Thursday, December 28, 2006

I am a thief (second attempt with pictures) .....

I'll try this again and hopes that blogger doesn't "thief" my pictures. In order to do this I deleted the last blog page which also deleted comments. If you left a comment there I did see it, but it is gone now.
Hi! Christmas has been and I am glad. It is worth the fuss.
I have a confession to make. This Christmas I received numerous gifts including the three cookbooks you see me pictured here with (I dig my Christmas moose overalls). No, I did not steal the cookbooks - they were gifts, but I did borrow the following ideas and have no intentions of returning them...

#1 Gaia's Chickpea Roll
I first thought it would be a bit fishy. It had a mild sea vegetableflavor and although I haven't cared for this before... it was very mild and I enjoyed this recipe.

Loved the crispy outside and filling innards. I served this with a wonderful vegetable filled tomatoey stew called Manhattan chowder from Bryanna's 20 minutes to dinner cookbook (p. 63).


#2 Martha Stewarts Graham Cracker houses
Melissa's awesome church (took 7 hours) and Matthew's colorful double wide trailer (took 1 hour 15 minutes). Sunspire "m&m's" make a pretty decoration that got picked off and eaten. The Christmas tree's surrounding the cathedral (deformed gumdrops painted with a permanent marker and held together with a cinnamon stick) could not be eaten.

Sorry Martha this one was fun and we're keeping it.

#3 Dreena's Carob Chip Muffins (vlv p 34)
These are made from 100% barley flour. I was absolutely amazed!!! When I first read the recipe I really thought that "moist texture" meant gummy aka unpleasant. I made them as the recipe stated, which the family really liked. But then, I must play .... I made a few changes. I omitted the sugar and syrup and all but one tablespoon of the oil, I added 3/4 tsp KAL stevia extract powder, 1/2 cup unsweet applesauce, and 1/3 cup mini bittersweet vegan chips with 1/3 cup craisins in place of the omissions. WOW! They made an awesome muffin! The "moist texture" only refers to the fact that they are not dry and falling apart ... not the gummy, squishy or otherwise "tender" I have come to find most alternative bakers describe as "moist". This one was a real treat. In place of the chips and craisins I am going to try them with about 1 cup of my favorite raw cranberry relish (in place of applesauce and the extra for flavor) next time.

Okay I confessed and now that this is out of the way
I will go on to share with you some of my gifts...

I have desired to try some wine for several years now and have wanted to visit a "homegrown" style winery for along time. I finally got the chance to and Dave bought me two bottles... although I had several to choose from I picked out the Crimson Cranberry and Red Raspberry flavors. The sales gal told me to try the red raspberry in hot cocoa - I will. Would love some other suggestion for how to use these, other than dry wines for cooking I have never been much of a drinker. I do know that these wines are very sweet.

I'm going to save these to open on Saturday night when my sis comes home from New York again. She along with my aunt and uncle, a couple of cousins, mom and niece will be having an oriental style buffet at my house. I look forward to sharing the food we make for this soon. I also got a nice gift certificate to amazon.com ... I'll be checking other blogs to find out what cookbooks others are enjoying this year before I decide.

Also in the picture I got a tin of Zhena's GYPSY LOVE tea, Mr Artsey key chain, two vegan dark chocolate candy bars, a stone nativity candle holder, a CD called HUGS for the holiday that plays nice instrumental music, and a sterling silver cross necklace. The tea is tasty and the music is relaxing.

CRAFTY REPORT . . .
This is Matthew... remember him? :)

He has been into the renaissance time period and desired a walking stick for his costume. Dave cut one out of oak, I wood burned Matt's name and his favorite bible verse on it, stained it and decorated it for a gift for Mathew. He thinks it is pretty neat.

Now he will go back to the fare in style, although he still hopes to get those ridiculously priced boots ... not this gift time.

And a recipe to share from my breakfast table to yours (restitution of a sort... for my food crimes above ;o) ...

BIG MAPLE NUT AND CINNAMON RAISIN ROLLS
I like to use my oatmeal bread dough for this recipe. It gives a more tender roll and combines a little soy flour and flax meal to offer more nutrition. My bread dough recipe follows:

Dori's Oatmeal Bread (makes 2 loaves)

I triple this recipe when I make it in my BOSCH Universal kitchen appliance.

2 cups hot tap water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup maple syrup OR 1/3 cup unrefined sugar
3/4 cup quick oatmeal
3/4 cup freshly milled whole white wheat flour
2 Tbsp SAF instant yeast

Step 1: Mix all in mixer bowl until blended, cover and rest for 15 minutes to proof yeast.

