Sunday, February 15, 2009

happy heart day. post heart day.

You know what? I like when muffins sink in the middle. It kinda makes you want to lean your head in right up to the pan and wonder... is it berry? Is it chocolate? Some other wondrous dark goo from the deep of the muffin? Okay, in this case I'll fess that it's blueberry, and I think you can even see the lavender flowers under it's chewy crust. I totally bombed making these muffins correctly; they had sunken middles, gooey middles, "over-done" edges, and the aforementioned mysterious depths - BUT I called them blondies and just let the yummy work itself out. Actually these are fantastic, my baking skills notwithstanding. (lemon blueberry lavender muffins from Extraveganza, for the record)

I've also been greatly enjoying an open can of coconut milk. Why didn't anyone tell me coconut milk was made of bliss? Man... it made teaching my little brother how to make tofu very very easy. And honestly, I think he may be better at it than I am! Those tofus in that thai coconut curry are succulent tofus - properly breaded and evenly browned. And I know that I'm not alone in considering the ability to make bean curd taste awesome is a necessary life skill to anyone, vegan or otherwise. I kinda felt like I had the 'good sister' hat firmly on.

Sorry I have to interrupt with an entry into the Liz Holding Food gallery.

MUFFIN VISION! SEE THROUGH!

I am horribly amused. :)

Entry number #2 in the gallery: Vietnamese spring rolls, which I've decided to live off of from now on.


Mostly because I can't imagine anything that sits better in my stomach. I haven't figured out why a handful of lettuce and noodles is so gosh darned filling, but there you go. It also could be that they're a thinly veiled excuse to eat loads of peanut sauce, which might be indeed why they are so filling. But seriously... favourite food ever? Rolls are close.

Reality though? This is what I eat every day. Practically these days. Hummus and salad, basically. And can you even believe I'd never made tabouli before, ever? I'm a VEGAN, I'm not sure how that's at all possible, but I managed to make it taste right, or better than right, because I put raisins and toasted walnuts on top and bulgur > couscous in my mind.

All right. I am obviously scattered today! I could blame the light food! I could blame Valentine's day! I might be in love. But that's another story! :D

18 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

I think the blueberry muffins look great!! It's all in the taste, anyways.

I've never made tabouli before either, haha!! :-D

Katy said...

Those muffins are just another reminder why I need to use Extraveganza more!

Jes said...

The muffin hole looks like a heart! And those lettuce wraps look tastylicious! (p.s. the word verification for this comment is "plated"--how apt!)

Amey said...

how fun that you were cooking with your brother. that sounds so sweet and wonderful. Also, all the food you've been cooking up looks healthy and delicious. Can I come over for dinner? :)

Vegetation said...

I love your holey muffins! They look delicious!

And I REALLY love rice paper lettuce wraps.....I wish I wasn't too lazy to make them or I'd eat them all day long too! Is that beetroot I spy in yours? Yum!

shellyfish said...

You might be in love? Oh my goodness! That is a scoop!
I'm with you on spring rolls, could eat them morning, noon & night. Hey, why don't I?

seitanismymotor said...

Whenever I lean my head agains a pan of muffins it tells me to eat them!

Yes coconut milk is pure bliss, everybody should now that :D

I've also planned to make some Vietnamese spring rolls this week after a friend introduced me to them. Yours look gorgeous!

The Voracious Vegan said...

You take beautiful pictures! I love how fresh and colorful your dishes are. I just decided to give those rolls a try. And those beautiful muffins....mmmmmm.....

The Vegan SlaughterHouse said...

hell to the ya

Cyn said...

Those tofus look delicious! I too love both coconut milk and rice paper rolls - so tasty and so easy to make.

Theresa said...

Your muffins are not a failure, they just don't like being stereotyped. I would eat them!

T said...

Oooh, love is in the air!!

Everything looks fabulous! I've been living on hummus too, but I try to branch out occassionally. I'm also trying to move away from eating in bed, but that's another story... :P

jessy said...

ooooh! your lemon blueberry lavendar muffins sound wonderful! sunken middles, gooey middles, "over-done" edges all sound like one combination of yum to me! mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

isn't coconut milk the best!?! i love it so much! your tofu looks perfectly breaded & browned. sooo yummmmmm!

are those beets in your spring rolls?!? that's brilliant! wow! totally going to try that out! and no worries on the tabouli - we've never made it before either! i totally need to make some now! hooray for hummus, too!

everything looks amazing, Liz!

Jeni Treehugger said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Coconut Milk too. AND I've never made tabouli (tabbouleh)either. looks delish though.

aTxVegn said...

I've had hit or miss experiences with ExtraVeganza, but all of the baked treats taste amazing. I think gooey middles and crispy crusts are the best!

Your tofu looks perfectly done, and yes, coconut milk is so awesome. I wish I could eat springrolls everyday like you!

Judy's Nutrition said...

Oooh yummy! I agree about the Vietnamese rolls - have you tried Isa's Mango Summer Rolls in VWAV? Soo good!

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