Creamy Tomato Soup and My Blueberry Nights

November 6, 2008

So, it has been a few days and I have been working, visiting my family for the first time since I moved out of town, eaten homemade springrolls and not-at-all-homemade tofu hot dogs with loads of mustard, and excercised too little.

I work at a café which also serves a vegetarian lunch buffet, and sometimes we also caters. Today, there was a conference next door, so we made breakfast (sandwich), lunch (veggie lasagna) and after noon snack (coffee and buns) for 70 people, en excess of the ordinary work. And of course, no extra staff. So a lot of work and it was almost after noon when I ate my first anything for today. After a day like this it is so nice to come home and have leftovers from yesterdays blueberry pie, made from Novel Eat’s Apple Pie recipe (with blueberries instead of apples). Ever since I saw My Blueberry Nights (lovely movie by the way), I’ve had such a craving for blueberry pie.

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Plum Pie and no-bake peanut bars.

October 31, 2008

For a week ago, I bought a big box of plumes from the supermarket, and was very disappointed when I tasted one. They were hard and tasteless, so I placed them in the window for a few days with hope of them becoming soft and yummy. They did not. So yesterday I made a plum pie, for the first time in my life, and it came out lovely. So I didn’t bought them for nothing. We ate it with vanilla cream watching a debate program about file sharing. As always, we turned it of angry because of how stupid people are.

Plum Pie

12 plumes
1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 T vanilla sugar (Can’t find vanilla extract here in Sweden! use what you like that tastes vanilla)
150 grams margarine
1 T potato flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease a pie tin lightly with margarine. Cut the plumes in halves and take away the stone. Sift together the flour and vanilla in a medium size bowl. Cut the margarine in cubes and put into the flour. Use your fingers to crumble it together. Put half of the crumbles in the pie tin and press it out to cover the bottom. Sift over the potato flour. Place the plumes with the cut side down, and add the sugar and the rest of the crumbles. It shouldn’t cover the plumes completely, just try to spread them out as even as possible. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Today was exactly how I picture the last day of October to be. Rainy, cold, sad and long. At work there were very not much fun to do, I cleaned the shelves were the baking stuff is, the fridge and the floor. A made a lot of cream cheese frosting for the non-vegan carrot cake and ate a slice of blueberry pie while I was counting how many hours to much I have worked this month. I also made peanut bars, also called snicker cookies in Sweden, since they reminds a lot about the candy Snickers. We sell them in ridiculous large pieces at work. At home I prefer them in smaller size, and even better, to cut them out with a cute cookie cutter.

No-bake Peanut bars

1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light syrup
I small can peanut butter, about 1 cup
1 t vanilla sugar
1/3 cup shredded coconut
4 cups cornflakes
300 grams chocolate chips

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Carefully, melt together syrup, sugar and peanut butter over low heat. Stir constantly. In a large bowl, crush the cornflakes and add the vanilla and coconut. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix. Spread out in a tin with low edges, it should be about 1-2 centimeters thick. Melt the chocolate and spread out on top of it. Put in the fridge and let cool. Cut it however you want it and eat.

Take away

October 30, 2008

I live in a pretty small town in the south of Sweden, and there are not many restaurants with quality vegan options, and since I’m not that into sushi (yeah yeah I’m trying to learn to like it…) there are even less options. There is a few good ones though, and one of them is Liban Deli. You can choose 4, 6 or 8 different meze and always get loovely bulgur (or french fries or rise, but why?) ad liba bread to that. My choice of meze differs from time to time, but I always have the baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and falafel. Oh I wish I lived in a vegan-friendly town with super-cheap take away! I love to cook my own food, but for those evening when you have worked late and you’re colleauge has been super annoying, it is so nice to eat something someone else cooked for you, and doing the dishes…

Dinner and a mutant onion.

October 28, 2008

After spending the entire afternoon in the kitchen cooking beans and making seitan (with brain-like results) I had to make something that I actually could eat, and beside, it was dinnertime. So I made the always nice speltotto, which is like risotto but with spelt instead of the rise, and a simple fried mix of seitan, mushrooms and leek. As I peeled the onion, I discovered it was a mutant one, and was actually one and a half. Since that was what I needed more than one, it was prefect. This meal was the first time my dinner company tried seitan, and it turned out well, even with satisfaction.

So, this is nothing fancy, but a nice meal for any after-work-and-I’m-really-hungry-evening.

serves 4

1 1/3 cup whole spelt
1 bell pepper in the colour of your choice
½ yellow onion
½-1 cup soy milk
olive oil
salt and black pepper
fresh basil

Boil the spelt until almost soft. Chop the pepper and onion in small pieces. When the spelt is almost done, sauté the pepper and onion in a small amount of olive oil until it starts to get tender, add the cooked spelt and enough soy milk to make it a little bit creamy. Mix carefully until it has came together nicely. Fold in some fresh basil in it and you’re ready to go.

Bean cooking time!

October 28, 2008

Since thuesday is my early day at work, I had prepared how to spend my afternoon. Three kinds of beens where soaked, black eyed peas, adzuki and mung beans, and just lay there in the old water just wating for me to come home and change water and boil them. This is not the kind of beans I use frequently, but I have a lot lying around in my pantry so I thought I should use them. So now when I have 15 small plastic bags full of beans in my freezer, I guess I just have to start thinking about great ways of using them. Any ideas? Well, first of all I will take my bike and ride to the local Asian grocery store to load up with some essentials.

A presentation, or something.

October 28, 2008

Yesterday evening, I sat in my to small sofa with the computer in my lap, with my stomach full of the best tomato soup I’ve ever had (the “creamy tomato soup” from Veganomicon). I was reading blogs about vegan food, adding them as bookmarks in my browser and the list kept getting longer and longer. My enthusiasm got bigger and bigger and finally my boyfriend asked me why I didn’t start my own blog. There were no good answer to that, and here I am. I don’t really know where this is gonna take me (or you!), but hopefully this enter in the world of vegan blogs will give both me and you something we missed before.