National Pie Day – went for a visit to yonder way to The Pie Hole
They had an assortment of savoury and unsavoury pies
Their vegetarian option was a Moroccan chickpea pie – more so a turn over but that really doesn’t matter
Fresh, flakey and delicious
Great service too. I wish I had bought a couple
National Rice Cake
The food I always forget about but honestly think is great
I generally go for the brown rice cakes, when I am eating them for real (like with hummus and avocado, or with PB & banana), but for this holiday, I went ‘crrrazzzzyy’ by getting some dill pickle flavoured rice cake chips
Pure salt and MSG no doubt
But I’ll be damned if they didn’t take a mean photo
Being National French Toast Day meant …
…French Toast !!!!!
100% vegan – 100% homemade! I used my super duper fancy domestic goddess vegan whole wheat flax bread then made a concoction based on what varying parties on the internet said to do
Nothing seemed ‘quite right’ so I had to go with my ‘gut’ :
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 3/4 cup of almond/cashew/coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- dash cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- Whole wheat bread
- berries & coconut for garnish
Combine the first 8 things into a pasty solution. Dip bread. Fry. When golden brown, remove and garnish
This was totally fine but very smooshy and gooshy. I would definitely put forth more effort next time finding a recipe that has had positive feed back and then not make up something I know nothing about, in the future
Grateful for a National Holiday to celebrate that required a minor jaunt to the fridge.
I had thoughtfully bought an assortment of ciders last time I was loaded at the liquor store for Chrissy to drink so I could drink beer without her looking at me all like
(cuz she isn’t fussy about beer)
However, due to the way this entire last semester went down, I never did end up being able to bust these ciders out for her and in fact, didn’t see her that much at all
So fancy ciders galore for me, a much less passionate fan of the brew type, on National Cider Day
Gotta say, this cider is about as good as it gets. Nothing wrong with a nice dry cider, especially on NCD (that’s hip for National Cider Day, FYI)
As I creep towards the end of this blogging / Instagram process, I realize how much I probably spent at Whole Foods
This little guy was sitting behind the display case, begging to be ravaged the National Cake Day
There is something so serene and soothing about these photos, I don’t know .. looking at them is kinda like going to a silent retreat
it’s National Espresso Day
I had my usual at Elysian Coffee and Gary did some fancy foot work photographing for me..
…but this is the only one that survives my 30 day storage of iPhone messages aaahhh bummer he put forth so much effort with the angles and capturing the brewing process…
National Cashew Day
You don’t even know how much I love cashews. They are the best nut. Creamy and kind of soft and and they make great milk and delicious cheese alternative and I don’t know what I would do without them
The only drawback is the price point.
BUT if you think about how much effort goes into growing these fuckers, you’d realize they are a steal of a deal … takes THREE years to make one. Nuts!
Also, look how weird they are when they grow- they have their own ‘apples’
For National Cashew Day this year, I made some vegan Mac and cheese by soaking some cashews and blending them with nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon
No, it’s not a real macaroni noodle, it’s a rigatoni again
it’ not real cheese either
National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
This, was, like, so easy
I took my vegan dark chocolate chips
And heated the up with my Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread
Like, just in a pan on the stove
When it all began to melt, I stirred it all together, then poured into a parchment paper lined dish and sprinkled with shaved coconut
Then mangled them while trying to cut them into bite sized cubes
It’s the taste that counts
Yes. I made that bread. And it was easy.
It was National Home Made Bread Day and I got my bake on.
I found this recipe from the Minimalist Baker and went for it
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 3/4 Tbsp fast-acting yeast (~1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp)
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour + more for rolling / dusting
- 2 Tbsp rolled oats
- 2 additional Tbsp of honey
Combine warm water, yeast, honey, salt, flax seed and flours in a large mixing bowl and stir. Knead and turn it in the bowl with your hands. Add flour until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides – about 3 3/4 cups total.
Cover and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature, knead some more, then allow another 2 hours rising in the pan.
Slash the bread 2 or 3 times with a knife, making a cut about ½-inch deep. Mix remaining honey with some hot water and brush onto top. Sprinkle and press oats on top of that.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees toward the end of the dough resting time and place a metal or cast iron pan (not glass, Pyrex, or ceramic) on the lowest oven rack with water in it.
Place bread loaf in oven on middle rack.
Bake the bread for 26 to 35 minutes, or until deep golden brown and risen.
Remove the bread from the oven and let rest till cool
I was so pleased with myself, I made a few more loaves and gave them to friends. Nothing feels so I-could-survive-an-apocalypse-now as baking a loaf of bread from scratch…. besides maybe hot wiring a car… and syphoning gas… and maybe piecing together a transistor radio…
Well whatever. The bread was great. Thanks for reading.
National Indian Pudding Day
My research proved that Indian Pudding typically involves dairy (grow-dy) and then vegan versions were all over the place.
So I totally went out on an offensive cultural appropriative limb and just made up my own based on what I saw going on
Using chia seeds, home made cashew milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and pistachios, I made my take on an Indian Pudding
Hope it’s not horrifying to everyone – the last thing I need is Indian Twitter calling me Becky ….
It was slimy and not really something I will do again, for the record