Monday, October 16, 2006

I tried some new ones this past week..

These are the Sexy Vanilla Lowfat Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.
They are spread with local strawberry jam, squiggled with vanilla icing and topped with local strawberries.
I'm making a different batch of never before made cupcakes from the book this evening. Don't you love an excuse to bake? Especially in the cooler months!?!
Group Shot. Made three plain glazed ones as well.
Chickpea Noodle soup goodness.
This is a PPK testing recipe from their book in progress, due out next fall.I have a new favorite 'cheez' recipe, the Vegan with a Vengeance Alfreda! It's nothing like actual alfredo, but I dig it even more. It has bite, and is reminiscent of 'Yumm' spread. This photo is from last week, and I made it on a wim last night after a stressful day.
The sauce recipe is also available on here. I omitted the onion, threw in a pinch of onion powder and thinned it with some soymilk to my liking. Urbanvegan raved about it a week or two ago and I knew I had to try this one.
Served over steamed chard, and with steamed chopped spinach.
Sweet potato and pear tzimmes, also from the PPK test kitchen~ Roasted delights.
My gigantic breakfast from our new favorite spot - Junior's. Spuds, tofu scramble with chard, tomatoes, mushrooms & vegan sausage, whole wheat toast with mulberry jam and an orange slice. The essential hangover breakfast (though I wasn't hungover!)BBQ Pomegranate tofu from Vegan with a Vengeance. On the side are roasted bell peppers and red kuri squash, wild brown rice blend, sliced cucumber and more steamed chard <3

My copy has seen better days, it's even lost the cover, but it's well used and well loved!

Ah, lowfat cupcakes..


Kate said...

I am going to use my Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World for the first time to bake some cupcakes for my friend birthday/some for me. It's great to see a positive post about them. You must post any cupcakes you make.

Melissa said...

Wow, those cupcakes look so good! I think its awesome that there is a cupcake book for us vegans, but I am resisting buying it until I have my snacking under beautiful pictures like that don't help! ;)

The alfreda sauce looks amazing!

raising_kahne said...

mmm..I want VCTOTW sooo bad! But can you tell me, do they all have a TON of sugar in them?? Yours look more gorgeous than a non-vegan cupcake(which there's no reason why it shouldnt, but you know what I mean) and I love the name! : )

Maria said...

Your cupcakes and a chocolate milkshake. That's what I want.

Eat Peace Please said...

All this food looks wonderful. It is strange how our Alfredas look so different! I like your polka-dots with the sauce. I am also super-jealous of all your baking. Oh, and my VwaV lost it's cover months ago and it looks like it is quickly dying...

juliehasson said...

Everything looks amazing! I just bought my copy of VCTOTW and can't wait to try out the cupcake recipes.

Your breakfast shot from Junior's got me. Where is Junior's? How does the breakfast compare with Jam on Hawthorne? I LOVE the tofu scramble and potatoes at Jam, but I'm always looking for a new place too.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Hey Kate, you have a very lucky friend~ I made the maple cupcakes last night, and will post them later today or tommorow... They were possibly the best vegan cupcakes I've ever had.

Melissa- This is why cupcakes must be lowfat or given away. The last batch I made 9 and only kept 2, it was sad, but had to be : (

Raising - I have to admit, Isa & Terry know how to sweeten a cupcake. Nothing is disgusting sweet (I've made 4 different types so far) and you can sub a glaze or jam or a traditional frosting, but yeah, they are sweetness indeed.
The maple ones last night had maybe half a cup of maple syrup and 3 tablespoons brown sugar for sweetness, and it was just right.

Rie rie - it's yours.

Leslie, I am honored to be in the destroyed book club with ya. Someone on the ppk boards said my alfreda looked brighter than theirs, mine pretty much looked the same both times I made it - maybe it's because I left out the onion? hmm

Oh Julie you will love it! Also, I love Jam with a passion, especially for their potatoes and strawberry mango jam but haven't been in a while - the last time I was there I got tofu mush instead of scramble - it was barely heated, so sad. Junior's blew me away the first time I had it - not as amazing the second time, but still great (yeah I'm ridiculously picky). Let me know what you think if you go!

bazu said...

Oh goodie, cupcakes! I love all your other, regular food, but can't take my eyes off the cupcakes. You are so lucky to have local strawberries, and they look so yummy.
I just got the cupcake book in the mail, and I know which one I'm going to try first...

karla said...

jess, good looking...i mean, sexy cupcakes you got there. i was surprised when i saw fresh strawberries at the Daily Grind.
nice Junior's shot. do you have to special order the vegan sausage or is it all vegan? i don't think i did, but she knew i was veganizing an egg scramble, so i'm sure she gave me the right kind. julie, juniors is just south of hawthorne on 12th st.

juliehasson said...

