Vegan Affogato for Valentine’s Day

Affogato with Cold Brew Whiskey Coffee
Affogato with Cold Brew Whiskey Coffee

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and I’m sure you are planning for a lovely evening. I hope you get to stay home snuggled with your special someone, be that your dog or a human partner. To celebrate I am bringing you a super simple treat to finish the evening (or get it started…) Afffogato, which is traditionally espresso over ice cream. Here it is the delightful cold brew whiskey coffee from last week over vegan ice cream. If you are able, you should make your own. I recommend a simple vanilla flavor, but please be adventurous. If making ice cream is out of the picture, then store bought is fine. I love Luna and Larry’s coconut bliss as a second best to my own. And, well, let’s say you are reading this 2 hours before your date arrives. No stress, just go buy some espresso, mix it with a little whiskey, pour it gracefully over ice cream, and you are in business. No one will know you had grand plans to truly impress, but got caught by a snowstorm and had to make do.

 Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Scoop ice cream into two small pretty cups.
  2. Pour one shot of whiskey coffee over each cup of ice cream and serve.
  3. It is nice to let the ice cream melt a little to help sweeten the whiskey coffee, so eat slowly and savor each bite.
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Cold Brew Whiskey Coffee

Cold Brew Whiskey Coffee
Cold Brew Whiskey Coffee

In celebration of my birthday, which is today, I am sharing this delightful little idea. It came from a fun restaurant near us in Somerville, MA: The Kirkland Tap and Trotter. They have an affogato there with vanilla ice cream and whiskey coffee. Our server explained to use they used whiskey as the liquid in which to cold brew coffee. Mind blown! It was absolutely amazing and I had to try it at home. So simple, so amazing. Make sure to get good coffee beans and grind them at home if you have that ability. They should be very coarsely ground, even more coarse that a regular french press coffee grind. Make and serve responsibly giving a toast to my birthday.

 Ingredients

  • 62 grams, or about 1 1/4 cups coarsely ground coffee beans
  • 2 cups whiskey, I used Jameson with great results
  • 2 cups cold water

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a French press , or any type of container if you don’t have a French press, and stir well.
  2. Set aside in a cool dark place overnight, at least 12, should be closer to 24 hours if you have the time.
  3. Stir occasionally, like every 6-8 hours. When you think of it.
  4. Press, or strain coffee from liquid and discard the coffee grounds.
  5. Store your precious liquid in covered container in the refrigerator.
  6. It will keep for a very long time, but you may not be able to resist it.

Coconut Whipped Cream

 Ingredients
  • 15 oz can full fat coconut milk (without an emulsifier as an ingredient. I find Thai Kitchen Organic, and Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream work wonderfully)
  • 1/2-1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp maple syrup, or other sweetener (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chill can of coconut milk overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. The next day, pour off the liquid still in the can and scoop the thick coconut cream into a chilled bowl.
  3. Whip the chilled coconut cream on high with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla and sugar if using and continue to whip for another 30 seconds or so.
  5. Scoop generously into coffee, eat with a spoon, or use in your favorite recipe.

National Mojito Day Morita

National Mojito Day Morita
National Mojito Day Morita

Today is National Mojito Day! Here in the Northeast it is HOT today, and perfect for a delightful summer Morita. What is a Morita you ask? Well, a Morita is simply a margarita/mojito mix. This recipe development came when we had a huge garden with mint growing everywhere. We had fun experimenting with way of using the mint with this lovely drink becoming one of our favorites. Until today I have claimed to be unsure of how to make a Morita and always put my husband in charge. I think by writing a recipe for it I’m blowing my cover. I’m only willing to do this for the good of mankind. Enjoy responsibly.

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • a large handful fresh mint, about 1 cup loosely packed
  • 2oz white rum
  • 2oz tequila
  • 1oz triple sec
  • club soda
  • simple syrup

Instructions

  1. Cut the lime in half lengthwise, then cut each half in quarters lengthwise.
  2. Split the mint and lime wedges between two highball glass and muddle together.
  3. Add the alcohol evenly between the glasses, fill the glass with ice, then top with club soda, and simple syrup to taste.
  4. Give everything a quick stir, taste, adjust to your liking, and enjoy outside.

