I also know that when I eat less meat, especially red meat I tend to feel better. I love food but I have also tried to trim down the quantities that I consume, preferring more balanced meals that include more vegetables. I have also found that smaller, more frequent meals makes me feel less bloated
It all started with Cream Puffs. We have a well known French Bakery which we used to purchase various pastries, and I would often go there on Saturday mornings to buy their cream puffs and most often they are sold out. Sometimes I could buy 6, and other times only 1. I have also walked away with NONE. The lady said to me "why don't you order them ahead of time". I thought for a moment and said to myself "how would I know a week ahead if I wanted a cream puff". This put me on the quest to make them myself and for a while our family always made a point to ask me to make some for our special dinners, you know, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. Then it expanded to cheese cakes, pound cakes and after our dinner we would set up the dessert table.
I am a hobbyist, whether it be remote controlled cars, remote control airplanes or developing photos in a wet darkroom with enlargers and chemicals . . . to me it is the challenge of learning how to do things and understand the procedures.
Last week I was looking at some recipes that I wanted to try out and I had no idea where I would be able to find the ingredients I needed. Last Saturday I made my way to this store and spent some time wandering around the aisles, looking at labels and seeing what was available. It's amazing ! Stuff that I never knew existed.
I'm still a bit confused as to what is actually Vegan, and whether Organic is Vegan or not and how gluten-free relates to all of this. I was hoping that one day I could get some first hand advice from someone who knows.
I decided to take a simple recipe and produce a batch of Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. I purchased Earth Balance Vegan Margarine, a package of Whole Spelt Flour, and a box of Ener-G non-dairy eggs with Carob chips.
Then disaster . . .
The head release on OUR KitchenAid Mixer would not release so I couldn't swing the head UP. I didn't want to force it too much but I was getting a bit frustrated, so I dug out my screwdriver and took it apart
The lever on the right is attached to that cam with that wire connector and it wouldn't move, so I used the screwdriver to gently nudge it
You have to move the head UP to attach the stainless bowl to the mixing stand, and also to change the mixer attachments
That's better, now I can proceed to mix my ingredients
I'm hoping that the brown & white sugar is Vegan. I cut down the sugar content a bit to make the cookies less sweet. I have made the non-Vegan version many times. When I first try any recipe I follow the quantities precisely, then I modify it to my preferences.
This is the first time I have tried Spelt flour
The texture of the batter seems a bit drier than what I am used to, perhaps because I normally use butter instead of Earth Balance
I didn't want to mix the spelt too much but I nearly forgot to add the carobs
I wasn't sure how high it would rise so I used an ice cream scooper, made little balls and just spaced them out on my cookie sheet
I normally don't "stack" my cookies on different levels but this oven is convection so I thought that the air would be fan circulated
8 minutes later at 350°F and they looked ready
They were too delicate to remove so I had to let them air cool for a while
and later I was able to use my metal spatula to place them on my cooling racks
Mmmm, my first attempt at Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies . . .