VeganMoFo Post#2

October 3, 2009

I’m still kind of nervous about this whole blogging thing,  I am iffy about everything from my not so great camera, my inability to make up my own recipes and my lack of time to write up brilliant posts.  Then I realized– this doesn’t have to be perfect. I’m not trying to get fame or notoriety-I just want to share my love of the wonderful world of food that has opened up to me. I think that’s why this month is such a great time to start blogging-starting in MoFo pretty much forces me to jump right in and go. If I didn’t have a deadline of sorts I would probably put it off and make excuses about how busy I am or how that picture is a little off.

Just to give myself some direction for the days when I am in need of inspiration I reorganized  my pantry and cabinets and made a list of things that really need to be used up. Some are foods I love and just forget about (quinoa, masa harina) and others, I’m at a loss for what to do with (coconut flour) so hopefully at the end of the month I will have used each of  these at least once!

  • masa harina ( love it but all the good stuff seems so time consuming!)
  • panella
  • barely malt powder (for something other than twinkies or bread)
  • glutinous rice flour
  • spring roll wrappers
  • nori
  • thin rice noodles
  • quinoa
  • wheat berries (I just thought sprouted wheat berry bread would be great…didn’t turn out so awesome for me)
  • black rice
  • coconut flour
  • hot chili oil
  • coconut extract (somehow I have three full bottles…)
  • unhulled and black sesame seeds (I always forget about these)
  • dried black eyed peas
  • pistachio pudding
  • barley

If you have any good ideas or favorite recipes with these, let me know!!

Already a Day Behind…

October 2, 2009

Well, at least I started this post yesterday…I guess I’ll have to double post today to make up for it. Maybe this month will help me get over my ridiculous tendency to procrastinate on everything. I’m just going to pretend this went up yesterday because I’m really too lazy to change it all to past tense.

I can’t think of a better way to start off VeganMoFo! My husband’s job has an employee store that sells items from their warehouse that have somehow wound up with a damaged case. It’s primarily grocery, but he’s found all sorts of goodies in past, everything from nifty kitchen supplies–I have a variety of great rubber spatulas that cost like a buck a piece–to Tom’s of Maine goods for less than $2. Well, last night he found Purely Decadent Coconut Milk Ice Cream for $1.50 per pint!! So I’m now the proud owner of 3 or 4 chocolates and 3 vanillas. I love ice cream but don’t really eat a ton of it so that should last me for months. And I’m sure since it’s MoFo and all I’ll really need to search to find some yummy baked goods to go along with my stock. Mmmm apple crisp…

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

He also took some  Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles to share and  had requests from two people for their own personal batches. From his description they basically gobbled them down as if they were spicy, chocolatey crack, which is pretty much what they are. I’ve spent the last few months telling myself that I would NOT buy Isa’s cookie book when it comes out but thanks to these and the seven layer cookies plus the fact it’s released three days before my birthday (tell me that’s NOT a sign!) I feel my resolve weakening…maybe I can pretend I’ll start exercising if I get it. Does Wii bowling count as exercise? I’ll just say yeah on that one.