October 17, 2010
Proverbs 31: 13-15 (NIV)
“13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.”
Adam overslept this morning, so we are heading out to the late service today. I, on the other hand, got up and got ready for the early service. I was, therefore, left with a few extra hours on hand that I hadn’t planned on. I went into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee, and wound up also making a pot of grits, a side of gravy, and two loaves of zucchini bread. So, I’m feeling a little P31 this morning.
Proverbs 31:10-31 speaks to “A Wife of Noble Character”. I’m not saying that I’m there yet, but it’s always somewhere in the back of my mind – a goal that I will always be striving to attain.
And on that topic of zucchini bread, here’s a little recipe for you. This is a vegan version of the zucchini bread recipe that was printed in the 1996 Newberry Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church’s cookbook. The original recipe belonged to Mrs. Frances Goethe, but it has been altered to comply with a vegan diet by me.
Vegan Zucchini Bread
3 Tbsp Flax Meal
9 Tbsp water
1 c. canola oil
2 c. sugar
2 c. grated unpeeled zucchini (about one large)
3 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c. white flour
1 1/2 c. wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 c. nuts, chopped
In a medium bowl, whisk together flax meal and water and set aside to let stand for at least 2 minutes. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add nuts. To the flax meal, add oil, sugar, zucchini, and vanilla. Mix lightly, but well. Add this mixture to the sifted ingredients, and mix until just blended. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour in 2 greased and floured loaf pans.
*The original recipe just called for 3 cups of plain flour, so you can certainly use that if you don’t have any whole wheat.
* I used walnuts because that’s what I had on hand. I’m a big fan of using whatever you have on hand!
*I think if I make this recipe again, I’ll go for one loaf with a longer bake time. These two loaves just seem a little short to me.
And, in an effort to maintain honesty, and full disclosure with you…
…here is how the first loaf ended up when I tried to turn it out from the loaf pan too soon.
Oh well, like I said. P31, still a work in progress. 🙂
September 30, 2010
Okay, so I take back all the bad things I ever said about tofu. Up until yesterday, the only tofu I really liked was soft tofu blended in a smoothie. But yesterday, oh yesterday, I was treated to dinner at Pho 95.
There were a few veggie/vegan selections, actually in their own little section on the menu, which was nice. I ordered Buddha’s Monday Noodles, which came with crispy fried tofu. I hesitated to order it because of the tofu, but I figured I could always eat around it, and I had never tried it crispy fried. Oh my yum! It’s true what they say, everything tastes better fried!
I liked it so much, in fact, that tonight, Adam and I tried another Pho restaurant, and I ordered…the exact same thing. Crazy right? Tofu, two nights in a row? Ah well, I guess that, like many other types of foods, it’s all in the way it’s prepared.
Well, if you have been paying close attention, you have noticed that this is post number 99, which means that my next post is the big one oh oh, which means… giveaway time! Be on the lookout on Monday for post 100, and details on how to enter.
September 27, 2010
Well, I have hit my two-week mark on my new adventure as a vegan, and I’ve learned quite a few things so far.
Number one, I still don’t really care for firm tofu. I attempted an egg-less egg salad last week that was, hmmm, okay. But, it still pretty much just tasted like tofu and onion, so after the my second taste test, I had to toss it.
Number two, eating out can be tricky. My first dining out experience occurred at Applebee’s… not the most vegan friendly place. I ordered the endless soup/salad combo, which was the only thing I found on the menu that I could eat. There were four soup choices: chili, chicken tortilla, tomato basil, and french onion. I asked for the house salad (no cheese), and the tomato basil. After about two bites of the soup, I realized that it had cream in it, so my next choice was the french onion. After dutifully removing the wonderfully pungent and gooey layer of swiss cheese and toast from the top of the soup, I made it about half way through the soup before remembering that french onion is made with beef broth. So, no vegan soups at Applebee’s! By that time, I just laughed and called that meal a loss.
Number three, I’m still a meat-eater at heart. I awoke from a nightmare on Thursday morning. I had dreamed that I was eating a sausage link and looked down at the last bite in my hand only to realized it was made out of meat!! Panic ensued, and I awoke feeling completely silly.
But, it has not been all bad! 🙂 I have discovered some very tasty recipes so far, and here are some links to my top three from the past two weeks.
Vegan Colby Cheese Dip – I make this both weeks, once to use just as a cheese dip, and once mixed in with some whole wheat pasta and re-hydrated sun-dried tomatoes. Yum!
Curried Eggplant, Lentil, and Quinoa Burgers – This was a great veggie-burger. I didn’t have quinoa flakes on hand, so I used quick cook oats instead, and they turned out wonderfully.
Creole Black-eyed Peas – I love black-eyed peas, and these had just enough spice and liquid smoke seasoning, that I didn’t miss the ham seasonings at all. I made these with canned black-eyed peas, and that really helped cut down on the prep and cook time.
Let me know if you give these recipes a try! I’ll still be here experimenting and trying new things in my own kitchen, so hopefully I’ll have some more recommendations for you in the near future.
And, don’t forget to be on the lookout soon for details on the next Treacle And Ink giveaway! Things are rolling right along behind the scenes here, and new things will be popping up soon.
September 15, 2010
Isn’t it great how life never stops? I mean there are times when you wish that time would just stand still, but think of all of the new and wonderful experiences that you would miss out on. Whenever I’m going through a less-than-fabulous time, I just remind myself that tomorrow will get here as quickly as it always does, and before I know it this less-than-fabulous time is just a memory. (this is actually what helps me get through dentist visits, too)
As far as me personally, I am trying a little bit of an experiment with my diet. Due to some health concerns, I have made the decision to try a vegan diet for at least the next month. At the end of the month, I’ll see what effect this has had on my overall health, and then make a decision to go back to my meat-eating ways, or stick with my new dietary lifestyle. This is from the girl whose “last meal” request has always been fried chicken. Oh, bacon, how I will miss you! And Whataburger, I would be remiss if I excluded you from my fond farewell wishes! Will this be a permanent change? We’ll have to wait and see!
I have to give a big shout out to my friend jane over at The Village Star, a vegan herself, who has set me up with all sorts of resources. Thanks girl!
So, how does this affect you, the reader? Well, hopefully, I’ll be sharing some delicious recipes I discover along the way. And if you have any that you are particularly fond of, please share it in a comment below, or leave me a link to the recipe!
Now, on to TreacleAndInk.Etsy.com. The changes over there are still going on in the background at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled for some new items and more details in an upcoming post.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I am quickly approaching my 100th post!! That means that giveaway time is heading this way, so be on the lookout for more info on that, too.
Lots of good stuff going on over here, so stay tuned!