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Archive for April, 2010

Vegan Key Lime Pie

Posted by trktos on 11-April-2010

Perhaps I should preface – as far as I know/remember, I’ve never had key lime pie so I don’t really know what key lime pie is like. But this turned out pretty well. Based on this recipe and previous vegan cheesecake experience.


  • 1 ~12 ounce box Mori-Nu silken tofu
  • 1 8-ounce container vegan cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup key lime juice
  • 2 tsp key lime zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and a generous 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in:
  • 2 tbsp soy milk (I used 1/2 tbsp Better Than Milk Powder and water)
  • 1 cookie crumb crust (the recipe I used just plain sucked, you couldn’t do worse if you used rocks, I won’t bother to post)


  1. Blend all ingredients (besides zest and crust!) until smooth.
  2. Stir in zest.
  3. Bake in a 9″ spring-form pan, in a preheated-to-350-degree oven for about 30 minutes.
  4. Decrease heat to 325 and bake an additional 10-20 minutes. When done, cheesecake begins to pull away from pan.
  5. Remove from oven and cool in pan. Then cool in refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Yeah, it cracked. But who cares, I’m going to chew it anyway, right?

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Plant ID

Posted by trktos on 10-April-2010

Lately, I’ve taken a few shots of some plants I’m hoping someone can help me ID.

First, this bush, with these downward-hanging, globular little flowers. They remind me more of grapes or something. Faintly sweet aroma. (I just found out today, at the nursery to pick up orchid food – this first shrub is Pieris Japonica, most likely Brouwer’s Beauty strain.)

Then, these little flowers … fairly small, almost like a ground-cover plant but on closer inspection, they look a little bit like irises, inside? They come in differing shades of purple and white/purple-veined. I didn’t get very good photos, nor one for size but the flowers are a little bigger than a buttercup flower.

And then, these gorgeous bushes with dark red leaves and pale pink flowers with red centers, all along and fairly close to the branches. They were at their peak earlier this week, but I didn’t get out to snap any photos until today.

I tried to search online for this one but I don’t think it’s either barberry or loropetalum. 16-MAY-2010 Update, on a walk today we found that one bush still had a tag – these are Prunus cistena, purple leaf sand cherry.

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Hot Wings

Posted by trktos on 4-April-2010

I’ve been meaning to try this hot wing recipe for a long time … finally got around to it today. They were pretty tasty, although I may tweak a bit, next time.  For one thing, the amount of ‘butter’ in the hot sauce was a little much … too oily even though I cut back some. And next time, I’ll make them smaller, per the instructions. But, overall, they were good and one of my first successful breading attempts. I pretty much followed the recipe, doubled. For spices, I used a teaspoon each of thyme, rosemary, dry mustard and sage. I threw in about 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast and about 1 teaspoon of ‘chicken’ bouillon. Also, heed the note about holding out on the water until the end so you can add as much or as little as you need.

Hot wings – not previously owned – pictured below with roasted cauliflower, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and drizzled in orange ‘honey’ mustard sauce:

Orange ‘Honey’ Mustard Sauce

Mix together the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 2 tbsp vegan mayo
  • 2 tbsp orange juice

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