In honor of all of the Oktoberfests and Apple Harvest Festivals that are going on this time of year, I recently made the apple strudel recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. This cookbook is one of my standby cookbooks for desserts. I’ve enjoyed many of Colleen’s recipes, but this was my first time trying to make strudel. I think I went a little overboard with the Earth Balance (using 3 times the amount called for) and have learned my lesson for next time. I also omitted the raisins because I’m not a fan of raisins in baked goods. It was flaky, sweet, and quite delicious. Adding almonds is an optional ingredient and I would definitely recommend it (at least on the inside) as it gave it a nice extra crunch.
I haven’t made a good brownie recipe in quite some time and Kelly Peloza’s new recipe in her upcoming drink-themed vegan dessert book caught my eye. I’m not a fan of beer, but luckily the beer taste didn’t saturate this yummy brownie. They were easy to make and came out chocolatey, rich, and quite delicious. The only downside is the brownies were gone 20 minutes after my hubs unleashed them unto his coworkers for taste testing today. There are no more left for us (which is probably a good thing, as they could get us in trouble). Excellent recipe. Be sure to make this one when her new cookbook comes out!
One of my favorite things about living where I do is the abundance of places where I can get vegan ice cream. I’m not kidding when I say that I have most of the local ice cream shops programmed into my phone, so I can call in a moment’s notice to ask what their vegan flavor(s) of the day are. Usually whichever place has some chocolate-based vegan ice cream gets my business. I find myself grabbing ice cream several times a week in the summer with the options I have in this area.
One place that regularly has vegan chocolate ice cream is the local favorite, Purity Ice Cream. They are known for their homemade hard ice cream. Just over a year ago (or more) they started carrying vegan ice cream (which they don’t make themselves unfortunately). They serve Chicago Soy Dairy’s Temptation vegan ice cream, which I’m a huge fan of. Purity typically has several flavors in stock regularly, such as chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chip, french vanilla, fair trade chocolate, and some new flavors like strawberry and coffee. Roughly 95% of the time, I end up getting my old standby, fair trade chocolate. Lately I’ve been addicted to their waffle cones and splurge (for the extra dollar) to partake in its goodness!
On this day, I wished I had gotten two scoops. It was so delicious! The ice cream is creamy, chocolate-y, and not too sweet. For those having a vegan birthday party, you can also get vegan ice cream cake in multiple sizes!
I give Purity’s vegan ice cream (Chicago Soy Dairy) a 5 out of 5 carrots on the veganlicious meter.
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When we were on a recent trip, we stopped in Columbus, OH at Northstar Cafe in Short North, which is known for their awesome veggie burger (just made of beets, black beans, and brown rice). It is so good, even omnis rave about it all over Yelp (see their reference to the Northstar Burger).
I had not thought of the burger until this past week, when I got a bunch of beets in my CSA and I was trying to figure out what to do with them. I did a Google search, and found others who were so inspired by the Northstar Burger, that they attempted to duplicate it in this recipe.
The only minor changes I made were to use 1 cup of brown rice (to get the intended effect of the actual Northstar Burger), added more flour (at least double or triple their recommended amount of 2 TB) and some Ener-G Egg Replacer after the first batch, seeing as it needed more binding. I also did not include cheese on this burger. *For my gluten-free friends, this could easily be made GF by using all-purpose GF flour instead of white flour in the recipe. Additionally, you’d want to put it on a GF bun as well.
The burger fell apart a bit at first (before I figured I should put more flour in the mix), but the taste was delicious and savory. We served it up with grilled kale chips, which you’ll recognize from one of my previous posts.
Dessert was a simple Ciao Bella mango sorbet, with fresh local blueberries and organic strawberries.
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I’ve been to Culture Shock many times before. I’m in love with their kombucha on tap and some nights go to sleep dreaming about it. Culture Shock is the closest thing we have to a vegan restaurant right now in Ithaca (as all of the others have closed down for the time being). They also feature bands some nights and even have a ball pen for the kids or kids-at-heart!
Culture Shock’s menu is simple, but different. They serve 4 different frozen yogurts with many toppings that change regularly (2 vegan and 2 non-vegan), local Emmy’s Organics desserts, an abundance of delicious salads, soup on occasion, kombucha on tap, and now spirits (they recently got their liquor license). Their whole menu is also gluten-free to boot.
Last night I was intrigued by their latest drink: sangria made with kombucha. Equally interesting and worthy of my appetite was their peanut butter chocolate vegan soft serve frozen yogurt. I should not have done it, but I really, really wanted both. I did get both, but have to admit it was not a match made in heaven. Wine and soft serve were not a pair this evening.
The kombucha sangria was also made with white wine, which was good, but not quite up to par with the red wine sangria that I usually partake in. The peanut butter chocolate soft serve instantly stole the show though. It was the perfect consistency, creamy, delicious and a bit more chocolate than peanut butter (which is my preference anyway).
Be sure to join us for the second Ithaca Vegan Drinks on Thursday, August 11th at 7pm at Culture Shock!