Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread

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Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog
“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
Mahatma Gandhi

This tantalizing recipe is from Veganomicon, by Isa Chandra Moscowitz and Terry Romero, page 228.

Bursting at the seams with fresh cranberries, walnuts, fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, and spices, this is just the thing for those chilly winter mornings. You can make this recipe soy-free by substituting your favorite dairy-free milk for the soy milk called for in this recipe. We used creamy, omega-rich hemp milk.

Cranberry Facts: Native Americans used cranberries, fat and ground venison to make a survival cake known as pemmican. They also used the fruit in poultices and fabric dyes.

Cranberry-Walnut Bran Muffins

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Cranberry-Walnut Bran Muffins ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking and Food Blog

“Give me liberty or give me a bran muffin!”Colin Mochrie

For these healthy, yummy breakfast muffins, we adapted the Ginger-Raisin Bran Muffin recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moscowitz, page 49.

We didn’t have any raisins about, so we substituted dried cranberries for the raisins and we topped each muffin off with a walnut half. We also chose to omit the crystallized ginger called for in the recipe. Even though crystallized ginger is scrumptious (we’ve made these in the past and included it), we wanted to cut back on the sugar this time around, so we just added some extra ground ginger instead.

Cranberry Facts (from Wikipedia): In the 1880s, a New Jersey grower named John “Peg Leg” Webb discovered that cranberries bounce. Instead of carrying his crop down from the storage loft of his barn, Webb poured them down the steps. He noticed that only the freshest, firmest fruit reached the bottom; rotten or bruised berries didn’t bounce and remained on the steps. This discovery led to the invention of “bounceboards”, tools used to separate rotten berries from fresh ones.

Big Fat Crispy Rice Squares

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Puffed Rice Bars ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

“Rice is great if you’re really hungry and want to eat two thousand of something.”  Mitch Hedberg

This irresistible rice square recipe is free of the corn syrup-laden marshmallows usually used, and instead calls for the mellower sweeteners maple syrup and brown rice syrup. Truth be told, we used agave nectar instead of the maple syrup listed in the recipe because I prefer it’s milder flavor in dishes that I don’t want to have a strong maple syrup taste. These turned out golden, gooey, sweet, light, and crunchy, and sent me straight to Happyland.

From Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, by Isa Chandra Moscowitz and Terry Hope Romero, page 143.

Rice Fact: Rice is the staple food for more than 3 billion people who eat it everyday.

Vanilla-Yogurt Pound Cake w/a Blue Bottle Caffè Americano

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Pound Cake ~ From Vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

This recipe is pure genius… truly the most heavenly pound cake to ever grace one’s plate. From Veganomicon, page 254. We sprinkled shredded coconut on top because we’re cukoo for coconuts. We also used rich and creamy coconut milk yogurt, which is the cat’s meow!

Served with a Caffè Americano made from Blue Bottle organic beans, the finest coffee in the land.

As the skull candle reminds us, memento mori, or “remember your mortality” and eat cake while you still can!

Carrot Muffins

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Carrot Muffins ~ From vegetate, Vegan Cooking & Food Blog

From Vegan with a Vengeance, page 46. We substituted spelt flour for regular wheat flour and agave for sugar. We didn’t have any raisins (which the recipe calls for) but these were fluffy, moist, and delicious nonetheless. These are the perfect breakfast muffins!

Carrot factoids:
The Ancient Greeks called the carrot a philtron, which translates to “love charm.” They believed the carrot made both men and women more amorous. These muffins were lovely, indeed! ;)

The scene from the movie It Happened One Night in which Clark Gable leans nonchalantly against a fence eating carrots while talking to Claudette Colbert inspired the creators of Bugs Bunny to give him the same nonchalant, carrot-eating demeanor.