Step 2: Add remaining ingredients while mixing on speed 2 (I have a Bosch compact that has 4 speeds which I use when I make a small batch like this. It is similar to a kitchen aid, but I have never used a kitchen aid).
2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup soy flour
1/2 tsp ground dried ginger
3 Tbsp flax meal
1 1 /2 C great river milling bread flour (partially refined to remove some bran, but germ is intact)
1 1/2 cup more freshly milled white whole wheat flour

Cover and allow to knead 8 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide dough in half. Shape into loaf. Roll into extra oatmeal to coat loaf all over. Place into oiled 8 x 4" bread pan. Rise 20 minutes while covered with an oiled plastic wrap to avoid drying out. When doubled in size place in oven and spray oven sides and bottom with water from a water bottle to create a steam. Bake @ 350 (I have a convection oven, so you may need to bake in a non-convection oven for 30 minutes) for 25 minutes. Remove from pan and place loaves on a wire rack to cool.

To make the rolls, I section the dough into portions.
For maple nut I combine 1/3 cup unrefined sugar with 1/8 tsp maple syrup and 1/4 cup coarsely chopped English walnuts. Roll the bread dough into a rectangle onto a Crisco greased counter with a little crisco'd hands. Spread the sugar mix, roll up and cut into 6 pieces. Lay these into a greased 9" round cake pan. Allow to rise 2o minutes, bake for 20 minutes (I use a convection oven lined with stones on the top and bottom rack). Remove from pan onto a cheap paper plate and cool on a rack.

To frost: Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 - 2 drops maple favoring and a little water to make a nice frosting drizzle (not to much, it is better to add more water after creating a to dry "drizzle", but you can always add more sugar if needed to get the consistency right.

For cinnamon: 1/3 cup unrefined sugar with 1/2 tsp high quality cinnamon

Last picture is of Melissa's ornament cookie. We created the red sugar by adding drops of red food coloring to regular sugar granules and stirring it until we got the desired color.

11 comments:

Harmonia said...

I tried to comment yesterday but it didn't take. But then rereading this today made me think of a few others things. I LOVE the gypsy tea you have pictured! Yum. All of your food looks great! Glad your holidays were a success!

I am back bloggin'
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When you have a moment or two - hope to see you in Veggin' Out. We miss you...but we also know how crazy it has been so when ever you can.

I'm starting to eat more IBS-vegan related foods. Haven't been diagnosed but noticed it sure helps! We will see how it goes. Fell off the vegan-wannabe wagon for a few weeks...jumpin' back on that horse with full-force now.

erica said...

I've got Apolcalypse Chow, too. I haven't made anything from it yet, but we have become much more disaster prepared than we were. It looks the The Vegetarian Slow Cooker is there (in your hand) too, I keep meaning to get that for my crock pot addicted mom.

The maple nut rolls look AMAZING, I will have to make those when I am done with my sugar and gluten hiatus (The holidays hit me kinda hard).

And Melissa's cookie is totally cute (forgive me for beginning a sentence with "and").

erica said...

*looks like* I should proofread better, hopefully my grammer will pep up with the three day weekend :P

Candi said...

Thanks for the comment today! It's good to be back!

The chickpea roll is so pretty! I want to make it too! I know it will be really good!

Cute graham cracker houses! Such dedication to do that for 7 hours, but they are both really beautiful!

Glad you got some new cookbooks! :) Hope your holiday was fun!! :)

Cherie Anderson said...

Those rolls, the chickpea and cinnamon ones, are looking so good. I haven't made cinnamon rolls in a while. Probably because I'd eat too many!

Midwest Vegan said...

Looks like you had a nice Christmas. Those graham cracker houses are beautiful. It is dedication to spend 7 hours but the time sure paid off, the chuch is amazing.

Glad your holiday was good. Looking forward to see how you use your wine.

theONLYtania said...

Hehe I took the same sort of picture with my new cookbooks! And you know what.. I made Martha's graham cracker houses too! I really need to get some of those chocolate lentil things!

The necklace is pretty.. I like crosses. I have a cross tattoo on my wrist actually. It's nothing fancy though. And those rolls.. look.. delicious. Happy new year!

Melody said...

Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas... as usual, I am writing down your recipes..
do you think the Vita MIx can grind barley into a fine enough flour for muffins or should I buy some commercial flour?

Dori said...

Hi Melody,
I do not have a vitamix I have a grain mill and i used it to make pearled barley into flour. I asked a vitamix salesperson once how fine the mixer can grind, he said that it would not be fine enough for a 100% whole grain bread like my mill would.

Johanna3 said...

wow what a beautifull post!
The necklace is very pretty.
i wish you the best new year!

Gaia said...

I am SO happy that you loved the roll ! I was kind of nervous that you were going to try it, I admit :p

It is really funny that I thought a lot about MS cookie houses !
My aunt had made a gingerbread one, many years ago, with stained glass window (caramel) and she had put christmas lights inside. It was SO beautiful that it never got eaten. She kept it forever LOL