Category Archives: Vegan with a Vengeance

I am a terrible blogger!  I wanted to post every day for Mofo as soon as I got back from Mexico, but then, as soon as I got back from Mexico, my computer decided to be a total jerk and have a major meltdown.  Agh!!!!  But I have showered her with attention and got her back on track.  So let’s start Mofo-ing all over the place!

The one baking recipe I use far more than any other, is Isa’s Sparkled Ginger Cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance.  These are the best ginger snaps I’ve ever had and by rolling them in turbinado sugar before baking, they are also the prettiest.  I usually associate ginger cookies with Fall and Winter, but I make these bad boys year round.  I usually quadruple (yes, quadruple) the recipe and keep the extra dough in the freezer to bake off whenever.

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Before I left for Mexico, it was so boiling hot in L.A. that if I hadn’t finished my daily run by 8 a.m. I had to quit because it just got too Saharan.  Then I go away for a week and Los Angeles has transformed into an Autumnal paradise with temps cold enough at night that I can pull out my crazy comfy snow socks!  I had to bake up a batch of these beloved snaps right away to really get into this October mood.

If you haven’t made these before, you best get on it!  The holidays will be here before we know it and Christmas without ginger snaps is a CRIME!  Looking forward to this October month of food.  October is my absolute favorite month and this October in particular is going to be action-packed for me so hopefully the festivities will bear some fun posts.  See you tomorrow!

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The key to a poor doctoral student’s heart is chocolate chip cookies

Jason is the first person I met at college. He was the roommate of my friend from high school. Six years later, he is still one of my best friends in the world. Whenever I’m super upset about something, I call my mom first and then Jase. His birthday is at the end of August which was perfect because we got to have a party every year right when we went back to school. Sadly, we haven’t been together for his past couple birthdays and this year he is all the way in State College, PA where he is starting his six year PHD program, eek! I wanted to send him a little something for the big 25th b-day, so I found the recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies in VWAV and got to work.

I did my homework and saw that a lot of bloggers had problems with the dough being too crumbly. So I added the flour 1/2 cup at a time and in the end I obtained the perfect texture with about 1/4 cup less flour than is called for in the recipe. The recipe says that it will prove to any non-vegan that you can make vegan chocolate chip cookies that taste just as good as regular ones and when I tasted them I was shocked at how they tasted exactly like the normal kind! Before I mailed these out I had a couple coworkers try them and they both said that while the look and texture were spot on, the taste bore no resemblance to real chocolate chip cookies, adding that they just tasted like molasses cookies. Siiiigh. Next time I am going to get them to try them without knowing they are vegan first.

I was slightly worried about how the cookies would fare in the mail, as the last time I sent cookies they arrived at my friend’s house in Argentina a month later, melted into one giant cookie blob. These suckers arrived in three days however and Jase assured me they hadn’t blobified. As for Jason’s review, he said “these are really good considering they contain none of the ingredients needed to make chocolate chip cookies.” Hmmm, not sure what that means, but he ate them all soooo whatever! Actually, Jase may not be the best judge of any food. In college he would routinely bake up a dozen Jiffy blueberry muffins and eat six of them for dinner and then have the other six for breakfast the next day. So he’s not exactly a foodie.

If we aren’t dating someone when we’re 45, Jase and I are going to get married, so I’ve got a few years to perfect the recipe. But in the meantime, I still say that these suckers are delish.

Happy 25th Jayyyyseeee!!!!!

P.S. The recipe says it will yield 36 cookies, but unless you like your cookies to be no bigger than quarters, that is definitely not the case. This made about 20 average sized cookies.

Karaoke Coconut Pancakes

Saturday night we had a crazy karaoke showdown in Koreatown for Kirby Von Scrumptious‘ 25th bday. We drank lots of Hite, danced on tables, and belted out Ace of Base like it was our job. So needless to say, it was necessary to fuel myself with a good meal beforehand so I could last into the wee hours of the night.

My new favorite recipe is VWAV’s Coconut Pancakes. These pancakes are so coconut-y that they are almost chewy–in a good way. Next time I will omit the salt though. Top them with some Grade B maple syrup and you’ve got yourself enough sugar and deliciousness to power you through at least four to six eighties power ballads. These suckers would DEFINITELY be on my list of Dishes With Which to Seduce Michael Phelps Should He Ever Stop By My House For Breakfast. Speaking of which–holy crap! Michael Phelps! Did you guys see that 1/100th of a second win on Friday??? Oh my godddd.

Just when I was getting to think Michael Phelps is just too good to be true, my friend sent me this link, which argues, quite convincingly, that The World’s Fastest Swimmer might also be a bit of a tool. See Exhibit A here:

Oh well–I still wouldn’t turn him away if he came knocking on my door!