Your holiday novelty food, veganized: Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts! »
I saw this weird/gross/totally fascinating post on Limited Edition Frosted Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts about a month ago, and it made me feel funny inside. “We might be delicious,” they said to me. “Don’t you want to find out how delicious we might be?” Yes, oh yes I did. Once upon a time I was a novelty Pop-Tarts junkie; never the fruit flavors, only the nastiest kinds like S’mores and Chocolate Fudge, and Cinnamon and Brown Sugar right out of the foil, though that wasn’t for pleasure so much as binge-time, ahem. When I went vegan, I assumed Pop-Tarts were on the list of foods I’d never eat again; but then, I was unaware of the genius for creativity in the vegan community. Look at what our guest chefs have done with Project Just Desserts!
Eventually I learned to make a lovely vegan Twinkie, and 10 months ago, our pal Natalye gave us her recipe for vegan Pop-Tarts. When I came upon the Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts, I knew I wanted to make them; I just needed the opportunity. THEN I found out that the Great Canned Pumpkin Shortage of 2009 had ended, so I could break open one of the cans my mother had been hording and get baking.
First, I made a vegan pumpkin pie. I used this recipe from VegWeb, making two adjustments: I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup; and I dissolved the cornstarch into a little hot water and slowly poured it into the food processor. Also, no crust, obviously. I let it cool on the counter and refrigerated it overnight. When I was ready to make the Pop-Tarts, I took the pie out of the fridge to bring it to room temperature.
Following Natalye’s instructions, I doubled the pastry recipe. For the filling, I mushed up the pie—avoiding the extra-cooked edges—and substituted it for the blueberry preserves in the original recipe.
For the icing, I used the cinnamon icing recipe on page 126 of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, without the non-dairy butter. For authentic replication, I left out the cinnamon when icing half the Pop-Tarts, and applied it with a quality food brush.
There you go: vegan pumpkin pie Pop-Tarts! Everything you wanted for your novelty holiday breakfast!
It’s hot-as-shit outside. That’s why there are Raw Mini Ice Cream Cakes. Make them and be cool. BUT NEVER STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEAT. That is our god given right as San Franciscans!
DUDES! It’s National Waffle Day! We all now have a reason to get out of bed! Yipee! Why it’s waffle day in the middle of this fucking heat, I’ll never know, but I’m happy for two things:
1) This fucking heat. Enjoy it, SF! We’ll be back to our Mordor-esque weather conditions (Mordor Lite?) soon enough!
2) WAFFLES ARE THE FUCKING BEST!!!! I want to eat them with every topping today. I am busting out my George Foreman Next Grilleration with waffle attachment (it exists and it is glorious) and make ‘em for breakfast, lunch, dinner, second dinner, and all three desserts!
[Pic from VegWeb!]
YOU GUYS. This is the biggest news of all biggest news! VegWeb.com (the world’s largest and greatest veg recipe site!) JUST launched a new iPhone (and iPod Touch*!) app, The Vegan Recipe Finder. It’s freaking amazing, putting over 13,000 (!!!!) vegan recipes at your fingertips! It’s kinda like having the world’s largest cookbook in your pocket. SO FREAKING RAD. What’s more awesome? Vegansaur Jonas designed it, and often-contributor Joel developed it. Oh and I worked on it too! FULL DISCLOSURE! What’s rad about that is that the whole thing was developed and designed by VEGANS!! It’s ONLY $2.99 and every penny goes back to vegans and making the world a better place for animals. Not to get all deep on you, but that’s fucking awesome. Plus, it runs great, constantly updates with new recipes, and will keep you busy in the kitchen for days. That’s where you should be anyway, right? Now make me some pancakes!
*Actually, word on the street is that it looks pretty great on the iPad too, and as we know, the iPad is the world’s best kitchen gadget. That’s right, throw out the Kitchenaid and the Cuisinart (give ‘em to me!), and just get an iPad! Next week I’ll talk about how the iPad can replace everything in your bedroom too. Rowr! Also, gross!
It’s FRIIIIIIIIIIIDAY. I’m gonna get you
high fat tonight!
Seriously, this is recipe for vegan Cheesy Lasagna from VegWeb the best recipe on the entire internet. Make this lasagna for everyone, including your grandma who eats live chickens because that’s how they did in the old country/she has dementia/hate keeps her alive. I am literally drooling at the screen, I am disgusting. Also I haven’t showered and I’m totally on my period.
