Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Salad Roll Whoppers 1.7

Polka Yums.
I'm on an elimination diet. I'm following the first step in a book that was recommended to me called The Immune System Recovery Plan. According to the book, you should give up dairy, gluten, corn, and soy for three weeks, then slowly re-introduce them into your diet to see how you feel. I'm also eating sorta low GI (glycemic index), but really I'm eating sweet things like fruit and a leeeetle brown rice syrup, but not eating any refined sugar what-so-ever. 

I don't think I have an issue with corn or soy (and obvs gluten and dairy are long gone), and I'm excited to embrace them back into my mouth-bits next week. In the meantime, I've been passing time without Soy Curls by eating a lot of overnight chia-oats, peanut butter, smoothies, and Salad Roll Whoppers. Today's was a dandy.

If you didn't know, I made a video with Everyday Dish TV to show how I roll and make these.
This here's a soy-free version that tastes grande.
Salad Roll Whoppers 1.7
Truly, the hardest thing about these is the prep. They're so healthy, filling, and good!
First you start with the basics of any self-respecting SRW:

 Throw a big-big-big handful of salad greens in a bowl and toss with rice vinegar (you can use seasoned rice vinegar if you're not a weirdo watching your sugar intact).

 Find a big collard leaf and cut the rib out, then quarter it.

★ Buy some really big rice paper wrappers. You'll need the largest size, which is 28cm. I like Five Ladies brand.

Watch the video I linked to above, since it'll show you how to set up your work station, soften the paper, fill the SRWs, and roll them up. You want these huge like a burrito.

PowerKraut! And, I'm painting my kitchen trim. And look! I won a fancy food processor, which I keep on the floor!
Awww! I fooled you. :(((  This really isn't a recipe after all, it's more like a vibe.

My delightful roll today was filled with:
Basic salad mix

★ Nooch-coconut oil-salt-curry powder tossed roasted sweet potato (425F. on parchment till soft and brown)

★ Green olive hummus (hummus with roasted garlic stuffed green olives pulsed in)

★ Cucumber slices

★ Red pepper slices

★ Sauerkraut (I made an inflammation fighting batch with ginger, turmeric root, cabbage, and salt)

★ Abooocado.

That's it! I'll be posting more variations as I make some I like. I think mac 'n' cheesie rolls are on the horizon, 'cuz I'm worth it.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weird Scobies, Delicious Boochies.

Kombucha haters should click away now.
Just another poor misunderstood scoby.
Scobies are weird. They have disgusting names (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast AKA a biological mat), weird textures, and alien looks, and yet they have magic power. I would trade my favorite nephew for a good kombucha.

Neither sunshine, a cute pooch, pretty dahlias, or Pyrex fridgies can dress up the freaky scoby.
Even when you have an extra and you tie cute pink yarn on it and pose it in front of favorable things around the house, the scoby remains grim, ugly, and ever squoooooshy. Truly, the scoby's only saving grace is its ability to convert sweet brewed tea into the most thirst quenching, deliciously effervescent elixir on planet earth. It's a good trick.

Much better.
I lived in lots of shared housing in the 90s, and somewhere around '94 I lived in a house with a friend who was macrobiotic-ish. His friends gave us a kombucha "mushroom" with a xeroxed copy of its nutritional stats and basic instructions on what to do with it. Back then kombucha had no bubbles, and tasted as good as a scoby is pretty. No one I knew had any idea that 'booch could be terrifically tasty; I balked and refused it, and my roommate left it to languish in a bowl on the back porch.

Look at the bubbles!!
Fast forward a decade and a half, and my love for kombucha hath no limits (only my wallet does). Which is why I'm now brewing the stuff by the double gallon to keep up with my own interminable demand. With help from my friends Susan and Somer (Hiiiii!!!), and lots of reading on the web, I've finally figured out how to make a batch that satisfies.

