Monthly Archives: May 2007

Vegan Cupcakes!

When I bought Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, I couldn’t wait to try it out. The pictures in the cookbook, and the accompanying blog, are beautiful. I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth, but they make me want to make cupcakes all the time.

A couple nights ago, I got some friends together and we made 3 different batches: vanilla, chocolate, and carrot cake.

Then we decorated them with things that we had (like mint, cherries, cranberries, raisins, nuts, coconut, and raspberry syrup).

Then we at them. They were delicious.


Veggie Dog Eating Contest

This weekend, I went to the Veggie Dog Eating Contest. Overall, it was a really good time–with free Temptation ice cream and lots of fun people, including the Vegan Firefighters. There was a big turnout and it was great to see so many people supporting such an event.

One disappointing thing was that the flyer claimed “free veggie hot dogs,” but they were only free to those who participated in the contest. If I had known that, I probably would have signed up just to eat a couple free veggie dogs.

What bothered me the most though, was that they were selling meat dogs along with the veggie dogs. I think this diminished the significance of an otherwise meaningful event–an event that could have been a purely vegan experience for both meat eaters and vegetable eaters to enjoy together. With both meat and veggie dogs available, meat eaters were able to stick with the traditional dog they’re used to and avoid tasting something new. If there had only been veggie dogs available, hungry folks who would have normally chosen a meat dog would have happily eaten the veggie dog anyway without any questions or fuss. This was the perfect opportunity to show that vegan veggie dogs taste the same as their non-vegan counterparts (and even come without all the cruelty and gross animal by products). With meat being offered as an alternative, I wonder how effective this event was at convincing.

Still, there was some interesting vegan/vegetarian trivia and a few tables with information about veganism. I had fun and I hope Austin throws more events like this in the future. Here are some pictures:

There are also more pictures here.

I answered a trivia question and won cupcakes from the ATX Vegan Bakery. This is funny because I made tons of cupcakes the night before.

Flour Tortillas

Once you make your own flour tortillas, you’ll never want to buy them from the store again. Fluffy, fresh, and warm, homemade tortillas make all the difference.
They are simple to make as long as you have a rolling pin, a few extra minutes, and some arm muscles.

  1. Sift together 4 cups flour, 3 tsp baking powder
  2. Whisk together 2 tsp salt, 4 tsp vegetable oil, 1 1/2 cup soymilk
  3. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and kneed the dough (add soymilk if mixture is too dry, add flour if mixture is too wet)
  4. Roll dough into about 12 little lime sized balls (might make more–I don’t remember) and let rest for 15 minutes
  5. Cover a counter top or cutting board with flour, coat rolling pin with flour, and roll out a dough ball
  6. Heat a skillet on high heat, throw on a tortilla until little air bubbles start to form, flip the tortilla and cook for a few minutes
  7. Place tortilla in tortilla warmer or towel, repeat process

*Be sure to wipe access flour off the pan between each tortilla or the tortillas will be tinted yellowish/brownish with little blackish specs. They still taste good, just aren’t as aesthetically pleasing.

Once you make tortillas, you can make all kinds of taco creations. According to Wikipedia, “A taco is a traditional Mexican dish comprised of a rolled, folded, pliable tortilla filled with an edible substance.”

The taco possibilities are endless!

Here is a taco I made recently:

Flour tortilla, pesto (basil, mint, nutritional yeast, sesame seeds, walnuts, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice, salt), breaded tofu (cornmeal, Braggs, nutritional yeast, zatar, lemon pepper seasoning, crushed black pepper), rainbow chard

Vegetarian Songs

I’m compiling a list of vegetarian songs. They aren’t necessarily all about being vegetarian. Some are pro vegetarian, some are anti, and some are just vaguely about meat or vegetables. Anyone know of others? Please add to my list.

