Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall Squash Soup (With Mushrooms and Greens!)

Hey guys sorry for such a delay on posting, it turns out I am a lot busier than I thought I'd be o.O...been running, working, and eating (and working a special blarg entry! but still need pictures for it!). But, now things have really quieted down for me so I have a lil' more time to cook and blarg! ~(^_^~). This week We have a Squash soup, which I feel is the perfect entry to open up the fall with! Ariel and I actually made a simple version this soup about a year ago, and I remember it being really good so I made it again and jazzed it up! I hope you guys enjoy! ~(^_^~)

Fall is Tasty ~(^_^~)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Vegan Veggie Burger Feast!

Hey dudes and dudettes! This is Alex here and I have a treat for you!!! My friend Emily and I had this awesome burger feast! We made these burgers from Isa Mokowitz's Post Punk Kitchen website, then made a ton of random stuff to go with it (Vegan Cole Slaw, Vegan Pesto, and this random sweet pepper spread)! The two pies from the previous post were actually the dessert that we had made for this dinner. Just as a little warning all of this was about 3 ish hours of cooking and baking, but the tasty pay off in the end is well worth the wait and the effort (...Drool...)!
Gourmet Vegan BURGERS!!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fennel Corn Muffins with Golden Raisins! Yum!

Hey guys, Ariel here! Long time no see! Writing again from a ways away, in New Zealand!

Mmm... muffins!
This recipe is one that I came up with and cooked at home, but didn't get around to posting until now, oops! Haha, there may be quite a few like that to come...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pies!!! ~(^_^~) (Mostly Blueberry and Cherry)

So one thing that you guys should know about me is that pies, ARE, my favorite dessert (a trait that President Barack Obama and I share!)…of all time. Period. No debate or discussion. Although that might be true it has taken me up till now to get my act together and make a vegan pie \(@_@\) (I know...an atrocity!). So to make up for the serious lack of pie in my life I decided to make two, one blueberry and one tart cherry pie. I also tried to make this entry as generic as possible, so that you can use these instructions and suggestions to make other pies! Well let’s stop wasting time and make some FUCKING PIES!!!!!! and eating them afterwards! the spoils of your hard labor! ~(^o^~)
Good ol' Ammerry-can (Blueberry) Pie~!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Woking With the Looi's! Part 1

When I was at my parents’ house in Seattle, I was able to have meals cooked for me which was a luxury that I had not experienced in a long time! Not only that but since turning vegan my parents have taken to eating less meat and dairy and treating them both as a condiments than a center piece of a meal (much to the dismay of my carnivorous brother (~^_^)~). Also! We have this awesome outdoor kitchen with which to cook Chinese food! It’s able to fit a full sized wok and spits out 65,000 btus (One needs really high heat to cook Chinese food well)! Given these three facts I then noticed that a lot of the dishes that my parents were cook for dinner turned out to vegan Chinese food (since Chinese food does not have any dairy)! So here is the first installment of “Woking” with the Looi’s!

A wok without a cook...

For all of the cooking that I’m about to show you don’t need a GIANT wok or 65,000 btus of POWER! A sauté pan on a regular stove top will do just fine.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blueberry Banana Pancakes!

Two treats today - a delicious and simple breakfast recipe, and a cooking video of the process and one about the blarg, featured on Leave it Better, a video-based social network where people can share ideas on how to improve their communities and take action to green their neighborhood! Woah! :D

Now that's a goooood morning. :)

This is my absolute favoriteee basic pancake recipe. It uses mashed banana in place of an egg, giving the pancakes a nice flavor and a little sweetness.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A bunch of fooooood!

Hey guys! Today's post is a whole bunch of pictures and mini-recipes (recipettes? :D) of delicious vegan things I've been eating. Nomnomnom. :D


The menu is... Vegan Grilled Cheese with Daiya, Salad with Homegrown Sprouts!, Grilled Pear French Toast (YUM), and two more variations of vegan ice cream, Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ice Cream, and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream! Enjoy! ;)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Mac 'n "Cheeeeese!"

