It’s already DECEMBER!!!

Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun. Since December is National Fruit Cake Month, I thought this would be the perfect time to re-share my Veganified version of Aunt Dot’s Fruit Cake.

Plus, just for giggles, I wanted to share this short news segment about the history of the Fruit Cake. I actually had no idea there was an annual Fruit Cake toss, did you?! I know you’re just going to love this version of Fruit Cake and it won’t toss it anywhere except near your mouth.

Holiday Fruit Cake

Note:  This is where the importance of Mis-en-place is hand in very handy.  Prep each of the grouped ingredients separately so that when you finish with your mis-en-place, you have all your ingredients staged in 4 bowls.  Once you finish that process, the mixing will be rather easy (and you will have a neat and clean kitchen workspace).

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What HAVE You Veggies Been Up To?

Last year, I was gifted with a volunteer pumpkin plant.  It produced several small, round, hearty, deeply-orange-fleshed pumpkins, much to my sheer delight.  They made their way to the expected pumpkin pie but also became pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, and

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Thai Papaya Salad

Thai Papaya Salad

Thai Food Really Can Eat Like a Meal

One of my favorite dishes when I go to a Thai restaurant is their Papaya Salad. It’s great as a starter but can also eat like a meal.

That being said, it is typically made with fish sauce, so I have to ask them to make is sans that ingredient. They are quite obliging to do so; however, there is then a part of the flavor profile that is missing, or at least, I would think that is the case as I’ve only ever eaten Papaya salad since becoming vegan, so I wouldn’t know what it is supposed to taste like with the fish sauce.

Being vegan is not what it used to be. With the advent of the plethora of vegan ingredients on the market today, you can pretty much get a substitute for almost any non-veg ingredient. Thus, at least, is the case with fish sauce. The company, Tofuna Fysh, LLC, based in Portland, Oregon, has come out with Vegan Fysh Sauce, which is made with organic seaweed. The perfect swap out for fish sauce.

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