Makes 1 gallon
I'm insanely sensitive to caffeine and sugar, so this recipe makes a 'booch that tastes great, but doesn't keep me up at night. If you don't have any empty gallon pickle jars laying around, I've found them scouting around recycling bins. Home Goods ::cough:: also has large glass jars that work well.

What You Need (1st fermentation):
1 gallon distilled water
6 bags organic green tea
2 bags organic black tea
1 1/2 cups unbleached granulated sugar
1 clean gallon glass jar
One wee scoby
2 cups kombucha
cloth napkin or clean tshirt

What You Need (2nd fermentation):
6 flip top bottles
julienned ginger
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice
bite sized fruit/herbs

What You Do:
Put 3/4 of the water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add the tea bags, decrease the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags with a clean spoon and squeeze out any tea back into the pot.

While the tea is simmering, put the sugar into the glass jar. Add the tea and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the remaining remaining water and cover so no fruit flies buzz in. Let the tea cool until it is less than 88 degrees F (this may take several hours). Once the tea has cooled, add the wee scoby and the kombucha.

Cover the jar with the clean fabric and secure with a rubber band (it's important for the kombucha to breathe and also to be protected from pests and bugs). Let the tea rest undisturbed for about a week (the warmer the environment the faster it will culture). I've only been brewing in the summer, and mine usually takes about 11 days to get where I like it. With a clean spoon, taste the tea after about a week. When it's ready for the next step (2nd fermentation), it should be slightly sour, sometimes even a little bubbly, and just a bit sweet.

Second Fermentation:
The second fermentation is the most important step to making top notch kombucha. Flip top bottles are a must, since they trap the carbon dioxide created from the yeast feeding on the sugars in the tea (i tried using an air lock and a gallon jug, and the brew was not very bubbly).

Stir the tea and using the funnel, distribute it evenly among the flip top bottles. Be sure there is just enough room in each bottle for a few tablespoons of juice, a few pieces of fresh fruit, a sprinkle of ginger, and herbs (if desired).

How you flavor the tea is up to you, but I like to add ginger, fresh basil, lemon or lime juice, and some fruit to mine. Once you've added flavorings to each bottle (there should be about  1/4-1/2" of space at the top), clamp it down and let it rest on the counter near the sink. Burp the bottles daily (over the sink) until they're fizzy and delicious--in warm weather this takes about 3 days on the counter. Refrigerate and enjoy (strain out any seasonings, or leave them in the bottom of your glass).

I've really enjoyed flavoring with citrus, ginger, basil, rhubarb, strawberries, peaches, and watermelon. Right now I've got some blueberry-lime-ginger going, and the next batch I plan to experiment with herbal tea as flavorings along with fresh fruit (I'm thinking hibiscus and also chamomile/lavender).

P.S. If you wanna keep brewing kombucha, save your scoby and 2 cups of kombucha from each brew, and use it for the next. The scoby will get thicker after each batch. You can peel off the new scobies and use them for double batching, compost them, or give them away.

P.P.S. Be smart. If your scoby looks moldy, or weirder than a scoby should look, toss it away and start over. The internet has lots of forums and information for trouble-shooting.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Salad Roll Whoppers--Video and Recipe Ideas

May I present the Salad Roll Whopper: (see how the rice paper and collard greens become one?!)
Noochy Tofu, avocado, herbs and tossed greens with a collard leaf wrapped inside a soft rice paper wrapper.
I've been obsessed with giant-assed salad rolls stuffed with vegetables and protein for awhile now, but I've been really cranking them out over the last several months. I call them Salad Roll Whoppers, but you can call them whatever you fancy. Best way to eat greens ever.

I've discovered that collard greens and rice papers have magical powers when used together to hold fillings. On its own, a collard wrap is messy, cumbersome, and falls apart easily (plus the rib always makes it hard to roll nicely), while rice paper salad rolls are overly delicate and tear easily if overfilled. However, if you take the thick ribs out of the collard and cut it into pieces and use it to line the rice paper, they fortify each other and create a strong, healthy wrapper that can hold a lot of filling. In a word my friends: synergeeeeeeeeee.

