Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day Giveaway Winner!!!

It’s finally time to announce a winner for the Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day giveaway I hosted last week! I had so much fun reading about everybody’s favorite sandwiches. There is inspiration for us all in the comment section of that post!

And now… the winner is… Laura S. who said: “OOOOOH this book looks so yummy! I love vegetable & falafel sandwiches – a combination of hummus, harissa, falafel, baby spinach, capers, avocado, sometimes some cucumber and mushroom, and sometimes a touch of tahini. Yum!” Congratulations Laura! You just won your very own copy of Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day!! I hope you will enjoy it and create some delicious sandwiches from the recipes. I will be contacting you shortly so that we can arrange shipment of your book.

In other news, I have been endlessly munching on the breadsticks I made yesterday. Give them a try! They are really unique and perfect paired with a bowl of your favorite soup.

Breadsticks 05December Photo Project 2012: Day #7

Brownies (and Giveaway Winner)!!

Do you want to know who won the Food Fight t-shirt giveaway?! I will reveal the answer at the end of this post. Mean, I know… Perhaps a recipe will make up for it?

A few years ago I was feverishly writing an all vegan (of course!) brownie book. My plan at the time had been to create all the recipes and then find a publisher. Well, I did write a lot of recipes and then I got sick of brownies and some dumb stuff happened in my life that put my motivation on the back burner. I don’t have any immediate plans to finish the book, but I do still love baking brownies. Plus, I am nearly finished with a sweet lil’ vegan cookzine that features a brownie recipe, so it all works out! In the meantime I figured it might be nice to share an updated version of my classic brownie recipe!

This recipe is very simple. It yields relatively fudgy, super chocolatey brownies. Feel free to stir in fun ingredients like chopped cookies, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, nuts, marshmallows… You get the idea. Want a gluten-free version? You are in luck, click here.

Basic Fudgy Brownies

2/3 cup warm water
3 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 cup softened coconut oil
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (please use fair trade/organic!)
1 cup organic sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mix-ins, optional (I used Newman O cookies)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan.
2. In a glass measuring cup, vigorously whisk together the water and ground flax seeds. Set aside to thicken.
3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Add in the chocolate chips and whisk until smooth. Stir in the sugar and vanilla extract. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
4. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients. Pour in flax mixture and chocolate mixture. Stir well to incorporate. The batter will be thick. Stir in any mix-ins and spread batter into prepared pan.
5. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until mostly set. Allow brownies to cool for about 30 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator to set for several hours. Please don’t skip this step! The  brownies turn magically fudgy in the fridge.
6. Cut into squares and serve!

Now it’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway. It’s… Maud, from Food Feud!!! Congratulations!!! You are the new owner of an awesome t-shirt! I will send you an e-mail shortly so we can arrange shipment of your prize. For everybody else, don’t be sad. I have another giveaway coming up soon, and it’s a good one! See you all tomorrow!!


Giveaway Winners!!!

Hello everybody! I meant to post the winners of the Quorn coupon giveaway last night, but a game of Scrabble (I won!!) was more tempting than sitting in front of my laptop. So, without further delay, the winners are… Meredith and Jordan!! Congratulations! I will contact both of you so that I can mail you your coupons. Thanks to everybody who entered, it was fun to read about your favorite veggie burgers. I am quite keen on beet burgers myself… Might need to make some soon!

Hope that wherever you live, the sun is shining. I wish Portland looked like the photograph above, but that was last spring. Today? It’s raining, as usual :)

Omaha Adventures & Hearty Vegan Giveaway Winner

Hello everybody! I am sure you are all extremely eager to find out who won the Hearty Vegan giveaway, right? Well I am posting the winner at the end of this post, after I fill you in on some fun adventures.

I spent the last week brunching with friends, testing recipes in Omaha, NE for Isa Moskowitz (did you know that she is writing the dessert section of the (forthcoming) new Forks Over Knives cookbook?), modeling a new PPK/Teal Cat Project t-shirt, and celebrating Tim’s 35th birthday. I love spending time eating with friends, working with Isa, and lounging around in my jammies eating cake with Tim. So far this year is off to a good start. Here are some photographic highlights:

Cinnamon Pear Pancakes from Blossoming Lotus in Portland, OR

Seitan Rancheros from Blossoming Lotus in Portland, OR

Apricot Fig Bars (Isa tester recipe)

Peach Muffins (Isa tester recipe)

Raspberry Jam Dots (Isa tester recipe)

Sweet Potato Enchiladas from Pepe’s Veggie-Mex Bistro in Lincoln, NE

Crystallized Ginger Muffin from Maggie’s Vegetarian Wraps in Lincoln, NE (ugly photo, delicious muffin!)

Above is an outtake from the t-shirt photo shoot, you can see the chosen photo here. Please consider purchasing one of these amazing t-shirts. Proceeds go to The Teal Cat Project so that they can continue helping kitties in need of some extra love. And we all love kitties, right?

Unfortunately, I returned home from Omaha in the late evening on Tim’s birthday. We had a quick dinner and caught up on our eight days apart. I made him a cake today, but there are no photos. It’s just nice to be back in his company once again!

And now… The winner of the Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites giveaway! I had so much fun reading about all of your favorite hearty meals. I myself love thick, filling soups. OK, here we go… Commenter #38, Sarah! Congratulations!! I will contact you via e-mail so we can arrange shipment of your book! To everybody else, stay tuned for more giveaways next month.



Giveaway Winner!

Celebratory lights!

Happy New Year everybody! I am keeping this post short and sweet because it’s past my bedtime and slumber is waiting. I just wanted to announce the winner of my recent giveaway… Random Number Generator says…

That would be the lovely Moonsword!!! Congratulations!! I will send you an e-mail so we can arrange shipment of your fun lil’ package. For everybody else, I have two more giveaways coming up in January and February. So, you know, stick around!