Here is what I have so far:

Meat is Murder” by The Smiths

Ham N Eggs” by A Tribe Called Quest

Be Healthy” by Dead Prez

Ode to Groovy” by OhGr/Skinny Puppy

Squash all Beef” by KRS One

I Don’t Eat Animals” by Melanie Safka (cute video someone made)

History of a Furcoat” by Tes

Beat the Meat” by Good Clean Fun

Meat Means Murder” by Conflict

Cats and Dogs” by Gorilla Buscuits

Antischism” by Slaughter

Vegan in Furs” by Of Montreal

“Meat is Still Murder” by Propaghandi (I like their site, so I liked to that instead).

New Age Girl” by Deadeye Dick

Banana Chips,” “Brown Mushroom,” and “Fruits and Vegetables” by Shonen Knife

Vegetables” by The Beach Boys

Green Eyes” by Erykah Badu

Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America

Apples, Peaches, Bananas, and Pears” by The Monkees (this video is great)

Chiquita Banana” by Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra

I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” by Freddy Martin

Call any Vegetable” by Frank Zappa and the Mothers (here is a video of students performing the song. I like it.)

Captain Vegetable” by Jeff Moss (I also like this explanation)

I Like Bananas (Because They Have No Bones)” by Hoosier Hot Shots (sheet music here)

HomeGrown Tomatoes” by Guy Clark

Spawn Again” by Silverchair

Waste” by Good Riddance

Taste Your Own Medicine” by Dystopia

You’re Wrong” and “Franco Un-American” by NoFX (not sure why their songs are so contradictory to the one below, but I like these)

Vegetarian Mumbo Jumbo” by NoFX

All that Meat and No Potatoes” by Fats Waller

Know Your Chicken” and “Beef Jerky” by Cibo Matto

A Chicken Aint Nothin’ But a Bird” by Cab Calloway

Fried Chicken” by “Mz Peaches

Fish Heads” by Barnes & Barnes

Eggs and Sausage” by Tom Waits

Attack of the Sprouts

Carrot Juice is Murder” and “I am Cow” by Arrogant Worms

Eat Steak” by The Reverend Horton Heat

Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese” and “Were’d the Cheese Go?” by Ween

Restaurant Update

Well, we got a great deal on equipment! (We purchased it from a bbq place in Belton).

Now we just need money and a building.

My First Homemade Seitan Experience

I made seitan for the first time this weekend. It was so much fun! Kinda like a science experiment–although one that doesn’t involve cutting up dead animals (notice the frog anatomy apron). I think this is the start of a seitan phase.

Using vital wheat gluten, I made seitan from this book (which is an amazing book, by the way). The jerk marinade in the recipe was delicious (with maple syrup, cayenne pepper, thyme, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and a bunch of other good stuff). The meaty texture and strong flavor offers a great alterntive to soy-based products and works well when catering to omnivores wary of meatless foods. Also, it is just really fun to pronounce the word “SAY-TAHN.”

For those unfamiliar with seitan, there is a good introduction from the Vegetarian Resource Group. It provides recipes and cooking tips, explains seitan’s history, and lists some of the commerical seitan producers.

Anyway, since I made a large batch of seitan, I’ve been eating it with pretty much everything. My sister and grandparents came over for lunch one day and I made seitan tacos with homemade flour tortillas, pesto (with basil and mint from my garden), lettuce from my garden, creamy tofuy dressing (with chives from my garden), and coconut rice. I also mixed it with grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms and made breakfast tacos for my coworkers. I still have a little bit left and I’m thinking of using it for a topping on a pizza.

Seitan is so much fun. Here are some stickers and some photos.

Popcorn Balls

Miguel and I made way too much popcorn the other night. I didn’t know what to do with it all…until I thought of popcorn balls. Popcorn balls are never something I crave. They remind me of the Halloween carnivals at my elementary school. You eat them compusively because they’re there…but, like cotton candy or candied apples, they’re nothing to get too excited about. Still, making them was fun because I got to get my hands messy. And…you can’t go wrong with sugar, maple syrup, chocolate, nuts, berries, seeds, and popcorn.

My roomate seems to like them a lot.