To make Salad Roll Whoppers, you'll need big 28cm (about 11") rice papers (bánh tráng), which you can find in any Vietnamese market or most East Asian groceries. I like Three Ladies Brand. You'll also need collard greens (1 large leaf is enough for two SRWs).

And fillings. You can use whatever you like, and I often make "clean the fridge out" rolls, but no matter what flavor theme I'm going for, I always use lots of herbs, a protein, and greens tossed in rice vinegar. You can also make a dipping sauce if you prefer (I usually make an easy peanut sauce, or a creamy cashew based one).

Last week I filmed a video at Everyday Dish TV making some of these whoppers for my friends Julie and Jay. Watch the video to see how I prep for these, make Noochy Tofu, and roll the whoppers tight. I also show a quickie peanut sauce for dippin'.

Video Link Heeeeeeeeeeeere!
Whopper Map. If I'm not dipping whoppers into something creamy, I'm sure to stuff them with something that has some fat in it like avocado, or a creamy based protein salad like a tempeh chicken salad, or tofu tuna.
Whopper ideas:
Proteins: Noochy Tofu (recipe below), smoky baked tofu, tempeh bacon, tempeh salad, tofu salad, Soy Rizo, seasoned Soy Curls, chickpea salad, black beans, refried beans, and sprouted lentils.

Greens: arugula, leaf lettuce, spring mix, romaine, shredded kale, spinach, pea shoots, and chard.

Herbs: basil, cilantro, parsley, nasturtiums (leaves and flowers), chives, green onions, mint, and green sprouts.

Vegetables/Fruit: julienned red peppers, cukes, radish slices, grated beets, kimchee, pickled carrots/daikon, pickled beets, sauerkraut, sugar snap peas, grated carrots, steamed sweet potatoes, supremed oranges or grapefruit, avocado or guacamole,  and apple.

♥Dipping Sauces: peanut butter sauce, almond butter sauce, creamy cashew salad dressings, and salsa.
Top Left: greens, orange, shredded beet, baked tofu, and avocado.
Top Right: smoky tofu, kale, arugula, romaine, golden beets, sprouted lentils, apple, and basil.
Bottom Left: Fermented cabbage, smoky tofu, pink lady apple, arugula, romaine, sprouted lentils, and basil.
Bottom Right: greens, apple, smoky baked tofu, avocado, shredded beets, fermented cabbage, sweet potato, and basil.
Theme Ideas:
Buffalo--buffalo tempeh or Soy Curls, grated carrots, minced celery, greens, parsley dipped in ranch dressing.

♥Reuben--Soy Curls with corned spices, sauerkraut, greens, parsley dipped in French dressing.

♥Taco--Taco seasoned Noochy Tofu, soyrizo, or refried beans, lettuce shreds, black olives dipped in salsa or sin queso.

♥BLT--tempeh bacon, roasted tomato, greens, basil, and avocado.

♥Southern--man n cheese, grated carrot, cilantro or basil, and greens.

♥Korean--replace the collards with nori (it supports the rice paper just as well, but has a strong sea flavor), tofu, kimchi, grated carrots, cukes, avocado dipped into a gojuchang-peanut butter sauce.

And on and on!
Noochy Tofu Army relaxing with a game of Jenga.

Noochy Tofu Army
As seen on Everydish TV, here's a very loose and adaptable recipe for the tofu I like to use in Salad Roll Whoppers. Instead of the curry powder, you can season the tofu however you like (some suggestions are below).

