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dark magic… and chocolate

22 Oct

Okay, HP fans! Here is another Harry Potter themed treat that Potterheads and Potterhaters alike will love to eat.

Before I get going, I wanted to draw some attention to this awesome vegan Harry Potter blog: Dumbledore’s Vegan Army. Fun stuff!

So, first, I wanted to work with that Trader Joe’s peanut flour again, in a more conventional setting. Since posting those gluten-free cookies, I have been getting a lot of blog traffic from people who are looking for things to use it in. I’m guessing that for most of those people, vegan, gluten-free cookies aren’t exactly what they’re looking for. 🙂

Second… I wanted to make Horcrux Cakes, another brilliant title suggested by Alec, my littlest brother. For those of you who don’t know what a horcrux is, it’s a regular object that has a fragment of a witch or wizard’s soul in it, in effect giving them immortality, so long as the object exists. The more horcruxes you have, the better chance you have of existing for all eternity. But being that Voldemort is the last person we’d want living forever, I had to ask myself, what or who would I want to live forever?

Chocolate. Duh.

Hence, my banana/peanut butter/chocolate Horcrux Cakes. Fluffy, moist little cakes encasing a creamy chocolate, black magic soul. Tom Riddle approved.

Horcrux Cakes

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup peanut flour (can use all-purpose flour)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas baking soda
1/8 teas. salt
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp. mashed banana
3 tbsp. peanut butter
1/4 cup oil
2/3 cup milk of choice
1/4 cup chopped chocolate

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease ad flour a standard muffin tin.

In a small bowl, combine the flour(s), sugar, baking powder and soda and salt. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the banana, peanut butter and oil. Whisk the wet ingredients until well mixed then add the milk and whisk to combine.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining 3 tbsp of banana and the chopped chocolate and combine. Set aside.

Add the dry ingredients to the banana/pb mixture in two batches, until just combined. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of the batter into the bottom of each cup and put a small scoop of the banana/chocolate mixture in the center of each cup.

Top each cup with the remaining batter, being mindful to seal in the center. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until the tops are lightly golden (toothpick test won’t work, obviously). Let cakes cool on rack for 15 minutes before loosening and removing from the tins.

Top cooled cakes with peanut butter icing or melted chocolate (or both!). To make PB icing, combine 1 tbsp. peanut butter, 1 teas. milk and 1/2 cup powdered sugar and blend until smooth. Scoop into the corner of a sandwich bag, twist and snip of a tinny bit of the corner to pipe onto cakes. Do the same with melted chocolate, if you want.

Makes 12 Horcrux Cakes

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fall baking fun

1 Oct

*Kelly! You won the marshmallows! Send me an email with your address and I’ll pop them in the mail!*

While I love the lingering days of summer, as soon as the leaves begin to change my mind turns towards fall (my favorite season) and then it turns to baking, which is always enhanced by those first days of cool, crispy autumn air and crunchy leaves beneath your feet.

A few weeks ago the lovely folks at Chicago Soy Dairy gifted me with a couple of bags of Dandies, their vegan marshmallows, with the request that I make something creative with them. I have enjoyed playing with their Teese in the past and I am always up for a challenge, but those Dandies have just been staring at me for a couple of weeks now.

Should I make something rocky road? No, too boring.

Should I make something s’mores? No, I can’t compete with Amy’s awesomeness.

Then I remembered my great Thanksgiving love.

Like most any good Midwestern girl, one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes was the sweet potato (or yam, whatever) casserole, filled with juicy, sweet yams and pineapple and a marshmallow and maraschino cherry topping.

Jim absolutely loathes anything sweet that is eaten at mealtime, so when I mentioned this to him he visibly shuttered. How to please us both? Why, turn it into a dessert, of course!

The Chicago Soy Dairy folks were kind enough to send me 2 bags of Dandies- leave a comment and 1 lucky person (drawn next Monday) will win the other bag!



Sweetie P Cupcakes

These soft and fluffy cupcakes are the perfect testament to fall- moist sweet potatoes with a creamy marshmallow center, a hint of nutmeg and the lightly crunchy/gooey mallow topping.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown or other dark granulated sugar
1 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/4 teas salt
1 cup pureed sweet potato (or yam)
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (liquid drained)
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup milk of choice
1/2 bag Dandies Marshmallows
Maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cupcake pan with liners.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, spices and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the sweet potato, pineapple and oil. Mix until well combined. Add the milk and whisk together thoroughly. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two batches until just mixed.

