L is for Lavender Pancakes

Friday, September 13th, 2013

L is for Lavender Pancakes [Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food] (0015)

BOO berries!
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Fancy schmancy, right? Luckily, these Lavender Pancakes from Alicia Simpson’s Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food (say that five times fast!) are, as the title suggests, both quick and easy to make. In lieu of fresh lavender flowers, you can use dried lavender (I have a huge container of the stuff courtesy of bulkfoods.com) and, if you’re out of soy yogurt, just swap it out for an equal amount of silken tofu (it’s a by-the-case steal on Amazon).

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Naked pancakes are naked – all the better to show off their airy, fluffy goodness!
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The pancakes are delicious – light and fluffy, with slightly crispy edges – and pair quite well with blueberries. Since they’re out of season (sob), I opted for a canned blueberry pie filling-slash-topping. I mean hey, it’s only been sitting in my pantry for five years now. What’s the rush?

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Getting all June Cleaver up in here.
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It’s rather early in our relationship, but already I can tell. You and me forever, Lavender Pancakes. 4EVERAH!

 
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H is for Hush Puppies

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

H is for Hush Puppies [Vegan Comfort Food] (0011)

Back when I was a young’un, and our house was a stone’s throw from all sorts of fast food joints, my family used to eat takeout from Long John Silver’s with some regularity. Mostly at my grandmother’s behest; she loved the fish fries. I never liked “seafood,” even in my omni days, but I did envy them the hush puppies something awful. Like most of the battered foods, I couldn’t have them on accounta the milk, to which I was allergic (and probably still am, though there’s no use in getting tested, since now I choose not to consume it for ethical reasons). So when I spotted a recipe for Baked Hush Puppies in Alicia Simpson’s Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food, I knew I’d found my H!

As it turns out, I have no idea if these taste like the mass-produced thing. That’s what happens when you’ve no point of comparison. (Duh!) Shane was no help, either, as he can’t even remember the last time he had a hush puppy. They’re tasty enough; a little on the dry side, so you might want to serve them with something saucy – or, better yet, with a side of vegan ranch dressing. (Yes, that is the sound of me kicking my own ass after the fact.) Not bad, though I’m still left with a craving for the deep-fried version. But that would hardly qualify as “low-cal” vegan comfort food now, would it?

Photograped on my Four Friends dog plate because PUPPIES! (It’s actually an advert for a tomato company, but who cares. This makes much more sense, okay.)

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E is for Eggplant Fries

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

E is for Eggplant Fries [Vegan Comfort Food] (0008)

When I first spotted this recipe in Vegan Comfort Food, it immediately brought to mind the Baked Zucchini Sticks I got hooked on last summer. Sadly, I did not plant zucchini in my garden this year, and thus spent the summer mostly vegetable fry-less.

Enter: Alicia Simpson and her amazing Eggplant Fries. These babies are coated in a mix of white flour, Old Bay seasoning, and black pepper and oven-baked to crispy (on the outside)-soft (on the inside) perfection. One problem I had with the Zucchini Sticks was getting the batter to stick – but the finer granules in this batter made the whole issue moot. It sticks like gangbusters! Still, I bet a little nooch would take them to the next level.

At first I worried that I’d cut some of the fries too thick, but it just so happened that these were my favorites of the bunch. The eggplant dries out a bit as it bakes, and the thinnest fries shriveled up to almost nothing. The fat ones, on the other hand, were just about perfect…meaty like steak fries, but way healthier.

I couldn’t decide between photographing these in a diner-style french fry basket (classic!) or on my Halloween kid’s plate (it’s purple, like eggplants!), so I did both. Which one works better, do you think?

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VeganMoFo 2013 Sneak Preview

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

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Sign-up began yesterday, but I started working on my theme weeks ago.

On this plate: the Classic Deli Potato Salad from Betty Goes Vegan, along with Eggplant Fries and Baked Hush Puppies from Vegan Comfort Food. A weird combination, but it works. Three letters down, just 23 to go!