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February 27, 2010

Vegan brunch: Coconut french toast

This morning I made brunch with the Quilted crew, who it just so happens built this very website. Which makes it extra fun to blog our meal.

I made french toast (recipe below) and tempeh bacon (recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s awesome Vegan Brunch). Ben made vegan pancakes and tofu scramble. Yeah. we had a lot of food. It was very, very good. There was maple syrup involved.

This is actually a picture taken of the same french toast at a different brunch.

This is actually a picture taken of the same french toast at a different brunch.

Here’s how to make the french toast:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • some (a half cup?) almond milk (you can use soy or anything else you have around if you want)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • spices of your choosing (I like 1 teaspoon of cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • a loaf of bread (can be stale or not; I like whole-grain sourdough or something with ¬†cranberries and pumpkin seeds in it)
  • some oil (olive, canola, coconut) or non-hydrogenated margarine for the pan
  1. Combine all the ingredients except the bread and the oil in a casserole or  large, shallow bowl and mix well.
  2. Heat a skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat and add some fat.
  3. Dip slices of bread into the mixture; make sure they are soaked through.
  4. Put them in your hot skillet. Check them after a few minutes, and every minute or so after that. Flip them when they’re browned to your liking.

You can put any number of things on top (maple syrup, fruit compote, margarine, coconut butter), or not. Delicious either way.

filed under: Recipes & Tips — Tags: , , , — lisajervis @ 10:40 pm

October 1, 2009

Lazy Sunday frittata

Ok, I realize that it is no longer Sunday, and, in fact, quite a few days have elapsed since it was Sunday.

But I nonetheless would like to share with you my lovely lazy Sunday frittata experience.

I went with my friend Erin to the farmers market, where we purchased chard, tofu, and assorted other goodies including an amazing kind of melon that I had never heard of before.

Then we went to our friend Janet‘s house and made a chard frittata from Vegan Brunch, with roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli from Cook Food. We ate the melon while we cooked and then our friend Red came and joined us. At which point we took all our beautiful food outside and ate in the backyard.

Best. Lazy. Sunday. Brunch. Ever.

chard frittata

filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — lisajervis @ 12:44 pm

July 25, 2009

The audacity of food

Just read this on a friend’s blog and was totally moved. She’s talking about her approach to eating and the lifelong project it has been:

The audacity of food, if you will. That there would be a future that included whole foods that are whole in every sense of the word, including sensory experience. Foods that possess a certain serenity. Food that comes with no ad campaigns, no pesticides, no factory farms, no intercontinental shipping, no substandard labor conditions. And also no asceticism.

filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — lisajervis @ 1:26 pm