14-16 oz. tofu, extra frim (press it if it's wobbly)
1 cup water
1/4 cup tamari 
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons potato starch
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (or dried onion flakes)
1 teaspoon curry powder (or ground chipotle pepper, lemon-pepper, taco seasoning, etc.)
Pinch salt

Marinate the Tofu
1. Cut the tofu into 32 even pieces (Half the tofu horizonatally, then cut each half into 16 pieces).
2. In a small casserole or medium bowl, combine the water, tamari, vinegar, nooch, liquid smoke, and garlic. Add the tofu (be sure it's covered in marinade), and refrigerate for several hours or up to 3 days.

Nooch the Tofu
1. Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Spray the parchment with a thin film of oil.
3. In a plastic bag, combine the nooch, potato starch, sesame seeds, curry powder, and salt. 
4. Reserve one hand for handling the marinated tofu, and another for handling the nooched tofu: add about 5 pieces of tofu to the bag, seal, and shake to coat. Transfer the coated tofu to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the tofu.
5. Spray the coated tofu with a thin film of oil.
6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom, flip and bake for 10-11 minutes more, until golden brown and lightly crisp.

Cool to room temperature and stuff into Salad Paper Whoppers, or eat as is on top of salad, with pasta, or on sandwiches.

Top Left and Bottom Right: nori instead of collards, sugar snaps, pea shoots, greens, baked tofu, kimchi, and apple.
Top Right: greens, basil, chives, nasturtium, avocado, radish, and baked tofu.
Bottom Left: Fermented sour cabbage, baked tofu, avocado, sweet potato, and shredded golden beets.
I hope you make some Salad Roll Whoppers! Lemme know if you come up with any great combos, and please use the tag #saladrollwhoppers so we can all see and be inspired by your creations.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sushi Love: Vegan Sushi Cart

Truer name I never did see.
I've been wanting to check out the new Sushi Love cart for a few weeks now--the entire menu is vegan and gluten-free.

I heard the wait time was long, so I thought it might be a good idea to give them some breathing room and hold back for awhile. We hit it today and had to wait about 20 minutes for three rolls, since they only have one person working.

Top Left and Right are the Full Kitchen Alchemest (front and back view to show the soyrizo)
Bottom L-R: Mother of Dragons and Fresher than Fresh.
I will never, ever complain about vegan sushi. Period. I liked the creativity of this cart, and surprisingly to me, my favorite was the Full Kitchen Alchemist roll with soyrizo, corn chips, avocado, and sin queso. Not sure if I need to mention this, but I held off on the wasabi and ginger on this one.

I also really liked the Fresher than Fresh roll because I NEVER get the opportunity to eat sushi filled with cream cheese, and YUM.

The Mother of Dragons roll was good, but I didn't notice any sauce on it, and it seemed pretty standard.

I've never developed a taste for seafood, but on my next visit I'm thinking I'll be brave and try the rolls that are meant to taste fishier like the Avalon, Don't be Shellfish, and Bok Bok.

L-R: Full Kitchen Alchemist, Fresher than Fresh, and Mother of Dragons.
Sushi Love--Vegan Sushi
2623 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214


Friday, August 15, 2014

Raw Fig Bars at Hand.

Forever on duty.
So the story goes that I follow someone on Instagram, who follows someone else on Instagram, who has a blog, who made some raw fig bars. I've never been a huge Newton fan, but for some reason this recipe mesmerized me, and I wanted to give it a go.

I think it was the simple ingredients that pulled me in.
I'm always a little wary of Internet recipes that seem too easy for their own good. I tried to loosen my wary pants while I worked on these. Also, common knowledge: I can't leave a recipe alone, and if a recipe is appealing in its simplicity, of course I'm gonna get in there and complicate things a bit.

I left the recipe alone as much as I could, but I added a teaspoon or so of orange blossom water to the figs. And it needed lots more than a teaspoon of fresh orange juice to get whirling around in my mini chopper, and I also added a mini pinch of salt. I also found the filling made too small of an amount to whirl in a blender or food processor, so consider yourself warned.

Once I added enough dates, the dough came together quickly into a nice ball in the food processor. Of course, I also added salt to this, and next time I'd leave out the agave, since it was plenty sweet and moist from the dates.

