Posted: September 16th, 2012 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Cupcakes, Dairy-free, Dessert, Ice Cream, Vegan, Vegetarian | No Comments »
For our friends Alice & Tom‘s Babywarming/Birthday party, I wanted to make something a little different, a little brunchier than my typical uber-rich chocolate cupcakes. Since I have a pantry full of apricot jam I decided to make apricot cupcakes.
I used the “Golden Vanilla Cupcakes” recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World which, by the way, you should own if you don’t already. No cookbook on my shelf is more dog-eared than this one. The recipes are truly delicious and even the most hardened butter lovers will have to admit that these are damn fine cupcakes, rivaling animal product filled-pastries any day. Why vegan, Heather? After all, you eat bacon like it’s going out of style! Well, my husband is lactose intolerant and the percentage of my friends that are vegan is high enough that there’s always a couple of people whose faces will light up when you tell them your cupcakes are vegan. Plus, as I already mentioned, these are fantastic cupcakes in their own right. Frankly, I’ve tried making non-vegan cupcakes and they’re just not as good, not as moist and flavorful. And just look at them!
As I said, I used the “Golden Vanilla” cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. I added an extra 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract because almond and apricot are two flavors that go together fabulously. Once the baked cupcakes were cool, I poked a hole in the center of each one and used a chopstick to shove some apricot jam in there. Yum. I made frosting according to the “Raspberry Buttercream” recipe in the same book, substituting about 4 tablespoons of apricot jam for the raspberry syrup. I threw in another 1/4 teaspoon of that almond extract in to boot. The result? Wonderfully moist, apricoty, almondy cupcakes. Happy Sunday!
Posted: April 24th, 2011 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Dairy-free, Poultry | 2 Comments »
My husband Ed and I are moving in less than a month, so lately I’ve been challenging myself to cook dinners from only what we have in the fridge/freezer/pantry, rather than going to the store to get new ingredients. Ok, so there might be a little laziness involved too, but it’s a fun challenge to make tasty food out of what we already have.
Tonight I decided to finally put to use the AWESOME Breville Pie Maker some dear friends gave to us as a wedding gift. Somewhat on the fly, I whipped up the filling, then broke out some puff pastry and pie maker and went to town. I may have overfilled the pies as I ended up with a bit of a mess, but honestly, they were still beautiful and quite tasty! I only made two pies tonight, but there was plenty of filling left for another four pies for dinner this week.
Don’t hesitate to experiment with this recipe, using different spices, filling ingredients, etc. What’s below is just what we had on hand. Onions, celery, and other veggies would have been great, too. The measurements are my best guess, so don’t feel too compelled to follow them precisely (except for the ratio of butter-flour-liquid).
Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pies
1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1/3 cup margarine (or butter)
1/3 cup flour
salt, to taste (about 1/2-1 teaspoon, depending on how salty your broth is)
pepper, to taste (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon)
thyme, to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon)
2/3 cup soymilk (or regular milk)
Pepperidge Farms puff pastry (1 sheet makes 2 pies; recipe will make about 6 pies worth of filling)
- About 40 minutes before you’re ready to make the pies, pull the puff pastry out of the freezer to defrost.
- Cut potatoes into small cubes. Put in salted water and bring to a boil. Boil till tender, 15-20 minutes, then drain.
- Cut chicken breast into cubes. Cut carrots into rounds. Put chicken and carrots in chicken broth with pepper, thyme, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil. Boil for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
- In a skillet, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. When it’s entirely melted, add the flour and stir constantly for a few minutes. Then add the milk; continue stirring constantly – a whisk might be helpful. Pour in the chicken broth mixture and mix thoroughly. Cook over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens.
- Add the chicken mixture to the potatoes and stir. Add the frozen peas and continue to stir until heated through and distributed throughout.
- Heat up your pie maker by plugging it in. (It’s kind of like a waffle iron, with pie-shaped indentations.) Cut pie bottoms and lids out of puff pastry, using the molds that came with the pie maker. Place the larger piece in the bottom of the pie maker and press down with the tool that came with the pie maker to make an indentation. Put filling in pie – filling should be slightly below the crust level. Put the pastry lids on top of the filling and close the pie maker, making sure to latch it. Cook for 8 minutes, and you’re done! Easy as… PIE!! Hah.
