31 August 2013

I have a new blog

If you got here by an internet search or pinterest link, this blog has been dead a while but I have a new blog up at olivierandkingsley.com with recipes and other things. Check it out!

25 April 2010

No Bake Strawberry Pie

Yesterday after a very exhausting bike ride scavenger hunt, I came home and made Kittee's No Bake Strawberry Pie. It has to sit overnight so I had a slice for brunch!  You can find the recipe in Kittee's Papa Tofu cookbook which can be purchased on her blog.

What You Need:
  • A pre-baked and cooled pie crust. I got mine at Whole Foods.
  • 1/4-1/3 tub Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
  • Approximately 1 1/2 quarts of fresh strawberries (enough to fill an entire pie plate, plus an extra cup to mash), washed and with the hulls cut off. Cut the tops as straight as you can so the strawberries stand up easily in your pie plate.
  • 1 cup unbleached granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
What You Do:

  1. Mash up enough strawberries to fill one cup. Throw them in your food processor and pulse them a bit, go slow so you don't end up with soup. (I always make a cup of "strawberry soup" and then chop up 5 strawberries into little cubes)
  2. In a medium saucepan, blend together the sugar and cornstarch. Stir in the water and mashed berries.
  3. Over medium high heat, cook stirring all the while until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Reduce heat so you don't get splattered and keep stirring for one minute. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. While the jam you made cools, stir the cream cheeze until soft, and spread it onto the bottom and sides of the cooled pie crust.
  5. Top the cream cheeze with your strawberries, pointy side up. I started in the middle and worked my away around in circles. You will want to place them along the edges too. I found that putting the tallest in the center is best, because the jam is deepest there. You might have to rearrange them a bit to get it to look the way you want, but don't worry about making it look perfect since the jam covers up a lot and fills in any gaps (especially on the sides).
  6. Pour the cooled jam evenly over the whole thing and refrigerate several hours until set.  

31 March 2010

Mad Cowboy

The first time Scott and I went to California we happened to be in Anaheim and looking for Vegan grub and we came across a restaurant called Native Foods in nearby Costa Mesa. We had the "Save the Chicken Fingers" and we were hooked. A few days later we made our way to the Native Foods in Westwood and I had the "Mad Cowboy Bowl" and fell in love!! We bought the cookbook and have been making the Mad Cowboy pretty regularly. Below is my adapted recipe and if you ever find yourself in Southern California, I strongly suggest you visit Native Foods. You can check out their website for locations.

3-4 Soy Chicken Pieces
1/2 Cup of BBQ Sauce
2-4 Small to Medium Golden Potatoes
2 Heads of Broccoli
1 Head of Cauliflower
1 Yellow Squash
1/2 cup of corn (frozen, fresh or grilled)
1/4 cup of chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup of Vegan Ranch Dressing (great recipe in the cookbook)

Directions: Bake potatoes. Steam all veggies (except bell pepper), you could grill them for a better flavor. Place Soy Chicken in a skillet with BBQ sauce and cook until warm.

Slice potatoes in half longways and place at the bottom of the plate. Add about a tablespoon of Ranch Dressing to the tops. Pile on steamed veggies and drizzle another tablespoon of Ranch Dressing over them. Place BBQ Soy Chicken on top and drizzle 2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce and 1 tablespoon of Ranch Dressing on top. Garnish with bell pepper and corn (about 1/4 cup of corn and 2 tablespoons of bell pepper)


03 January 2010

Putting this blog back in action for 2010!

So I don't normally do new years resolutions, but this blog has been seriously neglected and so has my baking. So my resolution is to update this blog twice a month in 2010, with my baking, cooking, or traveling vegan food adventures. Hopefully some of you out there will enjoy it!

29 April 2008

Vegan Donuts!!!


For our April potluck, the theme was breakfast. I decided to make donuts, I used the recipe found on Vegan Yum Yum (but added a few touches suggested by The Urban Housewife) The recipe was super easy and the donuts came out great. I can't wait to start experimenting with different options (like a chocolate cake donut).

Here is the recipe:

Dry Ingredients:
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp (scant) Nutmeg
1 tiny pinch or shake Cinnamon

Wet Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Soymilk
1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
Egg Replacer for 1 Egg (I used Ener-G Egg Replacer.)
4 Tbs Earth Balance

Preheat oven to 350ยบ F

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients with a whisk to mix thoroughly. Combine wet ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium low heat and mix until earth balance is melted. This mixture should NOT get too hot, you should be able to stick your finger in the mixture. It should feel slightly warm.

Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough into your ungreased nonstick mini-donut pan. If using a regular sized donut pan (like I did), fill them until just below the rim. Smooth out the top of the dough with your fingers, this will make for more even, prettier donuts, but isn’t crucial. If you over fill, your donuts will come out looking like it has a little muffin top. Not the end of the world, but not very donut-like either.