Hey everyone! Writing you from the other side of the world - I'm abroad for a semester, from now until the end of the year, in New Zealand! I arrived yesterday morning, and so far everything's great! :D

Just writing this is making me hungry...

Before I left, I promised my sister that I'd make her vegan Mac 'n Cheese at least once. I didn't have a recipe, but I had some ideas for ingredients from other recipes I'd seen, so decided to experiment! And a yummy experiment it was, mmmm! :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Apple Tarte Tatin!

Adapted from Molly’s Tarte tatin, which in turn was adapted from The Joy of Cooking cookbook!

sweet juicy tarty goodiness! (~^_^)~

Tarte tatin is an awesome dessert! My parents use to make it all the time, and is a favorite dessert of mine! Also, I love the complex simplicity of french desserts like tarte tatin. When you look at the ingredients of tarte tatin you will see that it's made of relatively simple ingredients. But! when they all come together, and are cooked in the right way they create a truly wonderful work of art that is pleasurable to one's sight, smell, and above all taste!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Low-Cook Summer Recipe: Tabbouleh!

Okay, okay, so your standard tabbouleh is pretty much always vegan. But in the summer, when it's approximately a bazillion degrees, turning on the oven (or even the stove for more than a few minutes) is never fun (especially without AC to cool things back down! eek!). There are also very few things I want to eat besides cold salads and fresh fruit and veggies when it's hot. So out come the no-or-low cook recipes! :)


Tabbouleh is a traditional middle eastern salad made with bulgur, tomatoes, some spices and lots and lots of parsley! It's served in a deliciously refreshing lemon and olive oil dressing. Easy, yummy, and healthy!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vegan Philly Faux "Cheese Steak" Sandwiches!

Hey Kids! So finally come the awesome recipe that first drove me to start this blog (blarg)! After months of waiting it is finally here! I dunno why it took me so long to make/post this...\(@_@\). Actually I got so excited about making this for my family that I forgot to add a crucial ingredient--Mushrooms! But this is just as good! Also about a week and a half after making this I was in Brooklyn, and I was a vegan sandwich shop which also had their own version of philly "cheese steak" sandwiches, but I shall be blarging about that later!
Sandwich is larger than it appears...~(^_^~)

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition, Part IV!

Hey everyone! I am pleased to present to you the fourth and final post of It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition!

[Insert bad sprouts pun here!]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition, Part III! Ahh!

Hey everyone! This is the third installment of It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition! The first two can be found here and here!

It's now been ~2 days since we started, so the beans/lentils have been soaked overnight, then rinsed and drained and let sit in a cool dark place, and rinsed twice (well, theoretically. Actually, only once! I forgot about them, oops!).

YAY! They've sprouted!

 And woah! It's a sproutsplosion! They really took off (despite my neglect) and are growing magnificently. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition! Part II :D

Hey guys! Welcome to the second episode of It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition!! It's been about ~16 hours since I started the sprouts - I rinsed them and soaked them overnight (see the first post, here!). They've expanded a lot!

Step 2: Drain the seeds thoroughly, and rinse well with cold water. I like to shake them around in cold water in the jar to make sure they get rinsed well.

Drain as much of the water out as you can (try not to have any pooled at the bottom when the jar is upright), and cover the jar with a small piece of thin cloth or mesh. You can secure it with a rubber-band if you like, but I didn't bother with mine.

All together!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vanilla Swiss Almond Ice Cream and... It's Aliveeee!

Today you're in for a treat, a double post, woohoo! I'm kicking off a new segment, It's Aliveeeeeee! (okay, so there are only four 'e's), Sprouts Edition! I'm trying out growing some sprouts and documenting the process and their progress. :)

Oooh, a double feature!

It's Aliveeee! Sprouts Edition!: Episode 1, The Soaking Seeds

Sprouts are a great way to eat beans and legumes (and even grains!) without having to cook them. They're also a raw and live food, which many people believe are extra healthy. They're also packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins - even more than the original seeds before the sprouting process.

