Actual recipe! Chocolate-Date Pie.

Greetings! I’ve been half-awake for most of the morning, but I’ve still managed to teach some lessons, correct some homework, and do some cooking. As the cooking was actually successful, I thought I would include a recipe here, more so because the creation I speak of actually did not come from someone else’s recipe, and instead came from the depths of my fevered, chocolate-craving mind:

CHOCOLATE DATE PIE OF AWESOMENESS

Ingredients:
-Medjool dates (4 or 5 = good)
-Cocoa powder (I just dumped some in, but uh, a tablespoon or so?)
-Vanilla extract, a few drops (optional but delicious)
-Store-bought mini (vegan) pie crust, because ain’t nobody got time for that
-1 can of unsweetened “classic” coconut milk
-Sweetener of some kind (agave, maple syrup, whatevs)

1. Put dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Turn it on! Process! Hooray. (You can also add a little almond milk for a creamier texture.)
2. Refrigerate can of coconut milk (preferably overnight – should this be the first step? :P), then strain and scoop out the creamy chunk at the bottom. Blend with sweetener until it tastes…ya know. Sweet.
3. Smush the date chocolate stuff into the pie crust, top with coconut whipped cream (and a sprinkle of almonds or pecans, if you like that sort of thing), and then dig in.

Delicious stuff, totally vegan, and somewhat less guilt-inducing than a traditional chocolate pie.

VEGAN VLOG 27: Cravings, exercise, and delicious junky junk food

Today, a discussion of my struggles to eat healthily and get enough exercise, plus a tragic tale of egg in my rice.

Additionally, my microphone has betrayed me yet again, so the sound isn’t as crisp and clear as last time. Alas. Someday I’ll sort this stuff out, rly.

VEGAN VLOG 26: Darla + Coffee = Probably Bad, and “Raw, Vegan, Not Gross”

In which I further discuss my attempts at raw vegan eating (including some frozen berry-inspired trauma), Darla attempts to attract my attention by attacking various nearby objects, and I am a good Samaritan tragically trapped in my home for (probably) the rest of the day.

Also, headset = actually functioning, so you may be able to hear me in this video. Hooray!

VEGAN VLOG 25: In which Chicago is cold and I try some raw vegan (non-)cookin’.

So, news flash: Chicago is cold! Also, I’ve been experimenting with raw vegan dishes in an attempt to avoid post-meal regret and general suffering. Hurrah! Also, I’m not sure the camera app on my computer actually uses the headset microphone, as the sound quality on this video is less awesome than I’d expected. Sadface, etc.

VEGAN VLOG 22: Thanksgiving rebound, deformed spring rolls, and an abused tree

In which I discuss the ravages days of Thanksgiving food has wreaked upon my stomach and the methods I’ve undertaken to reverse the horror. Also, there is some discussion of fruit juice, giant salads, cauliflower-related injuries, and deformed spring rolls, plus a bonus ramble regarding my hair. Enjoy. :P

Vegan Vlog 21: Vegan Thanksgiving, The Good Place, and Darla vs. the Christmas Tree

Today, I discuss such riveting topics as my failures at time management in online ESL lessons, what I ate for Thanksgiving, queer representation (or lack thereof) on “The Good Place,” and Darla’s new gnawing target, the Christmas tree. Also, I talk about grocery shopping, because I work from home now and grocery shopping is apparently a major highlight of any day.

Bonus (?): Photos of my Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner~~

Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Roast, cooked up in the oven with veggies and veggie broth.
Ma meal: Salad, stuffing, corn, roasted veg, turkey-less loaf, baked potato, and cranberry sauce.

 

Pumpkin pie mush with runny coconut whipped cream. :D

VEGAN VLOG 20: How to burn your homemade granola

Part I: The hopeful beginning, when I still suspect something edible may come out of this experiment.

Part II: Reality comes crashing down on our intrepid young (?) baking hero as she looks in horror at the Uncle Owen/Aunt Beru situation in her oven.

Oh, well. I ate the carrot sticks (along with some Trisuits and yellow bell peppers) with the remainder of my tofu nacho cheese spread, and that made for an excellent, non-burnt morning snack. Darla, on the other hand, promptly leapt up onto the stove and ate the blackened granola with great relish, because she is Darla.

VEGAN VLOG 19: Homemade Cashew Milk, Thanksgiving, and Darla Eats It All

In which laziness leads to my making homemade cashew milk, I reveal my true feelings on the presence of peanuts in muesli, and Darla tries to eat everything in sight, including a used tissue and a soggy tea bag. Also, there is **natural light!** Though now, less than an hour later, the sky has gone gray and disgusting again, so…thanks for that false hope, Chicago. Thanks.