Monday, May 25, 2009

I am the taste in water..

I AM THE TASTE IN WATER. I Read this quote breezing through Bhagavad Gita this evening as i had trouble sleeping. I thought about what this taste is.... Pure, simple, yet a complex compound of hydrogen and oxygen H2O. clean, wet, satiating, composition necessary for sustaining life.

In travel this weekend my south jersey accent often comes out in the pronunciation of this word. WADER_ WOuDER- WA ter... Makes you realize where you are from - my composition, your nature from nurture,,, Also right and wrong in pronunciation. Does it exist? What is existance??

Sunday, May 17, 2009


After a happy- miserable weather morning at the art museum. For breast cancer they held an outdoor yoga class on the steps of the art museum, still rainy and cold. It was very sweet and made me think about how much i take for granted and need to aprieciate what i have in my life. It turnned to be a lazy day. I made apricot BBQ sauce from VCON and Happy Herbivores Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Great recipes- was a tough decision to choose the cream cheese over the maple frosting. But i was initially inspired by having the Toffuti in the fridge. Check out this recipe! Vegan, no refined sugar, whole wheat and no oil.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup raw sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 heaping tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 large peeled carrot, shredded
1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 generous tsp vanilla
1/2 - 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional but recommended)
* you can use raisins too.

Preheat 350 F
Mix flour, baking powder, soda, sugar, salt & cinnamon in a medium bowl
in a large bowl, mix applesauce, vanilla & carrots
Add dry mix to wet mix 1/2 cup at a time
Mix well before adding the next 1/2 cup of the flour mixture
Once blended, fold in walnuts
Fill muffin pan (greased or use paper cups) to the top
bake 15-17 minutes - fork check

MAKES 12 ‘cakes

Low Fat Cream Cheese Icing
1 container non-hydrogenated tofutti cream cheese, room temp
1 generous tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 - 4 cups vegan confectioners sugar

Use hand mixer to whip tofutti, vanilla & salt
Add 1/2 cup sugar at a time on low
Test after 2 cups, if its not sweet enough for you, add another 1/2 - 1 cup
(will be soupy)
Spoon icing on top of ‘cakes - will run naturally
(you should have some icing left over for a future batch)

For a thick icing, keep adding sugar until thick (4 cups or so)
* the icing is not soy free (the cake is)

Fat Free Maple Icing
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tbsp maple
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

using a hand mixer,
whip 1 cup of sugar, maple, cinn and vanilla
add more sugar if necessary to get right consistency
whip until fluffy and combined

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Whole wheat Crepes with Cashew cream and macerated berries

Ahhh the thin pancake from France. I made it my signiture of Mothers day brunch today. Traditionally made using eggs and milk. Of course I made the whole wheat, with the recipe from Veganomicon.
WW crepes- makes 8
1.5 cups rice or soy milk- i used rice this time but soy last and soy was better
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup ww pastry flour
1/4 cup AP flour
1/4 cup chickpea flour
1 tbsp arrowroot flour
1/2 tsp salt
dash of agave
Combine all in food processor or blender. Pour into an airtight container and store overnight!! Best this way.
Stir when ready to use. Heat pan and spray with non stick spray. ladle 1/2 cup into center of pan and spread into a thin layer by rotating the pan. When ready top will be dry abd center bubling with browned edges. Flip and cook 2nd side about 30 sec. Fold and top!
I went for the sweet option this time.

Raw Cashew cream

1 cup cashew
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup agave
Blend in food processor until fluffy. It is specacular.

Macerated Berries Use acid, and alcohol!!
My great friend Linn is a baker and I was looking for inspiration on topping this was her suggestion.
Soak berries in lemon juice, sweetener (she suggested sugar- I used agave), and Gran Marnier.

My mom is a chocolate fiend so i had to add this to the crepes.

They were a big hit at brunch. This is the only crepe recipe I have tried and it hasn't failed me. Maybe next time i will venture to another one. As for the berries and the cashew cream they were fantastic toppings. I will be using the cashew cream for a long time......

Saturday, May 9, 2009

world's happiest places

10. Belgium
9. Norway
8. New Zealand
7. Switzerland
6. Canada
5. Ireland
4. Sweden
3. Netherlands
2. Finland
1. Denmark

The report looked at subjective well-being, defined as life satisfaction. Did people feel like their lives were dominated by positive experiences and feelings, or negative ones?

To answer that question, the OECD used data from a Gallup World Poll conducted in 140 countries around the world last year. The poll asked respondents whether they had experienced six different forms of positive or negative feelings within the last day.

USA not even close to the top!