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halloween! – veganmofo 15 and final

3930562108_f07c8dec17Yeah, I’m totally going to cheat and call this a VeganMofo post – even though I’m posting it November 1, it’s about yesterday. So there.

HALLOWEEN! We had a party! I made some foods! Please view many, many photos!

spooky cupcakesSpooky vanilla cupcakes tinted either purple or green, topped with vanilla buttercream (recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World). purple cupcake!

Purple cupcake!

green cupcake!Green cupcake!

mummy cupcakesMummies! Red velvet cupcakes with piped vanilla buttercream (again, recipes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World). more mummies

vegan mummy cucpakes take over the world

even more mummies

red velvet

Vegan mummy cupcakes take over the world!

ooooohummusoooooSpooky black bean hummus with garlic sauce and bone toast.


“Guacamoldy”! Made it in the food processor instead of mashing by hand, to make it a little bit more reminiscent of slime.

white bean aioli“Vampires of the world, beware” white bean aioli (from Veganomicon) with sourdough toasts (bone, moon, and bat).

shaped sourdough toastsBats, and moons, and bones – oh my!

crispy flour tortillasOven-crisped whole wheat flour tortillas.

june cleaverJune Cleaver! Get it? Cleaver! Hee! With lethal chopping action and delicious vegan cupcakes!

ooooh spooky cocktailHuzbean and a spooky bubbling cocktail.

mrs. cleaver tipples a bitJune Cleaver does like her bloody poison.

hello fatherMrs. Cleaver shows Father Karras some “hospitality”. “That Regan girl had nothing on me, Father.”

Farewell, Halloween 2009! You were spectacular and I will miss you.

See more photos – and some video! – here.

welsh rarebit lunch – october 7 – veganmofo 1!


Last week I got my hands on Dynise‘s book, The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine. After I got home from classes today, I was thinking about what to make for lunch, and I remembered the recipe for Welsh Rarebit I’d seen while paging through the book. I never did get around to eating Welsh Rarebit in my pregan life, but a cheesy sauce on toast sounded like just the thing for a post-school, recovering-from-bronchitis, gotta-make-something-quick-then-study-for-my-ASL-quiz lunch. As the recipe suggested, I used mature cheddar Cheezly (I LOVE YOU CHEEZLY!). I ended up using a dark beer, because the only other beer I have is Fat Tire’s Sunshine Wheat, and if I opened that to use a cup of it for lunch, I would have no choice but to finish the bottle WITH lunch, because that beer is just THAT GOOD, and if I’d started beering at 1:00, I wouldn’t have gotten any studying done. Which is all to say that my sauce turned out much browner than hers (and if you think that my lunch is anywhere near that pretty, this must be your first visit to my blog).

So, yeah. My sauce was brown, and I didn’t prettily halve my toast slices (forgot!), and I totally smothered my toast instead of spooning on just a bit. I also laid tomato slices on top of the toast before adding the cheesy goodness.



Looks totally unappetizing, right? I know! It looks horrible! But, friends, let me tell you – IT WAS SO GOOD. Cheesy, tangy, with body and flavor from the beer and a spicy kick from cayenne. Mmmmm mmmmm YUM.

I do have to add that it’s best to eat all your sauce as soon as it’s made; I saved mine and reheated it for dinner, and that didn’t work out particularly well.

Oh, in case you’re curious, my bread of choice is Food for Life’s Ezekiel Sesame.  I adore that stuff and try to make sure we always have at least two loaves in the house (one in the freezer).