Bake for 12 minutes. They should not be browned on top, but a tester will come out clean. Invert hot pan over a cutting board or cooling rack to release donuts. Allow to cool completely before decorating.

donuts right out of the oven! YUM!

Glaze for Donuts & other confections
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon soy milk
a splash of vanilla (optional)
a bit of agave nectar (optional)
wilton gel color in rose (optional)

Whisk all of the ingredients together.

Dip half of the donut into the glaze, let some drip off, then dip glaze-side down into sprinkles.

Transfer the donuts to a wire rack with parchment paper underneath, the excess glaze will drip through the rack onto the paper for easy cleaning later.

pink glazed

Chocolate Ganache topping for Donuts
vegan chocolate, approximately 6 ounces. (I use whole foods vegan semisweet chocolate chips)
1/3 cup soymilk
agave nectar

Melt the chocolate, soymilk and agave nectar over a double boiler & remove from the heat being careful not to get water in the chocolate.

Dip your donuts into the chocolate until completely covered & place on a wire rack to drip off excess chocolate. add sprinkles.

big and little donuts living in harmony

07 March 2008

Fauxstess Cupcakes

fauxstess cupcakes

This post is loooooong overdue. For our December potluck the theme was stuffed foods. I saw this as a great opportunity to make the Fauxstess Cupcakes from Vegan with a Vengance. They were a big hit at the potluck and a big hit with all my non-vegan friends.

Step 1: Make chocolate cupcakes
fauxstess cupcakes

Step 2: Stuff with fluffy white icing
fauxstess cupcakes

Step 3: Cover with chocolate ganache
fauxstess cupcakes

Step 4: Draw on icing squiggles
fauxstess cupcakes

Step 5: Enjoy!!!

02 December 2007

Vegan Root Beer Ice Cream

So a few months ago I came across Vegan Ice Cream Paradise and decided that I wanted to give making my own vegan ice cream a try. I bought this ice cream maker and I was on my way. I looked around for various veganize ice cream recipes but they all seemed too complicated (to me) so I decided to just veganize the recipes that come with the maker and it worked perfectly! (when the ice cream comes out of the machine it's the consitancy of a frosty from wendy's, if you want a firm ice cream you can scoop you have to put it in the freezer for 3-4 hours to harden) We've done basic vanilla, chocolate almond, cookies and cream, mint cookies and cream, and last night for my party I decided to make root beer ice cream, it tasted just like a root beer float!

Here's the recipe:
2 cups of silk creamer (plain)
1 cup of silk soymilk (plain)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp root beer extract (I used zatarain's)

mix the ingredients together and pour into ice cream maker.
run maker for 20 minutes and then put ice cream in freezer to harden.
(not sure how this would work with other ice cream makers but i think any that have the freezer bowl would be able to use this recipe)

Vegan Checkerboard Cake

Today I had a party for my 26th birthday. During our Thanksgiving vacation in Dallas I came across Wilton's checkerboard cake kit and decided I would make it for my birthday party. So today I revamped my almond cake recipe a bit and gave it a go. I decided I wanted the cake to be super bright so I dyed the batter pink and purple (I used wilton's color gel paste in rose and violet) Checkboard cake before baking
then I topped it off with vegan buttercream dyed teal with a hot pink robot on top.
Robot Cake for my 26th birthday party!
Here is a shot of the cake once cut so you can see the finished checkerboard pattern.Inside view

Here's the recipe for the cake:

Almond Cake

Dry Ingredients:

* 3 cups unbleached white flour
* 1 3/4 cups unbleached granulated sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

* 1 3/4 cups almond milk
* 1/4 cup amaretto syrup
* 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
* 2/3 cup melted soy margarine
* 2 TBSP almond extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Put some parchment circles on the bottom of each pan.
2. Mix together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and beat well until smooth (I use my kitchenaid stand mixer).
4. Divide the batter evenly among the pans.
5. Check for done after 30-35 minutes with a toothpick watch carefully! It should come clean when you poke it into the very center of each cake. (but watch closely so it doesn't brown too much.)

Buttercream Frosting

* 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
* 1/2 cup vegan margarine
* 1 tsp almond extract
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 4 cups powdered sugar
* 2-3 TBSP soy milk


1. Cream margarine and shortening until light and fluffy
2. Add almond and vanilla extract and beat until combined
3. Add powdered sugar (one cup at a time and beat until combined well)
4. Add soy milk and beat until light and fluffy.

Birthday girl with cake

15 October 2007

Cake Party Madness!!!

This weekend I made two cakes for two friends joint birthday party. The first was a Yellow cake with chocolate chips inside and chocolate frosting on top for my friend Lauren.
Vegan Yellow Cake with Chocolate Chips and Chocolate Frosting

The other wasn't technically a cake, I made red velvet cupcakes for my friend Melissa. Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes

Both of these recipe's came from Kittee. What would I do without her cake recipes? I'll tell you not eat delicous vegan cake that's what!!!

