Melisser Elliott, of The Urban Housewife and New Vegland Favorite Cruelty Free Face, will be signing copies of her new book, The Vegan Girl’s Guide To Life, at Peace O’ Pie on November 17th at 7pm. That’s one week from today! Come eat pizza, meet Melisser, and buy a copy of her book for her to sign! Everybody wins!
More Halloween stuff! This is Desdemona’s recipe for muhammara from The Elizavegan Page. I have lots of pomegranate molasses lying around and love roasted peppers, and this is a fantastic use of both those things.
I have a weird obsession with Polynesian food dating back to my childhood, when we used to regularly go to a Tiki bar in Nashua, NH that was later turned into a generic Grand Buffet. How obsessed, you ask? I am the only person I know who has ordered a pupu platter and hibachi from a restaurant supply catalog. Of course I had to break it out for Halloween.
This time around I used samosas and spring rolls from my local Asian market, with the addition of homemade veganized crab rangoons. These are very simple, just Twin Marquis brand wonton wrappers filled with vegan cream cheese, scallions, a dash of soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce (Annie’s brand is vegan), and a tiny bit of crumbled nori. You can customize these however you want (curry maybe?). I baked these in a mini muffin tin like a namby-pamby, but once I conquer my fear of deep frying I will never look back I am sure.
Most of my weekend was consumed by planning for my Halloween party. Fortunately, all that cooking yielded at least a week’s worth of MoFo posts. Let’s start with dessert! These Zombie Cupcakes are made from the well known and well loved basic chocolate vegan cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. I love chocolate as much as I hate making frosting, so I covered these in a coconut milk based ganache (take a can of coconut milk, chill it so the cream rises to the top, scoop out 1/2 cup or so of the cream and melt it with a bag of vegan chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.) The zombie hands came from Bake It Pretty.
NewVegland is taking part in Vegan MoFo 2010! What does it mean? It means you can expect food related blogging from us for every weekday (even on THANKSGIVING, through the magic of scheduled posts) in the month of November. I plan to blog hot fire on traditional New England cuisine, veganized, along with fall and holiday type stuff as I see fit. It’s going to be like the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Plantation, only all month long, all vegan, and I won’t turn on you afterward!
It looks like a yet another vegan place is opening in Somerville, this time in Teele Square. According to the website for True Bistro, chef Stuart Reiter has worked at Greens and Millenium in SF, and sous-chef Giles Siddons has worked with Eric Tucker at Milennium as well as at Counter in NYC. The menu looks very exciting, and it looks like True plans on setting themselves apart as a more upscale option for vegans, ideal for celebrations and bringing non-vegan family members you want to impress (this is timely, as I have both a birthday coming up in November and a non-vegan family). Expect more news as it becomes available, as well as a feature in the near future!
On September 14th at 6:30 PM Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated, will be at the Harvard University Science Center to talk about his latest book, Eating Animals.
This event is free, sponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society.