Friday, February 24, 2017

...Copycat Taco Bell Sauce...

...Hello Everyone!

...what do y'all get at Taco Bell?...they have lots of vegan options...check out the vegan menu on Vegan Eating Out...
...and the mild sauce is one of my favorite things...

SAUCE INGREDIENTS: WATER, VINEGAR, TOMATO PASTE, FOOD STARCH, RED, LESS THAN 2% OF: CHILI PEPPER, SPICES, SUGAR, NATURAL FLAVORS POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, MALTODEXTRIN, YEAST EXTRACT, SALT, POTASSIUM SORBITATE AND SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVES). CONTAINS SOYBEANS.

...and since I didn't want to 'steal' a bunch of packets...I headed over to Top Secret Recipes...where they have a replica recipe...

...it was super easy to make...I just followed the recipe exactly...it was already vegan...
...then we had a little taste test...in appearance they are indistinguishable...
...and almost so also in taste...there is something that I can't quite pinpoint that's different...and I'm thinking it's the starch...but they are really...really close to exactly the same...
...in other words...the copycat version is delicious...
...so I roasted me up a sweet potato...in my 'new' George Foreman Grill...
...that just took a few minutes...
...and then I put the sauce in a recycled squeeze bottle...
...and drizzled it over the roasted sweet potato...
...perfection...

...what recipe have you copycat-ed recently?...

~Have a lovely day!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

...W.I.A.Y. ...

...hello everyone...

...my longtime internet friend Kim...has jumped on the What I Ate Yesterday bandwagon...so hop over to Kim's Cooking Frenzy...and check it out...she's not vegan...but she eats a pretty healthy and easily vegan-izable diet...I get lots of inspiration from her blog... ...and like me...she also has a knitting blog...Kim's Knitting Korner...
...I started off the day with some water with a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar...like I always do...and followed that up with some matcha...
...I don't think I've ever shown y'all the supplements I take...

...the humongous vegan multi is the golden one...and then I still take a calcium and a Vitamin D...

...when this rather large bottle is gone...I'll be looking for a smaller multi...so if you know of a good vegan multi that's small and easier to swallow...let me know...

...and today's episode of W.I.A.Y required a little bit of prep work...
...I had made some almond milk...
...and saved the meal leftover from straining the milk...like I always do...
...a single batch yields about 1/3 cup of leftover almond meal...
...so I freeze it twice...and then I get it out and add it to a fresh batch...and I have a cup of leftover almond meal...
...I let it thaw and mix it all together...
...and add enough almond milk back to it to make it a cream cheese consistency...
...and then I add a probiotic capsule to the almond meal...and leave it overnight...if your house is warm you can probably leave it on the counter...but I leave mine in the oven with the light on...
...I also add 1 tsp of lemon juice...and one tsp of sauerkraut liquid...for a little bit of added depth of flavor and tartness...
...and put it into a tub for storage...and in the morning you'll have perfectly creamy and tangy vegan cream cheese...
...perfect for topping a toasted bagel...
Breakfast - Toasted plain vegan bagel with leftover almond meal probiotic cream cheese...
...and since that wasn't a huge breakfast...I got hungry before lunch...so I made a little...
Snack - Tomato and cucumber...
Lunch - leftover refried beans and mexican rice...
Dinner - Vegan Ham - (if you want the recipe - email me and I'll send it to you...it's not mine so I can't post it here...), Roasted Butternut Squash - recipe here, Brussels Sprouts, Dinner Roll...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

...W.I.P. Wednesday...

...I buy these types of springy barrettes for my hair once it gets long enough to pull it back away from my face...

...go here to see how short it was the first week of June...
...these barrettes cost about $1...and they work just fine...
...until the little plastic piece breaks off that is...
...it always happens...I don't know if I'm too rough with them...or if I try to cram too much thick hair into them...or if I drop them once too often...maybe all of those things...
...but when this one broke...I thought I could pretty him back up with some things I have around the craft room...

...the beads are leftover from My Nephew's Wedding Shawl...so you've seen them before...

...and the fishing line...you've also seen before...I actually keep it in my sewing box...and it's a handy crafty thing to have around...
...so I made a bead snake...simply by stringing the beads onto the fishing line...which I did NOT cut...I left it attached to the spool...it's nice to have that weight...and I didn't know how long of a string I would need...
...then I took out the little springy piece so that I could wrap around just the top of the barrette...and I'll just pop it back in later...I happen to know they come out and pop back in...because they sometimes come out just when I'm clipping the barrette on my hair...and I just pop them back in...
...then I tied a surgeon's knot to the end of the barrette...through the little hole that used to hold the plastic top on...
...and then tucked that under the back...I'll wrap over it as I go and then it can't come loose...
...then holding the fishing line taut...I just lined up some beads...sometimes 2...and sometimes 3...across the top of the barrette...
...and kept them pushed up against each other nice and tightly...
...NO beads on the bottom of course...
...and continued in this manner to the other end of the barrette...
...and then I thought about tying it off and being done...but because I often think that more is better...and I still had a bunch of beads on my bead snake...I decided to wrap a second layer over the top...
...and so...I wrapped a second layer back down to the end...
...I tied it off...cut the line...and tucked it back under the wraps...and popped the little spring back in place...
...and then I clipped it in my hair...
...and you can see how much my hair has grown in 7 months or so...it'll be time to donate it again before we know it...
...I'm really pleased with how this little 15 minute project turned out...and you can bet I'll be replacing all of my broken barrettes with pretty beaded ones...

...I know I've got some pearly beads...and another packet of reddish hued multicoloured ones...

...what have you mended lately?

~Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

...Tuesdays with Julia...

...I'm going to go ahead and post this here...because obviously I really did cook it...but I'm not going to post it over at The Vegan Version...because I've already posted this recipe over there...Vegan Aubergines à la Grecque...
...way back in August of 2013...
...so I peeled the eggplant...
...and diced it up this time...
...last time...I cut it into rounds...and I actually think that is the prettier presentation...
...this time instead of using my tea ball for the herbs...
...I tied them up in a bit of muslin...making for a clearer court bouillon...
...and just tucked that into the pot of simmering veggies...
...then I spooned the eggplant into a dish...
...and boiled down the clear sauce...
...until it was reduced by half...
...and was a rich golden colour...
...even with the muslin...I still strained the sauce...
...and poured it over the eggplant...
...see what I mean about the slices making a prettier presentation...
...we had it as a side with some vegan beef tips (TVP), rice and green beans...
...it's a good and different way to serve eggplant...

...so I think I'll check the recipe index before I start another recipe...the count is slowly getting up there...and sometimes I can't remember if I've made a recipe or not... and blogs are pretty great historical references...

~Have a lovely day!