In Cookie Wars news, we made these delicious pumpkin cheesecake squares for the october article, too bad I got in a wreck on the way home and mine landed on the floor of my car : ( I guess I'll have to make them again!

25 August 2007

I love sugar cookies!!!

i love sugar cookies

Sugar Cookies from all recipes
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup earth balance sticks, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp EnerG egg replacer + 2 1/2 TBSP water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the earth balance and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg replacer and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

yay sugar cookies

22 August 2007

Fried Mozzarella Sticks

Haven't done too much baking lately. So I decided to post an old potluck recipe from our "fast food" potluck.

Fried Mozzarella Sticks

* Plain Soy Milk
* Flour
* Italian Breadcrumbs
* Tofutti Mozzarella Singles

1. Fold each single in half and then in half again; gently press pieces together forming a "stick".
2. Batter cheeze stick by dunking in soy milk then coating in flour and repeat this process.
3. Dunk in milk one last time and then coat with breadcrumbs.
4. Fry in olive oil until the sticks are golden brown and soft to touch.
5. Let cool for 5 minutes; Serve with marinara sauce (or my personal fav BBQ sauce) and Enjoy!

15 July 2007

Jerk Seitan

For this month's potluck the theme was Caribbean Food. I decided to make Jerk Seitan. I used Bryanna Clark Grogan's Tender Chicken seitan recipe and converted a Jerk Chicken recipe I found here. It was a big success.

Jerk Seitan


2 and 1/4 c. pure gluten powder
1/2 c. Minute tapioca (buy in any grocery store—unflavored)
1/2 c. TVP flakes
2 T. nutritional yeast flakes
2 tsp. garlic granules
1/2 tsp. onion powder

2 and 1/4 c. cold water
1/4 c. tahini
3 T. soy sauce

Mix in a large pot and bring to a boil, then keep at a simmer, covered
7 c. HOT “chicken-style” vegetarian broth
7 cloves garlic, chopped
3 and 1/2 T. soy sauce
3 and 1/2 T. nutritional yeast flakes

Mix the Dry Mix ingredients in the bowl of your electric mixer with dough hook attachment. Add the Wet Mix and knead for about 10 minutes. Let rest for about 1 hour, covered. You can make your Cooking Broth at this time and have it ready. Then knead it for 10 more minutes.

The dough should be quite shiny and smooth. Avoid breaking it up when you take it out of the bowl. Knead by stretching and patting or rolling into a flat rectangle. Fold in half and repeat, doing this 6 times, and folding so that the gluten strands are always going in the same direction. If the dough gets stubborn and won’t relax, just cover it and go away for about 20 minutes, and it’ll be fine. Form the dough into a piece that will fit into your pot, only about 1” thick, however. Wet your hands from time to time to make the dough easier to handle. (You can cut the roast in half, if you like, and shape like two large “breast” pieces.) Oil or spray lightly and let rest while you get the pot ready.

Oil or spray the inside of your slow-cooker or pot. It has to have room for the roast to expand. Pour about 1 c. of the hot Cooking Broth in the bottom of the pot, then place the roast in. Cover with the rest of the broth. It should just cover the roast—if not, make a bit more broth (say, 1/4 of the recipe). Cover tightly and simmer on LOW (180 to 200 degrees F) for 6-8 hours , turning once halfway through if you are awake.

Remove from broth and refrigerate overnight

Jerk Marinade/ Sauce:

6 sliced jalapenos
1/4 tsp Thyme
2 TBSP ground allspice
8 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 Medium onions, finely chopped
2 TBSP sugar
2 TBSP salt
2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ginger
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
Juice of one lime
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup white wine vinegar

Chop the onions, garlic and peppers. Blend all of the ingredients in a blender to make the jerk sauce.

Cut seitan in to thick slices and poke each piece with a fork. Place pieces in a large bowl and poor in marinade. Let marinade for at least 1 1/2 hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Place seitan on lightly oiled aluminum foil directly on the oven rack.
Cook for 30 minutes, flip seitan over, add a little more marinade and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Heat leftover marinade and spoon over seitan chunks and enjoy!!

17 June 2007

Herbivore Magazine

So I have been helping with this column for Herbivore Magazine called Cookie Wars. I am part of the fake egg squad. We take a standard cookie recipe and veganize it, using 4 different egg replacement products/methods. It's a really great way to learn which egg replacement methods yield the best results. If you are interested in this column or veganism in general you should get a subscription to Herbivore Online.

Here are the pics of my cookies from the past two months:
Vegan Checkerboard Cookies
Chocolate Hazelnut Orange Checkerboard Cookies

oatmeal cookies
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies