Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Workin on an update! Yeah, I am working on it. But, I find with my kids not here, that I make one recipe of something and eat it for 3 days. I have no one to share it with. Plus, it's been so hot here I really have not felt like being too adventurous in the baking department. I am working on some more salads. But, like I said...I make one recipe and it lasts three days, then I tweak it and test again...wait three days, tweak...test again. I am so not used to cooking for one or two people.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Mmmmm, I made these with the recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance for Raspberry Blackout Cake with Ganche-y frosting. Someone tell me why I made these now that I have gone on a "diet" and there are no kids here to eat them. Good thing I halved the recipe!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Gosh...I just haven't been around much. I will be around more often now. I got back from ND last week, but then the future "in-laws" stayed for a few days and I felt "kicked out" of my kitchen. That's not fun.I woke up to unpleasant smells. Anyways, no recipe yet. I should have one for you either this weekend or early next week. This here is a test recipe for the next VWAV book.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Well, I am off to North Dakota tomorrow. I will probably not post until after the 15th or so.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Mmmm. Another testing recipe from the next VwaV book, a lower fat banana bread.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Mmm testing for the new VwaV book, a delicious coconut lemon bundt cake. (I ate two pieces for breakfast! Don't tell anyone!)

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie...mmmmm!

unbaked pie crusts for top and bottom

1 and 1/2 pounds strawberries, cleaned, halved if large.
4 cups of rhubarb, chopped into half inch pieces.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3Tbsps cornstarch
1 tbsp flour
juice of half a lemon
zest of half a lemon
1/2 tsp cinnamon

In medium bowl, mix together the fruit with the lemon zest, juice and sugars. Let sit for a few minutes until mixture starts to get "juicy". Then add the cornstarch, flour, and cinnamon. Mix together well. Place bottom crust in your 9 inch pie plate. Spoon fruit into pie crust making sure to scrape all the juice out of the bowl. Cover with top crust, making sure to seal the edges. Cut a few holes in the top crust for venting. Take some foil and wrap it around the edge of the pie to prevent over-browning. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes*. Then reduce the heat to 350, remove the foil and bake for 40 minutes. Let the pie cool and then put it in the fridge until chilled(unless you want it warm).

This usually produces a thick non-runny filling. That's the way my boyfriend likes it. I like it a bit messier with some nice runny juice. If I am making it for me, I will reduce the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons.

*Remember to place a cookie sheet on the rack beneath the pie so that it will catch any runnover juice.

** You can brush the top of the crust with a little egg replacer and sprinkle with additional white sugar. It's delicious.

I really should have taken a picture of this cut into pieces. But, uh well when I cut it, I just want to eat it and it's gone now! I've made it twice this week even!