Two super vegan recipes and more for St. Patrick’s Day

ST. PATRICK’S DAY — Hello, it’s Vivian. Let’s let out a long, lengthy sigh and think of something good. Food is good. Vegan food is better than good. Vegan food is divine.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and few dishes are as Irish as colcannon.

I am of Scottish descent, hence the Grant, born in England which makes me English, transplanted in America (don’t know what that makes me — an immigant? uh, oh. But I  did arrive with American citizenship thanks to my Dad), and married an Irishman, which is where the Farrell comes from.

I have spent many years in England and Ireland, mostly England  — down south some, but most of all up north in Liverpool which is often called the capitol of Ireland because there are so many Irish. Colcannon is a common dish, eaten  by just about everyone.

Colcannon is what you would call a working class dish. It is usually made from mash and boiled cabbage leftover from an earlier mean (mash being the common word for mashed potatoes).

The recipe we are about see is made from scratch substituting kale for the cabbage.

Vegan Kale Colcannon. Recipe and image by The Full Helping. Click image to visit their website.
Vegan Kale Colcannon. Recipe and image by The Full Helping. Click image to visit their website.

VEGAN KALE COLCANNON
Recipe Link »

Ingredients

  • 4 medium sized russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • ¾ cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons Earth Balance or melted coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups washed and finely diced kale, tightly packed

Instructions (reinterpreted by Vivian)

  • Make mashed potatoes using the potatoes, unsweetened milk and Earth Balance or any non-dairy butter and season to taste with the salt, pepper and garlic powder. I typically go light on the garlic powder. The dish tastes just fine without it.
  • Lightly steam the kale until slightly tender. Resist overcooking.
  • Gently add the steamed kale to the mashed potatoes using a wooden spoon (my preference).
  • Store it for several days in airtight container. We never have any left!

Oh She Glows has a lovely list of recipes for vegan drinks, sweets, a delish Shepherd’s Pie and more for St. Patrick’s Day.

How about some vegan Irish ‘Lamb’ Stew at One Green Planet? (wish lamb weren’t in the title; makes me feel squeamish). Or some vegan Hearty Stout Mixed Vegetable Stew also at OGP (that’s better).

How about something sweet?

Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting. From One Green Planet. Click image to visit recipe at OGP>
Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting. From One Green Planet. Click image to visit recipe at OGP>

Be the star of your St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations by creating the above.

VEGAN CHOCOLATE STOUT CUPCAKES WITH IRISH CREAM FROSTING
Soy free and vegan. Also from One Green Planet. Go there now »

It requires parchment paper. Why do I never seem to have parchment paper?

Ingredients

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

1 1/2 c. organic whole wheat pastry flour
1 c. organic sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/3 c. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp. vinegar
1 c. vegan Stout*

Irish Cream Frosting

1 c. organic non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
1/4 c. homemade Irish Cream (ingredients below)
4 c. vegan powdered sugar

Copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream (made vegan)

2/3 c. Irish whiskey
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
10 medjool dates, pitted
3 c. almond milk, or other type of non-dairy milk

• Go here for directions »

* Guiness is not vegan. It is purified using fish bladders. Here’s a list of vegan Stouts. Check out Barnivore for a list of all the vegan beer you could ever ask for.

Erin go Bragh!

Erin Go Bragh is the anglicisation of an Irish language phrase, Éirinn go Brách, and is used to express allegiance to Ireland (and said all day long on St. Patrick’s Day).

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Vegan treats for your sweetheart and you this Valentine’s Day

What are you up to this weekend? Busy, right? Just wondering if like us, Valentine’s Day has crept up on you. It’s in a few days!

No worries. It’s not too late to do something truly special. Making something for that special loved one is truly special indeed.

We will share recipes, ideas and provide links to our favorite vegan sweets and dessert sites. We have a recipe for horse treats too. So get ready to rock and scroll!

SIMPLE VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES by Minimalist Baker

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Two Ingredient Vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles. By Minimalist Baker. Quick. Easy. Perfect for Gift Giving.


Dana writes
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“These truffles truly are simple, requiring simple methods, 2 ingredients, and no fancy equipment!”

Chop the dark chocolate. Heat coconut milk. Pour over chocolate to melt it. Stir until creamy smooth. That’s the only thing that takes a bit of elbow grease. Or maybe I am simply out of shape. Chill. Scoop into balls. “It’s as easy as that”, adds Dana. And it is.

You can roll them in all sorts of fun and tasty delights like coconut, finely chopped nuts, cacao powder (pictured)  or icing sugar. Then chill.

I found some gold sprinkles. I checked and was delighted to see they are Vegan.

I was also excited because I picked up some small brown gifts bags for $1 each at Target that have glittery hearts on them. Perfect.

