It is completely meaningless to put effort into activities that have no essence - Atisha
Sunday breakfast meals bring out the "made-from-scratch" in me and I think with Mother's Day just around the corner we should all make an effort to cook a nice meal for our mums, good friends or just for ourselves! Vegans and Non Vegans alike will enjoy these great recipes I always use! Below I share two recipes: My vegan Hollandaise and a super tasty Polenta-like pâté made from ground sunflower seeds, cornmeal & potatoes. And, of course, how can you make Eggs Benedict for your friends without HOMEMADE English Muffins. I made these foods from scratch from tried and true recipes that I love! BUT, of course, I alway give any recipe a bit of my own twist. You should, too! Have fun! and celebrate mothers past, present and future on May 11th - they make our wold a better place!
Another terrific appetizer, snack or protein main dish on Brunch Day is this wonderfully delicious Sunflower pâté. So flavorful and satisfying! You will not believe it's vegan. Nutritional Yeast is what gives this pâté a rich, cheesy, nutty flavor. I LOVE this dish for picnics, lunches or parties. See this and my Mock Arugula Hollandaise recipe below.
This recipe is from one of my favorite vegan cookbooks that I picked up at the bottom of a pile in a thrift sale. It's called Vegan Delights by Jeanne Marie Martin and was published in 1993. Wonderful recipes in this book.
Serves 6-8 people
Optional: 3-4 tsp prepared horseradish. I didn't have this on hand either so did not include this. Other things you could add include some finely chopped onions or minced garlic. Keep the wet veggies to a minimum.
Vegan Arugula Hollandaise Sauce
Makes about 1 cup
You've got guests coming for dinner. You want to have a dessert but don't have the time. What to do? Here's my answer and it's healthy and pretty to look at, to boot! Wow!
Where we live (there are no traffic lights here, if you can imagine). So we don't have many choices for stores or shops - many times it is necessary to rely on our own devices to "cook" something up in a jiffy. This is what I did to solve my dessert dilemma. And the best part is that our guests wanted to take some home with them. That's always a nice thing to hear.
What is it, exactly? Basically, it's a chocolate fudge ball made from ground nuts, leftover granola, remains of some cocoa powder, a melted cube of bittersweet chocolate, some tahini, spices & a spoonfull of orange marmalade for moistness - ALL balled up and rolled in sesame seeds. YUM! See how below!
So HERE's HOW TO WING IT!
THIS "RECIPE" made 12 small Fudge Balls (about 1" in size)
I used several different kinds of nuts that I had on hand. About 1/2 cup each of 3 types (or use what you have) but it should total about 1.5 cups of nuts. In my case I used:
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When your fudge balls are all done and coated plate them and store in refridge. They will harden - so, I remove them about 1 hour before dessert to let them soften a bit. If they are too big cut the fudge balls in half with a sharp knife - you don't want to loose their shape - so don't squish - and plate stylishly atop one another.
These Fudge Balls pack a tasty punch - so it is good to serve them with an after dinner drink that will balance their richness. I serve them with coffee spiced with ground cardamom or with cinnamon (I love cardamom - but it is not for everyone). HMMMMM GOOD!
ABOUT THIS BLOG!
I am simply a person with a serious passion for FOOD! I am not a chef, chemist or doctor - I am just a foodie food-head! The recipes in this blog are things I make for myself, my family and my friends and they have been tested and tried by some of my closest food critics. This blog has helped me become more aware and appreciative of the food I prepare and share and I am very grateful for this.