Posted: April 23rd, 2011 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Cookies, Dairy-free, Dessert, Vegan | No Comments »
Many years ago, I lived in a house with several friends, many of whom were vegan. One day my housemate Audrey whipped up the most fabulous vegan cranberry biscotti. I just had to have the recipe! She happily shared it with me, but then I sat on it for four years. Good job, Mooflyfoof! Well, today I’m headed to the 10th birthday party of my friend Josie’s dog Milo, so I decided it might be time to finally give this recipe a shot. It did not disappoint. I didn’t have any cranberries so I substituted chopped dried apricots, which worked out quite well. The original recipe also calls for Cointreau, but I didn’t have any so I substituted Disaranno – an almond liqueur.
From Audrey Penven
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated margarine (such as Earth Balance), softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons Cointreau, Disaranno, or other appropriately flavored liqueur
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dried fruit such as cranberries or chopped dried apricots
2/3 cup whole almonds (sliced work too, in a pinch)
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Cream margarine and sugar.
- Beat in water, liqueur, baking powder, and salt.
- Add flour, dried fruit, and nuts; mix well.
- On a non-stick cookie sheet, shape dough into a loaf 3/4 inch high and 3 inches wide.
- Bake in a 325°F oven for 35 minutes.
- Let cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes, then slice into 1/2 inch slices. Put slices back on the cookie sheet, on their sides, and bake another 10-20 minutes until sides are turning golden. Let cool completely, then store in an airtight container.
Posted: July 19th, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Dairy-free, Red Meat | Tags: beef, carrots, potatoes | No Comments »
I know, I know, it’s the middle of summer. Who wants pot roast in July? This foggy San Franciscan does! A few days ago I had a sudden craving for pot roast. I think it’s because I’ve been eating mostly vegetarian lately and I needed to make up for it. My mom had given me a recipe for pot roast that she’s been making, so I decided to give it a shot. Large chunks of meat are generally not my area of expertise so I was excited to try something new.
Adapted from Relish’s Classic Pot Roast
2.5 to 3 lbs chuck roast, about 2″ thick
Ground black pepper
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thinly
2 carrots, peeled and cut into rounds
2 stalks celery, diced
8 garlic cloves, crushed
1.5 lbs small red potatoes, whole
1 pound mushrooms (crimini/portabello or shiitake), sliced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 cups beef or chicken broth
8 ounces canned tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups red wine (merlot is good)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
- Take the beef out of the fridge and allow it to rest at room temperature.
- Set up your mise en place: Chop all vegetables. Put onions, carrots, celery in one bowl. Put mushrooms, garlic, chili powder in another bowl. Mix together wine, bay leaves, thyme, tomato sauce, broth in a third bowl.
- Preheat oven to 300°F. Heat a large, enameled dutch oven (or other non-reactive, oven-safe pot) on the stovetop on high.
- Sprinkle beef liberally with kosher salt and ground pepper on both sides; rub in. Heat oil (a few tablespoons or so) in dutch oven, then carefully add the beef. Let it brown on one side for five minutes without disturbing it. (Disturbing it will affect its ability to form a good brown crust.) Turn the meat over and brown the other side for five minutes. Remove beef from the pan and set aside.
- Add a bit more oil to the pan and then saute onion, carrot and celery until lightly browned, about 8 minutes.
- Add garlic, mushrooms, and chili powder to the pan. Cook 3 minutes.
- Return beef to the pan, trying to get it underneath the vegetables. Add broth, tomato sauce, red wine, thyme, and bay leaves. Add potatoes and make sure they’re submerged in the liquid. Bring to a boil.
- Place in oven and cook covered for 3 hours. Remove cover and cook another 1/2 hour, until beef is fork-tender. There will be lots of liquid, which is delicious sopped up with bread.
- Enjoy with a glass of red wine!