Thanks Jess and Karla! I'll have to give it a try this weekend. My favorite jam at Jam is the pear chai. I really seriously LOVe their tofu scrambles with crispy potatoes and homemade jam (and the Stumptown coffee too)!! But it would be nice to trade off with another awesome breakfast joint. Can you tell how much I love a good breakfast?


jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Karla - I asked and they said it was vegan, I think it's the lightlife stuff? I was very surprised to see fresh blueberries and strawberries again yesterday at the downtown farmer's market. The strawberries I used weren't midsummer berries or anything, but they were really sweet and good. Also, I heard the cooks at junior's yell out 'vegan dish' or whatnot a few times the first time I was there when they were making stuff. Pretty sure it was vegan margarine on the toast, I need to double check on that..

Julie - My boyfriend is the breakfast lover and he brings it out in me. Junior's is even smaller than Jam, so don't be surprised if you have to wait a few minutes, it's worth it!

Nikki said...

Those cupcakes look wonderful. Very sexy indeed! :)

I love the massive amount of chard in your post. Chard rocks!

zenpawn said...

Question about the VCTOTW cookbook: Would you say most of the recipes are *not* lowfat? i.e., Are we talking about 1/3 Cup canola oil type recipes here?

Urban Vegan said...

those are hot little cakes ;)

Kris said...

So your Alfreda looks nothing like Leslie's and my Pomegranate BBQ tofu looks nothing like yours... isn't it weird how that works?

Love the cupcakes! We still haven't gotten the book in yet at Herbivore. I've seen the advance copy, but not the color pictures yet!

I love your posts, they're a food porn extravaganza!

Oh, and to answer your question from my blog, yes, it will be an all vegan Thanksgiving. My brother-in-law is one of those annoying people who eats vegan often, but also eats meat and just continues to emotionally dodge the issues. We'll see, we're still working on him.

Chris said...

We just got our very own copy of the cupcake book yesterday. Can't wait to try it. Yours look so good but we won't be having any good strawberries here for about 6 months... sigh...

funwithyourfood said...

those are sexy cupcakes. I can see where the name came from


jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

ZenPawn - I would say that most of the recipes are not lowfat, but there's no reason you can't lower their fats with applesauce or whatnot, or just use the lowfat recipe as a base for many of the frostings. There are also lower fat frosting/topping options as well.
Personally, I'd rather looooow fat dinner than dessert ; )

madeinalaska said...

wow.. just wow.. cupcakes and everything else.
you are a lucky girl!
I guess I haven't been to your blog in a while .. I like what you have done w/ it.
I too have many vegan cook books that have seen better days. They are LOVED!
take care,

Wiebke said...

mmmmmmh - i am a total copy cat, thanks for your dinner inspiration. pasta alfreda. :)

Anonymous said...

Strawberry season is soon ending, huh? I need to make some cupcakes soon. Everything you make is always beautiful, Jess!

laura jesser said...

Wow, those cupcakes really look special. I was so sure I could avoid this cookbook, because I've never been a fan of cupcakes... but they all just look so good!

That pasta alfreda looks delish too.

Vivacious Vegan said...

The cupcakes look so delicious! I really want this cookbook but I'm afraid I will go overboard so I'm going to try to avoid buying it for a while. I really really am dying to try the tiramisu cupcake though!

b36Kitchen said...

the Alfreda sauce is one of my favorite recipes from VwaV and also one of my dirtiest pages in the book which is almost destroyed as well. I'm going to try it with chard the next time I make it. Your cupcakes are georgous!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Julee - Welcome back to my blog! I forget about blogs that I personally like all the time, so don't feel bad.

Wiebke - You inspired me to make it again!

Cherie - I'm glad seasonal fruits and veggies give me something to look forward to, you know?

Laura - I appreciate cupcakes but I'm a layer cake fan myself, shhh
; )

Vivacious - This book is a scary thing, indeed, see my next post for details..
I make sure unless it's a special occasion, if I make cupcakes, it's for a reason or at least 3/4 of them are given away.

b36- I am so glad to hear everyone loving that recipe! I had heard mixed reviews at first, but I am so damn hooked.

Amy O'Neill Houck said...

Oh, I shouldn't be reading this near lunchtime. so. hungry. for. cupcakes.

sarchan said...

the vwav alfreda is definitely my favorite, by far. better than "regular" alfredo. everything looks delicious.