I rolled out the dough in one go without halving it first, and found it not too hard to get nice and thin using two pieces of parchment. Once I spread the fig filling, I folded the dough in half and cut the pastries into squares. I found them way too soft and sweet to eat right away, but after a night in the dehydrator, I was happy to find them very fig newton-y in texture, and yummy. If you don't have a dehydrator, the original recipe offers a baking version.

This made a small plateful of squares, I'd guess around 16.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Salad Samurai-ing. Review and Gift Away.

Avocado Amaranth Bhel Puri Chaat: ripe mango and avocado with chickpeas, popped amaranth, crunchy Bhuja, in a tangy, spicy tamarind dressing with cilantro = one of my favorite mouth experiences ever. 
Greetings and long time no bloggy-bloggy. I'm here with a pop-in review of Terry Hope Romero's latest cookbook Salad Samurai, which I've had the pleasure of playing around with for the last month or so. 
As expected, this book is chock full of salad recipes (including salads that look like salads and sturdier salads that make heartier meals), and delightfully, it's also brimming with creative dressings, salad accouterments, and sweet and savory breakfast ideas in the form of smoothie bowls and savory grain salads.

I've tried a bunch of things so far (dont'cha love a cookbook that's released to match the seasons), but here are the recipes I keep coming back to:
My take on salad perfection: garden greens, roasted beets, radish, supremed orange, chunks of cold polenta, with a drizzle of Creamy Curry Dressing and Cheezy Buckcrunch.
Cheezy Buckcrunch--sprouted buckwheat groats coated in a cheezy, tangy cashew sauce and dehydrated until crunchy. While a bit time intensive (soaking and sprouting is required) these make a great savory snack as is, and also make a great salad topper. I plan to make them over and over again. The cashew sauce would also be great in bowls or with pasta.

Avocado Amaranth Bhel Puri Chaat--Indian chaat is one of my favorite food groups, and if you've never had it before, this recipe is a great initiation. Plus POPPED AMARANTH.

This POTM was topped with Creamy Curry Dressing and avocado. Best sewing contemplation brain food there is.
Creamy Curry Dressing--I've already made this cashew based dressing about 5-6 times. Besides tempeh salad, for which it's designed, I've found it's also great for salad roll dipping, on leafy salads (with polenta and orange segments), and drizzled on top of my beloved pudla.

Overnight Oats with Mexican Chocolate Creme and 13 year old foot.
Overnight Oats with Mexican Chocolate Creme--This breakfast treat is so rich and decadent, my teenager nephew couldn't figure out why I told him it was healthy. Add a sliced frozen banana and a spoonful of peanut butter to the basic oat recipe and you've got a great everyday grab n go brekkie.

Guts 'n' Glory Granola--The flavor combo is really great, plus POPPED AMARANTH!

Blueberry Smoothie Granola Bowl with  Guts 'n' Glory Granola, golden raspberries, and coconut.
Smoothie Granola Bowl--If you need an excuse to eat a sundae-like bowl of frozen yum for breakfast. Here ya go.

A few of my favorite things about Salad Samurai:
❤ While I love reading cookbooks, I'm not much of a recipe follower. I love how easily these recipes can be adapted my way. Books that fail this test, rarely see a lick of sun in our house.

 ❤  Two recipes contain POPPED AMARANTH. Tip: get your pan really hot and pop the amaranth in small mini batches about a tablespoon at a time.

❤ The creativity in these recipes is apparent. I would never have thought to add whole chia seed to a salad dressing, but now I want to add it to every salad dressing ever made.

❤ Most of the recipes are gluten-free, or can be made so with easy adaptions.

My critiques:
★ I find the dark sidebars a bit cumbersome to read while in the thick of recipe following, and lemon juice takes the dark ink right off the page. Danger-danger my messy cooking brethren!