Fill each cupcake liner 1/3 way with batter and place 1-2 Dandies in the middle. Top with additional batter to seal the Dandies in the middle. Liners should be filled to just under the top of each liner. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick (poked at an angle to avoid the mallows) comes out clean.

Remove cupcake pan from oven. Carefully top each cupcake with 4-5 Dandies. Place cupcakes under your broiler on low for 15-45 seconds, or until puffy and very lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool on rack. Top each cupcake with a dried off maraschino cherry.

Makes 12 cupcakes

i love you, alberta

8 Oct

No, Alberta is not a person (although I work with someone by that name, so that could be weird). Alberta is a street in NE Portland and it’s quickly becoming one of the tastiest streets in town.

Homegrown Smoker is the vegan BBQ foodcart that opened a couple of months ago. They used to be 4 blocks down the street from their new location at 27th and Alberta. The new location seems better equipped for Portland weather and even has a heated eating tent. Excellent.

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There is food that is good and then there is food laced with addictive flavors and textures and plain old comforting goodness. This falls into the latter category. There are four different protein choices including chorizo, tofu steaks, tempeh ribs and soy curls. In this platter most people pick two small portions of two different proteins, but I went with all soy curls. If we all have a predestined fate in life, being smoked and slathered with BBQ sauce is the destiny of a soy curl. In this form it is truly at it’s full potential. Oh momma, these things are amazing! On the side, maple BBQ beans and mac no cheese. The beans are good, reliably tasty beans. The mac no cheese isn’t like gourmet mac ‘n cheese, but there’s just something good and noochy about it. Must. Eat. More.

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You’d think I haven’t been food blogging for 4 years. I didn’t turn the cornbread around so you could see the inside of it! Darn, now I’ll have to go back. The sacrifices I make for this blog… Seriously, though, this is a gluten-free cornbread that has pretty flecks of flax in it. That’s fun to say, flex of flax. Now, I haven’t had much Southern cooking in my life and am very much naive to the art of cornbread, but this cornbread rocks. The texture, moisture, flavor, it’s all there. I never even thought I cared much about cornbread, until I started craving theirs. Add the sweet mint tea on the side… serious food heaven.

After you’ve stuffed yourself with smoked goodness, a mere four blocks away is Back to Eden, the new vegan bakery in town. A four block walk is exercise, right? That means it’s time for dessert.

Back to Eden is about as pretty a place as it gets. Decorated in 1930s farm house chic, the colors are warm and inviting, the decor is sharp with attention to detail and aside from the bakery items, they have all sorts of goodies to buy. Locally made jams, aprons, cards, a section of vegan cookbooks, and fun baking supplies, like fancy sprinkles fill the shelves. Plus they have, you know, the baked goods. They also have soft serve in TWO different flavors, which means… wait for it…. TWIST ice cream!

shown here with caramel sauce

shown here with caramel sauce

They carry Temptation soft serve, which you can get with a variety of topping/sauce combos or as a milkshake! And there are a variety of baked goods available each day, from breakfasty scones to decadent cakes and tarts. They have lots of gluten-free options, too.

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A strawberry filled chocolate cupcake. When I read the sign for it, I thought it said “strawberry fields cupcake” and I got all sorts of Beatles-excited… I was wrong, but I still needed the cupcake to calm me down. Even the frosting had a pronounced strawberry flavor that was amazing.

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A pumpkin whoopie pie. Soft, moist cookie outer and spiced creamy inner filling… Devilishly good. So devilish, in fact, that an evil kitteh couldn’t keep her mouth off of the pumpkin cookie part.

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Who knew bad kittehs liked pumpkin?

So this is my ode to Alberta Street, with new attractions motivating me to leave the SE bubble for things other than concerts.

book release par-tay!

21 Aug

If you pre-ordered through Amazon, you should have received a notice yesterday that the books will be shipping next week! Yay! If you didn’t preorder and are interested in buying one, please request one at your local bookseller. If they see a demand, they might keep it in stock!

If you’re in the Portland area, though, you might just want to attend this little event:

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Woot woot! We’ll have tons of samples and signing and free tattoos (for real)! When you buy a copy of the book at the event, you’ll get a coupon for a FREE (food-related*) tattoo. Skeleton Key is a vegetarian-owned shop and offers vegan tattoos (it’s where I got my bees). Any design you want! 2 x 2 inchers are free or 20% off a bigger piece. Offer is good on one tattoo to one person who purchases a book. If you’ve already purchased a copy of the book another doesn’t hurt, they make great gifts. 🙂

*sorry, I didn’t make that clear when I first posted this!