Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More cookie sneak peeks



I've got lots of plans going on this weekend (more on that later!) so I'm just popping in to give you some more Isa & Terry cookie sneak peeks!

Orange Agave Chocolate Chip cookes (Isa/Terry tester)
Orange Agave Chocolate Chip cookies

This one was oddly shaped, hence I love it best of all!

Pignoli Almond Cookies (Isa/Terry tester)
Pignoli Almond Cookies

My favorite so far! So delicious, they remind me of my Italian grandmother!

For the Love of Fruitcake Bars (pre-cute, with plaid glaze!  Haha)
Fruitcake Bars

My glaze got a little fucked up due to my crazy apartment humidity, but they were delicious nonetheless!

And a picture of the fruitcake bars plus some of the previous cookies. This was taken at my grandma's house the Saturday after Christmas. Everyone loved them!

For the Love of Fruitcake Bars (among assorted other tester cookies)
Mmm, cookies

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sooooo tasty


So, you may find yourself wondering, where on earth is the Kelly half of this blog? I wondered the same thing as I scroll down the list of posts and see my name about once every 8-10 posts. Based on heavy research and a little extrapolation I have concluded that it is because I am a) lazy, and b) swamped. But FEAR NOT! Mark has returned for another episode of Gleegan cooking, and the results are amazingly delicious.

Witness below: We have christened it Vegetable Bean Soup with Corn Dumplings. It is a mad fusion of Susan Voisin's Easy Bean and Vegetable Soup and a mutant version of PPK cornbread with butterscotch syrup instead of maple (I had none!), rice vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar (again...I had none...and my white vinegar was not GF) and pamela's gluten-free baking mix instead of the flour. I think the GF flour was a little more thirsty than regular, so we ended up having to add more soymilk to get it to pour into the pan nicely. On account of that, though, they came out a little more like biscuits than cornbread. We were a little bummed at first, but then I started tearing it up and putting it in the soup, and realized it tastes Fucking Amazing, and thus begat Corn Dumplings. Go us!



Also, I went to Meg's on Friday and we had fun sister time! We made her Tamarind Tofu, a recipe currently being worked on and it was perfect and crispy. I couldn't tell you the specifics at the moment but I know it uses Tamarind juice concentrate among other things. The tofu is just fried up in a little egg replacer and cornstarch.



Nommmmmm.

Friday, January 9, 2009

One year old!



Wow! I didn't even realize it until I started look at old photos last night, but The Sisters Vegan is (are?) one year old this month! Holy crap! I can't believe it. It feels like we just started. And we've met so many amazing people along the way, it's such a wonderful experience! Happy anniversary to US!

To celebrate this happy occasion, I present you with some choice pics of the Pee Wee's Veg Adventure New Year's Eve that Melisser and a bunch of PPKers put together. It was super super awesome, even for someone who was slightly too young to appreciate Pee Wee's Playhouse as a youngin'. The food was themed!

FOODS!

Also foods!  And Tess!


Check out this photo for the tags on what food was what. You can see my and JP's contribution in the back "Fire in the Playhouse Bread" (our first attempt with our sourdough starter!) and the warm & cheesy white bean dip from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan! All the food was amazing. No seriously, everything I put into my mouth was fantastic. I think I scarfed down about 500 of everything. And it was wondrous.

Thug Strummer's photoshoot
Melisser, Tess, and tiny Strummer!


Yay camera!
Folks (& Strummer again!)


Newly engaged!
Too cute!


Marissa & Howie brought LTD!!!
JP and I were ecstatic that Marissa & Howie brought Full Sail LTD!!!


More photos are up here!

Check out Melisser's and Erin's much better photographs of the night!

Kelly's coming over to make dinner with me tonight, to kick of the chronicling of our adventures for another year!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Belated Christmas Feast



This year was our first all-vegan Christmas, and I wanted to share the yummy pictures! Everyone - me, Kelly, JP, dad, and mom - all pitched in, and there was a considerable lack of stress and/or breakdowns this year, which is always a good thing.


All vegan Christmas dinner!
The table, resplendent...


Baby spinach salad with Softly Spiced Nuts (ED&BV!) and dates
Baby spinach salad with Softly Spiced Nuts (ED&BV!) and chopped dates


Yummy bread from Costeaux
Country loaf from local bakery


Acorn squash stuffed with cornbread w/pear & pecan stuffing (PPK blog)
Acorn squash stuffed with cornbread/pecan/pear stuffing (recipe here)


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple & Onion (Compassionate Cooks recipe)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple & Onion (Compassionate Cooks class recipe packet)


Grandma Norma's Candied Yams
Grandma Norma's Candied Yams (recipe to be posted later!)


Christmas feast!
Shot of JP's (full!) plate


...and there was steamed kale (with lime) too but y'all know what that looks like already.

Everything was amazing, if I do say so myself.

Cashew Cream Pear Tart (My Sweet Vegan)


Dessert was Cashew-Cream Pear Tart from My Sweet Vegan which was OMG delicious. My pears were a little juicy and I think soggified my crust a little but it was still good.

My slice with some Soyatoo! on top:

Cashew Cream Pear Tart (My Sweet Vegan) with Soyatoo on top


I hope everyone had amazing holidays! So far 2009 is off to a good start for me, best wishes to all our readers for the new year!