  • Title:  Salad Samurai
  • Author:   Terry Hope Romero
  • Blog/Website:  Vegan Latina
  • Publisher:  Da Capo Press
  • Photos: Gorgeous color photos by Vanessa K. Rees
  • XGFXnessThe majority of the recipes are xgfx, or can be made so with simple adaptions.

I wanna try something new, and am hosting the Salad Samurai gift away on my Instagram account (where I'm much more active). Come visit me over there for a chance to win, and to say helloooooooooOOOo.


Disclaimer:  I received a free review copy of Salad Samurai  from Da Capo Press, along with a free copy to gift away to a reader.  No compensation or gift was exchanged for this review, and the opinions posted here are my own.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Vegan Ethiopian Tasties in Book-Form Coming Soon!

I just turned in my final edits to the awesome folks at Book Publishing Company, which means you can expect to see my brand new vegan and Ethiopian cookbook on shelves in late summer!

The book is currently un-named, but I can tell you it'll be around 100 recipes all vegan, palm-free, gluten-free (save for one gluten recipe for those who are soy-free or love Satan), mostly soy-free, but not tasty-free. Nope the tasty will be free flowing throughout.

Spread the word and remember if you miss me, I post everyday over on Instagram. Hi Tim!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

PDX Worldwide Vegan Bakesale Coming Soon

I'm happy to be involved again this year in one of PDX's Worldwide Vegan Bakesales. 

Our sale will be:
Sunday, May 4th 10AM-3PM
Mississippi Marketplace 
(near the Homegrown Smoker and Native Bowl carts at N. Mississippi and N. Skidmore).

More info on our fancy new website, and our Facebook event page. Signup sheet to help bake is here.

I'm really excited about our two beneficiaries this year: Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW, and Russia Freedom Fund

CSNW was founded in 2003 to provide sanctuary for chimpanzees discarded from the entertainment and biomedical testing industries. It has 26 acres and is one of the only US sanctuaries to care for chimps.

Russia Freedom Fund is a U.S. tax deductible vehicle for making financial contributions in support of the LGBT movement in Russia and efforts to combat discrimination and violence there based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This initiative responds to growing concerns about recent state-sponsored discrimination in Russia and expresses solidarity between the international LGBT community and allies, and the Russian LGBT movement.

We can use all sorts of help, but bakers are especially needed. If you can donate kitchen time, this link will direct you to a Google doc signup sheet for more info and specifics.

The last two years running we have brought in about $2400 dollars, and it would be so freakin' cool if we could break $2500 this year. This will only happen if we can get more folks to help us bake (click here for our signup sheet!!). We usually sell out of everything before 3PM. The more we have to sell the more we can donate.

Thanks! Please feel free to print out the PDF linked above (just click on the picture of the flyer) to share around town and with your friends.


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Palm Oil No More, and Mocha Teff Brownies

These brownies round out my Ethiopian collection, so I thought it'd be nice to post the recipe here, especially since I feel like I finally broke the crinkly topped xgfx brownie code. The method for making these is a little unconventional, but it's what gives them such a good texture and finish.
I don't really think I need to post this for accountability's sake, but it won't hurt, so here goes: over the last year, I've made a notable effort to reduce our household consumption of palm oil. I just listened to The Vegan Option podcast from September 2013 about Palm Oil and it made me more committed than ever to stop consuming it. 

I'm not sure how long Earth Balance has been around, but I'm guessing I was vegan for at least 12 years before it ever surfaced, and I did just fine without it. Not only that, but nowadays there's coconut oil and excellent palm-free homemade butter recipes (see Miyoko's here and Bryanna's here).

The podcast I linked to is really informative and does address green certified palm, but since I don't need palm, I'm not gonna eat it, and I'll sleep better at night, too.

This new dedicated shift won't be hard for us in the house--I don't bake that often and we don't eat a lot of processed foods, but I think it's going to be really challenging when we go out to eat. And I might find myself surprised at the grocery store, since until now, I haven't checked for it in shampoo and stuff like that.

