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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekly Intrigue (3)

First off, I would like to mention a little food discovery.  I made up a wrap from some leftover falafel, spinach, tomato and tahini, but realized it needed something moist.  So, looking in my fridge I saw some applesauce and thought why not?  I drizzled a little on and it was fantastic!  It wasn't enough to give it an overwhelming apple taste, but enough to add a hint of sweetness and moisture.

So, on to the goods.  You may notice that the vegan blogroll over there is getting long.  That's because I'm constantly remembering blogs that I meant to add and discovering new (to me) blogs that should be listed.  So, keep an eye on it, it will keep growing.  Soon I will be adding some craft and garden links, as well.

Food
These first two were left off of last week's list:
Chocolate Donuts (The Life):  If only I had a donut pan to make these wonderful treats.  (Any suggestions?)  Perfectly glazed images!

Kaiser Rolls (Vegan Thyme):  A detailed and simplified how-to with pics for preparing kaiser rolls.  These babies will encourage even the most intimidated would-be baker!

Cacao Buckwheat Bars (Veggie Wedgie):  We're pretty fond of buckwheat these days and a new raw bar is always exciting!  Check these out for a chocolaty, healthy treat (also includes goji berries)!

Pumpkin Kibbeh (Vegan Feast Kitchen):  Kibbeh is a middle-eastern dish with minced meat, bulgur and spices, often served with tahini.  There are many variations and traditions depending on location which you can read more about at the Vegan Feast Kitchen.  This variation sounds wonderful and might be something to consider for those participating in the EAT world challenge ;)

Lentil Taco Salad (Thrifty Living):  This should interest frugal cooks and anyone who prefers few processed ingredients.  Lentils are a great pick for taco filling! Why did I think of this?

Seitan Parmesan (My Veggie Kitchen):  Well, if you've been thinking about veganizing chicken parm. and aren't interested in the eggplant variety, this seems like a good match!  You can create your own recipe for it, but looking at this page will definitely give you inspiration.

Massaman Lentil Pumpkin Soup (My Veggie Kitchen):  I think I've mentioned that we love our Thai curry dishes, so how could I ignore this?!  A warm spiced soup perfect for the season.

Chickpea Idea List (Get Sconed!):  This includes tips for using dried beans, why you should and some great recipe recommendations.

Cashew Cheese Log (Tofu-n-Sprouts):  Cashew cheese?  Yes please!  So, I've just started experimenting with cashews mixed in sauces for a cheesy flavor, it's wonderful.  But that's the extent of my testing and there is so much more to be done.  A little fancy and quite lovely, this would look lovely laid out for any sort of festivity!

Wild Rice Crepes (Maple Spice):  Filled with chickpeas, mushrooms and spinach, and topped with a roasted red pepper tomato sauce.  Doesn't that sound like a fantastic gourmet dish?

Glögi (Tofu for Two):  This is the perfect time of year for mulled wine, wassail and other spiced drinks.  In the mood?  Then this might be for you.

Sweet Treats:
Almond Joy Cookies (Bicycle Bread):  Coconut and chocolate, oh my!  These sound wonderful and use agave!

Maple Glazed Sweet Potato Doughnuts (Peaces by Pastries):  Donuts always sound good to me and I have yet to make my own.  But these sound great, even adapted from a recipe by the author's grandma - you know that means good things!

Caramel frosted Dark Chocolate Brownies (Seitan is My Motor):  I really can't say enough about how enticing these look!

It's not food, but it's still great!:
Vegan Sock Yarn List (Vegan Knitting):  I was so excited to find this!  I haven't made any socks yet, but am very anxious to try (and maybe a little intimidated).  It's so wonderful to have such a comprehensive list available!

We're all made out of meat (These Little Piggies Had Tofu):  Every wondered what to tell the kiddies before they decided animals might be something to munch on?  Well, this explanation seemed perfect!  Maybe a little grotesque, but hey, it's the truth!

Vegan.com: I could not say enough about this site to encompass how wonderful it is.  If you have not been here you should.  This is one of the best sources for staying up to date on all things vegan.

Contests:
The Saucy Vegetarian (Vegan Appetite):  Interested in a copy of The Saucy Vegetarian by Joanne Stepaniak?  Head over to this link for a chance to win a cookbook by the Uncheese Queen.

The Conscious Cook (Vegan.com):  Want a copy of Tal Ronnen's popular new book? 

New (to me) Blog Spotlight:  Because there are so many to stumble upon, these might be new to you, too.  I came across tons this week, so some might spill over into next week.  Check these out!
Hot Knives 
Vegan Family House
Kitchen Dancing
Love Star Plate
Kirsten's Kitchen
Sword and Bean
An Opera Singer in the Kitchen
The Innocent Primate
Peace by Pastries

Craft/Garden:
Tiny White Daisies
Colleen's Organic Gardening Blog
Vegan Knitting
Vegan Sock KAL
Affectioknit

2 comments:

Penny said...

Cameron is beautiful! Is he a cuddly cat? I like the idea of the wrap, too... I'm always intending to have more wraps, so you might have just inspired me to do something about it!

Kelly said...

What a great post and darling photo--a ton of information and lots of sites I have not visited yet--(I'm really bad about that)! Thanks for the shout out on the Kaisers, too--that was so sweet!
Okay, when and if you get around to knitting socks--please let me know how you like it! I have never tried, those teeny needles. . . I don't know about that yet!