Hummus is the vegan food that non-vegans most like. No one complains, “hey, where’s the meat?” when a bowl of hummus and edible dipping aparati (pita chips, veggies, etc.) are on the table. Most people don’t even question whether or not hummus is vegan– they just scarf it down. In fact, the next time someone complains to me that vegan food is flavorless, boring or weird, I’m going to present them with a batch of homemade hummus. That’ll show ’em.

Anyhow, here’s my favorite hummus recipe and my favorite way to eat it.

Helen’s Hummus

  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. Add lemon juice as needed to get mixture to right consistency.

Helen’s Hummus Sandwich

  • good bread (like French bread)
  • hummus
  • grilled red bell peppers (fresh or jarred)
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • spinach
  • veganaise (optional)
  • vegan mozzarella (optional)
  1. Spread/layer all ingredients on bread. Press in a panini press if you like.

Vegan Rella

In my quest to find the perfect vegan cheese, I picked up a package of Vegan Rella at Sidecar for Pig’s Peace.

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Basic Coconut Rice

I had brunch at Portage Bay Cafe in the U-District over the weekend with some girls in my program. I was impressed with the number of delicious looking vegan (and non-vegan) options on the menu, though disappointed by the service, wait time, and unreasonably large portions; many people feel that big plates of food are a good thing when dining out, but I would rather pay less, eat a sensible yet filling meal, and move on. Instead, I balanced three servings’ worth of food on my lap through the entire 3-hour the post-brunch movie (Avatar). While I was grateful for the food, I ended up paying $9 plus a $5 tip (ah, the perils of eating in a group) for a dish I knew I could duplicate for a fraction of that at home. Continue reading ‘Basic Coconut Rice’

Dennis Kucinich for President

Why? Vegan Brownies.

Quick Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are traditions for many families at Christmas. They weren’t for mine, but we wouldn’t have minded if they were- we’re suckers for anything sweet. Continue reading ‘Quick Cinnamon Rolls’

Vegan Snickerdoodles

Uwajimaya is this fabulous Asian market in Seattle. It started as a Japanese grocery store in 1928, and now sells products from all over the continent/subcontinent, which makes it easy to create a meal out of the dishes of multiple countries without even realizing it. I go there once every few months (it takes two buses to get there or I would go every week) to stock up on pan-Asian foods. After my recent visit, I told David everything I had bought for him: noodles, dumplings, kimchi, seaweed salad and cookies.

“Snickerdoodle cookies?” He asked.

“No, lemon wafers,” I replied.

“Oh.” He said, sounding a little disappointed. “I was hoping for snickerdoodles.” Continue reading ‘Vegan Snickerdoodles’

Pie Noir: Whiskey Apple Pie

This month’s You Want Pies With That theme is “a pie with true holiday spirit – literally.” Translation: booze pie. Continue reading ‘Pie Noir: Whiskey Apple Pie’