My daughter's preschool teacher asked me to do a cooking activity with the class. Had to be pumpkin somewhere in the end product. Lily wanted pumpkin muffins but I wanted to try a new recipe. So I cracked open Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. Low and behold there was a simple pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake with a cinnamon icing. These are our new favorite cupcakes. We had them without the icing and with, do yourself a big favor and make the icing. Not that they HAVE to have the icing, they are good either way, but the icing is so delicious!!!
Berry Oat Bars from Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.
I haven't cooked much from this cookbook but I liked how it was divided up by colors. A reminder to eat a wide variety of colors on our plates to get our vitamins. Maybe my CSA box will encourage me to dive into this cookbook for more than just berry oat bars.
So help me out here folks, what would you do with the celery root? Or how about those beets? I need to find another way to eat the beets besides roasting them.
Asking if anything catches their eye. Usually the sweets grab their attention. No surprise there. But when we got Chloe Coscarelli's book Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way, the kids both wanted the garlic knots.
The garlic knots take awhile to make due to the dough. It has to rise, you have to roll it out, and then twist the dough bits into these cute little knots. Brush with olive oil and stick them in the oven. While these are baking, mince a lot of garlic and parsley and put in a bowl with olive oil. Once the knots come out of the oven, dump them into the bowl with the garlic oil. Put on a plate and watch them disappear!
My daughter goes to preschool. There are a total of six teachers in the two classrooms. Every so often, when I find the time, I make extra treats for Lily to take with her to school. One teacher has gotten so comfortable with us, that she is making requests. Which I am totally okay with. I'm glad she enjoys our treats. So the recent request was something with lemon. Lemon is her favorite flavor in desserts. Challenge accepted. Game on!
Two weeks earlier I had bought meyer lemons at Costco. They were just sitting there, daring me to find the right recipe to use them in. Now Teacher Ranie was too. I pulled out Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Opened up the book to an old favorite, Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake recipe. SO moist! I didn't want to make an entire cake for the teachers, I knew I would want some of this yummy goodness for us too, so I made cupcakes.
You could leave them as they are. They taste fantastic on their own. I did whip up a lemon glaze by adding some lemon juice to a cup of powdered sugar. Then just drizzled it across the top. (no photo of that, sorry) You could also gently dip the cupcakes into the lemon glaze bowl. Just covering the top. So yummy.
Teacher Ranie and the rest of the teachers loved these beauties. And I received my next challenge/request.... lemon bars. Once again I'll be pulling out a book by the Moskowitz and Romero to meet that challenge.