Monday, August 17, 2009

Waffles



So some of you may have noticed that I haven't upated my Awful Waffle blog in FOREVS, and that is true. I think I'm going to let it die. Unfortunately making waffles and my goal of losing weight don't always go together. The good news is, that means all waffle talk will take place on The Sisters Vegan. So hurrah! It's a celebration, bitches!

So, waffles. JP has been asking me for weeks to make the Yeasted Waffles from Vegan Brunch since we had them at a friend's housewarming party (can I get a what what for insanely delicious and food-coma-inducing waffle parties?!). Trouble is, I'm a lazyass (really!), so JP decided to go into uncharted culinary territory and make not only his first waffles but his first yeasted waffles, at that. And they were FUCKING AMAZING. And the best part about waffles is that there are usually leftovers, which means the following Monday morning when you have to get ready to go to work at your shitty job where you will spend most of the day hoping your boss has forgotten you exist, a light toasty yeasted waffle with homemade raspberry jam spread on it tastes like it was made by Jesus himself.

Raised waffles, homemade peach and raspberry jams on the table


Anyway.

We invited our friend Bike Friend Nathan over (the man can smell brunch from miles away) and we had ourselves a fancy brunch, complete with the waffles, tempeh bacon (recipe also in Vegan Brunch), and various fixins': Earth Balance, maple syrup, two kinds of Grandma-made jam (raspberry and peach), and stewed apples.

Stewed apples and tempeh bacon (and raised waffle in the background)


What are stewed apples? Well they're basically warm delicious sugary apples for putting on top of things. I'd never made them before, just thought they sounded like a good idea and modified this recipe (ignore the giant disgusting picture of dead pig).

Raised waffles (VB) with stewed apples and tempeh bacon on the side


Stewed Apples
Makes I dunno how much, enough for four people anyway

4-6 cups sliced apples (I just kind of eyeballed it)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until apple is tender as you want it to be, stirring occasionally. Apples will be nice and sweet and spicy and floppy and tender and a little caramelized when you're done!

I leave my skins on. We're not a fan of peeling fruit or vegetables in this house, be it cucumbers, carrots, apples, or pears. That's where a bunch of the fiber and deliciousness is, anyway. I GUESS bananas/citrus/pineapple are exempt.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tester heaven



SQUEE! We love our new house with our gorgeous kitchen and lovely gas stove and pretty living room and backyard and SQUEEEEE! Pictures (once we finish putting everything away and cleaning) are forthcoming.

In the meantime, living with both Kelly AND JP means there are three monkeys in the kitchen to do the work, giving us more time to make more elaborate meals, including some fabulous dishes from Vegan Latina testing. Terry continues to make our tummies very very happy with her creative and gorgeous recipes! Especially the desserts (see below!).

Evidence:

Chayote & Potato Salad with Capers & Peas (Vegan Latina tester)
Chayote & Potato Salad with Capers & Peas

Zesty Orange Mojo Baked Tofu (Vegan Latina tester)
Zesty Orange Mojo Baked Tofu

Columbian Green Onion Salsa (Vegan Latina tester)
Columbian Green Onion Salsa

Cashew Crema (Vegan Latina tester)
Cashew Crema

Red Chili Grilled Tempeh (Vegan Latina tester)
Chili Grilled Tempeh

Yellow Rice with Garlic (Vegan Latina tester)
Yellow Rice with Garlic

Amaranth-Polenta with Roasted Chilis (Vegan Latina tester)
Amaranth Polenta with Roasted Chilis

Calabacitas (Fresh Squash Saute) (Vegan Latina tester)
Calabacitas (Fresh squash saute)

Yuca with Cuban Garlic Lime Mojo (Vegan latina tester)
Yuca with Cuban Garlic Lime Mojo

Quinoa Corn "Chowder" with Limas & Ají (Vegan Latina tester)
Quinoa Corn Chowder with Limas & Aji

Simply Arroz con Leche (Vegan Latina tester)
Simple Arroz Con Leche (this BLEW MY MIND!!! SO GOOD!!!)

Cafe con Leche Flan (Vegan Latina tester)
Cafe con Leche Flan (WOWZERS is all I can say)


The best part of testing is that it's brought a lot of new ingredients into my repertoire, or new ways to use familiar ones. Fucking love it. Everyone should buy this book when it comes out, which is sometime next year!