Sweetness

What’s one to do when there is a happy stash of homemade pita in the freezer and a grumbling belly waiting for dinner? Make falafel!! Last night I prepared a new kind of falafel made with sweet potatoes instead of chickpeas. The recipe is from Fat Free Vegan and it is delightfully delicious!! I halved the recipe and it made just enough for two meals. The accompanying Yogurt-Tahini Sauce is my new favorite. It has a sweet tang from the addition of ketchup, but all the richness I love from tahini – so good! 

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And, a lil’ sweetness for dessert:

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Tasty (well one of them was) vegan donuts from Voodoo Donut in Portland. I rode my bike over to Voodoo to satisfy a treat craving last night. Believe it or not, this was my first time visiting Voodoo. The donut on the left is a chocolate-glazed, custard-filled. The donut on the right was kind of stale, lemony (way too lemony), and dry. There was quite a selection of vegan donuts to choose from which was nice. I also tasted a regular glazed donut because apparently that’s how you tell if a place makes good donuts, you base it off their plain donuts. It was good. Fresh, sweet, donutty. Enough said. I shall let the icky lemon donut be forgotten…

The Way of the Noodle…

…is Long and Narrow

I have no idea what that means. I came across the quote on a menu and it made me laugh something serious. It doesn’t matter, I love noodles.

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This looks rather radioactive, but the colors were truly very bright! This is the Khao San Soba Noodle Bowl. The recipe is in Refresh by Ruth Tal. I adapted the recipe only slightly. My bowl includes shredded red cabbage, carrots, broccoli, cashews, and two (2!!!) sauces: a Simple Sauce (recipe in Refresh – think Braggs, garlic, lemon juice…) and a Tahini Sauce (recipe also in Refresh) with lots of chopped parsley. I really enjoyed this, even as leftovers the next day (and I usually detest leftovers).

And, check out my new stainless steel water bottle! I purchased it from Food Fight. I love them so much because they stopped selling bottled water awhile ago (something I wish all stores would do). They recently got these bottles as an eco-friendly replacement, and I am happy as heck with mine! Go Food Fight!!!

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That’s it!

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.

Random Number Generator Says…

… The winner of my homemade (reusable, washable, eco-friendly) bulk food/produce bags giveaway is commenter #10! Let’s see, that would be the amazingly awesome Shellyfish!!!! Congratulations to you!!! I will contact you via e-mail so we can sort out the details (OK? OK!!).

I would like to thank everybody who left comments about tahini and their favorite recipes that use tahini. The most popular response was hummus. Who am I to argue? I absolutely love hummus. In fact, I am planning on making some roasted red pepper hummus this week! This happens to work out well since I mentioned that the winner’s recipe choice would be featured in an upcoming post, and Shellyfish mentioned hummus as one of her favorites. There were so many delicious-looking recipes (raw bars, noodles, shortbread, cookies, sauces…) left by commenters that I will probably feature more than just hummus in the next few weeks.

I am hoping to step out of my laziness and make a W.I.P. post this evening.

That’s it!

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The sun is shining today which makes me think of springtime and new buds.

It’s All About Tahini

It should be obvious from the title of this website that I love tahini. Before I chose to become a vegan I didn’t even know tahini existed. Looking back, I really wish I had discovered tahini sooner. I just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff! Unfortunately, tahini is very expensive and Tim and I shop on a budget. When I find myself scraping the last teaspoon of tahini from a jar, I get pretty sad. It is incredibly versatile: sauces, breads, baked treats, dressings, spreads, straight from the jar (no, not really!!)…

I finally decided that the cost of tahini wasn’t worth it (like the cost of maple syrup). Tim and I have tried unsuccessfully to make our own tahini twice. Today was the third attempt, and as the saying goes, it was the charm! I found an awesome recipe for homemade tahini, and it couldn’t be simpler to make. The best part? It is very inexpensive!!! There are only two ingredients: sesame seeds and canola oil (EDIT: I am pretty sure this recipe would work without oil. If you try it, let me know!). The hardest part was transferring oven toasted sesame seeds to my food processor. Let’s just say that the inside of my oven and pretty much the entire kitchen have traces of the wee seeds hiding out (waiting for bare feet to trample them and transfer them elsewhere around the apartment).

Click the link above for the recipe and start making your own tahini!!! My end result yielded about 20 ounces, which is a generous amount. And, because I love tahini so much, I am asking readers to leave a comment with their favorite recipe using tahini. I will randomly pick a comment, and that person will receive a few handmade reusable bulk food/produce bags!!!! How exciting right? The cutoff for the contest will be February 10th at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. I will also make the winning recipe and feature it in a future post. I have my favorite tahini recipes, and now I want yours!

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A big jar full of homemade tahini