30 December 2010

Vegan 100 and Month-By-Month 2010 Notables

With 2011 lurking just around the corner and "top 10" and "best of" lists plastering the web, I thought I'd throw in another compilation by ending my 2010 blog posting with this "Vegan 100" from The Picky Vegan.  The items I have tried are in bold; the items first tasted during the past year are also marked with an asterisk (*).  I'm always making lists--I'd be much more disorganized without them--and this one in particular put my sense of culinary diversity in perspective.


1. Molasses
2. 
Cactus/Nopales
3. 
Scrambled Tofu
4. 
Grilled Portobella Caps
5. Fresh Ground Horseradish
6. Sweet Potato Biscuits
7. Arepa
8. 
Vegan Cole Slaw*
9. 
Ginger Carrot Soup
10. Fiddlehead Ferns
11. 
Roasted Elephant Garlic
12. Umeboshi
13. 
Almond Butter Toast
14. 
Aloe Vera
15. H and H Bagel NYC
16. 
Slow Roasted Butternut Squash
17. White truffle
18. 
Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Freshly ground wasabi
20. Coconut Milk Ice Cream (not store bought)*
21. 
Heirloom tomatoes
22. 
Orchard-fresh pressed apple cider
23. Organic California Mango (in season Sept-Oct only)
24. 
Quinoa
25. Papaya Smoothie

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet (habanero) pepper*
27. Goji Berry Tea
28. 
Fennel
29. 
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
30. Radishes and Vegan Buttery Spread
31. 
Starfruit
32. 
Oven fresh Sourdough bread

33. Sangria made with premium fruit and juices
34. 
Sauerkraut
35. Acai Smoothie*
36. Blue Foot Mushrooms
37. Vegan Cupcake from Babycakes nyc
38. 
Sweet Potatoes and Tempeh combo
39. 
Falafel

40. Spelt Crust Pizza
41. Salt and Pepper Oyster Mushrooms
42. Jicama Slaw
43. Pumpkin Edamame Ginger Dumplings

44. 
Hemp Milk
45. 
Rose Champagne
46. 
Fuyu
47. Raw Avocado-Coconut Soup
48. 
Tofu Pesto Sandwich
49. Apple-Lemon-Ginger-Cayenne fresh-pressed juice…with Extra Ginger
50. 
Grilled Seitan
51. 
Prickly pear
52. Fresh Pressed Almond Milk*
53. Concord Grapes off the vine
54. 
Ramps
55. 
Coconut Water fresh from a young coconut
56. 
Organic Arugula
57. 
Vidalia Onion

58. Sampler of organic produce from Diamond Organics
59. 
Honeycrisp Apple*
60. Poi

61. Vegan Campfire-toasted Smores
62. 
Grape seed Oil
63. 
Farm fresh-picked Peach
64. 
Freshly-made pita bread with freshly-made hummus
65. Chestnut Snack Packs

66. Fresh Guava
67. Mint Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

68. Raw Mallomar from One Lucky Duck, NYC
69. 
Fried plantains
70. 
Mache*

71. 
Golden Beets
72. Barrel-Fresh Pickles
73. 
Liquid Smoke*
74. 
Meyer Lemon*

75. Veggie Paella
76. 
Vegan Lasagna (raw optional)
77. Kombucha*
78. Homemade Soy Milk

79. Lapsang souchong
80. Lychee Bellini
81. 
Tempeh Bacon*
82. 
Sprouted Grain Bread
83. Lemon Pepper Tempeh 

84. 
Vanilla Bean
85. 
Watercress

86. Carrot you pulled out of the ground yourself
87. 
Vegan In-Season Fruit Pie
88. 
Flowers
89. 
Corn Chowder
90. High-Quality Vegan Raw Chocolate
91. 
Yellow fuzz-free Kiwi
92. White Flesh Grapefruit
93. Harissa
94. 
Coconut Oil*
95. Jackfruit
96. 
Homemade Risotto
97. 
Spirulina

98. Seedless ‘Pixie’ Tangerine*
99. 
Gourmet Sorbet, not store bought*
100. Fresh-Plucked English Peas



I hope to get through each items at some point, although I'm proud of myself for having tried just over half the amount listed.  What's part of your "Vegan 100"?
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As part of my year-end reflection, I've selected some of my favorite vegan food ventures from 2010--just those shared here on Bread Without Butter, because choosing favorites from around the blogosphere is a much more daunting task, given the volume of amazing food produced by bloggers everywhere on a continual basis.  I selected one food/meal/experience from each month and listed them all chronologically for convenience.


January: homemade soymilk and tofu
February: recipe testing for Caribbean Vegan
March: baking from The Bread Baker's Apprentice
April: Fresh Vegetable Lasagne with Tofu "Ricotta"
May: Yeasted Roasted Banana Bread
June: cooking from The Enlightened Kitchen
July: culinary "travel"
August: discovering kelp noodles
September: homemade noodles
October: getting my sugar fix
November: all of Vegan MoFo! (Seriously, it was an awesome--albeit exhausting--month!)
December: eat-in bibimbap
What are your favorite food projects/moments from 2010 (here or otherwise)?  I'd love to know, so please feel free to share.  Best wishes for a safe and happy new year!

28 December 2010

Sugar-Coated Christmas

Christmas decorations are back in their storage bins and the house is emptied of holiday visitors and related fanfare.  Despite a rather low-key celebration--the entire weekend with my immediate family was spent at home--I'm still recovering from the compacted, pre-winter weariness (physical and psychological) that year-end activity always highlights.  But as previously mentioned, a baking round-up is in order.  After compiling a selection of treats prior to my last trip north, I took a brief baking hiatus, then resumed holiday mode by making the following items over the course of the week:


Double Chocolate Cookies
These rich, chewy gems emerged via alteration of a Martha Stewart recipe.  Dark chocolate, vegan "butter" substitute, and flax-and-water "eggs" comprised the vegan adaptations.  I also used whole wheat pastry flour, reduced the sugar to one cup and salt to just a pinch, and added a teaspoon of instant espresso powder.  The incredibly chocolaty, decadent beauties were both veg- and omni-approved, demonstrating yet again that Martha certainly knows how to bake a good cookie.


Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies
Cut-out cookies are pretty much essential to the holiday cookie platter.  Recent acquisition of some cute forest animal-shaped cutters and a VegNews recipe for a healthier version of gingerbread cookies inspired this batch.  The only alteration I made was to replace a small amount of the molasses with maple syrup, balancing molasses flavor with sweetness.  Lemon icing added a fresh complement to the gently spiced treats.


Candied Walnuts
Nuts are a ubiquitous snack in my house, so candied nuts make for an easy, special treat.  lol foodie's recipe reinforced that belief, producing a sweet, vanilla- and cinnamon-flavored snack that is simply addictive.  I replaced the milk with a nondairy substitute, to no ill effect.


Mini Doughnut-Maker Doughnuts
Doughnut makers have been appearing on store shelves again lately, with one finding its way into my possession, courtesy clever Christmas gifting.  I immediately put my new appliance to use, consulting an appropriate Bryanna Clark Grogan recipe--using brown and white sugars, almond milk instead of water, and omitting the ginger--for my Christmas brunch contribution.  The doughnuts were indeed tiny, but not very doughnut-like, save for their shape; after light icing, the doughnuts resembled single-bite waffles, rather than doughnuts.  I still hold to my fried doughnut preference, but am still grateful for this tasty, healthier, baked variation.


The saccharine presence over the course of the last month has been relatively minimal but enjoyable.  I would love to hear about all the wonderful goodies you've made!