Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Coconut VII + Almond

Coconut Almond Granola: Drupe It Like It's Hot; Drop It Like It's Hot

Since starting this cartoon blog, we have spent a significant amount of time on Wikipedia piecing together the plant taxonomies--do you remember kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species from high school biology?  The primary reason for doing this goofy activity is to uncover terms that lend themselves to puns.  Something else that we have discovered is that, in practice, it is often difficult to cleanly conform to this system of classification.

Take for example, the lovely drupe.  The drupe is defined as more or less the fruit of the Prunus genus (as in prunes and other stone fruit).  Who would have guessed that foods like coconuts and almonds fall into the same category as nectarines, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, mangoes, pistachios, coffee and olives?  This reminds us that biology is also evolving as scientists attempt to create order and identify patterns within a system that was thoughtfully created by humans.

Speaking of amazing human creations, how about this amazing Coconut Almond Granola by Giselle at Diary of an ExSloth

P.S. Cadry, thanks for the inspiration for today's cartoon!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Capers

Capers: Best Buds

Capers are confusing little buggers.  At first glance and taste, it is difficult to determine whether these salty little bundles originate from land or sea, vegetable or animal. 

Fortunately for us veggie lovers, capers are simply pickled flower buds from the caper bush.  They provide a salty punch of flavor to vegan Caesar dressings and puttanesca pastas!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Zucchini III

April showers bring May zucchini flowers, April showers bring May zucchini blossoms, April showers bring May courgette flowers, April showers bring May courgette blossoms

OK, maybe we are getting a little ahead of ourselves with zucchini season but spring brings anticipation of trees and plants in bloom.

To celebrate both spring and Cinco de Mayo, enjoy these incredible Zucchini Blossom Tacos (Tacos de Flor de Calabaza) by Caitlin Galer-Unti of The Vegan Word.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bean Brine IV

Bean Cuisine; Vegan Lucky Charms; They are magically delicious and vegan!; Vegan Lucky Charms; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine marshmallow fluff; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine Lucky Charms; egg-free Lucky Charms

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine." We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.


Growing up, Lucky Charms did not make many appearances in our house but I distinctly remember the 1 or 2 boxes that crossed the threshold into our cupboard when I was about 10 years old. Ever the responsible adult, my mom reminded us that marshmallow cereal was an unacceptable breakfast item and promptly relegated it to the snack category.

Unsurprisingly, my older brother and I ate all of the marshmallows (at snack time, of course) and left most of the cereal in the box. Fortunately, my mom claimed that the marshmallows in Lucky Charms were “too sweet” while the cereal was “just sweet enough” compared to the twig-like Kashi cereal she enjoyed at the time. So began the short-lived but glorious Lucky Charms symbiotic relationship between child and parent.

Thanks to Kelly Peloza at Seitan Beats Your Meat for this amazing Vegan Lucky Charms recipe, inspiring this cartoon, and for bringing back a random, quirky memory of mine.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bean Brine III

Bean Cuisine; Vegan Marshmallow Fluff; Where have you "bean" all my life?; Where have you been all my life?; Vegan Marshmallow Fluff; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine marshmallow fluff; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine marshmallow fluff; egg-free marshmallow fluff

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine."  We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.

Little known fact: the Kale Crusaders Headquarters is located a mere 15-minute walk from the birthplace of Marshmallow Fluff in Somerville, Massachussets.  Unfortunately we have not attended Somerville's annual Fluff Festival because of the lack of vegan options, up-to-and-including the Marshmallow Fluff.

But now thanks to Mihl of Seitan is My Motor and her innovative Vegan Marshmallow Fluff recipe, we can hold our own Vegan Fluff Festival in our own kitchen whenever we want!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bean Brine II

Bean Cuisine; Vegan Macarons; Packed full of "macaron nutrients; Vegan Macarons; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine macarons; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine macarons; egg-free macarons

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine."  We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.

Charis Mitchell from Floral Frosting has cracked the vegan macaron code with the assistance of the almighty chickpea brine.   So far Charis has baked up Cookies & Cream Macarons, Peaches & Cream Macarons, and Funfetti Macarons with Rice Crispy Treat Frosting.  We can't wait to see what she dreams up next!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bean Brine

Bean Cuisine; Oh dang, vegan meringue; Vegan Meringue; Chickpea brine egg white substitute; Chickpea brine meringues; Bean brine egg white substitute; Bean brine meringues; egg-free meringues

Inspired by the recent discovery of bean / chickpea brine as a suitable egg white substitute, our theme this month is "Bean Cuisine."  We will devote this month's entire collection of cartoons to the amazing concoctions that come from the humble bean's humble brine.

Becky Striepe, of Glue & Glitter fame, first exposed us to the bean / chickpea brine egg white substitute phenomenon back in March.  Thanks to Becky, Vegan (White Bean) Meringues are now within reach!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Avocado V

Acocado Chips; Dehydrated Avocado Chips; Avocado Fries; Dehydrated Avocado Fries; Vegan Fritos Chips

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

It is funny how we sometimes discover a new crazy use for a veggie once it becomes available as a commercial snack food.  After reading about many of the exciting new foods on display at the Natural Food Expo West, we discovered that avocado chips were possible.

Intrigued, we had to figure out if there was a way to make these at home.  Fortunately the folks over at Weston Products provided a recipe for dehydrated avocado chips.  Honestly, we really have no idea what to expect.

Disclaimer: We have no affiliations with Yumma Superfoods and Weston Products.  We doubt that they are even aware of our little corner of the internet.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Avocado IV

Avocatta Lasagna Rolls, Vegan Avocado Ricotta Lasagna Rolls

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

Cooking inspiration comes from many places near and far, including the goofy depths of our brains. Thanks to Lee Khatchadourian at The Vegan Version and her middle-of-the-night stroke of genius, we can all enjoy her Avocatta Lasagna Rolls and bask in the glory of identifying yet another way to sneak more avocado into our mouths meals.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Peas II

Green Pea Cookies, Yippea! Chinese New Year Coookies

In anticipation of Saint Patrick's Day (and just for fun), we've decided to feature only green food cartoons this month!

We wonder if the folks at Green Pea Cookie will be our friends. We have so much in common--a love of puns, food cartoons, and vegan snacks.  We had never heard of green pea cookies until last month when a few vegan bloggers shared their reviews of this unique snack.

Intrigued and hungry, we looked up some recipes online and found that these green cookies are a popular Chinese New Year treat that are pretty simple to make.  For those of you who want another excuse to add green veggies to your baked goods--this Green Pea Cookie recipe by Swee San at The Sweet Spot is for you!

Disclaimer: We have no affiliation with Green Pea Cookie; although, we do follow each other on Twitter.