Sunday, March 27, 2011


One of my favorite vegan chefs is Jo Stepaniak. I know you know her. She's the vegan cheeze whiz! She has a whole cookbook on uncheeses which is great! She is also a strong voice in vegan advocacy. Check out her website here. This morning I was craving some pancakes, so I selected Flaxjacks from her book Vegan Vittles.

The recipe from page 66 is as follows!

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (Since I don't keep this fancy flour in the house, I used regular unbleached flour)
2 tsps baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp whole flaxseeds
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup soy, rice or almond milk
1 tbsp veg oil, plus more for cooking
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, bkg powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Place the flaxseeds in a dry blender and grind them into a very fine powder. Add the water and blend until a gummy mixture is achieved, about 30 seconds. Add the soymilk, oil, sugar, and vanilla extract to the flaxseed mixture in the blender, and process until frothy and well blended. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until everything is evenly moistened.

Heat your pan with oil and proceed with pancakes! Top with fresh fruit, nuts and honey like I did, or do them up with your favorite toppings. (Just please don't drown them in maple syrup unless you're planning to run a 5 miler that day. Think about how much sugar you're consuming.. Do you really need that??) Enjoy!

Where Have I Been?

I have a job as a teacher as many of you know. The months during the school year are busy for me. I become overwhelmed and stress and minimize myself to doing things that directly effect my to-do list and my own personal health. Which means blogging about food goes out the window. I was reminded of this just yesterday.

Over the past few months, I've run my first 5k, decided not to replace my wrecked car opting for the biking lifestyle and have rekindled my love for the outdoors by visiting Smith Rock.

Yesterday my friend and I were talking about things that inspire us to take action. She told me that my blog inspired her to cook more and try new things. She's one of my 7 followers and someone I love. It was so wonderful and yet so disappointing to hear this. I thought, "Wow, when's the last time I posted? She hasn't cooked for a while then!" Haha. So I decided to get back to it and post at least once every two weeks.

My husband has also gotten into making homemade pasta after being inspired by Lydia. Below is a photo of raviolis that we made together; stuffed with Italian Tofurkey Sausages, spinach and tofu ricotta. Look for more pasta adventures and recipes on the simplicity of making your own pasta!