Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Crostini (toasted bread slices)

I was trying to modify my recipe for vegan crab dip to make it better. Which I did. But I didn't have any crackers. So I just made some quick-and-dirty crostini... Traditionally you would use like an Italian baguette or french bread. But I didn't have any. So, I used some sandwich bread.

  • Bread (cut into 20 strips)
  • olive oil

  • STEP one!
    Pre-Heat Oven to 350
    ° F

    Place strips of bread on baking sheet.

    • STEP two!
    Brush each slice with olive oil.

    Bake about 10 minutes until golden brown.

      • STEP three!
    Remove from oven and use in dips or cut into croutons for salads.


    -Jordan Halliday

I updated my crab dip recipe

I updated my crab dip recipe, I think it is a little better now... debating trying chickpeas in it too... find the updated instructions under the old ones here:

Vegan Artichoke Heart "Crab" Dip

 -Jordan Halliday

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Vegan Short Bread Cookies

I really like Short Bread Cookies. I used to donate my Blood just because I could get a free pack of Lorna Doone Cookies out of it. Well, that's not the only reason I did it. So, I decided to try my hand in making them. This is what I have come up with so far. Traditionally Short Bread Cookies aren't really sweet. So you could add a bit more sugar to this recipe, if you think you want that extra sweetness. Myself, I prefer to dip them in melted chocolate or put some jam on top.

  • 1 cup - vegan margarine*
  • 1/2 cup - sugar
  • 2 cups - all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon - baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon - salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon - vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons - soymilk
    *make sure it is at room temperature
Step 1:
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar with a mixer until fluffy.


Step 2:
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt until well mixed. 

Step 3:
Slowly add the flour mixture to the "butter fluff" margarine mixture.

Step 4:
Finally add the vanilla and soymilk, and slowly mix in.

Step 5:
Refrigerate dough overnight or until it is the consistency of butter.

Step 6:
Preheat the oven to 350 F & line a baking sheet with wax paper.
Lightly flour a flat surface and roll dough with rolling pin until it is about 1/4" thick.

Step 7 :
Cut into fun shapes or use a cookie cutter and place on baking sheet.

Step 8:
Bake for about 5 mins, then rotate pan 180 degrees and bake for another 5.

Step 9:
Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 mins on pan before transferring them to a wire rack.

Step 10:
EAT THEM! or Make them pretty like I did for my mom on mothers day. Enjoy!

-Jordan Halliday

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Vegan Soy Chai Latte

I am sick of all the boxes of chai tea having honey in them.

  • 1 tea bag -- Chai Spice Black Tea
  • 1 cup -- soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon -- sugar
  • 1 teaspoon -- brown sugar
  • Splash -- vanilla
  • Dash -- cinnamon
  • Dash -- nutmeg
  • Dash -- ground cloves
  • *optional* (to taste) agave nectar
Mix Soymilk and all the other ingredients (minus the tea bag) in a pan. Heat over medium heat until mild boil.

Immediately pour into mug, steep the bag of tea for a couple of minutes. Add Agave to taste. Enjoy!

-Jordan Halliday
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