6/24/09

Vegan Brunch Omelet



At this very moment, the omelet is my favorite recipe in Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Hands down, it is amazing! So many options to make it fit your personal tastes. Here I had it with sauteed mushrooms and onions and Follow Your Heart cheeze. It was perfect. I ate two of them and could have eaten more.

The second time I made the omelets, I sauteed fresh spinach and poured on the miso tahini sauce (another recipe from Vegan Brunch). That was simple and tasty as well.

How do you like your omelet? Maybe I'll give it a try the next time I make up a batch of omelet batter.

6/10/09

My PPK swap goodies





Over at the Post Punk Kitchen forums, another swap was set up by Katie of Don't Eat Off the Sidewalk. I was partnered up with Megan. Within two days of her mailing out my package, I got all of this great stuff in my little hands. First off, I must say she blew my mind from the moment I opened the package. There were instructions to open from one end only, so I followed the rules. And found a gorgeous, handmade cloth bag holding all of the swap items! How cool is that? A handmade item in an exchange?!?! Love it! So first off, we have the bag! So great. Then inside were: a couple chocolate bars (that you can see my daughter is stealing), a Ritter Marzipan, Tartex (I love Tartex!), lollipops (awesome for my 8 yr old son), sprinkles and cocoa powder for future baking adventures, chocolate tortilla chips (I have never seen these before),a co-ops rock sticker, cocoa agave spread (SO GOOD!!!!), and homemade ginger molasses cocoa cookies. The cookies are so great. I'll have to get the recipe from Megan. I want to make these myself. The family has eaten nearly all of them, and it's only Wednesday morning! I bet they'll be gone by the time I get home from work.

I scored! Let's hope that Megan feels the same when she opens her box of vegan goodies.

6/8/09

East Coast Coffee Cake


East Coast Coffee Cake, originally uploaded by erin32mc.
And before you ask, I'll just tell you that yes, yes this recipe came from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. There are many possibilities of flavors you can add to this cake to mix it up and make it have any theme you need. But for the first time, I decided to go plain and simple. Just straight up coffee cake. And trust me, it is fantastic. The cake part, without the crumb topping is pure beauty! It is so soft. The topping just adds to the perfection. Variations that I will try in the near future are apricot/cardamom or berry or how about good ol' reliable chocolate chip.

So pour yourself a cup of hot tea or coffee and have a slice on me. You'll be glad you did.

6/4/09

More from Vegan Brunch



On Sunday I make a big breakfast for the family. It is something that my Dad use to do in our house when I was growing up, that I wanted to carry on for my kids. Usually it is pancakes, tempeh either in the form of bacon or a recipe from VWAV, fruit, and possibly roasted potatoes or squash. This Sunday I decided to break out just a little and try out some more recipes in Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Here were have the Brazilian French Toast. I chose this since I had some very ripe bananas on the table that needed to go in the freezer or compost bin. So I put them to good use by making the banana custard that the bread slices soak in before cooking them up in a skillet. This dish was made mainly for my son. He loves anything sweet. He puts my sweet tooth to shame. Although I did go a bit crazy with the cocoa-cinnamon dusting on the top of my french toast, as you can see.

The second recipe is the tempeh and greens saute. I had roasted beets the day before, so I still had the beet greens. Perfect! So I cleaned those up, cut up the tempeh , red onions, red bell pepper and garlic and I was good to go. That dish was for my husband and daughter. They are all about savory.

Then we had some fresh organic strawberries to finish the plate off.

Everyone was satisfied with this Sunday breakfast and there weren't any leftovers for a midday snack. Another gem from Isa.

6/2/09

Simple snack


This is my latest favorite snack. Take a can of garbanzo beans, drain and rinse. Make sure to get off as much of the water from rinsing as possible. Put onto a cookie sheet that is covered in parchment paper. Pour some olive oil, some salt, and as much nutritional yeast as you want. Toss until all are coated. Then put that into a 400 preheated oven. Let it go for about 20 minutes, tossing at least once or twice during that time. Remove from oven and enjoy! My son and husband aren't big fans of this snack. But I am happy to say that my 18 month old daughter likes it.