Well, Mr. Cranky Pants is feeling a bit less cranky thanks to all your compliments. He pretends that he doesn't like being called "cute", but he smiles when nobody is looking. Silly little bug!
One final Vegantine's Day dessert, I dare not call it trifle because it's missing 99% of a traditional trifle ingredients. Let's just say it's a Trifley Layered Dessert! No recipe, you get the idea though, a bottom layer of crushed cookies (plain vanilla or chocolate will do), on top of that a layer of vanilla pudding, then a layer of pureed strawberries, and on top of that a layer of soft coconut milk whippy cream and some swirly chocolate.
Here's a challenge: try not to eat all of Bianca's Sweet Potato Bread as soon as it comes out of the oven. I dare you! This is one of Bianca's test recipes for her upcoming cookbook! It's supposed to be a loaf of bread, but I usually bake muffins instead of one big loaf. Check out Alison's gorgeous loaf made with the same recipe.
I promised a recipe for Oaty Scones using the Nature's Path oatmeal that Kari sent us, but instead I made some Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies! Cinnamon-y, apple-y, maple-y goodness!
Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup oats
1 tbsp brown sugar*
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon*
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp applesauce**
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp water
handful of: raisins or chocolate chips, and/or nuts
1- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2- Whisk together all dry ingredients.
3- Whisk syrup, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and water together.
4- Stir the liquid mix into the dry mix. You might need to add more water, it depends on what kind of flour and oats you use. The dough shouldn't be too dry and stiff. If you have a raging sweet tooth, replace the water with more maple syrup.
5- Throw in the goodies. I did raisins for half of them and chocolate chips for the other half.
6- Drop onto a cookie sheet with a cookie scoop or form them into little 1 1/2 inch patties with your hands. Flatten them a little with the back of a spoon or your fingertips. You should have about 14 cookies.
7- Bake for 12 minutes or 14 minutes for a harder, crispier cookie. They don't spread to the sides much.
8- Transfer to a cookie rack and try not to burn your mouth off eating them straight out the oven (optional) :)
* I used one packet of Nature's Path Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. If you're using regular unflavored oats, add an extra tablespoon of brown sugar and double the amount of cinnamon.
** These are soft on the inside, for a crispier cookie replace the applesauce with an extra tablespoon of oil.
Now it's Oscars time! I love watching The Academy Awards, and I haven't missed one show since I was a child. I love it all, the gorgeous dresses, the fashion disasters, the "they-said-what?!" moments during the red carpet interviews, the funny acceptance speeches, and of course the always hilarious opening clips and monologues. So in honor of my favorite awards show, let's make some Oscars themed food, shall we? Let's start with a Best Movie nominee: Slumdog Millionaire... or is it... Corn Dog Millionaire!
Corn Dog Millionaire
2 tbsp oil for frying
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
cayenne pepper, a dash or a few dashes if you like'em HOT!
3/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 tbsp mustard
6 veggie dogs
1- Pour the oil into a frying or saute pan and preheat over medium-low (closer to medium than to low). I like using a saute pan for this because they have a larger bottom. Teehee, a larger bottom! Sorry, back to adulthood.
2- Whisk together all dry ingredients.
3- Whisk together the milk and mustard.
4- Pour the milk and mustard mix into the dry ingredients and stir until smooth, but don't over-stir.
5- Drop a veggie dog into the cornmeal mix and use a spoon to thickly coat it all around.
6- Transfer the veggie dog to the preheated pan. I use two clean forks to transfer them, and rinse them off and dry them in between dogs. Repeat with all six veggie dogs.
7- Let them cook for about two minutes or until the bottoms look golden brown.
8- Flip them over to another side and cook for another minute or two. The veggie dogs themselves are round, but the batter cooks flat around them creating three sides as you flip them over. So they end up looking like a triangular prism.
9- Flip them over once again to cook the third side for another minute or so.
Next Oscars themed food - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Mushroom Quiche.
These are Susan's Mini Crustless Mini Quiches with spinach instead of bell pepper. I was feeling too lazy to chop peppers and the spinach was already chopped. I cut them all in half and arranged them like a pwetty fwower. Just use button mushrooms and you got yourself an Oscars themed dish.
More Oscar Party/Dinner Food ideas:
- I was going to make "Marisa Tomei-to" Polenta Squares, but something went very wrong and it ended up looking like Strawberry Shortcake had relieved her hangover in my saucepan. Anyway, how about Marisa Tomei-to Basil Cream Pasta, Marisa Tomei-to Bruschetta, Marisa Tomei-to Basil and Millet Salad, etc.
- Iron Man-icotti - The spinach in this recipe provides the "iron".
- Sean Penne in Milk-less Alfredo - Cashew Alfredo, Tofu Alfredo
- Kate Winslettuce Wraps
- Revolutionary Rocky Road Ice Cream (or brownies - recipe needs veganizing)
- Frank LanJello Shots - Here is a made from scratch one, and here is a dry mix. Probably too late to order it now, unless you have it shipped via Superman.
- Happy-Go-Lucky... something? Happy-Go-Lucky Black Eyed Pea Croquettes, Hummus, or Cakes? Or are black eyed peas only lucky on New Year's Day?
- Frost/Nixon - I can't think of anything for this, but it seems like it should be so obvious. Frosted something, frosting something... anyone? I'm stuck!
In case tthese make no sense to you, here is a list of this year's Oscar nominees.
Now, I wanted to leave you with a video of what I think is the best acceptance speech ever: Emma Thompson's speech at the Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. It was such a fun speech, she wrote it from Jane Austen's perspective trying to think of what she would say about the ceremony. However, the video is nowhere to be found. Isn't everything supposed to be somewhere floating around the Internet? Anyway, here is a transcript instead if you care to let your imagination do the rest. I'll update this post if the video ever emerges from YouTube. (Found it!)