California Benedict with Sriracha-Chive Hollandaise

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California Benedict with Sriracha-Chive Hollandaise ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

“Hot sauce must be hot. If you don’t like it hot, use less.”David Tran, creator of Sriracha Hot Sauce.

This hot-hot-hot version of a vegan eggs benny was to die for! It was made with a spicy, gingery, super-rich sriracha cream sauce over marinated grilled tofu, served atop sliced yellow heirloom tomatoes and toasted English muffins with a side of roasted purple Peruvian potatoes with a lime and garlic aioli. This recipe was surprisingly simple to prepare, and because it was so good and since I loooooooove sriracha sauce, this is going to be my go-to tofu benedict recipe from now on.

The recipe is from the fantastic The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook by Randy Clemens, page 69.

Sriracha Facts: Sriracha, the Thai hot sauce pronounced sir-rotch-ah and also known as “rooster sauce”, was created by 66-year-old David Tran. Thank you, Mr. Tran!

Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Danishes

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Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Danishes ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition.”William Arthur Ward

This absolutely scrumptious recipe is from vegan recipe genius Hannah Kaminsky’s Vegan Desserts, page 112.

These devilish little danishes were made from homemade puff pastry topped with a sweet vegan cream cheese and fresh summer apricots and baked into buttery, flaky perfection. I am proud/ashamed to say that Keith and I ate 6 of these in one sitting! We just couldn’t help ourselves. It had been decades since I had a cheese danish, so I had a lot of lost time to make up for. ;)

Homemade puff pastry takes several hours of rising so plan to make this one about 8 hours in advance, but it is soooo worth the wait, and the actual work time is minimal.

Danish Fact: Danishes originated in Austria, not Denmark.

Tea Boat

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Earl Grey Tea Boat ~ From Vegetate Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.”Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

My new very favorite drink, Smoked Earl Grey Black Tea in a tea infuser that really floats my boat! The tea sits in a little mesh basket under the boat. This was truly dreamy with some rich and creamy hemp milk.

Earl Grey tea is not only yummy, but it also has a host of health benefits. For example, Earl Grey tea is rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, is a great digestive aid, relieves nausea, helps to fight urinary tract infections, and the bergamot oil in Earl Grey tea is often used to treat depression.

Earl Grey Tea Fact: Earl Grey is a blend of black tea flavored with the essence of Bergamot rind. Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit the size of an orange.

Blueberry Cake

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Vegan Blueberry Cake ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“I remember his burlesque pretense that morning of an inextinguishable grief when I wonder that I had never eaten blueberry cake before, and how he kept returning to the pathos of the fact that there should be a region of the earth where blueberry cake was unknown.” William Dean Howells (1894)

Coffee Cake is one of my favorite things in life and this is a cinnamon-streusel-topped, blueberry coffee cake! This delectable recipe is from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s joyous The Joy of Vegan Baking, page 79. Cinnamon, vanilla, and blueberries are a heavenly trio. We used fresh blueberries and served the cake on the Royal Doulton Bunnykins dishes dishes my mom gave me as a little girl (thanks for holding on to these for me, Mom!) with mint mate tea and oranges.

Blueberry Fact: Blueberries are native to North America.

Red Cherry Plum Jam

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Red Cherry Plum Jam ~ From Vegetaet, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“That’s why I hate to get started in these jam sessions. I’m always the last one to leave.”Elvis Presley

We recently made jars and jars of red cherry plum jam with the help of our backyard cherry plum trees using this recipe.

There is something so fundamentally satisfying about putting up foods from your own garden. Making jam is easy to do, and you can make a year’s worth in just a few hours for pennies once you’ve purchased the jars.

Canned foods will keep for an indefinite period of time as long as the seal is intact and they have been properly processed.

Canning Facts: Frenchman Nicholas Appert developed the method for preserving food that we call canning in 1809.  He used glass jars sealed with corks held in place with wire.