Monday, February 15, 2010

weekend update...

Happy President's Day to all of you.  I hope everyone who has today off is enjoying it.  We are having some beautiful weather out here in California.  Yesterday on Valentines Day it was 72 and sunny.  Ahhhhh the sun!I just had to take a picture of our Cleo!
On Valentine's morning I made breakfast burritos for Keaton and Dave.  I had one too!  I can't usually eat something like this in the morning, it usually feels to heavy on my stomache but this actually didn't.  Even though my son and I couldn't finish one I didn't feel yucky after.  The burrito ingredients were: Rice tortilla, pinto beans, scrambled tofu with Soyrizo(I got to tell you the first time my husband had soyrizo he was pretty impressed and said he couldn't tell it was made from soy), potato & onions, avocado and a hot sauce.  Another thing about Soyrizo is Keaton's friend who made the decision to go vegetarian, his dad made breakfast for the boys one day and used Soyrizo for the first time and said he really liked it. 
I was going to make dinner for Valentine's but Dave didn't want me to have to cook.  So we actually were pretty casual this year and we went to the pizza place and ordered a pizza to go.  This is a garden pesto pizza no cheese of course.  I love that they totally load up the pizza with veggies, unlike some places.  I did make a salad to go with and he bought  me a nice bottle of red wine.

For dessert I made the gluten free chocolate cupcakes from Jessy(thanks Jessy) at HappyVeganFace .  These were real light and moist. The only thing I would change would be the gluten free flour mix.  It calls for Bobs Red Mill all purpose mix.  I think I would use Pamela's or make my own gluten flour mix up.  I'm  not a big fan of using garbanzo flour in my baked goods, but since these were chocolate it hid the taste.  We all scarfed this down.  I made a hole in the middle of the cupcake, poured some caramel sauce into it, drizzled chocolate sauce over that and stuck a cute chocolate heart on top! 

Do you say caramel or carmel?  I say caramel.  A discussion was brought up about a week ago when my in-laws were visiting and we were going back and forth on this.  So I did a little research and Caramel is the proper pronunciation for the sweet sugary sauce or candy we eat.  Carmel is a place, a town.  So there you have it.

Caramel Sauce:

1/2 C. brown sugar
1 T. arrowroot or cornstarch
1/3 C. mimic creme, non-dairy cream or full fat soy milk
2 Tbsp. *Golden Syrup or corn syrup
1 Tbsp. Earth Balance
1 tsp. vanilla

 Put all ingredients, except for Earth Balance and vanilla, in a saucepan.  Cook on medium heat and stir until mixture becomes bubbly.  Cook and stir for a couple minutes more until a bit more thick.  Next remove from heat and stir in Earth Balance and vanilla.  Serve warm or let cool.  This can also be re-heated.

*Golden Syrup- It's made from evaporated sugar can juice. I use Lyle's Golden Syrup because it's the only one in the market that I have found.   You can find it by the corn syrup in the market.  I don't like to use corn syrup.


  1. i've never had soyrizo but my ex bf (who was a MAJOR carnivore, think fred flinstone style!) loved the stuff. aww cleo, such a cutie. happy president's day to you and yours!

  2. Yummy food!!! Especially the carmel sauce....Excellent!

  3. Everything looks so yummy! My husband loves soyrizo!!! :)

  4. Cleo looks very cozy! Yes, it's lovely to be in CA right now, isn't it?

  5. Cheers to the soyrizo - the stuff is amazing. So similar in taste, yet so less greasy and guilty than the original. I too am basking in the glorious Cali winter, isn't it spectacular? Oh, and I completely agree with you on Caramel - that has always bugged me ;)

  6. That is one killer pizza you got there! Exactly how I like it- Plenty of flavorful toppings, no need for cheese or anything waxy facsimiles.

  7. Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog. And Cleo is so cute.

  8. Thanks for your encouraging words on American Vegan Kitchen!

    What a Valentine's Day feast that was! The cupcakes look especially delicious.

  9. Cleo is just too cute! awwwww! you are too awesome to make the cuppies! i'm glad they were delicious, and i totally agree on keeping out the chickpea flour from gluten-free baked goods often times (the ones that don't have bold flavors to mask the beany taste). i usually don't use bob's mix, but it was coming up on expiration and i was glad to use it up. i have heard great things about Pamela's mix, and i want to make my own mix some day to keep ready made in the freezer. i just need to experiment some more. i need to find that golden syrup - we're not fans of corn syrup either. thank you soooo much for the caramel sauce recipe, JoLynn - dan is going to flip out over it. yay! it sounds like you had one gloriously good & tasty valentine's day! happyface!

  10. Cleo is so cute, what a great photo :)

    And I definitely say carAmel!

  11. I love Cleo! How is she feeling?