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Theppk’s Cookbook Challenge #2: Week 1 Apetite for Reduction!


That’s right, cookbook challenge is back! This time we’ll be starting with Isa’s latest book.

Get all the details on this weeks challenge and snoop what everyone else is making here.

My first dish is simmering away from page 133

Mango BBQ Red Beans!

Super easy and man does it smell good. Not sure I’m going to want to add Agave to it… Maybe I will eat a bowl and then decide.

Super easy directions, pantry friendly stuff and it comes together quickly.

JUST BE SURE TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE ONIONS AND GARLIC. Maybe cook on 5 or lower, I caught mine burning a few times.

Otherwise it smells and tastes fantastic. I served mine over brown rice and saved the rest for lunches.

Pumpkin French Toast Casserole (or banana, apple, other fruit)


This is basically my lazy, casual rendition of French toast, with less work. This recipe is about using what you have on hand or things that you may have no other use for or are about to get up and leave you.

The original Recipe is from Vegan Brunch by Isa, amazing book and worth your hard earned money.

This recipe is great for when you have some stale or dry bread that is past it’s prime. Because this recipe is the my lazy vegan version, you can use any old bread or an assortment of breads. No matter how old, dry, stale, hard, broken or decrepit it is, because instead of perfect slices our bread is going to be cubed, torn and shredded. I also made sure to save and add all the bread crumbs I had laying around, so dump out those bags and scrap your cutting boards! Waste not, want not.

This recipe is all about using what you already have, so experiment and substitute to suit your needs. If you don’t have pumpkin try squash, banana, fruit compote, sweet potato, apple sauce. Anything!



What you will need:

Baking Dish
Bowl
Cutting Board

Ingredients:
1 cup canned pumpkin (alternative, depending on what you have could be apple sauce, compote, mashed bananas)
1 cup almond milk (or any other vegan milk)
2 T corn starch (again, it you like potato or other starches use them)
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
two shakes of all spice

optional: Earth balance for buttering the baking dish and dotting the top
Optional add ins: Anything you have laying around, nuts (whole, broken, ground), coconut, dried fruit, chocolate chips, oats, flax seeds, this is your dish and it is about using what you have.
More Options: If you don’t want to serve the casserol with syrup or sugar, I would add brown sugar or maple syrup directly to the pumpkin mix to bake in the sweetness so no toppings will be needed.

Also, if you bread mixture looks a little dry once all the juices are absorb splash some more almond milk on top.

Add ins can either be mixed with pumpkin mixture, or tossed with the bread, or even sprinkled over top of the dish! Whatever you want.

a little liquid from jarred ginger or a little bit of grated fresh ginger (again, this is to taste so for stronger bite add more)
expired bread, I had a good 3/4 loaf but you could round this out with fresh bread, all bread crumbs or any bread like items you have around.

Dice your bread into bite sized cubes or tear into chunks if using soft bread save all end pieces, crumbs, fluffy bits and odds and ends. Set aside.

Mix everything else together in a bowl and preheat your oven to 350.

Place all your bread into a shallow rimmed baking dish (you can use a casserole dish or deep dish, this will result in a softer casserole. As the pumpkin mixture is pretty wet, and depending on how hard/dry your bread is you may want more layers to keep in moisture.) Since I like mine less-moist and a little crispy, I’m using a shallow baking dish so my bread is effectively in a single layer.

Pour pumpkin mixture over bread and let sit until oven is ready, the longer it sits the more it absorbs and the softer it gets. So depending on the tough/dryness of your bread and your preference for soft/pudding style eats you may want to let it sit longer.

I added broken walnut pieces to mine and mixed them in last. Mine also looked a little dry so I added a splash of soymilk on top and dotted it with Earth Balance.

Alternatively you can prepare this and place it in your fridge to dish out smaller amounts to cook on an as needed bases. Or even fish out your bread cubes to fry, traditional French toast style throughout the week. MMM

But since I’m being lazy, I’m just gonna plop the whole mess in the oven and not let it sit very long. About 12 minutes, stir let it sit another 12, then bake.

Baking time was around 15-20 mins, again if you’d like a more pudding style dish you could stir/mix it as it cooks and reduce the cooking time.

Voila!

Now because I didn’t add any sugar to the casserole the end result isn’t overtly sweet. I prefer to sweeten it to taste on the plate with icing sugar and maple syrup (I also lived with my dad, who hated sweets so I tend to let people add their own sugar). However, if your looking for a sweetened dish ready scoop and eat, I would mix in some maple syrup or brown sugar right into the pumpkin puree.

Serve alone, dusted with sugar, spices, citrus zest, berry sauce, syrup, ice cream or w/e.

alternatively if you like pumpkin, you could make this a savory dish by adding sauted garlic, Rosemary, thyme and onions to the pumkin mixture and extra earth balance.

Veganmofo: Vegan Brunch!

What better way to start the weekend? Pancakes, Sausage and homefries! All vegan of course.