Posted: July 18th, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Dairy-free, Preserves, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: berries, olallieberries | No Comments »
A few weeks ago, my friend Rich alerted me that olallieberry season was upon us. We’d previously talked about how much fun it would be to go berry picking, especially for the elusive olallieberry, a hybrid available almost exclusively in Central/Northern California and almost never in the grocery store. So on a sunny Sunday in late June, a bunch of us piled into the car and headed south to Swanton Berry Farms’ Coastways Ranch to pick some berries. We had a great time in the sun, picking strawberries and olallieberries with a central coast ocean breeze whipping our hair about and keeping us cool.
Mella, proud of her haul.
For more photos, please visit my Flickr set.
After a day of picking, we headed back to the Mooflyfood, Inc. kitchens in San Francisco. Rich started on a couple of olallieberry-strawberry pies, while I began the process of making jam. The reason I began canning again in 2008 was because I wanted to make olallieberry jam, but unfortunately I kept missing the season by a couple of weeks. I was excited to finally be making the jam I’d been waiting literally years to make. I cobbled together the recipe from a few different sources on the internet, modifying them extensively to suit my low-sugar preferences. This is what I did.
This should work fine with blackberries if you don’t have olallieberries in your area.
1 1.75 oz. package Sure-Jell no-sugar pectin (powder)
8 cups olallieberries (about 2.5 lbs)
4 cups sugar
In a large pot, crush berries with a potato masher. Stir in pectin and mix well. Heat mixture on high until it reaches a full boil. Add sugar all at once and mix well. Continue cooking on high heat till it reaches a full boil again, stirring constantly. Cook at a full boil for one more minute, skimming foam. Remove from heat. Ladle into sterilized jars and process. For a reminder on how to sterilize jars and process jam, please click here for my tutorial.
Yield: About 6 half-pint jars, maybe a little more.
Posted: May 7th, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Bread | Tags: Bacon | 2 Comments »
It’s that time of the year again… Time for BACON CAMP! My dear friend Karen is once again working her magic to organize the second annual San Francisco Bacon Camp. I had a little trouble coming up with something to follow my award-winning entry last year, but ultimately decided to just chill out and make something that tastes good.
Fortunately, my internet friend Lucky Olive posted a picture of a delicious-looking home-made pretzel and inspiration struck. I would make bacon pretzels. Baconifying the original recipe wasn’t too difficult.
Bacon Pretzels with Maple-Dijon Dipping Sauce
Adapted from Almost-Famous Soft Pretzels, from FoodNetwork.com
Yield: 6 large pretzels
For the pretzels:
8 slices thick-cut bacon
1 cup milk
1 package (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
6 tablespoons bacon fat, divided
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons coarse salt
For the dipping sauce:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup dijon mustard (I like Maille)
3 tablespoons real maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
For the pretzels:
- Chop 6 pieces of the raw bacon into roughly 1 cm square pieces. Cook in a frying pan until the pieces are crispy and delicious. Put bacon on a paper towel to drain. These pieces are to go in the dough. Reserve the fat from the pan.
- Cook another 2 pieces of bacon whole, this time leaving them slightly less done — they shouldn’t be crispy. Drain these pieces of bacon on paper towels, patting off excess grease. Dice them finely. Put them in a small dish and refrigerate them. These bits are to go on top of the pretzels. Again, reserve the fat from the pan.
- Warm the milk in a saucepan until it’s about 110°F. Make sure it’s not any warmer or the yeast will die and not work as well. I used a candy thermometer to check the temperature.
- Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Let the yeast soften, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup of the flour with a wooden spoon.
- Add 2 tablespoons of melted bacon fat and the bacon pieces you made in Step 1. Stir to mix well.
- Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups flour and the fine salt; mix well to make a sticky dough.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes.
- Lightly grease a bowl (I used bacon fat, of course). Shape the dough into a ball. Roll it around in the bowl to coat it in grease. Turn it over so it is crease side down, and then cover the bowl with a lightly moistened tea towel. Set it aside in a warm place to rise for an hour or so, till the dough has doubled in size.
