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Brainssss and Walnuts | Raw Chocolate Fudge


The first time I made this recipe, I soaked the dates and it ended up as this: frosting, which I used on my 22nd birthday cake. The second and third times, I wised up and kept things dry to make raw chocolate…stuff…fudge…freezer snacks.

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Treat Time, Tortillas, and Cookies

Happy Almost-Halloween!

Let’s begin with a product review. Finding these tortillas was a treat. I half-assedly put “tortillas” on my shopping list since the Engine 2 brown rice tortillas had gone mouldy in my fridge (I bought them in September; what did I expect of ‘natural’ food?). I digress.

 
treat time tortillas cookies vegan gluten-free | gothic granola 

These La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Wraps are made from tapioca, teff, and millet flours, among the other fabulous ingredients present in most industrially-produced foods. They’re not vegan since they contain honey. Honey is one of my two exceptions to veganism, one that I really ought to give up since it gives me the same kind of crash as white sugar. I digress again.

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Disconnected | Applesauce Apple Spice Cake

 
You’ll receive what you give
And this is like nothing
I feel like shit
But at least I feel something


“Disconnected” by In Flames

Artistically and technically, the above song isn’t hot stuff, but I appreciate the directness of the lyrics.
applesauce apple spice cake vegan gluten-free | gothic granola
For a rainy Monday, I made this spiced cake to warm up the space, to edge out the creeping voidness, the damp, cold snot of springtime. More specifically, the limp, clammy grip of another spring spent alone. I used to look with scorn on the coupled people I’d see holding hands around town and on Princeton’s campus. Now I see I was jealous. Still jealous! A little self-care can go a long way to putting me in the right place to alleviate said loneliness, even while still alone. Read more →

(Not My) Grandmother’s Spice Cake



I’m not going to tell you how to make oatmeal.  This was today’s breakfast when I assembled it on Wednesday night.  I like to make my oatmeal ahead of time and eat it all cold and stuff the next morning.  I used a little too much water, as you can see, and it almost flooded the bowl.  I was urging my oatmeal (and pear, flaxseed, and peanut butter) to absorb more water, yelling—SUCK IT!  SUCK IT UP!



Yesterday, I made cake for work.


Grandmother’s Spice Cake (modified from Vegan Vittles, by Joanne Stepaniak, p. 152)

1 1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil

1 cup brown rice flour
3/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose GF Baking Flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 teaspoon ginger
(alternately, use 2 teaspoons King Arthur Flour’s Apple Pie Spice instead of the spices)

1 cup raisins or craisins
1 cup walnut halves

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease an 8×8” glass baking dish or 9” round pie plate.  Place walnuts on a piece of foil and toast in the preheating oven for about 8 minutes.  Remove and set aside to cool.

Combine wet ingredients in a large measuring cup.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Break up the toasted walnut halves.  Add wet to dry and fold in the chunks.  Transfer to the baking dish.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test, the center springs back when touched, it’s cracked near the edges, and the cake has begun to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Cool completely in the pan before cutting.  Store in the refrigerator covered in plastic wrap.  This freezes very well.

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