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Brunch is just one of those things you look forward to like fall and cozy sweaters.
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Today brunch features, Banana pancakes from Vegan Brunch! By Isa Chandra M. , followed my rosemary roasted garlic potatoes also taken from Vegan Brunch (sort of) and to round it out we ate some yves sausage rounds.
Vegan pancakes
Yum!
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Adam’s plate
Adam's plate.
What are you eating for brunch?

Decadent Double Chocolate Peanutbutter cookies

If there were only one cookie in my life (were a the monogamous cookie kind) this would be it. These rich, chewy, chocolate, creamy delights are more than any cookie lover could hope for.

These are a simple altered version of Isa’s Double Chocolate Cookies found here.
The original recipe is great, so be sure to check her out along with her amazing books.

My batter wasn’t terribly hard like the recipe describes and I was able to stir it fine with a wooden spoon (to avoid losing punk points!). This batter however is oily, so be prepared to get your hands messy and moisturized! I used a coffee grinder to grind the flax seeds and simply whisked in the soymilk.

So, here is the twist to making these cookies fantastic. Peanut butter. I only added a 1/4 cup, but I will soon be trying these with larger amounts. This gives the cookies a subtle and not overwhelming peanut butter flavour. The other change I made was to use a generously filled table spoon measure to form even balls of dough.
I also ignored the part about pressing down the balls of dough which resulted in smaller, thicker cookies which I liked more. Try it both ways and see which you like more, here is an example of the original method of pressing and next to it the non-press method.

These are omni approved, although be warned the bestowing of these cookies may result in socially awkward exclamations such as”this cookie is so good it’s giving me an erection”.

Despite the lack of photos, I have been eating.

See.

That mushroom I mentioned last post was finally put to use, and maybe even benefited from the extra marinade time. Lacking a BBQ I baked it in the oven for 25 (ish) minutes at 375, and it was just as juicy and tasty. The marinade was a take off of Joanna‘s (Yellow Rose Recipes), take off as in this is what I wanted to make but I’d forgotten to buy the ingredients so I wound up using rice wine, red wine vinegar, and presumably a few other things I can no longer recall. Very tasty.

To serve I sliced the mushroom over top of Tofu Basil Ravioli in a sweet marinara sauce with vegan soy cheese melted over top. The Ravioli was not home made, although I would recommend you make it yourself as although easy, tasty and filling. The soy boy version is too bland for my taste. The ravioli would be better filled with a vegan Ricotta recipe like the one in Vegan with a vengeance or even if the tofu had been marinated at all. But with a tasty sauce and mushroom pairing the blandness can be over come into something great for a working lunch.

VeganMofo: Iron Chef Challenge! (week one) *Rough Post, This will be fixed up*

Vegan Iron Chef Challenge, as suggested and put on by Katie so I’m doing my part here on the Farm.

As I am on my way to work, and may not make it back in time. This is just a quick informal post about my contribution to this weeks challenge.

I did one raw recipe and one cooked.

#1) Apple Ginger Tempeh Rubens

This was my first time crafting a Ruben and I have to say they turned out pretty well (photos will be sorted and added on my lunch hour, recipe included of course)

Basically saute onions (thinly sliced), with 2-3 inches of ginger and 3 cubed apples, cook until apples are soft and reduce in size. Throw mixture in oven (don’t wash the pan) and fry your tempeh bacon (marinade based off vwav). To assemble toast rye bread, spread with eb on both sides, thin layer of veganaise, toffuties cheese slice, apples ginger mixture, strips on bacon, other toasted rye slice with veganaise. Cook and press in same frying pan.

#2) Raw apple orange salad with ginger lime dressing

This is pretty basic, but I have a raw housemate and wanted him to have something to eat too.

Peel and chop oranges (6 large ones), chop a dozen apples (I used Macintosh and gala mix), and 2-3 cups of raw sesame seeds. To make the dressing peel 2 inches of ginger and puree with a handful of sliced apple, zest and juice 6 limes and add 4 heaping tablespoons of raw agave. Mix and taste, if you want more of anything adjust to taste. Combine with fruit and let sit over night or one hour.

This salad also makes an amazing topping for Hawaiian burgers or French toast stuffing. (if chopped finely an interesting relish/salsa)

Cooking for the family, backlogged

i am currently recovering from surgery so most of my food looks pretty gastly. But this may give me the chance I needed to get back to posting the older stuff.

This meal actually had my mother eating tofu, which was interesting. I loved it and I think zane did too. Isa’s Baked tofu from theppk.com very few modifications, pressed tofu for a few hours and as usually it was frozen first.

Wild mushroom couscous that was sitting in the pantry, along with the some toasted almonds and broccoli in lemon juice with brags. And candied Carrots from Kittee’s site.

I also made some brownies, Isa’s recipe again although I accidentally used regular tofu instead of silken, so they were a little dense but still good I found. Live and learn.

Nomicon is upon us!

Yay! All you lucky folks with your kitchens get out there and start eating! And can someone send me a copy of the book? Maybe a stove to go with it??