And I have some glittery tissue paper in white and red left over from Christmas. How sweet. Sigh. It’s all so romantic.

Here’s the formal list of ingredients.

  • 9 ounces (255 g | 1 1/4 cup) vegan dark chocolate*, very finely chopped (72% cacao or higher)
  • 7 Tbsp (90 ml) light (or full fat) coconut milk, well shaken
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 1/4 cup (24 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder, or finely ground hazelnuts (for coating)

Full instructions here if you need them »

Next up. Wait until you taste this.

ONE BOWL VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE  by Minimalist Baker

Vegan Chocolate Cake. Minimalist Baker.
One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake. Minimalist Baker.

If you love baking and have a well-stocked vegan pantry you can make this right now — One Bowl Vegan Chocolate Cake by Minimalist Baker.

Dana has a great tip about working with coconut oil in the comments section. Gently warm it in a microwave. I warm it 20 seconds at a time on medium until I get it at the consistency I want without getting it too hot.

I have never tasted chocolate cake as good as this one.

SWEET LINKS

Here’s the links we promised for more sweet treat Vegan recipes for Valentine’s Day and more.

• Visit Minimalist Baker’s 12 Vegan Valentine’s Day Desserts »

• See also Oh She Glows 15 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes »

This chocolate pudding is beyond terrific by Oh She Glows.

Raw Chocolate Pudding. Oh She Glows.
Raw Chocolate Pudding. Image by Oh She Glows via My Vegan Delight. Click image to visit Oh She Glows for the recipe.

Go here for Raw Chocolate Pudding (Vegan + No Added Sugar) »

Raw of course means just what it sounds like it does. It doesn’t require any cooking!

How about breakfast in bed, Vegan style? Check out the link below from One Green Planet.

25 Romantic Breakfast in Bed Ideas for Valentine’s Day »

I have perhaps saved the best for last — and that’s a bold statement.

This recipe comes from my favorite Vegan cook — Richa Hingle. She doesn’t have 800,000 followers for nothing.

You can find it among Richa’s 25 Valentine’s Day Breakfast and Dessert Recipes.

Here it is.

VEGAN CINNAMON ROLLS WITH MAPLE COFFEE ICING by Vegan Richa

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Icing by Vegan Richa.
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Coffee Icing by Vegan Richa.

So there we have it.

These are our favorite picks for Valentine’s Day this year.

Wait. What about the horses?

HORSE TREATS

Horses love treats. My oh my do they love them. Here’s something for them. Have any peppermint sticks or candy canes left over from Christmas? Crunch them up and put them in this easy and fun recipe. Talk about love!

TRAFALGAR SQUARE BOOKS’ I HEART MY HORSES HORSE TREATS

Ingredients

  • 1 cup carrot grated
  • 1 apple grated
  • 2 tbs corn oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • a ground up peppermint or candy cane can be a nice addition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet (or heart-shaped cupcake tin) well.
  3. In a large bowl, mix carrot, apple, corn oil, and molasses together.
  4. Fold in salt, oats, and flour until well mixed.
  5. Scrape the mixture onto the cookie sheet. It will be sticky.Use a sheet of wax paper between the “dough” and a rolling pin and roll out the mixture until it’s between a 1/8 and ¼ thick.Score dough with a knife to make it easier to break apart into squares after baking.
    Or, roll dough out in the same manner on the cookie sheet and use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create Valentine’s-Day-appropriate shapes.
    Keep the bits between the cutouts of the shapes.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until brown.
  7. Let cool and then using a spatula and table knife break apart square or shapes. The extra “bits” make good treats, too!

Thank you TSB. Oh. They have great horse books too.

Happy New Year from the Horse Fund

HOUSTON, TEXAS — First of all, we wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to another phenomenal year with you.

We have a lot of work ahead in 2017 and I know you want to hit the ground running . . . as they say.

To get us started, we will have a year in review the first week or so of 2017 and then discuss the horse protection issues we are working on, where we are on them and where we think we need to go.

2016 was very, very tough for equines, particularly for our wild horses and racehorses.

Stay with us and let’s see how much more we can do together.

Thank you everyone.

THE HORSE FUND TEAM


Hope Your Christmas Has Been Merry and Bright

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Here’s wishing you continued good this Holiday Season.

Tomorrow it is back to business. We are working on a year in review touching on all issues.

In the meantime, what issue(s) impacted you the most in 2016? Tugged at your heartstrings?

What issue (s) do you feel have been overlooked or not getting enough of anyone’s attention?

You can email us or discuss them here in comments.

Many blessings and thank you for taking part. You are so important, more important than you may ever realize.

THE HORSE FUND TEAM