What do you think about consuming palm? I don't consider myself an expert, but I'm interested in what other folks think, or don't think about the subject.

I'm proud to say that all the recipes in my forthcoming Ethiopian cookbook are palm-freeable.
I've reworked my favorite xgfx brownie recipe and thought it'd be nice to post here--it's sad to say, but I don't think I've posted a recipe in over a year! These are a cross between fudgy and chewy, but not cakey at all, which is an abomination where I'm from. I'm also happy to report these have the ever important crinkly top (thanks to the melted sugar), and are gum-free and won't crumble into your coffee, unless you want them to.

The brownies pictured contain chocolate chips and walnuts, but my favorite are the rocky road, since the marshmallow sorta explode inside and caramelize on top.

Mocha Teff Brownies
Makes 12 brownies
I could never be mistaken for a coffee drinker, but I do love a fudgy, crinkly topped brownie with chewy edges and corners. The coffee in these brownies highlights the cocoa and is my way of offering a nod towards Ethiopia’s ancient coffee tradition.

Teff and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations, and these brownies are perfect for hoarding, or for your next vegan bake-sale. If you’re like me and so ridiculously sensitive to caffeine that one bite will keep you up all night, make sure to use decaffeinated coffee!

1⅓ cups sorghum flour
¼ cup potato starch
¼ cup tapioca starch
2½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unbleached granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 cup freshly brewed Ethiopian coffee
⅓ cup teff flour
¾ cup brown sugar, unpacked
⅔ cup fair trade cocoa powder
¼ cup coconut oil (refined or unrefined)
¼ cup organic canola oil
2 tablespoons finely ground flax seed
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8x8-inch glass pan with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder, and salt

Put the granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring almost constantly, until the sugar has mostly dissolved, about 6 minutes (don’t let it boil, but small bubbles around the sides of the pan are OK). Transfer the hot sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer and rinse out the saucepan.

Combine the coffee and teff flour in the same saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to bubble and thicken. Once the teff mixture has thickened into a smooth, pudding-like texture, continue to cook and stir for another minute. Transfer the teff mixture to the mixing bowl with the sugar and add the coconut and canola oils. Beat until smooth (be careful of splashes, the mixture will be hot), about 1 minute.

Add the brown sugar, cocoa powder, flax seeds, and vanilla to the teff mixture, and beat together until creamy and smooth, about 1½ to 2 minutes.

Slowly add in the flour mixture and beat, scraping the sides down a few times, until you have a smooth, thick batter, about 2 more minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a spatula, scrape the batter into the prepared baking pan spreading it evenly into the pan, making sure to get all corners, and smooth the top. Bake for 35 minutes, until the brownies have risen, the top is shiny and set, and the edges and corners are firm.

Cool to room temperature and cut into rectangles.

Rocky Road Brownies
Replace the chocolate chips with 5 ounces of vegan marshmallows.

Mocha Nut Brownies
Add ½ cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts to the batter and stir in along with the chocolate chips.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Pictures from my week.

Tempeh salad with celery, apple, green onion, cilantro and a berbere dressing.

I love Instagram 'cuz it's such an easy way to blog and show off pictures! Here's some of the stuff I've been doing this week, I'm wrapping up my manuscript on the 31st!

Roasted chickpeas and soy beans: coriander, berbere, lime, salt, and evoo. MmMm

Leftovers! Very old leftovers. Ha. But still, a very pretty beyayentu (veg platter).
Red lentils, spicy chile relish, peanut butter fitfit (injera bread salad), shimbra alecha (chickpea crackers in a mild sauce), and potato tibs.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tick tock, I can't stop.

Awaze Potato Tibs
Playing around with a new camera my father in law wasn't using. The light is sorta waning here, I can't wait to play with this in another month. 

Chickpea flour crackers. They're getting thrown into a mild onion sauce. I made em into hearts instead of fish.

Me and Vee Agree.