Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Cookies for yo mama

I went into a total cookie frenzy last Monday. Not really for your mom, or mine (sorry mom, you'll just have to come visit and get some!) I had the day off, and decided to spend it baking. Here's how it all went down:

Wake up late, scramble some tofu while girlfriend whips up some biscuits.

Eat it all up, then assemble ingredients for bread. Let rise.

Clean up, make house pretty. Do computer stuff.

Punch bread down, let rise again.

Listen to music, decorate room. Finally bake bread.

Put beans on oven to soak for dinner- Chili Sin Carne.

Get bread out of oven, and gather cookie ingredients.

Oh yeah, don't forget the seitan.

Okay, get 6yr. old, a few bowls, some spoons, and all of your ingredients on the table. Now, form some sort of game plan in head (cookies with coolest temp. first, what needs to be done ahead, etc.)

Now, finally get to makin the cookies..

In the course of 2 hours, we made 3 batches of cookies (all halved, of course..what? I'm not going to have 8 dozen cookies sittin aint Christmas yet.) On the left, Chai Spice (although actually Pumpkin spice..), Pixies in the middle, and PB&J thumbprints on the right. All were really great. Although, the spice ones seemed a little off, so I will try again using Chai spices, and maybe 1/2 AP 1/2 whole wheat. The Pixies were definately the best, and gone by the next day. This is going to be a fun cookbook!

The Chili Sin Carne we had for dinner, with cornbread. Munch munch munch. Mmmmm, so good. The house was warm and smelled great all day. Perfect way to greet the cold weather. Tthe chili was pretty fabulous. It was the first time I tried the recipe, and it won't be the last. It is very versitle, just use what you have, and it comes together quickly.

Okay, now for some awesome news. Mothers Cafe re-opened!! We were so thrilled, we decided to have a late dinner there opening night. It was just as amazing as I remember, if not even better. I had a cup of Artichoke-Tomato soup, and the Tofu Spinach Lasagna. Sadly, I didn't have my camera, so no pictures were taken :( I can guarantee it was fabulous, though. We went back for lunch Thursday, and I got pictures then...

I had the Bueno Burger (best veggie burger in TX), with all the fixin's and some Vegan Rella, and a cup of Veggie Gumbo on the side. It was all so so good. Their bread is perfect.
I missed Mothers so much when it burned down and closed. I was worried that they wouldn't be able to reopen, and I would never enjoy a fully vegan brunch, or a fabulous vegan burger again. Boy was I wrong. It's been a year, but they are back and better than ever!


Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, that is a serious baking frenzy. What cookbook are they from?
Aren't you just loving the cooler weather?!? Definitely soup and chile time. Hopefully it holds out for this coming weekend's festival!
Speaking of excited about it! And glad to hear that Mother's reopened. I think we are going there for dinner Sat night. Any suggestions for vegan pancakes on Sunday morning? Hopefully we'll see you there!

Vegan*asm said...

The cookies are testers for Autumn Vegan from the PPK. I am definitely loving the cooler weather, although I think the fluctuationin temp. is giving me a bit of a head cold. Just more reason to have soup!
I'm really looking forward to the chili festival. I'm glad you're going to try out Mother's. I would suggest going for dinner, and brunch on Sunday. Best vegan pancakes in town! Have you guys found a place to stay yet?

Vegan_Noodle said...

No place yet, still searching, but there's plenty out there (luckily it's not a home football game weekend). Wanted to stay at a B&B but most require a 2 night stay.
Have you been to Mr Natural's for dinner? If so, what did you think?