A Vegan Mother’s Day In Food

Vegan Blueberry Muffin
Vegan Blueberry Muffin

So you’re looking for food to serve the vegan mother in you life for Mother’s Day. Good job; you’re working hard to fulfill her desires and it will be appreciated. Just for you, I’ll tell you what I would love for a food-filled vegan Mother’s Day.

Vegan Hot Chocolate

1. Start with vegan hot chocolate. If she’s into it, and most mothers are, add a shot, or ten, of espresso to make this a mocha.

 

Vegan Breakfast Sandwich

2. For first breakfast choose something savory such as a tofu breakfast sandwich, or just a delightful jalapeno bagel. If your special vegan is also gluten free try this savory oatmeal. For extra credit you can make the bagel at home. Just for you I made a video in case you’re going for the big wow factor.

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

3. Of course, she will need a late morning snack. I suggest something sweet again and bakery quality. Maybe a blueberry muffin or cinnamon bun with another cup of coffee. Preferably iced at this point.

Vegan Chili Salad

4. Just a salad for lunch please to balance the morning and get her ready for the delightful dinner you are going to prepare.

 

 

Vegan Smoky Bean Dip5. Now a little appetizer of happy comfort served up in this smoky bean dip.

 

Vegan Lentil Tacos with Homemade Refried Beans

6. For dinner I’m going between these lentil tacos, or a pasta with vegan alfredo sauce. Hmm, I guess I’ll leave it up to the cook.

 

Vegan Chocolate Layer Cake7. Dessert, the most important part of the day! You have a few options, but in my world they are all chocolate. My first choice would be this vegan French Silk Pie. You could also do a chocolate cake, or chocolate chip cookies.

8. Good luck and thank you. The person you are cooking for will love the fact that you took the time to figure out and make something special just for her. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

DIY Almond Milk

DIY Almond Milk
DIY Almond Milk

Almond milk is something we use a lot of. I had always thought of trying to make my own, but for some reason it sounded like too much work. It isn’t. It is just about the easiest thing you can make. It ends up being cost efficient as well, and you also get leftover almond pulp to use in other delicious recipes like these almond banana muffins. Pictured are three different flavors of almond milk: Vanilla, Plain, and Chocolate. I don’t actually own a blender so I have to split this recipe into batches to blend either in my Magic Bullet or food processor which makes it easy to do different flavors in one batch. Lately I have just been making vanilla almond milk as it is so yummy and bursting with vanilla flavor perfect for chai, oatmeal, or pancakes.

I’m pretty lazy so I just strain this in my fine mess strainer. You could like a strainer with cheesecloth to remove even more of the nut bits, but then you would have to wash the cheesecloth. I don’t mind the extra bits so the strainer alone works for me.

DIY Almond Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 3 1/2 cups water plus more for soaking
  • Optional:
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-5 dates
  • vanilla bean
  • 3 TBL cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Place almonds in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight.
  2. The next morning drain and rinse almonds.
  3. In a blender combine almonds, water, and any other ingredients you might want in your blender
  4. Blend on high for at least a minute.
  5. Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer. The liquid is your milk, the pulp you can set aside for these almond banana muffins.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.

St. Patrick’s Day Vegan “Baileys” Irish Cream

Vegan Irish Cream
Vegan Irish Cream

I love Baileys and have long missed its presence in my life. I’ve mourned the fact that it has milk and my coffee was destined to be lonely. I don’t know why it took me this long to figure out how to make a vegan version of Baileys Irish Cream. Maybe I wasn’t able to see past the cloud of grief I was existing in, maybe I was lazy, maybe it just took seeing a homemade non-vegan version on Flipboard. That is what started it this time. Below is a recipe to lift your spirits on this hallowed of days. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy responsibly.

The recipe makes quite a lot, though the picture is misleading as we celebrated last night before I took the picture. We were very impressed with the flavor and consistency of this Vegan Irish Cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 can Coconut Milk (full fat)
  • 2 cups Non-dairy Milk (I used unsweetened original flavor almond milk)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups Irish Whiskey
  • 1 cup Dairy-free Creamer (I used So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Creamer)
  • 2 TBL Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 TBL Coffee or Espresso

Instructions

  1. Combine the coconut milk, non-dairy milk, and both sugars in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until reduced by half and starting to thicken, about 20 minutes.
  3. Let mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cool mix in the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
  5. Enjoy responsibly.
  6. Store in the refrigerator when not in use.