Tuesday, May 26, 2009
My Big Fat Vegan Bake Sale v2.0-Mint Chocolate Oreo Cake,9 Varieties of Danishes(fig!),Lots of Muffins,and a lot more...PLUS East Van Barista Jam
Hey.So this past sunday was the second BLIM Monthly Community Market,and again i was selling vegan baked goods.oh,and that's the poster i made for my table.it's ballpoint pen and coloured pencils.
Mint Chocolate Oreo Cake.
so i wasn't actually gonna make this,or any cake,rather i was going to only bake what sold really well last time and lots of it and stick to that.BUT,everytime my mom visits she says "you should make a cake for yr next bake sale and sell slices,and have them in little pieces of wax paper for people.but in the shape of a cake still.that would sell.you should do that.people like cakes.make one that looks nice.and put the slices in little pieces of wax paper.i see people do that all the time.that would sell."
but i still wasn't going to.then last week she said it again,and even said that if it didn't sell then she would buy it from me.i wouldn't have taken her money(maybe...)but i decided to do it to make her happy.so,since i still have some Trader Joes Peppermint Jo Jo's left, i decided to do a mint chocolate oreo cake.it was chocolate cake,mint buttercream frosting,more chocolate cake,and A LOT of thick chocolate ganache.and extra mint frosting on top and bottom,and quite a few of the peppermint jo jo's.and well,it sold.i sold a slice before i had even taken my stuff out of mimi's car to set up the table.so i guess my mom was right.
i still have some jojo's,and the boxes say they're good until july,so there miiiight be another cake at the one next month on june 14th...
From left to right,top to bottom:
fig,blueberry,chocolate hazelnut raspberry,coconut mango,nutella,grape,raspberry,strawberry,and cherry cheese.
oh,hey,this is freaking Rose Melberg with a chocolate hazelnut raspberry danish.i was kind of blown away.
joanna said this on flickr
"it's too bad that you decided at the last minute not to make some peanut butter pillows and call them "the softies.""
and it made me really happy.
studio from the ppk and her fig danish.
Coconut Mango Danish.
Cherry Cheese Danish.
okay,sick of danishes yet?!
Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk muffins.
Mixed Berry Muffins.
Peanut Butter Cups.
White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chip Cookies.
i.e the best cookies EVER.a few ppkers,daniel's boyfriend,and myself agree.
and some dough.maybe better than the cookies?
denyce has really great taste in music.
leila and becca even brought me coffee.and i didn't know they were coming!it was from the le faux bourgeoise cafe that opened.not bad,but...
mimsicle is the best.
and the internet came!
and their children.
and there you have it.whoo.
pre-bake sale black cat espresso at wicked cafe.i had to go that morning to get 20% off beans so...
speaking of coffee,last week i went to the east van barista jam.which was awesome.i think i'm really becoming a coffee connoisseur now.or nerd.whatevs.thanks so much michelle,who works at radio station cafe,for letting me know about this and being so nice and friendly that day.
it was at radio station cafe,i met a lot of friendly people,there was a lot of fancy cameras,and umm it was really exciting watching baristas,and some non-baristas,pull shots for 3.5 hours.
Banana Espresso Chocolate Chunk Bread.
9 free organic bananas from whole foods.
the one furthest to the right was already mine,and i was just eating it.
see,i just asked if there was overripe bananas.the guy said probably not,but that's he'd look in the back,came back with a box,and said to tell the cashier they were courtesy of brayden in produce.
and honestly,look at those bananas,they're totally sellable!
i guess you could say that the bread was partly inspired by the coffee-filled events earlier in the day...
free poured soy cappuccino at jj bean in yaletown.
dan and i went on a date.
ordering this was a hassle though-the girl told me they scoop the cappuccinos and made it seem like they wouldn't be able to do otherwise,and i didn't want a latte really,so i was taking forever and then they asked what exactly was it that i wanted,because i hadn't
specifically said before "i want a free poured soy cappuccino" and so then the barista was like yeah,i can do that,and the problem was solved.was it even a problem?
and i'm just not gonna shut up about coffee...
soy macchicato at jj bean on commercial drive
last thursday,brian,or,hoveringdog from the ppk(internet fame,f'reals)was here in vancouver and i showed him around for about 3.5 hours,wish it could have been longer,but we saw a lot,and had coffee attwo of the best cafes in vancouver for good espresso
but i don't think he even knew
we met at wicked cafe downtown and he actually brought me some sweet & sara marshies.yes.
okay,and here's a big mango:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
OHMYGOD YOU GUYS!DID YOU KNOW THAT VEGAN BRUNCH IS FINALLY HERE?!
to celebrate,these are the Bakery-Style Mixed Berry Muffins.They're pretty much going to be the new 'Best Pumpkin Muffins'.Does that make sense?They're really big,fluffy,perfectly moist,sweet,and well,muffin-y in the best way possible.For this batch I used whole wheat pastry flour,will no-less awesome results.
and speaking of bother berries and isa,here is the Raspberry Blackout Cake from Vegan with a Vengeance.
I'm instantly reminded of why I will always love that book.
This was for Mimi's 30th birthday.I was all fancy and used organic raspberry preserves and even bought fresh raspberries at the new Whole Foods to decorate it.And they cost a small fortune.But some made their way into the muffs.
and speaking of raspberries...
Raspberry Blackout Danish.Danish with a chocolate hazelnut raspberry filling.
mini Zebra Pastry.
Oh and last week I went with my good friends Joanne and Glenn of Liberation BC fame to Victoria,where Joanne,who is working at HSI currently was organizing a bear trophy hunting demonstration at the Parliament building.We built a teddy bear monument.It was really fun.Though,it started pouring at about 10 to 2,right when it started.Fun.
It went really well though.
Oh,and I should mention that Denyce,a fellow ppker had been in contact with me about mail ordering some danishes and cinnamon rolls the week previous.How serendipitous that I would be going to Victoria,so we met up and I sold her some goods.Also,I provided nourishment for the 5 of us who drove over:
sick of seeing danishes yet?
...and of course there was coffees.
But really fantastic coffee from 2% Jazz.
soy macchiato #1.
soy macchiato #2.for FREE!
the first one was good,but this one was ambrosial.f'reals.
apparently it was a shorter pull.
can i mention that they use Soy Dream soymilk?
yeah,the guy and i were talking and i was like "well,if you can make the macchiato really pretty,that's a bonus.."and he was all "well,latte art with soymilk is easy,but it's just generally harder in a macchiato" and so i had the first one and then he just looked at me and was like "do you want another?"
how great is that?
oh and i'll also mention that soy dream french vanilla ice cream is amazing.people don't really seem to like it!
wtf is with all these companies making vanilla bean,when french vanilla,all off-white/manilla coloured,is the best?!and they don't even sell it here anymore.laaame.
and more coffee:
free-pour soy cappuccino at wicked cafe.
it's nice to get intelligentsia coffees in vancouver,especially since all anywhere else seems to serve is 49th parallel.diversity is good and nice.
I finally used my free coffee stamp card at wicked cafe last week.i had to make an event of it so i brought dan,his boyfriend james,and maria.