Monday, April 27, 2009

Vegan Wedding Cake, Cupcakes and Dip

Dear Bloggers - readers & writers,

Kevin and I have just returned from our most wonderful wedding and fantastic Canada-travels. I am an honest woman now (hah) and loved the intimate and quiet nature of our ceremony. Despite (or maybe because of) being gigantically pregnant, I had a great time with Kevin, celebrating with our family and close friends.

Sadly, we missed having Kevin's parents, our bestest bud Kim and other work mates around us while we celebrated, but those who were present filled us the spaces of our celebration with great laughs, awesome memories and total kindness.

Food, food, on to food. We went to a Mediterranean restaurant after the ceremony - La Luna in Hamilton of course. The food was great. But nothing bet the decadent vegan chocolate cakes that we had to top off the night. I love/hate Whole Foods so much sometimes. They did manage to pull through for me on this one, but I still have niggly feelings about their practices. (Damn seduction by chocolate).

My sister made the BEST vegan cupcakes I have ever had! She has been experimenting with baking in ways that are better explained as explorations of studio-quality food. Vegan cupcakes did not deter her during my trip home and she made both the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes from VCTOTW (which we bought her during the trip).

They were fantastic! Emily is a star!

My mom also made some kickin' dips - a cilantro infused guacamole and a dynamite tomato dip. The day after the wedding I spent lunch time with my face in the pita and dip.

The last foodie bit to share is from our trip to Montreal. We spent two nights in this great city. Both for honeymooning and also for the intention of seeking out options for our next move. Loved every minute, but our travels around The Plateau was dreamy and we found the best veg thai restaurant! Totally impressive food at ChuChai on St. Denis street. Check them out!

I can't wait to catch up on everyone's blogs! Missed you guys.
Have a great week!

Lots of love,
Ms. VeganCowGirl

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Vegan Lemon Bars

Oh my goodness.

I have read so many yummy looking posts about V*con's Lemon Bars, but never really gave them a second thought. Mostly because I am more of the peanut butter cookie or oatmeal granola bar kind of treatie loving girl. I never really fancied things like lemon meringue or baked alaskas - they always were a little too sweet and pretty for me.

Yesterday was a dish-rag of a day - I was cranky pretty much the WHOLE day. Just one of those, I don't know what I want, but I know I don't want anything you are suggesting kind of days. Blah. But, around 4 in the afternoon, I was inspired by this crank of a day to do something new in the kitchen, and.....tahdah! I made the most yummiest desert I have had in AGES.

Seriously, these little lemon bars are to die for. Even Kevin who is the biggest cake fan on the planet, loves them. The colour is intense and it gave me a chance to fall back in love with agar.

Now everyone out there - grab your copy of V*con and get baking!

Oh, I also had such a busy week at work that I didn't get a chance to post my Barley and Bean Soup. The recipe is one that I would make again, though, the park down my street is currently calling my name and demanding that I go for a constitutional (who doesn't love that word?). The soup was super great, had it for dinner, for lunch and then for dinner again! Num Num.

Happy Week Everyone!!!!