Monday, 11 February 2008

Lovely things! Lots of!

First up, Vegan with a vengeance's thumbprint cookies made diabetic friendly! I got the idea from my friend Drea who very kindly brought some to the last vegan freak forums' meetup for my diabetic boyfriend Jay.These aren't chocolately, I just omitted the cocoa powder and used a little more flour till I got a nicely textured dough(about 1/2 cup-ish), replaced the sugar with agave nectar and used diabetic jam. Cheers Drea! =]
These cookies aren't diabetic friendly, unfortunately (although I'm sure I could probably try to tweak the recipe). They're Veganomicon's chewy oatmeal raisin cookies, but actually, they're chewy oatmeal cranberry cookies since I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. Very nice.
It was pancake day last Tuesday... but I forgot, and didn't get round to making the pancakes until Saturday morning! Here is the easiest crepe-style pancake recipe in the world, ever, that I used for these...

(Makes 2-3 10" pan-sized thin pancakes or more or thicker smaller ones)

300ml soya milk
100g of plain or wholemeal flour
tsp vanilla essence

pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
a little vegetable oil

- blend or whisk soya milk, flour, vanilla essence and spices till frothy

- wipe the oil onto a preheated pan, then pour enough batter to cover the bottom of the pan, wait till it all the batter is "dry"(should only take a few minutes) before attempting to flip it or it will fall apart!

-flip and fry other side of pancake for a minute or so, then serve

~try serving this with lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar, or a little syrup or agave nectar, as pictured below~

I bet you're thinking I should reeeeaaaally go on a diet for the rest of Lent after seeing all those pictures... (not gonna though- I'm an atheist, I just happen to love pancakes and think Pancake Day is as good as an excuse as any to eat 'em!) but there are a few slightly heathier ones coming up!

Here's my new kitchen toy, a ginormous stockpot I got in Ikea at the weekend! Ideal for making massive batches of soup for grazing on for a few days! It's first mission was to cook this butternut squash and lentil soup.

Last but not least, some muffins! But these are healthier than your average muffin, as it's Veganomicon's almond-quinoa muffins again, but this time with fresh blueberries! There's loads of good stuff packed into these... quinoa(which is so chock- full of nutrients, like protein, calcium and iron, that I always feel almost virtuous when I eat it!), flaxseed, wholewheat pastry flour, almonds and blueberries, only agave nectat to sweeten, and only 1/4 cup oil for the whole entire batch!


Jennifer said...

Nice job making those Thumbprint Cookies diabetic so your bf could enjoy some yummy vegan treats too!

I like you idea of using cranberries instead of raisins in the VCon Oatmeal Raisin cookies. Those cookies are so good, they might be my favorite of all the vegan cookies I have made so far, the spice is perfect and the texture divine!

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