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nyc vegetarian food festival 2014Late post but better late than never! Sorry for the long and sudden hiatus but I am happy to be back! The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2014 was a blast! As always, a ton of fun to check out new foods and try yummy samples! The second I heard Sweet Maresa’s was going to be there was so excited. I am a HUGE  French Macaron fan and to see that there were going to be vegan ones there, it was my first stop and I bought far, far too many!_MG_2570 _MG_2907They are delectable and amazing and everything you can possibly imagine and more! I tried all the flavors that were available and Cherry Vanilla  was my favorite! Although there were some textural issues, I didn’t mind because hello vegan + french macarons!

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Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler

I have never had blueberry pie, cobble or crisp so what better reason to try it out! I call this blueberry cobbler with a twist because it’s almost a cobbler but reads like a pie or a crisp. I guess it’s the best of both worlds! I didn’t add too much sweetener to this so if you prefer a sweeter filling go ahead and add another tablespoon or two of coconut sugar or your sweetener of choice!

Crisp, tart and sweet oozing blueberry sauce with a crunchy pie crust!

Blueberry Cobbler

I think this would taste amazing fresh out of the oven topped with some vanilla vegan ice cream or even some coconut whipped cream and more blueberries! The more the merrier! I believe I can now understand why people love pie so much! I have unfortunately never tried much of any pie beyond the traditional apple and it causes me to question why?! It might be that my love of chocolate always supersedes whatever else there is to try but fresh fruit wins over chocolate any day!

Blueberry Cobble

What kind of pies do you guys recommend trying? I think I just might go on a pie making craze to make up for all the years I missed out on haha!

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virtual vegan potluck

virtual vegan potluck

Welcome to the Virtual Vegan Potluck Desserts!

I am honored to be posting along with over 100 amazing vegan bloggers! I am constantly amazed by the spirit of vegan bloggers and how we can all come together for great cause. Ann has done a wonderful job in bringing us all together and I’m grateful to be a part of this brilliant event! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has made and I’m sure it’s nothing short of delicious!

This is by the chocolaty-est dessert I have ever made! Fused layers of chocolate cheesecake and chocolate peanut butter fudge separated by rich chocolate “buttercream” frosting and finished off with just a bit more!

virtual vegan potluck

Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate.

This is a chocolate lovers dream and it is RICH and creamy with subtle hints of coconut from the frosting. This dessert didn’t actually come out quite like I imagined it to because my idea to make chocolate coconut whipped mousse failed on me last minute when my coconut milk decided not to separate! Next time I shall have a couple of cans of coconut milk on hand. Nonetheless, this chocolate dessert is TO DIE FOR and I can’t wait to try it again with thicker layers and hopefully my coconut milk will be nice to me to next time.

virtual vegan potluck

Virtual Vegan Potluck

The cheesecake layers are rich and tangy with little notes of lemon and the fudge has melded together beautifully with the peanut butter. It is really is …chocolate heaven! I find it very apt and appropriate to name this Death by Chocolate because if you’re still longing for a piece of chocolate after this your taste buds must have gone crazy from chocolate overload!

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recipes
recipes

 

Here are some delicious recipes I have found lately!

Definitely check out the talented bloggers behind these scrumptious looking treats! They deserve all the attention they get and just as a side note all pictures belong to their original owners. I love finding new recipes to check out and an awesome resource for new recipes is finding vegan! Another great website to check out is forAnima which is an all inclusive vegan website that features everything from clothing to beauty products.

It’s great to see all of these new vegan products and companies pop up! Seeing Veganism grow is an amazing experience.

Have a beautiful day!

– Alexis ♥

the vegg

I’ll be honest I never thought I would be using The Vegg because I never really seen any use for it but I decided to try it out!

How It Works: The way the Vegg works is that depending on the amount of “yolks” you need to have to blend with a food processor or blender until well combined with water. For 2-3 egg yolks you process it with ¼ cup water and the second it starts mixing, the smell of eggs is well pronounced, so much so, that it makes you a little bit uneasy to use it! It becomes a gelatinous mixture similar to egg yolks.

the vegg

Flavor: On the flavor aspect of it, there really isn’t any at all but I figure that because it’s not really meant to be used to replace flavor but rather  the texture and use of regular egg yolks. I’ve seen pictures of people  eating it plain but the ingredients are basically nutritional yeast and sodium alginate so I can’t see it having much flavor.

Texture: Like I said in the how it works section, when blended with water or milk it becomes very similar to that of egg yolks which is why I think it works well in replacing them and is one of the main pluses for the product.

the vegg

How I Used It:  I decided to try it out in three ways; in a key lime pie, French toast and in the infamous chickpea flour “omelet”. When I used it with French toast, I followed the recipe on the package and while it creates a French toast base similar to regular French toast there was no distinct difference in the final product. I did find that it took longer to brown the French toast than usual but that could have been because I didn’t use stale bread. For the Key Lime Pie, it was very easy to use to replace the egg yolks and there was no worrying about scrambling the eggs in any way which was great. In the chickpea omelet, I used it to try and create a more egg like texture to it and I think overall I don’t like the texture of the chickpea omelet which had nothing to do with the Vegg at all.

the vegg

Good Points: The texture is very much like egg yolks and I can see it working well in replacing them in custards and also easier to work with because you don’t have to worry about the “egg scrambling”.

Bad Points:  I really didn’t see any flavor difference in any of the ways I used it or any distinct difference in the “creaminess” in the final product so I wasn’t really wowed but my boyfriend thought the key lime pie was more creamier than usual. He thought it brought a more sturdy pudding consistency to it. It is also kind of annoying having to blend the product in the food processor before using it every single time because it specifically states “must not be blended by hand” on the package so that can be tiring. I find it to be more of a product I would use sometimes when I definitely need to replace egg yolks rather than something I would use all of the time. I do think I need to try it out in more egg based recipes before giving my final opinion on it though! I’ll update you guys if my opinion changes!

– Alexis ♥

butterscotch
butterscotch

Late recipe post! I made these Chocolate Covered Butterscotch Blondies earlier today so that delayed me in posting the recipe in the morning! This recipe is a three part one because you have to make the chocolate, butterscotch sauce and blondie cake part separately but they’re not very time intensive. Also, just in case someone thinks I made a mistake, there are not supposed to be any leavening agents in the brownie so the lack of baking powder and soda is on purpose! If any of you don’t know what a blondie, it’s basically a brownie without the chocolate. Give it a try! I hope you like it!

butterscotch blondies

– Alexis ♥

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vegan quiche
vegan quiche

Making this Vegan Quiche was so much fun! It would go great with a nice salad on the side since it is very heavy on potatoes. I really enjoyed making it and it actually is reminiscent of cheese even though it has none in it. It’s important to let it cool before cutting into or else it will turn into a soup rather than a quiche. It is quite delicious though but not something I would eat everyday given how heavy of a meal it is with all of the mashed potatoes, definitely try it out though!

vegan quiche

– Alexis ♥

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