Saturday, March 14, 2009

back and aged like a fine fine corner-store wine

(psst the hottie ain't me, it's my sis)

(I am kicked out of veganism for this decorating job. of pure awesome.)

I'm still alive, I swear! I blame a flu for holding me hostage and making me kind of hate my own kitchen - a flu that has lasted for a month and is STILL CAUSING WHEEZY DEPTHFUL COUGHINGS IN THE NIGHT. Argh I say. I'm only sort of (maybe) remembering what an appetite feels like.

Chocolate PB banana smoothies + popcorn for dinner much? Anyway.

I turned 25 recently! And this year I insisted that a cake be made for me, because ha ha I was hating the sight of baking tins. Me mum made an amazing spice cake that I really want the recipe for - it was like eating a ginger cookie, except in cake form, and with plum frosting (and the best decoration job this side of my sister's taste level). Amazing, and I polished a good chunk of it off with actual soy ice cream, which I haven't had since high school. Happy birthday to me!

Later at home in montreal I had a wee shindig on my actual birthday, and flexed my rusty pastry muscles to pull off... the mushiest cake EVAH. Haha, it was good, but completely not cooked in the middle. (my oven is also teh sux, but we take responsibility for our disasters, yes?). I used the banana split cupcake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and probably trying to make a full cake out of it accounted for the mush (also I only had whole wheat pastry flour, which is good, but not THAT good, you know what I mean? Forgive me but I like 50% white flour in cakestuffs).

At any rate the company was the greatest in the world, and I got a japanese unicorn mug, a pineapple, a decoupage candle-glass, a drawing of fish, some chamomile and ylang-ylang oils, and uhhh... my own tupperware back! Huzzah.

I also treated myself to a 10 kg bag of good old emptily nutritive white flour this afternoon. Aw yeah. :)

(^ psst that hottie is me)


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Hope you're 100% over the flu; and HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, LIZ!!!!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Hope you are feeling better and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

That spice cake sounds delicious!

And I love your decorating job!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful cake, I like the frosting. Feel better soon.

Amey said...

Happy Late Birthday!
Sorry to hear that you are feeling cruddy for so long, and that your bday cake wasn't a total success. Looks like you were still able to enjoy it, though!
Get well soon!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated Birthday! I love your cake. Hope you are feeling better soon. I went through a similar thing in January and the cough lasted FOREVER!

Anonymous said...

Oh fluness of evil - be gone! I hope you're 100% soon and back in the kitchen with relish! Beautiful cakes - love the frosting!

T said...

Ugh, I totally feel you on the flu! Myself and everyone I know had it and it was DEATH!

At any rate, glad to see your back and kickin around! Those cakes look great, and 25 is an AWESOME year! (I'm still in it, yaH!)

Carrie said...

Those are pretty awesome looking cakes.

Glad you are feeling better, I hope you are 100% mended soon!

MeloMeals said...

You poor thing! That flu sounds horrific!

Happy Birthday and I hope you start enjoying life again..

Anonymous said...

Haha, these cakes are pure awesome!

Welcome back, and I hope you're feeling better very soon. :)

Anonymous said...

The flu can be soooo awful! Glad you're on the mend. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Re: your comment on my blog, the okra does seem to create a kind of binding factor for the quinoa, but nothing slimy or gooey (at least, I don't find that it does!). It's more like risotto texture, if that makes sense. Let me know what you think if you do try it out! :)

jessy said...

oh no - the flu is the worst! and having it for a month = supersadface! both your cake and the spice cake your mom made look soooooo goooooood! glad you had a rock'n 25th! wahoooooooooo! (and you should totally take a pic of the japanese unicorn mug - it sounds pretty damn awesome!)

Anonymous said...

Your cakes are so awesome! I love them! And happy birfday. White flour = awesome birthday present.

Jenni (aka Vegyogini) said...

Happy belated birthday! I hope you continue to get better and are 100% soon!