Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekend Round Up Part 2

Saturday evening started like this:
And ended like this:
Let me explain.

My bestie is going to be out of town for our birthdays (hers is two days--and one year--before mine) so we had to celebrate early.

Melisa and Den are big sushi fans and always tell me about their adventures in homemade sushi...yet until now we had never been invited over for the fun.  So when discussing how we were going to celebrate together, it was a given.

Mr. Kummerow and I brought tofu that we pan-fried, avocado, asparagus and vegan cream cheese to add to the fillings.  Melis was prepared with cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, tomato and fish and cream cheese for her and Mr. Sorenson.
I also brought edamame to steam and eat as we rolled our sushi.
Melis cooked the sushi rice in advance and after much catching up and toasting the champagne, it was time to get our roll on.
 Time to add in the fillings:
Melis demonstrated first.
We made all varieties of sushi and it was delicious!
Just one of the many rolls we created!  It has been so long since I have had a cream cheese roll, it was awesome to get to make my own!
For dessert: Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies!
These are Mr. Kummerow's favorite cookie!  We used to buy them from Trader Joe's but have stopped since going vegan.  I recreated his favorite for this birthday celebration!
It makes me very happy to A) be able to please my husband and B) veganize a recipe and make it just as good as the original (if not better).  This Carrot Cake Cookie recipe is AHmazing!  Love it!  You must try it now!  While it is vegan, I have to warn, it is not necessarily healthy!  The cookie itself is relatively healthy with all natural sugars and less sugar than you would find in the store-bought variety.  However, the cream cheese filling has no nutritional significance what-so-ever.  But it is full of flavor, sweet and delicious significance.  So if you want a healthy recipe go for the cookie...but I encourage you to eat the whole pie!

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
dash of salt
1/2 cup coconut oil (other oils may work, or use vegan butter)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup date sugar (or other natural sugar)
1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water)
1 cup carrots, finely shredded
1/2 cup raisins

In mixer, combine oil, agave, sugar and chia egg until just mixed.

In separate bowl stir together flour, oats, baking powder and cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Slowly add dry to wet ingredients.  Stir in carrots and raisins.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Makes approximately 20 cookies (10 pies).  Bake in 350* oven for 12-15 minutes.  Cool on rack.
While cookies are baking prepare your cream cheese filling.

Ingredients:

8 oz vegan cream cheese (I used tofutti brand)
1/2 cup vegan butter (Earth Balance)
2-3 cups powdered sugar.

In mixer, combine cream cheese and butter.  Add powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until filling reaches desired consistency.  You want it stiff enough to hold up, but not like glue.  Feel free to lick the spoon each time you stop the mixer to check for proper consistency.
Fill plastic baggie with filling and snip one corner of bag.  Pipe filling onto completely cooled cookie (bottom side) and smush together with second cookie.
You will likely have lots of frosting leftover.  Save it for the Birthday Cupcakes we will be making next week.  I think I am going to try Mama Pea's Red Velvet Cupcakes!

Speaking of birthdays, if it isn't too materialistic and needy...I'd like to share with you my birthday wishlist.  What does a food blogger wish for her birthday?  Well, surprisingly I don't want a cookbook.  I got new ones for both Christmas and Valentine's and I need to use those a bit.  Well...on second thought, I wouldn't mind receiving the Happy Herbivore!

Other items on my wishlist:

Cycle Shorts
Brown Boots...my bestie just bought me these for my b-day!
Massage & Pedicure
Tofu XPress
Olive Oil Mister
Verizon iPhone

I shamelessly post my wishlist!

Now off to watch the Bachelor!  Hometown Dates!  I also shamelessly announce that the Bachelor is my guilty pleasure! 

1 comment:

  1. I watch The Bachelor too! I think they were in Freedom Park for the hometown date with Emily. I was disappointed to see Shawntel go even if she is a funeral director. She actually seemed the most together out of them all to me!

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