Canupcakes

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It’s hockey night in Canada! My friend Heather came over to watch the game so I thought I would surprise her with these vegan chocolate cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. They are delicious! Heather says I’m a dork for making them, but I didn’t hear any complaints when she stuffed one in her face.

Happy thanksgiving!

This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. Jess and I will be celebrating at the home of her friend and classmate Lucretia, along with Jess’ other classmates. I think it’ll be a bittersweet Thanksgiving for most of us; Jess and I have our families across the country in Ontario, and Jess’ classmates are all from way up north. Even though we can’t be with our families, we can at least be with each other, celebrating our hodgepodge of traditions and delicious foods.

I was hard at work all day yesterday, cooking up a ton of dishes to bring to the dinner. I was too busy to get any photographs of the cooking in progress (Just imagine a kitchen with a whirlwind blowing through it), but I’ll share with you my menu. It’ll be a dinner of omnivores – plus me, the lone vegan – so Lu is making a turkey, plus I hear she is doing roasted potatoes and bannock. Meanwhile, I’m bringing;

Jamaican Patties (recipe to come!)
FatFreeVegan’s Green Bean Casserole
Glazed Fall Vegetables
Stuffing
Vegan butter tarts

I’ve also got an apple pie and a cranberry apple pie (family recipes) and I’m bringing along a few cans of creamed corn and mushroom gravy (just in case – although I’m sure there will be more than enough food!)

I’m thankful for a lot of things today; a loving partner, a good job, and a fridge full of good food. What are you thankful for?

Vancouver Vegan Prom

Ahhhh prom. I didn’t go to mine, but I remember my juniour semi-formal dance very well; a magical night in a crepe-paper-covered gymnasium, awkwardly slow-dancing to Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin in my poofiest skirt with my dear friend Patrick, who was my boyfriend back in the day. I remember the sweet little corsage he bought me, and how afterwards we went to a playground to take photos, even though it was night-time and everything was covered in snow.

Imagine re-living those sorts memories, but minus the high school cliques and plus a whole bunch of delicious vegan food. And imagine being able to wear whatever you want and dance however you want, without parents and Catholic school teachers to tell you any differently.

Stop imagining! If you’re in British Columbia and are free on November 5th, you need to get yourself to the Vancouver Vegan Prom. Tickets are on sale now at Nice Shoes in East Vancouver and Karmavore in New Westminster, 15$ each. (Cash only).

Peanut Butter Cookie FAIL

I have a tried and true peanut butter cookie recipe. This isn’t it. This is me trying to recreate a recipe I tried years ago, when I made some flourless peanut butter cookies for a friend of mine. Unfortunately, I only remembered bits and pieces of what I had done when I baked them. I remembered using peanut butter, vanilla, sugar, a bit of applesauce and cornstarch to replace the egg, but I couldn’t remember the proportions I used, and I couldn’t remember an extra ingredient I had added. Was it a few tablespoons of arrowroot? A handful of oat flour? I have no idea. But whatever it was, it wasn’t this.

Fail

Will try again another time.