Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It was always hard for me to imagine baking without eggs, butter, and milk.... just mixing those 3 ingredients alone with some sugar and loads of yummy desserts can be made........
For people who love bake goods......i guess butter can be replace with margarine, cow's milk can be replace by soy milk....... but eggs would be something hard to take away...... that golden glow that eggs give to a pie and bread...... that rich texture that eggs give to mousse and cookies......
BUT....i got some interesting news..........BTE told me he is allergic to eggs.........NOOOoooooooo
What to do.... what to do......
For a sweet tooth like BTE, i guess Vegan baking is the only way..........
So there, i started my quest of baking WITHOUT eggs......
Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
I am sure a lot of you know that...... eggs and butter are two of the key ingredients for really fudgy brownies.........well i guess butter is easy... just replace it with vegetable oil.... but what about eggs......
I found this really cool vegan website.... which seems like is pretty famous among the Vegan circle.... and they have a recipe for some tasty brownies...... and its main ingredient is TOFU!!!
Well I eat a lot of tofu, but i would have never imagine to put tofu in brownies....where i guess you can coat anything with chocolate and make it taste good (maybe not everything :P)........plus it has all these great reviews..................I CAN DO THIS!!!
go to their website and get the brownies recipe....... they also have loads of other really yummy looking recipes......
I change the amount of some of the ingredient a little bit and it still turns out great!!!
I add a little extra water to my tofu mixture... mine just seemed too thick in the blender, perhaps my tofu was just extra extra firm (hence lower water content)?
I have to warn you the final mixture (after you add in the flour and coco powder) doesn't look like you typical brownie mixture.... it is much stiffer.... sort of dough like.....doesn't really pour out. I actually have to pat down my "dough" into my baking dish.......
Extremely delicious Brownies.... animal products free...........
Tomorrow is V-day....... I think i will pack some of these to work......why make myself skinny when i can make everyone else fat haha!!!........The joy of sharing :P
Vegan baking is achievable.... and not as hard as i think it would be......... therefore this research project will be continuously funded by ME!!!
I have something that i meant to post right after my trip back from Hong Kong and Taipei (which was back in Jan).......... well i am going to pick up my act and get back on to this!!!
For now..... here is something that i gathered a while ago for Meg's friend Jamie.......
Not the most updated list in my head... but i guess will do for now......
I should really go revisit some of these places...... but is just so cold out.... so much snow ::::::
Restaurants…my two cent
Price: $-under 10, $$-under 20, $$$ above 20, $$$$- just super expensive only for special occasions (not including drinks and tips per person)
Breakfast or Brunch
Saving Grace $-$$
I haven’t personally been to this one yet but a lot of my friends have and they absolutely loved it!!!
Please try their French toast with Challah (egg bread) !!! To die for
503 College St 416-323-3957
Hot House $$
Known to be one of the best brunch places in town…. Super wide selection….from the traditional breakfast flare to lobster ravioli. It is a bit pricy for brunch, but is a buffet and is mighty good! They also have pretty good pasta dishes for lunch and dinner as well. And you can always drop by St. Lawrence market afterwards.
35 Church Street 416-366-7800
Meals (lunch or dinner)
Some Light or Quick Flare
Sandwich Box $
Make your own sandwich, so choose whatever you like
238 Queen Street West
Jumbo Empanadas $
All they sell are empanadas and is great and cheap. Make sure you ask for their Salsa
Burrito Boyz $
Best North American-style burritos in town. It is a bit hidden, is a tiny little shop under ground, make sure you miss it!!! Usually there are a whole bunch of people outside.
120 Peter Street 416-593-9191
Yung Sing Pastry Shop $
Hidden in the Baldwin Strip, this little place reminds me of old times china (do I really know what that looks like!?!) Curry beef or BBQ pork buns are the best I think. Try their Egg tart too flakey and sweet
Butler’s Pantry $-$$
A number of locations around town, but my favorite location would be the one on Queen. They kind of have an international flare. Their Chicken Bastilla Pie is divine!!!
Let’s be honest there is not really authetic Thai food in
Salad King $
Cheap and good! Always busy and have weird opening hours. Seafood Fried Rice is a must have!!!
335 Yonge 416-971-7041
Thai Basil $-$$
Their lunch deals are great, cheap and yummy. You can substitute all meat dish with tofu and ask them to make anything spicy for you.
One of my favorite restaurants in town, a bit pricy but everything is great. They serve food tapas style, so everything is small. Great for Dates or a big group of friend (can make reservation if party is bigger than 6).
Rancho Relaxo $-$$
Heaping plates, you will never leave hungry from this place! So remember don’t order too much!!! Wasting food is bad J
300 College Street 416-920-2780
El Trompo $
Al Pastor Taco is a must have! Also try their Hochata, is an almond flavored milk beverage. Close pretty early.
Tacos El Asador $
690 Bloor West 416-538-9747
Gandhi Cuisine $-$$
Not your usual West Indi Roti… This is actually Indian… People claim that they have the best butter chicken in town. I personally like their vegetarian selection the best! Saag (spinach) paneer or Mutter (green peas) paneer (indian cottage cheese) are my favorite. Remember Medium is very hot already and portion is big!
Great deals on Indian buffet on bloor.
469 Bloor St 416-964-8849
Phil’s Original BBQ $$
Their beans are amazing, and of course Ribs and Brisket. Don’t forget the Cachapas!!!
838 College St 416-532-8161
Duff’s famous Wings $$
Go on Tuesday and is just around $ 6 bucks for 10 wings
Japanese food are fairly abundant in
Home cook style Japanese food! Ebi (Shrimp) fry and the curry katsu rice are what I love
Okonomi House $
Right in their name…. Okonomi yaki is what they are good at! It is somewhere between a pancake and an omelette, topped with whatever you want--and very filling
23 Charles W 416-925-6176
There are a couple of Japanese restaurant around town that are called Tokyo Sushi so make sure you are at the right one! This is super small and yes it is super small, but their food is great and fish is freah! If you can, go for lunch because they have a cheaper lunch menu.
Another really small Japanese restaurant and yes they are also really small. They can get quite busy, so make reservations if you can. Japango Maki is the must have, and the spicy scallop
Ka Chi $
Everything is cheap and good! I love the Squid stir fry with rice! And they have amazing seafood pancake.
Great this crust pizza! Always packed, no matter what time so be prepare to wait
Lovely Italian home style restaurant. Fresh ingredient and great end product. Orzo Buco is a must have.
Fresh by Juice for Life $
Try their burger and sweet potatoes fries. Make sure you ask them for their hot sauce, is really good and different.
The most amazing meal I have ever have in my life so far, almost the most expensive ($100 per person no drinks or any thing just water)à Tasting Menu. Trust me, it will be a meal of your life
Soho Metropolitan Hotel Senses Restaurant
Great cakes!!! You can basically find their cakes everywhere around town
787 Queen W 416-504-2870
Future Bakery & Café
A wide selection go very yummy cake and is 24 hrs!
483 Bloor W 416-922-5875
Kensington Organic Ice Cream
Best ice cream in town…. Omg… need I say more
Hidden around the corners of Hero burgers Off Queen street on Palmerston 650 Queen West
A perfect finish after a meal at Duff’s on Bayview. Not the typical Italian gelato….My favorite flavor would be their green apple one, but they don’t have it all the time
1640 Bayview Avenue 416-544-9829
Located at the heart of little
697 College Street 416-915-0756
ENJOY everyone....... Don't you just love eating!?!