these biscuits were worth the time/not really getting ready properly. I took them to a food blogger potluck a few weeks ago and they were a hit!
– Last but not least, I’m super nosy and like to know what other people are reading, especially when it comes to cookbooks. Here are a few of my recent favorites, tell me yours!
Until next time, have a happy Tuesday!
P.S. One of my best friends had a photobooth at her wedding and it was the single greatest thing I’ve done at a wedding, so naturally, I rushed to book one for our wedding too!
Are you someone who can power through the afternoon slump, or do you need a pick me up? For me, my slump comes around 1:30pm-2:00pm, a couple hours after I eat lunch (I eat lunch early, since I get into the office early) and when it seems like the time to leave the office just is too far away. This slump can usually me fixed with a walk around the office or a few snacks, but some days, a truffle is just what I need to get through the rest of the day. I know I’ve been hitting the espresso powder hard the past few weeks around here, but I bought a jar of it a year or so ago for a recipe and have been trying to use it up ever since.
Obviously, chocolate is always a good answer to any problem, but adding espresso just gives it a little extra boost to get through the rest of the day. These truffles do take a bit of cooking/cooling/etc., but they are well worth the wait! Happy weekend! (p.s. All pictures were taken with my Iphone with VSCO cam app)
Whenever I go into someone’s house to visit or for dinner, my favorite thing to be nosy about is their cookbook collection. Just like food, oftentimes cookbooks connect us with others through another level, bringing together an exclamation of ‘I made that recipe too!’ or ‘I’ve never cooked from that book yet, have you?’. I feel like sharing recipes and favorite entries in cookbooks is a way of saying ‘Hey I like you, I like this recipe, let’s be friends!’, it’s a way of sharing our favorite dishes with someone else, spreading the joy a dish has brought into our own lives. Especially now, as a blogger, I tend to not make recipes multiple times, searching for another recipe to test or trying to exhaust my list of ‘to make’ recipes from other blogs. These cookbooks are the ones I find myself cooking from time and time again, making multiple recipes multiple times until they become staples in my kitchen. If you notice, most of them are on the savory/dinner side, which, I have to admit, is because I’m better at developing recipes for baked goods, rather than meal staples!
1.) Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden by White on Rice Couple – Todd and Diane are two of the most inspiring food stylists and photographers out there. I would love to spend a day with them to see how they work and how lovely they photograph food. This book is not only gorgeous, but the recipes are foolproof and simple as well. Even if a recipe looks like it may be too simple to be delicious, I always come back to this book for more. A recent favorite has been the Crispy Rosemary Roasted Potato Pizza and the Roasted Strawberry Scones. Although not all recipes are vegan, some are or can be modified to become vegan. This is at the top of my ‘must have’ list!
2.) Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan- Every recipe I’ve made from Fran up to this point has been flawless, satisfying every craving chocolate craving I’ve had and ensuring that I can make some of the more decadent desserts I’ve been missing. Up to a point, I hadn’t come across a ton of vegan dessert recipes I was really satisfied with, but Fran’s recipes changed all of that. From Espresso Truffles to a vegan Buche De Noel, Fran knows how to make high end desserts into a vegan treat. I also love that Fran takes the time at the beginning of the book to explain in more detail the reasoning behind vegan baking substitutes and the science of how most of the recipes work. If I could recommend one book for vegan chocolate recipes, this would be it!
3.) Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson- I only just recently purchased this cookbook (as in a week ago), but I am already in love with the simple, yet lovely recipes and Heidi’s ability to make you feel like you are sitting down to a healthy and delicious meal with her. From breakfast to dinner and snacks, Heidi covers it all in this book, without feeling like any of the recipes are intimidating or too hard. I’ve found with Heidi’s recipes, I sometimes wonder ‘Will this really go together?’ and it inevitably does, in the most delicious of ways. So far I’ve made a Dijon Popcorn recipe and the Paprika Roasted Chickpeas, but I have earmarked several others to be made in the near future.
4.) Baked Doughnuts for Everyone by Ashley McLaughlin- As if you didn’t know already, I love a good doughnut. Ashley’s cookbook came out last year and I have to tell you, my copy of her book has already entered the ‘well loved’ stage. There are smears of melted chocolate and sprinklings of flour in the cracks of the book, which only indicates that I’ve made a few doughnuts since I’ve gotten her book, and they have been DANG good. I don’t follow a gluten free diet, but Ashley makes baking doughnuts for everyone in your life just about as simple as can be. I remember sending a text to my friend when I received this book, attaching a picture of the Baklava Doughnuts and exclaiming ‘Do you see this?!! Baklava. Doughnuts.’. From sweet to savory, vegan to gluten free (and even a doughnut cake!), this book covers any and everything you need to know about doughnuts for all occasions.
5.) The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Lidden - If you’ve been around the vegan blogging world for a while, you’ve probably heard of Angela’s blog, Oh She Glows. This is all with good reason, because Angela’s recipes always seem to fulfill two big requirements of recipes for me; the ingredients are probably ones you already have on hand (or are readily accessible) and always turn out perfectly, each and every time. Angela is a master at putting together recipes that seem to transform a few normal ingredients into a perfectly delectable meal that will satisfy both meat and non-meat eaters alike. I have cooked my way through this book, for the most part, and can’t say I have a favorite, because I’ve loved each and every recipe.
6.) Essentials of Baking by Williams Sonoma As referenced a few blog posts ago, I received this book as a gift from my parents several years ago, when I first started delving into the world of baking and pastry. This book inspired me to look past cookies and pies and experiment with the ever fickle souffle or the world of bread making. Again, this book satisfies a key requirement in books for me, reliable recipes that tend to be foolproof each and every time. This book isn’t vegan, but has inspired many of my vegan baking recipes or can be changed with a few modifications. From a simple Whole Wheat Bread to Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, this baking book covers it all!
This is the story of a girl (me) who always thinks there is more time in the morning than there really is. Do you have all these grand plans when you get up in the morning, hoping to cook a delicious breakfast/baking biscuits while also casually doing some housework so you won’t have to do it after work? Yeah, me too. I always seem to think that even thought I do get up fairly early in the morning, I can fit in gym, cooked breakfast at my leisure, getting ready and doing a load of laundry. It seems that this quality in myself is where my creeping lateness comes from. Mostly, when I’m late to somewhere/something, it’s because I thought that folding the laundry would ‘only take 5 minutes, when really we know it takes at least 15 minutes, or something of the sort. I’ve been working on this time mis-management lately, planning out my days and weeks more accordingly, rather than rushing around or, on the other hand, feeling like I’ve done everything for the day already. One of the best things that helps me with this time management issue is creating a note on my phone every Sunday that is labeled ‘Brain Dump’. This note usually involves everything that I feel like I need to do/want to do for the week. Every thought or to-do that is buzzing around in my brain, feeling like it needs to get done OMG RIGHT NOW, when usually it doesn’t. Doing this dump makes me feel like I can get these thoughts off of my brain and I can plan my time during the week accordingly.
What does this have to do with biscuits? Well, last week in my ‘brain dump’ note for the week I had ‘Make apple pie biscuits for potluck’. I’m fortunate enough to have a lovely group of bloggers in the area who meet for dinner every month or so and this go-around we were planning a potluck. I knew I needed to make the biscuits early enough for me to be able to shoot for a blog post, but not too early, so they would still stay fresh. My solution to this time management problem? Making the biscuits at 6am on a day I was already running late, of course! I know, it’s really not the best of ideas, but at the time, on that morning, my head was telling me Continue reading