So, it is Halloween.
I made some cupcakes, and some pasta.
I am not sure I really feel like writing out any of these recipes, so this may be more just some photos, a story, and and maybe a recipe.Or not.I do not know, i am feeling very lazy.Sometimes, typing out ingredients is a drag.Okay, fine.You sold me on it, I will write them out.
But, first I would like to relate a frightening tale about a fridge. Okay, it is not remarkably frightening, but I just feel like relating it.It is my blog,I will do what I want!
I would say about 8 or so years ago, when my grandmother passed away, we, as in my family, had to go through and clean out her house.It was this three floored Victorian house, with this really scary basement.You know that basement in ‘ Silence Of The Lambs’? This one may have been more frightening, and did indeed have a large hole, or old well in it, too.
I was the lucky one sent down into this cave of doom, this pit of hell, to clean it out.The, it got kind of fun, finding lots of cool things, including one of those really cool 1950′s style fridges.You know the kind, right? It was very cool looking, and I had hopes of maybe taking it, and restoring it.
That was the plan,until I opened it.You see, and I do not have a year or date on this, but whenever my grandparents had bought a new fridge, and put this old one in the basement was, they never removed any of the food in it.I shit you know, there was rotting food in jars, bags , oh it was horrendous.The scent alone was nightmarish. I clearly recall seeing an olives jar where all the olives had formed into one large super olive.
needless to say, we had to actually have professionals come in and take the fridge, as I am pretty much certain the fridge was a health risk, and probably could have been used as a biochemical weapon.
Now, does that not just inspire you to go and cook some food? Eh? Huh? Yeah, maybe not.
- 1/2 cup of Earth Balance butter.
- 2 cups of Brown sugar.
- 1 cup of peanut butter. I made my own, as I am awesome.You do not have to.
- 2 tablespoons of egg-replacer.
- 1 and a half tablespoons of cream of tartar.
- Half a teaspoon of salt.Maybe a touch less.
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
- 2 cups of flour.
- 2 cups of soy milk.
- 1 and a half tablespoons of vanilla.I tend to overdo it with vanilla.Sue me.
You can start off by preheating your oven to 350 degrees, and lining some cupcake pans.I always forget to do this and then have to do it after i have done all the mixing.
Mix the butter, brown sugar and peanut butter.Now you may add the egg-replacer, milk, salt, baking soda, vanilla and the cream of tartar.You can mix that, as you know, baking usually involves mixing things before you actually bake.
You can do that mixing thing again as you add in the flour.If you feel the batter is too thick or hard, just add a bit more soy milk.I kind of made these up as I go, so do not question my sanity.I am not sane.
Bake them for about twenty or so minutes, you can stab a toothpick into them to see if they are cooked, let them cool for a few in the pans, then moved them to a cooling rack.
Now, for the glaze or frosting, I kind of also was just making this up as I went.I wanted chocolate, but I wanted to be all fun and Halloween and make them orange.I kind of failed at this. I am used to failure, so I moved on.I lament the failure, then move on.The failure never happened.Never!
- 3-4 cups of powdered sugar.
- 2 tablespoons of coco powder.
- Half a cup of Earth Balance butter.
- 3 tablespoons of this all natural yellow food coloring I found at Whole Foods.Most food dyes are not truly vegan.
- 3 tablespoons or so of soy milk.
- 2 tablespoons of agar-agar.
- 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup.
- 1 tablespoon of orange juice.
Okay, so this was a crazed experiment, in the spirit of mad scientists and Halloween.IN a bowl, as bowls are more useful than say a plate, or a hat, mix the corn syrup, butter, coco powder soy milk, food coloring, orange juice and the agar-agar.Okay, I could have just said mix everything other than the powdered sugar.Which you will know do! The thickness is up to you, and that depends on how much E.B. you decide to use.
This glaze-ish dip is not healthy, by any means.I am pretty sure these cupcakes will remove about ten years off my life.
Okay, so now that your cooked cupcakes are cooled, you dip them into this concoction, then, and I should have told you this, sprinkle them with some chopped up chocolate.I chopped up some chocolate chips.
I then placed them in the fridge, a much cleaner and safer fridge than the one mentioned up above, and let them cool and harden a spell.
I then ate them.Well, one.For now, I may have another.You can judge me, if you want.
Okay, so I am a good boy, and made a pretty simple pesto pasta dish, and had that before I had my cupcake.I am not really all that good, but that sells well.Right?
Pesto Pasta Bake
- A box of pasta, cooked.You can do that, right?
- 3/4th a cup of pesto.I have plenty of pesto recipes on my bloggy blog, find one.
- Tablespoon of basil.
- Half a cup of sliced olives.
- 2-3 cups of diced tomatoes.
- Half a cup of Daiya Cheddar.
- 1 cup of Daiya Mozza.
This is easy, almost as easy as me.I am not easy at all, actually.But, anyways, You basically just mix all these fine ingredients in a bowl,minus maybe a fourth of a cup of the Daiya Mozza.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and place this mixture into your favorite baking or casserole dish.Sprinkle the remaining Daiya Mozza on top, and bake for about 25 minutes.When you see the cheese melted, you are ready to go.
You are welcome, or something.