Archive | March, 2012

pre-swap kitchen testing

19 Mar

Homemade bagels, yo!  In preparation for an upcoming food swap I’ve been testing some fabulously brunchy recipes (from Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, possibly my favorite vegan cookbook ever.  I mean, it’s about BRUNCH).  I also made tofu herb spread (seen decorating the bagels above) and english muffins.

The muffins, while tasty, were void of voids (where my nooks and crannies at?).  This may have been a shortcoming on my end.  When I read other recipe descriptions of the pre-rise dough I realized I may have added too much extra flour to it while kneading.  This was my first choice to bring along to the swap, but since I want a re-test I’d rather keep the results to myself.

Things went much better on the bagel front.  Mostly.  I figured out how to roll the bagels without too many ugly cousins getting through, and they baked up very well despite my once again forgetting to move the racks in my oven BEFORE I preheated.  They were chewy and delicious.  My only lament is that Isa didn’t give any guidance on add-ins or changing the flavor.  I’ll figure it out, but it is always nice when it happens to be laid out for you.

So, the bagels won the swap battle, and I will be making a fresh batch on Wednesday for the occasion.  I get kind of bored making a whole lot of one thing so I am thinking of steaming up some seitan sausages as well.  One of the great adventures of swapping is trying to figure out what to make that will appeal to fellow swappers on that magical night.  I am very curious to see where seitan falls on the scale of appealing to pass.

Finally, unrelated to swapping, have you seen this recipe for nut, dairy, and soy free cheese that melts (and tastes better than Daiya)?

I dolloped the coconut ricotta on this pizza, and it quickly melted into a deliciously creamy mess.  I don’t think it tastes anything like dairy ricotta or mozz, but I prefer the taste over most store bought cheeze options I have tried.  It was so simple to whip up, and I will definitely make this recipe again.  However, I will leave it set as a regular block of cheese, slicing or shredding as the need arises, instead of blending it up.  Totally excited to add a simple, allergy-friendly faux cheese to my arsenal.

 

weekend ta-da list

9 Mar

Named such because it will feel like quite a feat if I finish it.

  • defeat laundry couch (the endless battle betwixt myself and a couch full of clean, unsorted, unfolded laundry)
  • meal plan (wow.  i fell of the wagon fast and hard with this one.)
  • sort and get rid of extra clothes
  • bake some bread (if just for that fresh bread smell)
  • decide what to make for food swap and do a trial run

 

A few weeks ago we went up to Burlington, VT.  It felt fantastic to get out of town, and I was absolutely blown over by Burlington.  I don’t even know how to explain it.  We just jived with the vibe (What? Yeah.).  We are definitely going back before we move.

After our trip we rolled right into the roughest part of Mr. Darling’s rotating work schedule, and we’ve been muddling through our days since.  A lot of stuff has fallen to the wayside.  Our apartment is a bigger disaster than usual, our eating habits have been atrocious, and we’re generally feeling sluggish.  That’s why I made my “weekend” (it’s not really our weekend) list.  Today is the day I quit indulging myself and finally get back on track!