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!!! ~(^_^~) (~^_^)~