Tagged: Coconut

Sweet Something: Veganomicon Style

Lately I have been on an Isa Chandra¬†Moskowitz kick. I have made her pumpkin cake with pecan praline topping, vanilla pound cake, coconut lemon bundt cake, jelly doughnut cupcakes and have loved every one of them! Especially the pumpkin cake…sooooo good! I totally want to overload on exclamation points right now, but I won’t because that can be confused with screaming and anger, and this is a happy thing, like for serious happy tastes, happy textures, happy recipes, its all happy.

Moving on! Here are some truly “amazing” pics of these goodies.

Pumpkin Cake, taken to a baby gender reveal pumpkin themed party it was amazing, wouldn’t change a thing! Really classy stuff here:

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Jelly Filled Doughnut Cupcakes, I used my “new” mixmaster. My poor Kitchenaid is trying to dying, it needs a new gear thingy.
Mixmaster chromed up!

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These cupcakes were so yummy, I loved the hint of nutmeg. I used blueberry jam because I was out of raspberry jam. While the 2 I saved were tasty I want to try raspberry next time! I didn’t get a lot of pictures of these lovelies. My attempt at cooling them safely under a food tent meant to keep out flies, failed to keep out one of our kittens: Bruce. See the lovely smashed cupcakes? See the adorable little holes in the tent? I am now looking for a rigid plastic or metal cage thingy. For the sweets not the cats! ūüôā These cupcake doughnuts were perfectly raised, all the jam was inside or at the bottom, I hate that they mostly ended up in the compost. ūüė¶Cat Attack Cupcakes

Coconut¬†Lemon Bundt Cake, this beauty was a hit at my workplace! Everyone who tried it loved it! Some people were AFRAID to try it because they know I’m vegan. Then there were those who either didn’t like lemon or coconut, but the cake was still eaten up in 2 days, the only thing I would change about this cake is the amount of shredded coconut, I would half it next time purely on personal taste. I thought it made the cake chewy. Again, I’m sorry for the pics, I truly do plan to work on getting better with a camera and lighting!IMG_20141001_224514818This is my attempt at being artistic:

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It’s all very orangey, but in all fairness the cake did match my counter-top. Next time I will use an opaque cake plate, maybe that will help, also was trying to get the title of the recipe in the picture but managed to chop that off to…but still not nearly as bad as the other pics in my opinion!

So Yay Isa! Love her to pieces. I will be making many more awesome things from this amazing book soon!

I leave you with this cuteness…Peter all snugly wugly!

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Coconut Curry Tempeh

Coconut Curry Tempeh

I have recently been obsessed with Popcorn Fanatic‘s Coconut Curry Popcorn. First let me say this…I hate popcorn, seriously I get nauseated at movie theaters because of the smell of freshly popped popcorn. I also detest the smell of microwave popcorn at home. My three younger sisters and Mendal all love popcorn. I first went to Popcorn Fanatic dragging my heals complaining about the smell. This place is a locally owned shop that specializes in a bazillion flavors of popcorn, they also have fudge, truffles and specialty cakes, but popcorn is their main focus. I remember as a child loving that nasty orange hot cheese popcorn you could only find in gas stations. So, I tried Popcorn Fanatics hot cheese. . .wasn’t as good as I remembered, theirs was much too cheesy, then I tried their buffalo wing and that was it! That hot cheese popcorn I loved as a kid must not have contained much cheese!

Needless to say, I was hooked. Then one day when buying Mendal her Chicago Mix (cheese and caramel popcorn) and my buffalo wing, I saw a new flavor that sounded interesting. Coconut Curry. I tried it and then purchased a bag, it almost didn’t make it home! So, short story longer, I have been hooked on coconut curry and have pinned a recipe for¬†vegan coconut curry¬†from The Kind Life (if you haven’t read it yet Alicia Silverstone’s¬†The Kind Diet¬†is awesome).

Now to the point of this post: While grocery shopping at my local Harris Teeter I stumbled upon¬†Turtle Island Foods¬†Tempeh¬†Coconut Curry flavored. If you have not yet tried this Tempeh, or any of the other flavors, you need to! I baked some at work, since I don’t have access to a stove, and chopped up 3 pieces and threw it on top some brown rice, drizzled with Kimmon Organic Soy Sauce. Then I grabbed two of my cut up carrots I brought as a raw snack sliced them up added some water and microwaved them for 2 minutes, I drained them and threw them in with the rice and tempeh. It was so good and easy for a quick lunch at work. Would be easier to have all the parts prepared at home, but some of the best tasting lunches come together on the fly! I so want to make my own homemade coconut curry tempeh. . .possible future post? Maybe. . .no promises!

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