Chocohini

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Chocolate Tahini Bread – This delicious loaf was a test recipe for the 500 Vegan Recipes Cookbook. I really enjoyed the soft crumb, deep chocolate flavor, and subtle notes of tahini packed into this breakfast (lunch, dinner, dessert) treat. Not only is it addictive, but it is really quite healthy! So it’s okay that I ate more than one piece in a sitting right? Right. In fact, this was also enjoyed by Tim, who hours later, still had chocolate evidence (in the form of crumbs) adhered to the corners of his mouth (unknowingly… heh, heh, heh…). There was also a trail of more crumbs leading from the kitchen to elsewhere in the apartment (which I suppose proves that this bread is a portable delight). Another bonus? It freezes well!!! I know that once this cookbook is published and out on shelves, the pages of mine will be laden with smears of ingredients. The recipes are truly that amazing.

Tahinitoo Turns One!

Exactly one year ago I started this website (formerly Vegan Addict) with the intention of promoting veganism through food, craft, and adventure. I will admit, I used to scoff at the thought of maintaining and reading blogs. Now that I am immersed in a community of like-minded folks sharing recipes, photos, and perspectives on veganism, I can’t imagine why I had been so close-minded! I am forever printing out recipes, bookmarking links, and checking for new posts on my favorite blogs. It’s mighty addictive, but I would happily debate that it is a healthy addiction. Veganism is such an integral part of my life and I hope to continue Tahinitoo well into my elder years (as long as I can keep up with technology). As a rather reclusive individual, blogging has helped me feel more connected with other people, minus the anxieties of social interaction. Hooray for that! Anyways, this is simply a quick “Thank You!” to my readers. Ooooh, that’s way too mushy, but whatever. Go eat some pancakes.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pancakes – a tester for 500 Vegan Recipes – Crazy sweet, fluffy, chocolatey, and yummy. This photo was snapped before I drizzled some pure Ohio maple syrup on top (thank you Tim’s mom!!!!!).

And, speaking of chocolate, you can enter to win an entire case of Jocalat Bars over at Chocolate Covered Katie. What’s keeping you?!!

My next post will feature reviews on some of my most favorite vegan health/beauty products! Yay!

Black Hole Sorbet

Yikes. I think this dessert is dangerous. It gave me the fidgets. It made my teeth creepily black. It tasted so rich and chocolaty…

I adapted this recipe slightly from one I’d found online for a plain chocolate sorbet. Since I had recently purchased some black cocoa powder and chocolate extract, I subbed these for regular cocoa powder and vanilla extract. The result was so dark and rich that my boyfriend named it Black Hole Sorbet. And honestly? You only need one small scoop to be satisfied for the entire day. We mistakenly ate more (unknowingly, of course!) and were left with endless energy and buzzing insides. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I found the recipe, so if anybody is interested, let me know and I will e-mail it to you. The wee bits of chocolate in this sorbet add a lovely “crunchy” texture.

A Spring Montage, Seitan Gyros, and Something Sweet…

Happy Spring! The weather here in Portland today was lovely and sunny, so I went on a walk and took some photographs. The flowers are blooming everywhere and the bees are pollinating, and with that said…

I made Seitan Gyros (from Vegan Express) for dinner with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes (also from Vegan Express, but without the olives). The pitas and the seitan (recipe for the seitan from Vegan with a Vengeance) were both homemade.

And finally…dessert! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is a favorite among many, including myself. And since tomorrow is Easter, I wanted to make some peanut butter eggs. Instead of an egg shape I decided on an orb shape. So really, these are peanut butter orbs. Simply peanut butter mixed with some powdered sugar and a little Earth Balance, dipped in melted chocolate. These are difficult to stop eating. I always freeze them hoping that the wait to thaw them will deter me (and my boyfriend, who sneaks these from freezer to mouth without the thawing) from snarfing them all up in minutes. Sometimes that method works, and most of the time it doesn’t.

That’s it. Hopefully I will have some time tomorrow to post whatever ends up on the Easter menu!