Strawberry Kanten

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Strawberry Kanten ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.” — Mark Twain

This sweet little gem of a recipe is from The Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry, page 225. Gentry describes kanten as “A healthy person’s Jell-O.” This was such a fruity and refreshing treat! The kanten is sweetened only with apple juice. We piled vegan whipped cream on top, which sort of negated the healthfulness of that, but it was doggone delicious! ;)

Strawberry Fact: Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, folate, potassium, and manganese.

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.

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.

A Slow-Cooked Tandoori Feast

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Tandoori Feast ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”Mahatma Gandhi

For this sumptuous feast we slow-cooked Tandoori Baked Tofu and Tandoori Spiced Potatoes with Spinach from Carla Kelly’s book Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking, pages 118 and 112 respectively, and served them alongside Coconut Rice (page 216) and some warm Spelt Chapatis from Laura Matthias’ ExtraVeganZa, page 137.

I am crazy about the rich, spicy flavors of these Indian dishes. Slow cooking is a nice, low-maintenance way to cook because once your ingredients are heating up in the cooker you can literally walk away for 6-8 hours until your food is ready to eat! No fuss, no muss, no burnt food. We enjoy slow-cooking food so much at our house that we have two slow-cookers, which we used to make both of these Tandoori dishes. Next time we’ll have to make some yummy mango chutney, too!

Both the Tandoori Baked Tofu and Tandoori Spiced Potatoes with Spinach are grain-free.

Tandoori Fact: Tandoori cooking is named after a tandoor, which is a high-temperature cylindrical clay oven in which foods are cooked. Our slow cooker has a red clay pot (pictured above), which really enhances the richness of the flavors.

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.