Friday, April 24, 2009

Earth Day Action:Over 500 Vegan Mini-Cupcakes!

i made 288 vanillers

glenn made cute little flags...

my friend glenn gaetz from liberation bc and i baked about 600 vegan mini cupcakes to handout on earth day to raise awareness of veganism and the effects that eating a plant-based diet and cutting out animal products has on the environment.
i made vanilla,glenn made chocolate.
i used sprinkles,glenn had little green 'vegan' flags.
glenn wanted something tangible to handout for earthday besides just leaflets,so i suggested cupcakes,and then went on about how i made 538 in one day when isa was here for taste of health and how easy it was.i didn't think we'd actually end up doing it,but we did!
frosting mini cupcakes is so much fun!i could do it all day.
it wasn't just glenn and i,though!we made the cakes,but there was lots of volunteers and liberation bc members at the "event" doing stuff and helping which was really great,too.
and we even got fellow non-vegan related blog mentions!

whatever could be going on?

oh,well of course!duh.

beautiful hands
here,take one,please!

a swarm of school children,swarming!

they said "thank you" in unison...
but they all said "thank you" in unison as they left!

...vegan....?what are those?

friends love cupcakes!

paul made cupcakes,too!
this is Glenn's friend Paul,and he made cupcakes,too!48 red velvets.

288 of 500 vegan cupcakes for earth day

288 of 500 vegan cupcakes for earth day

288 of 500 vegan cupcakes for earth day

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CARROTS:Cookie Cream Cheese Sammiches,Big Top Muffins,

Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Sammich Cookies
carrot cake cream cheese sammich cookies

Hi.So it was Easter,and I baked a lot of stuff.I thought carrot things would be appropriate,since y'know,bunnies.No chocolate though.BUT my dad was visiting and bought me some Purely Decadent Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Creams.
The cookie sammiches are/were testers for isa and terry,though it's an old tester(i also made these in september)
so have i not made these since then?!

Big Top Carrot Muffs
big top carrot muffs

leftover frosting:
leftover frosting
makes cuppers!

Easter Coffee-Free-Pour Traditional Soy Cappuccino from JJ Bean on Main Street
free-poured traditional soy cappuccino

cappuccino chick

Soy Latte at PRADO

Magic Bars(cookie book testers)
I posted about these before.Everyone loves them.Maybe Bryan Adams did,too?I made them 3 times last week.Sian bought some to bring to her office.Ha.Karl said they're "outrageous".
magic bars

Abate Fetel
abate fetel
the guy at capers gave me a free pear when i asked what an abate fetel,which i'd never had,tasted like.awesome.
oh,and mango.can't go without mango.god i love them.
oh,and the pear was superb,too.

...and because peanut butter on pears is my third current food obsession...

and I guess I can't make a post with just one mention of peanut butter...

balanced meal
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.
what more can I say?

peanut butter oatmeal cookie dough
well,I guess I could say that.

...and that these my favourite cookie,my favourite cookie dough.i've been making these for like 3.5 years now and every time i do i make a big ball of the dough and wrap it in saran wrap and stick it in the fridge and then later take a huge bite and zedohmygod,so satisfying.yumzxorz.

AND because this seems to be the new way I end all of my entries...

Soy Cappuccino at Gene.
and I was kind of reminded of why I went there every single day in December.

sexiest bitch on the block


see ya

Friday, April 3, 2009

Apple Danishes,Cookie Testing,Incredible Muffins,Bryan Adams,Chocolate Cake,Figs,and Of Course,Peanut Butter.Oh,and a Few Pretty Coffees

apple danishes.
Organic Apple Danishes.

apple danish

free organic apples!

braeburn,jonagold,aurora golden gala,mutsu,pinsi.

so i was at drive organics and kinna curious about the apples since there was like 3 i had never even heard of,and the produce lady started telling me about them and then was like "you can try them".i say "sure".then i wait for her to cut one/some up...but she says i can just pick em up and bite into i do.and then there's 5 apples with a bite or two missing,and i've tried em,made up my mind,and there is 5 apples still with one bite missing.nobody else is gonna sample i go find the lady,thank her,and say "umm,but what are you guys gonna do with those apples missing a bite or two?" kind of perplexed.she said i can bring em to the back or just take i got 5 almost-whole organic BC apples for free!
she said they hardly ever do samples,so it's no biggie.not that they don't want to do samples,it's just a lot of effort she said,so she had no problem letting me try the apples.
and this is how the apple danishes began.

mixed bag.

carmelized apples for danishes.

strawberry cream cheese danish.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Danish.
I made these the same night,but with frozen strawberries from a u-pick from Mimi from last summer.I have a great story about that too,but that is neither here nor there.

pile of danishes.

and I know i'm getting ahead of myself,because i'm gonna get to an entire segment of this blog post all about (tester) cookies,but...

soft whole wheat fig bars
Soft Whole Wheat Fig Bars.

