Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bagels, Chili, Brownies, Ice Cream!

Lately I have gotten back into the habit of making bagels every few days or so.

But before making the bagels I made vegetable stock. We just saute up some onions and garlic and then add a bunch of kitchen scraps, like raw ends of vegetables and pieces we didn't cook with, that had been in the freezer. Add nine cups of water and bring the whole thing to a boil. Let it simmer for an hour with a couple bay leaves and some other spices and we have veggie stock. This whole technique came from the Vegan Soul Kitchen.

For dinner I made chili. First, I cooked some onion and green pepper in olive oil until soft. Then, minced garlic and jalapeno pepper were added. Last comes the really easy part. I added a big can of tomatoes and three cans of different beans. The key to great chili is lots of cumin. I garnished with a little green onion and Amber broke out the vegan sour cream. Also pictured is a cornbread biscuit from Vegan Brunch.

At some point during the day Amber made the best brownies we've ever had. Naturally we figured we had to have ice cream and caramel sauce on top of our warm brownies.

Coconut Banana Ice Cream

one banana
one can of coconut milk
1/3 cup rice milk (give or take)
pinch of salt
teaspoon vanilla
some agave nectar

For the ice cream, break the banana into a few chunks and put in blender. Add can of coconut milk, and rice milk. Blend until smooth adding rice milk if needed. Add salt and vanilla and blend. Add sweetener to taste. Pour into your ice cream maker and churn. Put in the freezer and let the ice cream get really cold while you prepare the caramel sauce.

We got the idea for the ice cream from a guy at our local health food store. Wonder if he too is a vegan.

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