Tuesday, December 31, 2013

All Eyes on New Year's Eve! ;)

Black-eyed peas are one of the most popular foods traditionally eaten for New Year's feasts. Some people think they symbolize coins so they'll bring prosperity and wealth. Some people think the little black ring or "black eye" represents a continuous ring of luck carrying over into the new year. And some think they are just a rockin' good time.  ;)

Vegans love 'em because they slip easily into all sorts of bean-friendly recipes, they're high in protein and fiber, and they're crazyyumful!

from Kylie at Fellowship of the Vegetable

from Morgan at Fo Reals Life

from Andrea's Easy Vegan Cooking

from Julie Morris via PETA

from Dan at The Gourmet Vegan

from Vegan in Louisiana via VeggieBoards

from megmeister at Vegan Food Addict

from Adrienne at Adrienneats

from Susan at FatFree Vegan Kitchen

from Erin at Vegan Homemade

from Lisa's Kitchen

And yippee...black-eyed peas' best bud cornbread is lucky too!

from Rachel at Almonds & Avocados

Organic black-eyed peas online...
Eden Organic (canned)
Greater Goods (bulk dried)
Shiloh Farms (bulk dried)

What's your favorite way to eat black-eyed peas? Do you eat lucky foods for the New Year? What's your New Year's wish? 

Have a safe and spinningly joyous New Year's Eve!  :)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bubbled Up

Nope, not the champagne kind. It's National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day (Baking Soda Day)...lol! Silliest holiday I've ever heard of...invented by a baking soda company would be my guess.  :)

Baking soda is one of those ingredients that helps things like cakes and breads bubble up, rise and stay soft...good things to have in yumful treats from the oven! Since it's still National Pear Month, let's bake up some pear-kissed bubbled up deliciousness!

from Miachel at spiced curiosity

from Aylin at Glow Kitchen

from Katinka at The Thoughtful Eater

from Mattie at VeganBaking

from Shannon at Killer Bunnies, Inc

from Konoups at The Fussiest Eater

from Kaylie at Vegan Mischief

from Mihl at seitan is my motor

from Megan at The Gluten Free Vegan

from Cupcake Richard Cake Shop

from Patrick at The Vegan Road

Pears or apples...which do you like in your muffins? Which are your favorite kinds of pears? What was the last treat you baked?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Deep Freeze Remedy

Happy Pepper Pot Day!
Perfect weather for a wicked hot pepper pot! A pepper pot is a Caribbean-born soup or stew with lots of hot peppers, veggies and spices...and a choice of beans or tofu for us lucky vegans. Go crazy and use Appaloosa Beans or Black Turtle Beans or even Jackson Wonder Beans!  :)

from Janet at Mosaic Kitchen

from Thrifty Vegan

from Emmy at Vegan Gourmet Caravan

from Nava Atlas via Vegetarian Times

from Twin Oaks Tofu

from Laura at VegWeb

from Sacha Gingras-Fox via Greenster

from Natalie at Cook Eat Live Vegetarian

from Ellen Kanner via SavannahNow

from Michelle at Healthier Steps

Do you like your stews hot and spicy? Are you planning for the spring planting season? Have you been to the Caribbean? Would you like to be there now?  :)

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Blockbuster Cinema Sweets!

Happy National Chocolate Candy Day!
Let's head to the movies!

This is prime movie-going season with loads of superfabulous new films exploding onscreen. Big screens mean big snacks but most movie theaters aren't vegan-friendly!
The best-selling movie theater chocolates...
Baby Ruth
Junior Mints
Kit Kat
Milk Duds
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Sno Caps
Fizzling box office failures! At last check, all contain dairy products and/or gelatin, including their dark chocolate versions. 

So what's a film fan to do? Veganize 'em!

from Cara at Fork and Beans

from Claryn at Hell Yeah It's Vegan!

from Betsy at Desserts Required

from Margaret's Dish

from Angela at Oh She Glows

from Dana at Minimalist Baker

from Lauren at Oatmeal with a Fork

from Kortney at Vegan Housewives

from Pj at Vegan Dinner and a Movie

from Angela at Oh She Glows

from Cara at Fork and Beans

from Shannon at leaves & flours

FYI...40 years ago this week the Endangered Species Act was signed into law! Celebrate (and help support the cause) with chocolate and change!

Which films make the top of your list this season? What's your favorite cinema snack...popcorn, candy, chocolate...? Do you smuggle your own treats into the movies? Somehow krispy treats often find their way into my coat pockets on movie nights.  ;)

Friday, December 27, 2013

Fruitcake Remake

Happy National Fruit Cake Day!
It's also National Fruit Cake Month. Which is crazycool if you're a fruitcake fanatic...though why it's on Dec.27th is a mystery to me. By this time, most people have had their fill of these chunky fruitapaloozas!

For those who got caked out before the holiday, here's a superdelicious list of what you can do with your extra dried fruits!

from Ashlae at Oh, Ladycakes

from David, Luise & Elsa at Green Kitchen Stories

from Miriam at Sometimes I Veg

from Eliza Domestica

from Julie at The Simple Veganista

from Nancy at The Sensitive Pantry

from Gena Hamshaw at Choosing Raw via Food52

Okay, okay...for those still groovin' on fruitcake, here ya go!  :)

from Caroline Karasik via eat purely. live purely.

from Helyn's Healthy Kitchen

from Kristina at spabettie

Got a truckload of cakes with no place to go? Check out Uses for Leftover Fruitcake

What about you...did you feast on fruitcake, freeze it or feed it to the birds?  ;)