Monday, November 17, 2008

weekend foodie pics


These were the vegan cupcakes I made for Chris's birthday - chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting and peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Recipes from the wonderful Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. They were really, really good.


As I'm moving from vegetarian to vegan, Chris has become my Guinea pig for many a recipe. I've been struggling to find a tofu dish that he likes and I think I finally found one! This was my first attempt at a veggie potpie with tofu and it was a huge success. It was also my first time ever making a pastry crust and I think I did pretty good. This is definitely a Sunday recipe as it took hours of prep/chill/cook time, but the end result was worth it. The recipe is from Robin Robertson's Vegetarian Meat and Potatoes Cookbook. Sorry for the ginormous picture! :)

5 comments:

Sarena Shasteen said...

Great food pics and Happy Birthday to Chris! I just got the cookbook My Sweet Vegan and am about to head to the kitchen myself! Good for you that you found something tofu that Chris likes! I am jealous! So, just out of curiosity...why vegan?

laura said...

Of course, Chris has to like the most involved and time consuming tofu recipe I could find! Pretty much guarantees that I won't make it again any time soon. :)
In regards to why vegan, when I began cooking more I started looking for meat free recipes for me and dairy free recipes for Chris and came across some wonderful vegan cookbooks. I think going vegan is, for me, a natural extension of the reasons I am a vegetarian (environmental reasons, animal rights and health reasons). I don't know that I will ever be the strictest vegan since a few of the faux-meat products we enjoy have egg whites listed as the sixteen ingredient or something like that. But if there is a spectrum between vegetarianism and veganism, I am definately much, much closer to vegan at the moment.

Sarena Shasteen said...

That was a great explanation. You know that I don't eat meat, but I have yet to take the plunge to call myself a vegetarian. Tony asked me the other day...do you eat meat...I said no...he said...then you are a vegetarian. I guess I just don't want to be labeled something. I have very strong feelings for not eating meat (all of which you named), but I understand why he eats meat and why we kind of evolved into eating me. For me, it is just not the right thing. I was wondering about the vegan thing for you because I have such an interest in learning more about people's food choices. I have restrictions and serious feel like after being dairy free for the past couple of years, my health has really improved. I don't know for sure that it has to do with that so I ask a lot of questions about eating habits of others so I can understand how food does effect people. Anyway, I was not just being nosey, I was seriously interested. It is funny though, if I could find more recipes that I could use meat alternatives in for Tony...he would stop eating it too. He loves my chili and it is vegan!

laura said...

Thanks for your interesting explanation Sarena! I was a vegetarian from age 14 to about age 22, so I can understand about not wanting to be labeled - sometimes it seems like people will use it as an excuse to scrutinize everything you do. Tonight we had Soyrizo and potato burritos which Chris proclaimed "Just like Taco Bell!", which is a compliment if you can believe it!. :)

Tony Shasteen said...

Laura I don't know if you noticed before you took the picture, but when you weren't looking someone pooped on that top cupcake. Very embarrassing I know.