And with that, LET’S EAT! Hasta la Pasta, Assholes!
I made this pie and you can, too! It was super-easy!
Step 1: Follow the steps to a perfect pie crust on Smitten Kitchen, substituting Earth Balance for butter.
Step 2: Make this caramel apple pie from VegWeb, halving the caramel filling recipe.
Step 3: Devour, with a big cup of coffee!
This was the first pie crust I ever made, and it turned out really well, even with 100 percent whole-wheat flour (I live with crazy people who are terrified of white flour) and my own total lack of lattice-ing skills. Vegan pie, it’s the tastiest!
[photo by Meave!]
New Year Resolutions, for vegans! »
In the spirits of ringing in the new year (WOOOO NEW YEAR WHAT WHAT IN THE BUTT) and reflection and improvement, we Vegansaurs are sharing our new year’s resolutions with you, dear readers. It can be easy to forget that there’s more to being vegan than abstaining from animal products, so we’ve looked really, really hard into our routines, habits, and patterns for ways to do better in 2010, and here they are! Time to get preachy! What! YOU LOVE IT!
1. More activism! Broad, I know. So let’s break it up into two kinds. The armchair kind: Call and write to politicians. The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s state rankings are up and there’s room for much legislative improvement for farm animals (besides, uh, not eating them entirely). The active kind: Spend some time volunteering for the animals each month. Leafletting, vegan bake sales, coastal biking fundraisers, petitioning, volunteering at an animal sanctuary, starting a new animal activism Meetup group—it’s all good! Seriously, you guys. The SF Vegan Bakesale has made over 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS for charities last year. That’s insane. You can totally get that going in your town. Yes, YOU!
2. Donate! Let’s say you send just 2 percent of your paycheck to an animal organization you support. That could add up to a lot, especially if you’re rolling in it!
3. Bring lunch to work. Every time I buy a salad, a plastic container sits in a landfill for about 450 years. I’m never buying a salad again. AND THOSE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR ME. God, just eating candy from here on out. Candy that I BRING TO WORK WITH ME IN A REUSABLE CONTAINER! Win-win!
4. Along the same lines, cook more, eat out less. And invite people over to eat more often (especially if they’re not vegan!). Hey, that’s one less chicken who has to die, right? Plus, with websites like VegWeb and a million billion new vegan cookbooks out there, you gotta start testing recipes. Your life will be better when it has homemade cookies in it, trust.
5. Start composting. And while we’re at it, do all the Al Gore stuff. Get rid of the car, swap out light bulbs, etc.
6. Stop using palm oil. Why? Harvesting it clears out the rainforest and leaves elephants homeless.
7. Get more of our meat-eating friends to go vegan, or at least get them to pledge to go meatless a few days a week (for those who need baby steps, you know who they are). Meatless Mondays, anyone? And while you’re at it, for gifts, why not give a copy of Eating Animals, along with some tasty vegan candy? So what if it’s kinda preachy, you’re already their crazy vegan friend and there’s a chance they’ll read it and learn something. If not, it’ll go in a junk pile and someone else will pick it up. Better than than giving lame, generic bath salts or lotion, right? Oooh also, adopting animals from a farm sanctuary is a great gift too! Everyone loves a chicken, even if it’s not dinner! Right? Right!
8. Get the companion animals on a vegan diet. It’s long overdue, guys. Laura feeds V-dog to Hazel and that bitch weighs 70 pounds, you feel me??
9. Buy less stuff. Or, at least, buy less NEW stuff. There are a million secondhand, consignment, and used clothing stores around. You can do without that dress from Delia’s. I don’t care that it cost two dollars. Wait, two dollars? Link plz? THAT WAS A TEST.
10. Ask for more vegan options in restaurants. It’s super simple, and it often works. Hypothetical, best-case scenario: I go into Mozzarelli’s and ask if they have vegan cheese. They say no, but they’d love to know which one to buy to offer their customers. I say Daiya (of course). They put it in their restaurant. It can help to bring in samples of excellent vegan products for them to try, like vegenaise and Dandies. Prove that vegan = delicious and MORE CUSTOMERS: CHA-CHING. Done.
11. This is less a resolution and more a request, but if someone could please crack the following vegan foods in 2010: clotted cream; meringue; angel food cake. KTHX BYE.
Got some of your own? Let us know! Happy new year, y’all!