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1  COOKING / Dessert / more cake project :) on: February 21, 2008 07:38:41 PM
Here are some more pictures of cakes I've made for my senior project (which is described https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224440.0 )

this was a 2-layer 4" vanilla raspberry cake stacked on a 6" 2-layer chocolate raspberry cake

the cakes were sandwiched with raspberry jelly and frosted with raspberry buttercream and then covered in the green and white fondant

this cake was made based on a design requested by a friend for an event she hosted as part of her senior project.

this was my first time really coving a large cake with fondant and i must say, it was more difficult than anticipated but i really enjoy working with it. I had some issues which I covered up by sticking flowers in, but I think it came out well. The cake was three layers of  9" vanilla on the bottom and three layers of 6" chocolate on top, all frosted in vanilla buttercream and covered with fondant and fake flowers.

all of my cakes are also vegan Smiley
2  COOKING / Dessert / Cake Decorating Project! on: January 31, 2008 07:32:26 PM
At my high school each senior has to complete a "learning" project in order to graduate. The topic can be anything the student desires. Some remodel basements, some build rocking chairs, some learn languages, learn to quilt etc. For mine I chose to decorate cakes Grin Since I've been vegan for a year plus, all of my cakes are not only beautiful, they're vegan as well... well, I think so anyways Smiley

These are pictures of a cake I made to practice using Fondant, it was my first time working with it and I was SO proud of how it turned out, even though the heart shape was complicated I really enjoyed working with the fondant.

Keep your eyes peeled, the project requires 40 hours of work so I'll be posting plenty of cakes Wink

3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / chickpea salad on: June 03, 2007 06:02:12 PM
oh man. I got this recipe off of vegweb more or less and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. It's a salad like in a sandwich think egg, tuna or chicken. Not a salad with lettuce and such.

-1 15 oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
-vegan mayonaise
-dijon mustard
-salt/pepper to taste (*I use a mix of spices we have. basically the HFS equivalent to mrs. dash)
-carrots/celery/black olives/peppers whatever you put in tuna/egg/chicken salad

Drain the chickpeas and rinse them then put them in a medium bowl and mash they should be chunky not a paste consistency. Add mayo and mustard to your taste (I did about 2 tbsp mayo and 1 of mustard) then season to your liking. Mix it all up with the veggies you want (I do black olives and carrots). Scoop into a pita or put between slices of bread and eat. The left overs can be kept in the fridge for a day or two.

makes 2-3 sandwiches depending on how full you stuff them.

I also pour over mine a delicious sauce that I make and put on EVERYTHING because I had it hanging around one day when I made this. For the sauce I use Balsamic Vinegar and Apple Cider vinegar at a 2:1 ratio and then add some dijon mustard until the vinegar flavor isn't quite so overpowering. It's good  Cheesy
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / best cereal "recipes"? on: May 27, 2007 06:07:32 AM
anyone make a mean granola or other kind of breakfast cereal? i've decided to try and cut down on processed foods as much as I can (and mostly at home) and so I'm looking for any ideas that will make granola in bulk.
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / recipes to use up pinapple juice? on: May 20, 2007 02:19:30 PM
I bought a can of pinapple juice for a cake I was making this weekend and now I'm wondering what kind of recipes to use it in as I'm afraid it'll go bad fast.
A friend suggested smoothies which I think would be absolutely delish but I can only drink so many Wink
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / chives recipes? on: May 01, 2007 03:13:12 PM
I bought a potted chives plant but now I have more chives than I know what to do with! I've been adding them to sandwiches and salads and such but does anyone have a good recipe to use them in? preferably vegan or easily veganized please Cheesy
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / tips for containter vegetable gardening on: April 23, 2007 02:16:18 PM
I don't really have the resources to plant herbs and veggies outside in a space in my yard and I also don't want to set something up that a year from now I'll have to abandon due to going away to school. I really am interested in growing just a few things in pots, however.

Does anyone have any tips or good resources I should check out? I would like to grow herbs such as basil and veggies like carrots, celery, lettuce (if possible), zucchini and other squashes.

Thanks for any help guys Smiley
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / grapenuts pie crust? on: April 17, 2007 05:53:41 PM
I've been looking to cut processed products with more than about 5g of sugar out of my diet (with the exception of soymilk of course Roll Eyes) however, I'm allowing myself to eat foods which contain more sugar if I bake them myself (because really, what isn't better about knowing EXACTLY what goes into your food?). My problem right now is that, of course, the grahm cracker crusts which I used to by have way more sugar than I'd like.

So long story short, I read somewhere that you could make a pie crust out of the grapenuts cereal (4 g of sugar Smiley) so if anyone has a recipe for this or another low-sugar recipe they could share that would be awesome.

9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Bell Pepper and Onion fajitas on: April 14, 2007 10:15:02 AM
My friend asked me the other day to go to his house and make him a qick vegetarian meal (and of course I made one that's vegan cause.. that's what i do  Wink) because he said that he wants to see "what i eat". I settled on fajitas cause they're tasty and qick and this recipe from vegweb.com sounds delishhh.

So here it is, try them. they're fabuulous. And definately feel free to add stuff, I added corn when I made them for him and then when I made them for myself at my house I added LOTS of corn as well as black olives. Enjoy!

medium can of beans, rinsed and drained (I use Kidney)
    1 large bell pepper, sliced into strips
    1 medium onion, sliced into strips
    1/2 cup vegan chicken-flavoured broth
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    olive oil for sauting
    lime juice


To make the fajita filling:  Saute onion and bell pepper strips in a bit of olive oil for a few minute until the onions start to soften.  Add a bit of the broth and sprinkle on the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder mixture.  Continue to saut for another minute or two.  Then add the rest of the broth and the and the can of beans to the pan.  Stir together, bringing to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Serves: 6 big fajitas

I put a litle bit of salsa on the tortilla and then put the bean mixture and I also only use about half the chile pepper the recipe calls for Smiley
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / tempura recipes? on: March 22, 2007 03:57:16 PM
I went out to sushi a few weeks ago and had sweet potato tempura. and it was absolutely amazing. I'm wondering if any one has any recipes that I could follow to make this Smiley thanks in advance Grin
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