Sandwiches, Scones, and Game of Thrones

The weather was extremely nice last week, so Peter and I had a picnic at the park. There we munched on these grilled pizza sandwiches (which had pizza hummus and Daiya inside) and cucumber slices dipped in Italian salad dressing.
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I made a batch of Mom’s Chili, which I ate with crackers. I skipped using canned beans though, and cooked up some dried black beans and red beans the day before in the slow cooker. Then I mixed them with the rest of the ingredients to make the chili.

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Tomato-rosemary scones from Vegan Brunch. I’ve actually never baked scones before, but these were extremely easy to make and very delicious. My favorite way to have these is warmed up with a pat of margarine in the middle.
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Soft tacos with Upton’s Naturals chorizo seitan, Daiya pepper jack, lettuce, and tomatoes. It was my first time trying the Upton’s seitan. I really liked the taste and texture of it, but the small amount of seitan per package for a fairly high price (at least at my local Earth Fare) was not worth it.
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Lentil and veggie soup, which I mostly made because I needed to clean out my refrigerator’s produce drawer. It has lentils, onions, corn, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, peas, potatoes, and lima beans which were all cooked in a garlic tomato broth.

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For our three-year anniversary, Peter got me (along with a few other things) The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook. I’m a big fan of the television show and hope to begin reading the books soon, so I was super excited to have these recipes based on the series.

Our local gaming group is actually starting a GoT roleplaying campaign, so for our session I made Arya’s Apricot Tart to share. Except there are no fresh apricots available around here, so we settled for peaches. To veganize the recipe I subbed Earth Balance for butter, coconut milk for heavy cream, and I used this recipe for the crust. It turned out delicious with a flaky crust, juicy peaches, and buttery crumble topping. I can’t wait to try more recipes from the cookbook.

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Vegan Christmas Gifts part I

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know I did.

I got a ton of awesome presents, many of them revolving around me being vegan. I actually got so many that I’m seperating it into two posts.

My first part is gonna be about the gifts I got through the Despair Faction’s Secret Santa Swap. For those of you who don’t know, the Despair Faction is AFI’s official fan club and every year they host a Secret Santa Swap through the mail.

My kick-butt gift package.

 

My Secret Santa was so awesome! They (I don’t know if it was a he or she) took my list of interests (which included veganism, cooking and baking, Rushmore [the movie] and Spongebob) and found me a ton of fun items. Here’s what all I got from left to right:

Spongebob cupcake holders, a small notebook with the cover of the Rushmore movie on it, the cookbook The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes, a bag of semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips, a set of lime green measuring cups and a small necklace with the main character of Rushmore on it.

I loved all of it! I couldn’t believe that they got me such cool stuff. I immediately broke open The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes to find something to bake. The baked chocolate doughnuts recipe caught my eye and I had all of the ingredients already, so I whipped some up!

I made doughnut holes because I don’t own a doughnut baking pan. These were delicious! Nice and fluffy with a deep chocolate flavor that was off-set by the sweet glaze. I’ll definitely be making these again. Go out and get this book and also check out Kris’ blog, Nom!Nom!Nom! Blog. Full of delicious recipes and interesting posts, you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy there.