- This would be a good time to make the dipping sauce (see below).
- When the dough is almost done rising, preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease a large baking sheet (you might need two).
- Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. If the dough seems tight, cover it and let it rest until it relaxes.
- Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Carefully roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a long, thin rope. Form each rope into a pretzel shape.
- Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish. Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet(s).
- Sprinkle liberally with coarse salt and the bacon bits you made in Step 2.
- Bake until golden, 10-12 minutes.
- When the pretzels are done baking, brush or drizzle them with melted bacon fat, being careful not to dislodge the bacon bits. Let them drain on a wire rack. Serve warm with dipping sauce.
For the dipping sauce:
- Whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, maple syrup, and vinegar until they are smooth and evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate.
Want to taste my bacon pretzels? Stop by Bacon Camp tomorrow:
Saturday May 8, 2010
3359 Cesar Chavez St. (at Mission)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Posted: April 20th, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Dairy-free, Dessert, Vegan | Tags: apples | No Comments »
Another recipe from my childhood vaults — one of my favorites. For the baking-phobic out there, this is a good recipe for you. No precise quantities here! And you really can’t get much more bang for your buck with a dessert recipe. This recipe is so easy and has so few ingredients, but is impressively delicious. People will think you’ve slaved over a hot stove all day. It’s also a good way to get rid of apples that have gone mealy and are on their way out. I threw together this pan dowdy with only two apples, and guessed at the rest of the ingredients. Oh, and did I mention it’s easily vegan/dairy-free?
In case you’re wondering about the name, I like this explanation. It’s true, looks can be deceiving…
My kingdom for a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
Apple Pan Dowdy
For the filling:
6-8 large apples
Lemon juice, maybe 1/4-1/3 cup
cinnamon, about 1/2 teaspoon
cloves, about 1/4 teaspoon
nutmeg, about 1/4 teaspoon
ginger, about 1/2 teaspoon
For the topping:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 cube) butter or non-hydrogenated margarine (Earth Balance does the trick), room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin wedges. Add lemon juice and spices, toss until apples are evenly covered. The amount of lemon juice and spices used is eyeballed. Add enough lemon juice to wet the apple slices, but not so much that there’s soup at the bottom of the bowl. The spices should cover all the apple slices in a very thin layer (I like mine spicy).
- In a separate bowl, mix together the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, and butter or margarine until the chunks of butter are gone. I use a pastry cutter for this job, but a hand mixer would be fine too.
- In a large glass baking pan (I think mine’s 10″x14″ — told you nothing was exact here!), put all the apple slices in an even layer. Crumble the topping over the apples. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Topping should be crispy and apples should be oozing and very soft.
- Serve with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Prepare for sugar rush.
Posted: February 24th, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Dairy-free, Dessert, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: Bacon, bourbon, chocolate | No Comments »
Photo by Edrabbit
I know, I know, it’s a little late, but these rich treats are a perfect Valentine’s day gift. Bookmark this for next year! I made these for my sweetie this year. I made half of them with bacon and half of them without. Both versions are delicious, it just depends on how much you love bacon. They’re dairy free, and if you leave out the bacon they’re vegan!
(Bacon) Bourbon Truffles
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
For the filling:
1/4 cup soy milk (or heavy cream)
4 tablespoons dairy-free margarine, like Earth Balance (butter works too, if you aren’t vegan) (Note: replacing part of this with bacon grease would be good if you really like bacon!)
12 oz semisweet chocolate (I like Guittard chocolate chips, which are vegan)
1/4 cup bourbon (I used Bulleit)
4 pieces of bacon
Cocoa powder, for rolling
For the coating:
12 oz. semisweet chocolate (again, Guittard chocolate chips are great)
- Cut bacon into bits and cook it in a frying pan. Allow to drain on paper towels.
- In a heavy saucepan, combine the soy milk and margarine over medium-low heat. Stir until the margarine melts and the soy milk simmers. Remove from heat and add 12 oz. chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. A whisk is helpful here. Pour in the bourbon and bacon bits and mix thoroughly. Pour into a bowl. Cover and freeze until just firm enough to mound in a spoon, about 40 minutes.
