Sweet things

Hey there, I have some really sweet things for you sweet things this week. I pulled them off Instagram, which you can easily view on your phone, and your laptop too!

My daughter eats this endlessly. It is yummy for sure.

Carrot cake baked oatmeal

Vegan Richa

Wait till you get a load of how quick and fun this is.

This is one of those hurry up I gotta have chocolate right now things and I don’t want it to take forever or make a big mess doing it.

Vegan Chocolate "Mug" Cake by The Vegan 8.
Vegan Chocolate “Mug” Cake by The Vegan 8.

Sometimes my daughter and I are watching T.V. together, and we both suddenly turn and look at each, burst out in one of those huge, ear to ear smiles, stare and go Mmmmmmmmm. That’s the cue. Then we jump up and run to the kitchen to make this.

Insta recipe coming up . . . ! Right here.

Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

The Vegan 8

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VEGAN CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE with all 5🌟 blog reviews. If you check out my stories, you’ll see my baby girl making this mug cake all by herself. She literally measured it all using the scale by herself, I just watched and guided her. Starting her on those Baker skills early 😉 Mug cakes get a bad rap for either being dry and tasteless (I’ve tasted some bad ones 🤣) or soooo moist that they taste goopy and underbaked 🤮, but this one is fluffy, moist and perfect. It is hard to believe it is gluten-free, oil-free and the texture of a real cake! Truly, it is the most delicious chocolate mug cake recipe. Only 8 ingredients and ready in 5 minutes! Link to recipe in profile! https://thevegan8.com/vegan-chocolate-mug-cake-gluten-free/ #veganchocolate #chocolatecakes #vegancake #veganchef #plantprotein #veganprotein

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Up next! Some much needed decadence.

This is so sinful I am sure it will be in Hell behind thick glass where the residents can see it but not get at it ha, ha ha. They can only long for it.

Oreo Cupcake

Didn’t I tell ya?

Wacky Vegan Mixed Marriage and Child

Remember I told you I was going to talk about what it’s like to be in a mixed marriage where everybody has all sorts of ways they think is right to eat and cook, and what it’s like to try to live and let live with that. It is doable because we did it . . . um, are doing it.

I did start writing it up, but I was called at the last minute to do a course for work when someone suddenly dropped out and a space opened up for me.

But I have started it. It’s got some fun moments, to me anyway, but is serious too. Diet is everything. You gotta eat but what are you going to eat, and what difference does it makes? Depends on whose perspective you are looking out from, right?

I think you’ll like it.

Hugs P@tsy

Happy National Donut Day tomorrow

I know. I know. I KNOW! It’s Thursday and not Wednesday. 

And I so wanted to post yesterday because tomorrow June 7th is National Donut Day and I wanted you to be armed and ready. You may still have time to bake your own.

Vegan Donut Recipes

There are so many recipes for great vegan donuts you can make yourself.

All the recipes I have are for baked donuts so a donut baking pan is needed.

I have been gifted and re-gifted with donut baking pans over the years, so I have oodles even though I keep giving the darn things away.

Perhaps right now you have one or two lurking in the back of a cupboard you have forgotten about. Yank that baby out and give one of the recipes in the link below a try.

Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts by Virtual Vegan.
Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts by Virtual Vegan.

My fave is the one featured above. It is sweet and citrus-y and marvelous. How fun to bake in the early hours of the morning when all are asleep.

See Sticky Orange Olive Oil Baked Donuts at A Virtual Vegan »

My Darling Vegan

My Darling Vegan is where the fantastic Maple Bacon Donuts comes from that are my husband’s very, very favourite. He can eat six or seven in one day.

Lucky for him, my daughter bakes them for him whenever he wants. But he’s been on a diet lately, kinda sorta. If he were vegan (I generously nag him) he wouldn’t need to lose weight and he knows it. Ha ha ha. Good try, right?

Look out below. Yesssssssssss!

Vegan maple donut with coconut bacon by My Darling Vegan.
Vegan maple donut with coconut bacon by My Darling Vegan.

These  are lightly baked and finished with a sweet maple glaze and crispy coconut bacon for a delicious morning pastry.

See Vegan Maple Donut with Coconut Bacon recipe by My Darling Vegan »

Oh, by the way, that reminds me. I am working on a post for y’all. It’s about our mixed marriage and how we work it out. I am vegan. My daughter is vegan. My husband is not vegan. He’s not even vegetarian. None of his buddies are vegan or vegetarian. Neither are my daughter’s.  But it works, and I am going to tell you why. You may be surprised! But that’s for later.

Donut Crafting

Donut crafting? For real? Oh yes. Check it out. There’s decorating ideas, donut games and all sorts of other donut fun for National Donut Day. Kids love it.

See https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/ »

See You Soon

Thank you for stopping by. See you here again soon I hope. In the meantime, Happy National Donut Day for tomorrow, and my sincerest wishes for a delightful weekend.


P.S. Sorry for the page mess and the photos overlapping in odd places. I think I’ve got it fixed now. Stuff was embedding all over the place and I couldn’t stop it. Ha ha ha. Bye!

