Uprise!

I went to visit my parents in Aug and picked up my old breadmaker. I haven’t used this since 2003! Moving a lot and not having a car to bring the damn thing back to Toronto prevented me from reuniting with this friend.

I say friend because I have been reacquainted with the possibilities and money saving benefits this kitchen item gives me.

A good vegan organic loaf of bread costs anywhere from 5-9 bux in Toronto.  Now I can make my own for about $1!

Since warming my little electric baby up to its new home I have made:

"Red River" Bread - grains and flax!

Corn Bread

Italian Herb Bread

Cheese and Onion Buns

Cheese and Onion Buns for your 2 lb bread maker

1 1/3 c weater

3 tb soy milk powder

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

3 1/2 c Canadian Bread or All Purpose flour or 3 2/3 c American Bread Flour

1/2 c chopped onion

1/3 c cheddar cheeze (I like Sheese strong cheddar or smoked cheddar)

1 1/4 tsp yeast (use 1/4 tsp more if you are using regular non breadmaker yeast)

Set to dough. It’ll take about 2 hours.

Shape the dough and let rise half an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 and bake for about 15 min.

If you’ve wondered what these strange dishes are that you sometimes see in my photos: they are amazing cabbage plates. They belonged to my English grandmother – I think they were made in Japan in the 40’s?? I love them so!

cabbage plate

 


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November 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . snax. 1 comment.

Baking the Blues Away

There’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon or chocolate coming from your kitchen. It’s especially useful if you are suffering from a broken heart. You’re feeling useless and pitiful but you have the strength to be amazing despite your blues! Get out your favourite vegan baking book and go buy the best baking ingredients you can find. If you live in Toronto I recommend Panacea Eco Shop. Organic and fair trade ingredients galore. And it’s Toronto’s only all vegan grocery store!

Here’s two recipes to get you started.

Cinnamon Chocolate Sour Creem Cake

Yield: 10 – 12-inch bundt pan

This cake is really nice. The cinnamon adds a little surprise to people just expecting regular chocolate cake.

Sour Creem:

1 cup firm silken tofu

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup oil

dash of salt

Cake:

1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup oil

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ground flax mixed with 1 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 10” or 12” tube (bundt) pan.

2. In a large bowl cream the margarine, oil and sugar until fluffy. Add the flax/water mixture and vanilla, mixing well.

3. In another large bowl sift and mix the dry ingredients.

4. Add the dry mix to the wet bowl, alternately with the sour creem and beating after each addition.

5. Pour into pan and bake approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes. Cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wrack for cooling completely.

Next is something savory, because you shouldn’t eat too much sugar when you have a broken heart. This is a healthy yet really scrumptious and feel good way to get some protein and veggies:

Broccoli, Ham and Cheeze Buns

1 pack yeast

1 c warm water

1/4 c sugar

1 tsp salt

3 c all purpose flour (sift before measure)

1/4 c olive or sunflower oil

1 c steamed broccoli pieces

1/2 c daiya or other cheeze

1/2 c soy ham pieces, fried

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water with sugar and salt.

2.  Add oil and half of the flour. Beat until very smooth

3. Add remaining flour to mixture and blend well.

4. Add the broccoli, cheeze and soy ham.

5. Let dough rise in a greased bowl, with a damp towel on top. Rise until about double in bulk, about 30 min.

6. Drop dough into greased muffin tins, filling each half way. Let rise again for 30 min. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

7. Bake for 15 min.

Broccoli, Ham, Cheeze Dough

Just make sure you choose a bigger bowl to fit your dough that I did. OOPS! I was making a crap load for anti-G20 eaters… so that’s my excuse. 🙂

Broken Heart Vegan Tip #16: Write your thoughts down, diary style. You don’t ever need to show anyone if you don’t want. It’ll help get your emotions out, if you are the kind that tends to hide them, and it’ll help you figure things out, if you are confused. You can look back months later and gather info that will make you get a better idea of who you are, or just look at your emotional progress.

Broken Heart Song #16 (This one is for all those who read the last post and wish I had written about girls breaking hearts)

September 25, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . snax. 3 comments.