- Line the bottom of a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Scoop out the filling by tablespoonfuls, spacing them evenly. Roll them into rough balls. This will be messy, and they don’t have to be perfect-looking. Cover and return to the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Pour cocoa powder onto a plate. Roll chocolate balls in cocoa powder to coat evenly. Re-roll balls to even them out — the cocoa powder will help them not melt and stick to your hands. They should look more like actual spheres now.
- Return truffles to the foil-lined baking sheet, cover, and put in the freezer while you prepare the coating.
- To make the coating, melt 12 oz. of chocolate in a double boiler until it’s smooth. Remove from heat.
- Re-roll truffles between your palms to remove any loose cocoa. Gently drop one truffle ball into the melted chocolate coating, tilting the pan if necessary to coat the ball completely. Slip a fork under the truffle, lift it from the chocolate, and tap the fork gently against the side of the pan to allow any excess chocolate to drip off. Using a knife, gently slide the truffle off the fork onto the foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining truffles.
- Refrigerate, uncovered, until firm, about 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Posted: February 23rd, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Bread, Dairy-free, Quickbreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | Tags: Bacon, beer | No Comments »
My friend Mazzie tipped me onto this crazy stuff. Beer bread is a quickbread, but some reaction between the beer and the flour gives the bread a texture that’s surprisingly similar to yeasted bread (which, of course, takes significantly longer to make). It has a slight sweetness to it, making it somewhat perplexing: is it savory, or is it for dessert? Well, honestly, you could have it either way. It would be great with a hearty stew. You can also put whatever you want in it. I chose to put bacon in it, but chunks of cheese would be a good choice too. Or, if you leave the bacon out, the bread becomes vegan. It takes about 5 minutes to stir together and an hour to cook. Easy peasy.
(Bacon) Beer Bread
Adapted from this recipe
3 cups all purpose flour, sifted*
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 12-ounce can of beer
4 slices bacon (omit for vegan)
1/4 cup bacon grease, or butter, or margarine
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a loaf pan.
- Cut bacon into bits and cook in a frying pan. Place on paper towel to drain.
- Mix dry ingredients with beer.
- Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Pour bacon grease, butter, or margarine over the top of the batter.
- Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from pan and let cool at least 15 minutes before serving
* According to the recipe I used, sifting is not optional. If you don’t want to sift, you can spoon the flour into the measuring cup. The goal is to avoid scooping it out of the container and leveling it off, which compacts the flour. If you do that, you’ll add too much flour and the bread will turn out brick-like. I used the spooning method and it worked fine.
Posted: February 23rd, 2010 | Author: mooflyfoof | Filed under: Dairy-free, Poultry, Soup, Thai | Tags: chicken, cilantro, coconut milk | No Comments »
A few weeks ago we had a Thai-themed potluck at our house. It was a fantastic success. Tom kha gai! Cucumber salad! Banh mi! Spring rolls! Tea salad! Pineapple fried rice! Pumpkin curry! Pad thai! Sticky rice & mango! My contribution was tom kha gai, the delicious coconut milk soup that has always been my favorite Thai dish. I’d never cooked Thai food before, but it turned out to be incredibly easy. The catch is that you have to have access to some ingredients that might be hard to acquire, especially if you don’t live in a big city. But if you can find the ingredients, this soup is well worth making.
Tom Kha Gai
4 cups chicken stock (Swanson’s Organic is good)
1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 crushed kaffir lime leaves (if you can find them – if not, it’s okay to omit)
4-inch section lemongrass
1-inch section galangal, sliced (similar to ginger)
1/4 pound chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (Chao Koh brand is good)
2 to 10 (to taste) small red thai chiles, slightly crushed
Cilantro leaves for garnish
- Bring chicken stock, fish sauce, lemongrass, and galangal to a boil. Simmer 20 minutes. Strain if desired (the lemongrass and galangal is not edible).
- Add chicken pieces, coconut milk, and chiles. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 2 minutes.
- Add lime juice and zest and stir till mixed. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve.