Saturday, August 11, 2007

A little bit of everything..

When you have a house, full of teen boys who are afraid of vegan food, this is how you win them over!! Easy chocolate cupcakes... I used the old standby chocolate cake recipe with vinegar. An old friend of mine gave me that recipe 12 years ago. Her grandmother had given to her. I guess it was popular during war time when food was rationed. I frosted them with another old standby that I'm sure there are many variations of. Silken tofu and melted dark chocolate chunks. I also added coffee and vanilla extract. It is the perfect frosting in my opinion. Late in this post I show some truffles I made from the leftovers. Melted tofu and chocolate are a perfect marriage. As I mentioned, the silken is fabulous for frostings and the like and the firm variety makes a great, but very rich chilled pie filling.. (as I'm sure most of you seasoned vegans know already!)

This was a big very filling dinner.. a low calorie wrap with smoky garlic aioli, sauted pepper, mushrooms, onion, jalapenos and garlic, chorizo spiced seitan, spices on top of mixed greens, topped with some of my smoked provolone 'cheeze' and chopped tomato.
Baby arugula salad with a tarragon vinaigrette, fresh figs, grapes and toasted pecans.

Another baby arugula salad, this time mixed with raw noodles (zukes, summer squash and carrots) topped with a 'feta' sauce. I've been into raw noodles lately.. my favorite way is with a raw marinara sauce, kalamata olives and fresh basil.

10 minute 'cream' of broccoli soup. Call me crazy, but I was craving soup in this hot weather. I used my microwave and vita mix.

Veggie 'cream cheese' spread on top of a multi grain, low calorie english muffin. One of these days I am determined to make bagels. I'm sure I'll get around to it this fall at the latest.

Super veggie enchilada bake, topped with Vegan Gourmet. I'm not a huge fan of it, but I wanted to see if I could figure out some things texture wise for my own cheese recipes. It has better texture than my homemade stuff. I think it will take me a year at least to get my cheese recipe perfected.
This was filled with sauted zukes, yellow squash, onion, veggie cream cheez spread, salsa verde, spices, refried beans and baked in a pie plate.... oh and the base was corn tortillas of course.

Truffles, just the chilled frosting from above, rolled in coconut, then chilled in the freezer for 30 minutes. This picture doesn't do them justice at all.. they were so good.
Not pictured is some hummus and pita chips, and a low fat pesto like sauce I'm going to be sending to my recipe testers.

17 comments:

  1. Everything looks wonderful. Especially the soup--oddly enough, because it's so hot I'm going to evaporate! But sometimes you do just get those strange cravings in the summertime. Those truffles are gorgeous.

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  2. Looks great! those truffles are calling my name.

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  3. Hey Melody! I've been keeping up with your blog all summer, but my commenting has been pretty slack. (I promise to try and improve!) Everything looks scrumptious, but then again, it always does! Those cupcakes are giving me ideas, and man, your homemade cheeze just looks incredible.

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  4. Mmm! Love the raw noodles! And that fig salad looks amazing!

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  5. Everything looks awesome!!

    Did you get my e-mail about testing?

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  6. wow, all the food is tremendous!! I always look forward to seeing new/more of your delicious meals and treats :0)

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  7. Oh those cupcakes look luscious! I'm sure they totally won over your sons.I have got to try the truffle idea.

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  8. Everything looks great but the truffles and cupcakes would win me over too (who doesn't love chocolate)!

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  9. Ooh, truffles! And those cupcakes... there really is no better way to win over omnivores, is there?

    Keep working on the cheez recipe, the world needs some more good, vegan cheez!!

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  10. I think my vegan hating father in law would even eat those cupcakes! YUM! Your seitan wrap makes me miss the ones that I use to make for myself at my old job. I'm going to have to make some seitan now!

    JENNA

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  11. That made me want some chocolate, yum!

    Just catching up, thanks for sharing those pics of darling Arwen, she's a beautiful little cherub.

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  12. Wow, everything looks fabulous! The creaminess of the cupcake frosting really comes through in the shot.

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  13. I emailed you again-hopefully it didn't go in your junk box or something! :]

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  14. That wrap is insane! Looks so good. I love the enchilada close-up. I'm not a fan of enchiladas, either, or soft corn tortillas.

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  15. If you want to make bagels, take a look at this recipe -

    http://www.jewish-food.org/recipes/brea0007.htm

    Very easy to make, and I think the only change you would need to make would be the honey. When I made them, I didn't use the honey anyway.

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  16. Woah mama, lookin' good!! Those cupcakes are callin' my name!!

    And i wouldn't mind wrapping my hands and mouth around that wrap... Yummy!!

    i crave soup year 'round...

    Can't wait to see when you finally make those bagels. You can do it, i'm sure... "It bagels the mind."

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  17. Anonymous1:49 AM

    That old friend of yours who gave you the chocolate cake recipe is real proud of you for all you've accomplished here, and wishes you continued success.

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