These get a special mention because over the past few months,my love for dried figs are re-birthed and has since become stronger than it ever was before.I eat them at least once a day.I love them.And these bars,were freaking phenomenal.
I love fig newtons,and i love the "fig-not-ins" from 'vegan with a vengeance',but these are like all that figgy goodness bundled up in the biggest,warmest,softest comforter you have,offering you a fig bar that feels like you're being given more.something extra.


oh,and they're healthy.and perfect for being dipped in milk.or...

peanut buttered soft whole wheat fig bar

and since I started on the peanut butter...

calcium fortified peanut butter
Maranatha Calcium Fortified Peanut Butter!
now,as you may recall,Maranatha is my favourite brand of peanut butter.Yeah,it's more expensive here,but there's just that little thing to it-it's like really good coffee-you can just taste that little difference.
ANYWAYS,I bought this at New Season's when I was in Portland,finished the jar,and bought another one when I was in Orange County at Mothers.I was super excited that it has so much calcium in it,and peanut butter already being my favourite food,this was perfect.I highly recommend it if you want or need to add more calcium to yr diet,like I do.
Geeze,you'd think Maranatha was giving me free stuff for this...(nudge nudge,wink wink...)

I enjoyed it with some of this crazy white chocolate swirl hazelnut spread Melissa gave me,and on an orange once,too:
duo spread

peanut butter and white chocolate/chocolate hazelnut spread

gone in 60 seconds.

and a current obsession...
oh,i LOVE this!
peanut butter and pears.
oh my god.
i also love how this looks like a christmas tree.especially in that lighting.
it's best to use salted peanut butter and ripe and juicy pears.
oh my in love.
i've enjoyed this combo for a while,mainly back in january with comice,my faves,but a nice,ripe bosc....dear god.

other things i love spread with peanut butter...
best way to eat the best muffin

Banana-Chocolate-Coconut-Almond-Oatmeal Muffins.
I've made these twice in the past 5 or 6 days.

with chips and mini chips,and a singular chunk pressed into the top:
best muffins ever.

with chunks:
again with the best muffs ever

birthday chocolate cake
chocolatiest Chocolate Cake.

Chocolate Cake
I got an email for a birthday cake order on Tuesday and this was it.It was 2 layers of chocolate cake,chocolate buttercream in the middle,a layer of chocolate ganache,i let that set and then did another layer of chocolate ganache so it's be super thick and fudgey,and decorated the top with left over buttercream and ganache mixed togeth and piped,which was covered with chocolate sprinkles,mini chocolate chips,and exrta dark chocolate chunks.

this isn't a tester cookie.but it represents
perfectly,which i'm about to can get this type of cookie anywhere in vancouver,usually vegan,but US vegans are flipping out over how amazing the new Trader Joe's ones are because they(well..i dunno about Vermontians)don't have an over abundance of souvenir-y,pride-y,maple-y things everywhere.
these specific ones are the shopper's drug mart organics ones.

oh,and since being back in Vancouver i've been testing a lot for Isa and Terry's upcoming cookie book.
I know,after staying with Isa and having stupid cookies be the reason for my existence I thought i'd never make one again.wrong.

peanut butter chocolate pillows
Peanut Butter Pillows.

Caramel Pecan Bars.

lazy samoans
Lazy Samoans.
Like the girl scout cookies.handsdown EVERYONE'S favourite.well,not be,but still.i'm biased.

Big Fat Rice Krispy Square
Big Fat Rice Krispy Square.Just like the "real thing".

fruity oaty bars
Fruity Oaty Bars.

mini chips!
mini chips.

cheesecake chip topped brownies.
Cheesecake Chip Topped Brownies.
Yeah,they're as good as they look.Even better,probably.Super rich.And I even got mini chips to make these.
Part of the batch of these I made went to the Bryan Adams thing.Yes...Bryan Adams.

Cinnamon Rolls.

well,Bryan Adams is canadian,AND vegan,AND was in vancouver for the juno awards,so i was supposed to help this guy Alan out anyways who i sometimes work for who makes vegan cheesecakes,who had been in touch with Bryan Adams' 'people' and they asked for samples of his product for Bryan Adams to last thursday night i got a message asking if i could bake a bunch of stuff for Bryan Adams to recieve with the vegan cheesecake today and bring it with me when i go to i baked cinnamon rolls,2 types of blondies,brownies,and magic bars(cookie tester) and then got to go to Bryan Adams' studio to drop the stuff off.but..he wasn't in Vancouver until the next day,so i didn't get to meet him.but i got paid!though the guy who does the cheesecakes didn't because he was the one giving Bryan Adams samples hoping that he'll become a customer when in vancouver...but i think it's pretty awesome that Bryan Adams is gonna eat a cheesecake brownie and cinnamon roll that i baked!

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Blondie.

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Chocolate Chip Blondies.

Peanut Butter Blondies.
y'know,those tester ones that are my favourite thing ever?

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Magic Bars.
also posted about these before.
though this particular batch was made with carob.

...and I think that's it for the bakings as of late!
So,like last time,i'll end with some pretty coffees.

FREE 5 oz latte at Caffe Artigiano.
i was bitching soo much about how i wanted a pretty cappuccino(they only scoop-no free pour-wtf?!)and then a pretty soy latte if i had to settle,and the cashier was like "well,we'll see what we can do,but i don't want you to be disappointed,so it's on me."
and it was stunning.

10:43pm soy macchiato
Soy Macchiato at JJ Bean,on Main Street.
I probably only got off because it was 10:43pm when i got this and they close at 11:00pm,but there's literally 1 oz of milk in a macchiato,and still charging $0.50 because it's soy isn't even ridiculous,it's just stupid.

cutest macchiato!
Cutest Soy Macchiato.
i say cutest because it was pretty,but the guy(i think his name was david?)put it in a to-go cup,which was way too big for it,so it looked like a cute little number of a drink.
from JJ Bean on main street.again.