Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label chocolate. Show all posts

07 November 2010

Vegan Mofo Day 7: Portland 2

Okay, I'm going to drag this Portland thing out into several posts. Portland is one of the veganest cities in America, and there are sooo many good eats to be had here! One of my favourite experiences so far was at Cacao Drink Chocolate, and it was completely by mistake! After shopping at Powell's we really needed a break and decided to go to Stumptown Coffee for a restorative drink and rest. But Stumptown was packed full of people, as it often is, so we kept walking and ended up at Cacao. Wow! I had a dark hot chocolate made with soy (it's not on their menu, but if you ask, they'll make it for you for an extra 50 cents) and it was heavenly. They melt pure top quality drinking chocolate for their hot chocolate, and it's fabulous - you can't taste soy at all, just rich, dark chocolate. They also sell good quality chocolate from around the world in their store. It was all I could do not to buy them out of preserved ginger chocolates, but I controlled myself!

 Absolutely delicious hot chocolate.

05 February 2010

Ready for the weekend?

I sure am!

I am incredibly cranky today. Probably because I gave into my menstrual instinct to consume nothing but chocolate bars so far today. Now I'm shaky and headachy AND crampy and cranky, and a little nauseous. This morning I snapped at the girl working at the art store because she mistakenly asked me to keep my purse behind the counter while I was shopping (at first glance she thought it was a larger tote bag). On the bus on the way home some lady wouldn't get out of my way so I could get off at my stop and I almost lost my cool. I managed to get away without saying anything rude, but I did toss some death-looks around the bus as I stepped off. I hate being bitchy. I really do.

I hope for my friend Shaunna's sake I'm feeling better this evening. We're going to see my friend Gilda Lovelace, along with a bevy of other buxom beauties, perform at the WISE Hall for the Cabaret of Copious Curves. Watching some voluptuous vixens shaking it on stage should cheer me right up!

Poster by Voodoo Pixie

25 January 2010

This Week in My Kitchen: Pho, Potato Leek Soup, Falafel Plate with Roasted Veggies, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cupcakes

I love pho, but I just don't trust that vegetarian pho in restaurants is actually vegetarian, so I learned how to make it myself using this recipe. The secret to the broth is the star anise, which fills the house with that pungent, beautiful licorice smell that 's the hallmark of so many pho houses. For add-ons we had tofu marinaded in veggie broth and Chinese 5-spice, fresh basil, bell pepper, jalapeno slices, sprouts, lime juice and sri racha hot sauce. Usually I have fresh limes and scallions, but I forgot to pick them up at the market. Mmm... I want pho right now!

Potato Leek Soup
Potato soup is one of my favourite things to make, so potato leek soup has to be that much better, right? Right! I used the Basic Potato Leek Soup recipe in How it All Vegan as a jumping off point, but I used less oil for frying the leeks and added some soy milk and margarine at the end of cooking for some creaminess. I pureed everything with my hand blender, but I think next time I'll reserve some of the leeks and leave them whole.

Falafel Plate with White Bean Hummous and Roasted Veggies
One day this week I was at a loss as to what to make for dinner. I cooked up some dried white beans and stared at them for a while. Then I remembered some fantastic white bean hummous I'd had once at Locus, so I set about trying to recreate it. The result was pretty good - nice and bright, lemony and not too garlicy. I roasted some zucchini, orange bell peppers and fennel (a big hit with Kirk), fried up some falafel balls and served it all with some Stoned Wheat Thins (since we didn't have any flatbread on hand).

Carrot Cake
One of my favourite cookbooks is Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld. It's full of rich, delicious recipes organized into menus. It's great for impressing your friends at dinner parties. This week I was craving carrot cake, so I broke out Voluptuous Vegan and used her recipe. I substituted pecans for walnuts, but otherwise stayed true to the recipe. The result was fabulous, rich and moist, more a spice cake with a bit of carrots. I only wish I'd had some coconut milk to make the accompanying coconut cardamom sauce. Next time!

Chocolate Cupcakes
So much for weaning myself off of sweets! You know when you really need some chocolate? This week I solved that with the Basic Chocolate Cupcakes recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (such an amazing book!). I iced them with a simple chocolate glaze, and my chocolate craving was satisfied!