Oh man, ForevrBee, I totally have a similar story. It was Christmas Day, about 1995. All my relatives were at my house for dinner/festivities, and my uncle (it's always the uncle that instigates things like this!) is showing off how he can shake a almost empty bottle of sparkling apple cider, and then pop the top off -thus making a VERY loud popping noise. So his son (my cousin) decides he is going to try too. Except the bottle was VERY full. So he shakes it and pops the top, and the thing basically explodes. The entire bottle empties all over my kitchen ceiling. Heh... the neighbors must have thought we were on crack or something. First the big noises, then a little old lady (my grandma) standing on a stepstool in front of the window, mopping the ceiling.
I'm surprised the lot of you are still alive, and have all (or at least most) or your major appendages. Sheesh...
So my mom was in a slump... and I really wanted to do something to cheer her up. So, I was out poking around in some stores, and found a Bucket O Barnyard Animals. Seriously. And she LOVES cows, so I got it. So... I decided these little fellers needed a home, so here it is:
As far as the gelatin issue, Altiods also contain it. I don't know how true this is, but I heard rumors of people contracting mad cow disease from Altiods, due to the outbreak in the UK a year or so ago.
Here is a recipe for this amazing vegan trifle. I'm not going to list any measurements, because they all depend on what size trifle bowl (or tupperware!) you are using, and whether you want the trifle well balanced, cakey, or gooey.
Vegan baking mix (used wheat-free version because of my dad's allergies) Silken Tofu Jam, variety of your choice Frozen / Fresh fruit, variety of your choice Honey
(For mine I used all natural blackberry jam, and a bag of vons frozen mixed berries, which contains blackberries, rasberries, bosenberries, and blueberries)
Prepare baking mix (according to directions on box), baking in a pan that is about 1 1/2 - 2 inches deep (this works the best, I have discovered). Once it baked and cooled, cut into 1 inch cubes.
Mix Silken tofu with Jam and Fruit, until the it has a thick, creamy, fruity texture to it. Because of my fruit/jam choice, mine was a nice deep creamy purple. Add honey to taste.
Take some of the fruit you have left over (I always have alot!), and mix with honey to taste.
Now comes the fun part: layering!!! Get your trifle bowl or tupperware or whatever, and add alternating layers of cubed mix, tofu/jam/berries, and thawed/fresh fruit with honey. If done in a clear container, it makes a very scrumptious, aesthetically pleasing dessert. You can serve it cold, or heat the ingredients before you layer them and serve warm. Also, you can layer them in the small, slightly larger than pudding cup sized tupperwares and make a bunch up for breakfasts.
It's amazing... you can't even tell it's tofu!
Ok. So I was re-reading my post after I posted... and I got to thinking. I'm not a vegan, but some of the vegans I know consider honey to be "not vegan", while some don't, because it occurs whether humans want it to or not. So, obviously, if you consider it against your foodiness, don't eat it. If not, go for it.
Any other thoughts / comments on the Honey vs. Vegans issue?
Eee! I absoluetly adore all the rodents posted thus far... they are INCREDIBLY CUTE!!!
As far as it being cruel or whatnot, it really depends on the animal. My hamster could honestly give a crap, while my chinchilla wouldn't even allow me to think about it.
As far as my guinea pig... well, that's another story. Let's just say a little food coloring goes a long ways on a white guinea. Heh, she looked like an easter egg with a mohawk...
OurJuliet: Cute!!! My hamster would hang on the bars of her cage... in hopes of getting food. You would pass the cage, she would just be hanging there with those big ole' eyes begging for some peanuts...
One time she took 23 of them before we finally stopped giving them to her. Her little cheek pouches hung all the way to the ground, and out to her elbows!!!