Greek Salad with Tofu Feta

Hello again. It’s Patsy. Happy Wednesday!

Greek salad with tofu feta. By Alex at Delish Knowledge.
Greek salad with tofu feta. By Alex at Delish Knowledge. Click image to visit recipe at its source and print it.

With the weather heating up I am all about salads. Love, love, love salads. And salads are something anyone can make. You don’t have to cook!

But you know me, I like to challenge y’all here a little bit. Plus there are so many great vegan cooks and chefs doing marvelous things. You might not see what they are getting up to otherwise if I didn’t show you a few examples here and there.

Greek Salad

So what’s so challenging about making a vegan Greek Salad? One of the ingredients that makes a Greek Salad so tangy and tasty is the feta, right? Feta, as in feta cheese. That’s not vegan. Well Alex at Delish Knowledge shows us how to make it, from tofu.

Now don’t start crinkling your nose. Tofu handled correctly is fabulously good. You just have to treat it right. You know what I mean? Wink.

You can tell from the picture pretty much what’s in the salad. So we are going to talk tofu.

Alex writes:

The secret in making this cheese is pressing the tofu for a minimum of 1 hour. You are pressing your tofu anyways, right? I swear by this tofu press because I’m #lazy, but you can also wrap your tofu in a paper towel/kitchen towel then add something heavy on top. In an hour, you will be left with a squished block of tofu (and probably water all over your counter, so I suggest placing your tofu wrap on a cutting board first.)

Now, the magic begins! Because tofu is so porous and spongy, you need to get rid of it’s liquid so that you can rehydrate it with the good stuff- salty, tart feta marinade!

From there all you do is cut the tofu into cubes, toss it with the following ingredients and let is sit 2-3 hours to absorb all the flavors. I always like to marinate longer than most recipes call for.

Here’s what you will need.

Tofu Feta:
1 package of extra firm tofu (400 g)
2 tbsp white miso
3 tbsp water
1 lemon, juice (about 2 tablespoons)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
black pepper

Hop on over to Alex’s website for the full salad recipe, tips, video and loads more »

Source: From 10 Vegan Summer Salads — Delish Knowledge

Tofu Press

Yes you can rinse your tofu, put on a chopping board, load it up with paper towels and put heavy objects on top of it to squeeze the brine out, but why not get a cute little tofu press. We eat very little tofu at our house but boy does one of these come in handy when we want to.

I got this one. $21.99 (at time of writing). Made in the USA! Via Amazon.

EZ Tofu Press at Amazon.com.
EZ Tofu Press. Can be used with most tofu brick sizes, both small and large portions can be press dried. Easy to clean, place in the top rack of the dishwasher or just use hot soapy water. Made in the USA, not China!

Shop Amazon for tofu presses »

The Vegan Lunchbox

Hey there. I am not going to list any delicious recipes. I am giving you a bunch of delicious links instead. All about lunch.

You seem to have breakfast and dinner (or supper) solved. But lunch, not so much. Lots of these you can make at the weekend. And kid friendly too. Here we go!

• From Wallflower Kitchen @ http://wallflowerkitchen.com/20-vegan-packed-lunch-recipes/

Vegan Suschi in a Jar
Click image to visit Wallflower Kitchen for this mind blowing Vegan Sushi in a Jar recipe (No. 7).

• How about this fun list from PeTA. 15 Minutes or Less. I’m in! @ https://www.peta.org/living/food/vegan-work-lunches-take-15-minutes-less/

• A Couple Cooks @ https://www.acouplecooks.com/15-easy-vegetarian-lunch-ideas/

• Ambitious Kitchen @ https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/vegan-lunch-recipes/

• Vegan Heaven @ https://veganheaven.org/all-recipes/40-easy-vegan-lunch-ideas/

• Taste of Home (there’s 60, no kidding) @ https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/vegan-lunch-ideas/

• Eating Well @ http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/22500/lifestyle-diets/vegan/lunch/for-work/slideshow/quick-healthy-vegan-lunch-ideas-for-work/

• Eluxe Magazine (28 packable ideas) @ https://eluxemagazine.com/magazine/packable-vegan-lunch-ideas/

• Minimalist Baker. Can’t leave without mentioning Minimalist Baker. These are for kids but heck anybody would love these. See @ https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-lunchbox-ideas/

How about some No-Bake Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bites?

No-Bake Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bites by Minimalist Baker. Click to visit recipe.

• Oh, and our dear friend Vegan Richa @ https://www.veganricha.com/2018/09/20-vegan-lunch-box-ideas.html

You gotta try these from Vegan Richa @ https://www.veganricha.com/2014/01/taco-spice-white-bean-quesadilla-vegan.html. And these @ https://www.veganricha.com/2012/08/portabella-stuffed-with-hash-browns.html

That ought to keep you going for awhile. Please feel free to share link ideas in comments. Questions? Let me know.

Cookbook Plug

Vegan Richa's Everyday Kitchen cookbook.
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