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04/17/2014

What’s for Sunday dinner? How about a VEGAN HAM ROLL?  »

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What’s for dinner this Sunday? Anything special? I’m hoping to pick up this vegan ham roll by Vegetarian Plus, for the weekend! I had it last last year when celebrating Easter with my family, and I’m a fan. I know meat analogs aren’t for everyone, BELIEVE ME I KNOW, but they’re for me! I always make a vegan version of what my family eats at dinner because I do not like to be left out. This ham roll wasn’t exactly how I remembered ham to be, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It was fantastic in sandwiches the next day! (Protip: sourdough bread slices and tons of Vegenaise.) 

I picked mine up in the Palo Alto Whole Foods last year, so if I were you, I’d call around to see which stores have it in stock. Caroline was innocently looking for some just-hit-the-shelves Kite Hill cheese and I showed up in line with this hunk of analog ham. That’s what it’s like to be friends with me: always with the atrocious-looking vegan foods! I’ve been surprised to see it somewhat year-round, in natural food stores in both Northern and Southern California.

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If I am able to find it in time this year, I will be sure to bake it with a brown sugar glaze of sorts! For me, the baked-on-sweetness was missing and the apricot glaze didn’t cut it. 

04/11/2013

Happy belated Easter from our favorite Pacific Northwest Leporidae, Bells and Nuage! Is there ever a bad time for a bunny video? Of course not.

(Source: potentiallynervous.blogspot.com)

03/29/2013

Nevermind Eggs, Throw an Easter Beer Hunt!  »

I don’t usually celebrate Easter, but this brilliant idea has me pondering a party. It’s apparently a THING in Europe: Sending your buddies all over the yard/park/house in search of pastel-painted delicious adult beverages. Not only is this much more vegan-friendly than hiding eggs (assuming you pick your beers well; barnivore.com), it’s also SO MUCH TASTIER. Beer, people! On a Sunday morning! With pastels!

You can get fancy and invent rules, winners, blind taste-tests, etc. Or you can be lazy and just hide cans of PBR in your roommate’s bathrobe. Whatever you do, tell us about it! Get the full scoop on Food Republic.

Photo by Shawn Allen on flickr.com

03/28/2013

Homemade vegan creme eggs: Can it be done?  »

imageLiza Eckert attempts to make vegan creme eggs chez elle for Persephone, with mixed results. Mainly because her electric mixer gave out before the ingredients of the creamy centers were fully combined, and then she ran into trouble with apportioning the chocolate shells … but, she says, “Nothing, not even weird consistency or uneven chocolate, will stand between me and my creme eggs.”

Have any of you attempted to make creme eggs? I loved the Cadbury’s original more than life itself as a kid, and had an excellent grown-up version at Timeless the other week—creamier centers with a sort of lemony finish to the vanilla, offset by darker chocolate—but I’ve never felt inclined to do them myself. There’s a recipe on VegWeb, though, for the brave!

[photo by Liza Eckert for Persephone Magazine]

03/14/2013

Sugary pastel chocolate-filled toadstools from Andie’s Specialty Sweets, coming to you from Dallas, Texas, via etsy! Maybe you saw them in a recent issue of Chickpea magazine? They’re super-cute, probably delicious, and perfect for a fancy vegan Easter basket (very Martha, right?). Andie’s Specialty Sweets isn’t all vegan, but a number of their adorable products are. These toadstools are filled with fair-trade chocolate, too! I love fancy candies.

Sugary pastel chocolate-filled toadstools from Andie’s Specialty Sweets, coming to you from Dallas, Texas, via etsy! Maybe you saw them in a recent issue of Chickpea magazine? They’re super-cute, probably delicious, and perfect for a fancy vegan Easter basket (very Martha, right?). Andie’s Specialty Sweets isn’t all vegan, but a number of their adorable products are. These toadstools are filled with fair-trade chocolate, too! I love fancy candies.

04/10/2012

Hello, Easter dinner! Someone got a fancy vegan dish at Bar Agricole! It had asparagus, spinach, English peas, cauliflower, Tokyo turnips, and nasturtiums, and it was delicious. And later, for dessert, they brought a fruit place with brûléed grapefruit, kumquats, and almonds. We attacked it before I could remember to get my phone out.
Obviously I am biased; my brother works at Bar Agricole, and if I didn’t have nice things to say about it, I would be a pretty terrible sister. Bias aside, they’re all so lovely, and they took such good care of us, and the food is to die. TO DIE. As are the cocktails (if you don’t have a daiquiri you are basically punishing yourself). Spring is a wonderful time for bright green vegetables, and at Agricole, they make their veggies sing.

Hello, Easter dinner! Someone got a fancy vegan dish at Bar Agricole! It had asparagus, spinach, English peas, cauliflower, Tokyo turnips, and nasturtiums, and it was delicious. And later, for dessert, they brought a fruit place with brûléed grapefruit, kumquats, and almonds. We attacked it before I could remember to get my phone out.

Obviously I am biased; my brother works at Bar Agricole, and if I didn’t have nice things to say about it, I would be a pretty terrible sister. Bias aside, they’re all so lovely, and they took such good care of us, and the food is to die. TO DIE. As are the cocktails (if you don’t have a daiquiri you are basically punishing yourself). Spring is a wonderful time for bright green vegetables, and at Agricole, they make their veggies sing.

04/06/2012

How do Spanish vegans celebrate Easter? With hot cross buns for semana santa, a.k.a. Holy Week! The crosses represent the crucifixion. Taste that delicious religious murder.
[photo by juanelos via Flickr]

How do Spanish vegans celebrate Easter? With hot cross buns for semana santa, a.k.a. Holy Week! The crosses represent the crucifixion. Taste that delicious religious murder.

[photo by juanelos via Flickr]

04/05/2012

These are the cutest! Vegan Easter basket cupcakes! And they’re gluten-free too, gf friends. These are from Made Just Right. I want you to make them for me! Jeez, I’m getting into the Easter spirit! I don’t even do anything on Easter. What do people our age without kids do on Easter? Like, if you don’t see your fam?

These are the cutest! Vegan Easter basket cupcakes! And they’re gluten-free too, gf friends. These are from Made Just Right. I want you to make them for me! Jeez, I’m getting into the Easter spirit! I don’t even do anything on Easter. What do people our age without kids do on Easter? Like, if you don’t see your fam?

04/04/2012

How do Finnish vegans celebrate Easter? With crêpes, vanilla ice cream, cloudberry jam, and mämmi! Yes, please!
[photo by Elina Innanen via Flickr]

How do Finnish vegans celebrate Easter? With crêpes, vanilla ice cream, cloudberry jam, and mämmi! Yes, please!

[photo by Elina Innanen via Flickr]

04/03/2012

Order this delicious OCD Sweets candy for Easter! It’s not too late! I think!  »

I’m not exactly sure when Easter is because I’m a heathen and a glutton and don’t wait for holidays to gorge myself on all the treats [Ed note: It’s this Sunday, April 8!]. Anyway, I do know that OCD Sweets is the absolute best and I know this Hoppy Easter Vegg basket of sweets looks crazy amazing so I’m pretty sure you should get all up in it. DO IT.

Seriously, this stuff sells out ridiculously fast so get up on it because if you don’t, you’ll be all hella sad when everyone is eating candy and you’re eating a Clif Bar, TRUST. 

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