Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Dandies Marshmallow Smores Bars

I got a free sample of Dandies vegan marshmallows in the mail last week - Thanks Chicago Soy Dairy!!!! To show off the meltability and brownability (is that a word) of the marshmallows, I made smores bars. These are super easy. They took about 10 minutes to put together and throw in the oven. The recipe is from All Recipes. Some changes to the recipe: I didn't use quite as much margarine as called for. I baked the bottom layer for 5 minutes before adding the chocolate and marshmallows. I also threw some extra graham cracker crumbles on the top. I hit them with the broiler for about 2 minutes at the end of the cooking time.

The marshmallows were crispy and brown and tasted great the next day too.

Vegan Dandies Smores Bars

I only made a 1/2 batch so I only used half the bag. I have the other half for campfire smores this weekend while camping!

Dandies Marshmallows are great! Run out and get some. They might be the best tasting marshmallows I have ever had (vegan or not).

Friday, June 12, 2009

New to Veganism or Just want to learn more?

If you are in the process of learning about veganism or you've heard the term "abolitionist" and don't quite understand what it means in relation to veganism, you should go and read Gary Francione's new pamphlet. It is a short easy read packed with tons of information. It is a tri-fold pamplet so reading order is top right panel, bottom page, top left 2 panels.

This is also a good read if you happen to be one of my friends (or my mom) who doesn't quite understand why I am vegan.

If after reading the pamplet, you still want more to read, check out Gary's FAQs.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Breakfast for dinner? gasp!

I got the Vegan Brunch cookbook last week and I want to make everything in it. Here are a couple of things I've made so far.

Tonight's dinner was Banana Rabanada which is a Brazilian French Toast (which happens to be banana french toast topped with cocoa powder and cinnamon). I was either half asleep when I made this and didn't realize that the cocoa powder was for dusting after they cook, or the recipe was written in such a way that it made me want to throw the cocoa powder in the blender for the batter. So, we had chocolate banana french toast. The batter looked a bit like chocolate pudding. It tasted great in any case. I went ahead and added a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the blender as well so I wouldn't have to sprinkle with cinnamon when done.

Banana Rabanada

On Saturday morning, we made the Perfect Pancakes (with added Banana slices). The batter was a little runny for me and I had to add another 1/4 cup flour. I also reduced the cinnamon by half (1/2 tsp total). I don't like my pancakes with a lot of cinnamon.

Perfect Pancakes

So far, 2 for 2. Both recipes tasted great. Tomorrow night I'll be trying out the Tofu Benedict with vegan holandaise sauce. I can't wait to try that!