Despite being relatively expensive in stores, sprouting seeds is pretty darned easy to do at home, and the ingredients and materials are really cheap! All you need are some whole dried beans, lentils, or grains, a few glass jars, some cloth or mesh, and water.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry (Or Strawberry) Pecan Tart!

This is a recipe that I first tasted during a party that my boss from work posted, and I fell immediately in love it! It's from Bon Appetit, and is not inherently vegan (BUM BUM BUM \(@_@\)!!!!!). But don't worry! We tweaked it so it is! Also, I ran into another problem with the recipe...which called for ripe, un-moldy raspberries...(how was I suppose to know?!?) (-_-#). But my grandmother suggested I use strawberries instead, and it turned out well (or even better)!!! So here it is!!

It's saying...eeeeaaaatt...meeee (~@o@)~

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Spanakopita!

A few weeks ago we were faced with the ever pressing moving-out-of-college-apartment, gotta-empty-out-the-freezer conundrum! To help get rid of all of our food, we decided to cook up a huge vegan feast and try to use up anything that needed using. Among those freezer goods were frozen spinach and half a pack of phyllo dough, mmm! The rest of the phyllo dough had gone to an impromptu strawberry-peach-mango tarte (mmm...), so we decided to try something dinnerly with the rest! And thus spanakopita made its appearance as an appetizer !

The finished product!

This spanakopita uses seasoned tofu instead of cheese, and frozen spinach, but fresh could be used easily instead if you have it! :)

We also decided to go for pretty spirals to make things more exciting. :D

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Cake!

This is a recipe taken from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz! This an awesome recipe (with a couple of tweaks and suggestions of our own ~(^_^~)  )!

This Cake is Amazing!!!!!! ~(^_^~) (~^_^)~

Monday, June 6, 2011

Coconut Tapioca Pudding :)

After being introduced to coconut tapioca pudding by a friend a few weeks ago (hi Gaelyn!), I immediately fell in love and became somewhat obsessed with it. It’s quick and easy to make, has only a few (inexpensive) ingredients, and is sooooo delicious! Seriously. Amazingly delicious.

Tapioca pudding in all its splendor.

Anyway! After a mishap involving missing tapioca pearls (alas!), my desire for more tapioca pudding couldn’t be satisfied until I returned home and picked up some more. I made it for my family, and similar obsession with its deliciousness resulted. It’s fantastic hot, cold, topped with just about any fruit, or just on its own. :)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mochi!

Mochi is a naturally vegan desert which I’m pretty sure originated from Japan (although I’m not entirely sure...if you ask other Asians they’ll tell you they came up with mochi @_@, whatever…lol).

It usually consists of a chewy outside with a nice sweet filling, an Asian jelly doughnut if you will (not really, they are actually completely different). The word mochi refers to the chewy outside which is made of glutinous rice flour. Traditionally,making mochi requires a lot of back breaking work, pounding of rice with a large wooden hammer, and patience; none of which I have at the moment so we’ll take a short cut!

Sesame filled (and covered!) mochi!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Recipe: Walnut-Crusted French Toast!

Hi guys! Ariel here! Welcome again to the “blarg”! Hope you enjoy our very first recipe post!

Whenever I'm back home, french toast for breakfast is in high demand. My little sister, who especially loves french toast, was sick (oh no!) so I decided to make a snazzed up version to cheer her up! We had some chopped walnuts lying around nearby, so I took walnut-crusted french toast for a test run... and it turned out great!

Best if shared with an umbrella wielding frog...

Welcome!

Hello! This is our first blog post! Ariel and I (Alex) would like to cordially invite you to our vegan blarg (blog)! Here we will be posting both found and made up recipes, and critiques of foods we've encountered! If you have recipes that you think we should try out don't hesitate to post here or e-mail us! (~^_^)~ Also, I think you should get to know our taste tester Fiddlesticks!

Fiddlesticks taste testing a muffin!
So hopefully you enjoy what we have to say about the wonderful world of vegan foods, our first recipe post will be up very soon!!! ~(^_^~) (~^_^)~