I keep forgetting to take pictures of food. I’m cooking food, I’m eating food, just not taking many pictures of it. Mostly it doesn’t matter, but I’m kind of bummed I forgot to take a pic of the Mini Wellingtons from Vegan Lunch Box that I made for Xmas dinner. I used some of the laminated dough I had made before that was hanging out in the freezer. The odd thing is that in the past I’ve had a lot of trouble with the Earth Balance oozing out of the dough and essentially frying rather than baking whatever I was making. That didn’t happen at all this time. Huh. I wonder if that’s because I froze and thawed it. More experimentation is necessary. 🙂

For breakfast Xmas morning, Kevin made pancakes. We had them with some Match Meat Breakfast Sausage and purple potato hash browns.

I also made a bunch of cookies that I’ve been trying to distribute before they all go in my mouth. There were white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, chewy chocolate raspberry cookies from Veganomicon and gingerbread cookies. I’m dumb and only took a picture of the gingerbread cookies:

With the extra time off, I tried to make a few items to freeze. The recipe floating around for Apple Sage Sausage caught my eye, so one day I whipped those up. So far, we’ve eaten them for breakfast in a sort of hash form with more purple potatoes and a bit of red bell pepper. The colors are so pretty!

Because there weren’t enough sweets in the house with all those cookies hanging around, I decided to make Egg Nog Cupcakes. Well, Soy Nog Cupcakes. Other than REALLY wanting to stick to the pan, they came out great. Also, I left the booze out of the frosting and made up for it with more Soy Nog, although I don’t think it needed the extra liquid. I gave a bunch away at work so I wouldn’t eat them all.

Perfect Potluck

Actually, every vegan potluck I’ve been to has completely rocked. And this one was no exception. Outside, at the park, nice Spring day and a ton of excellent food. This thing happened way back on Sunday. I know, that’s like 5 years ago in internet time. Also, I’m a dumbass and didn’t take any pics. But that’s okay because other people did.

I brought these crustless quiches. I did make some changes to the recipe. I used olive oil instead of cooking spray in the pan. Also, I doubled the recipe, but instead of doubling the mushrooms I added broccoli. Oh, and I think I sprinkled some extra nutritional yeast in there. And, I tossed together a quick citrus grain salad that was basically just wild rice/brown rice blend mixed with some quinoa, scallions, toasted walnuts, tangerines and blood orange with a sesame citrus dressing.

Thanks to Ashley Nicole to pulling this together. I’m sorry more of our vegan lunch group didn’t make it. They missed out!

Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes

brooklyn brownie cupdakes

Holy crap! I think I went into an instant sugar coma after biting into these. Mine ended up muffining out out over the top and sinking in the middle. But the eat up just fine. And the little dent was the perfect place to stick the frosting. The black cherry preserves and small bit of whiskey add a lot of dimension to the flavor of the cupcakes also. Crazy good. Oh yeah, they’re the Brooklyn Brownie Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.