Thursday, January 4, 2018

Recipe: Blueberry Almond Cobbler

When I'm stuck inside on a snowy afternoon, one of the things I like to do is bake. If you have some frozen berries on hand, consider making this delicious recipe. Think of a cobbler like a giant deconstructed muffin.  The batter goes in first, then as if you forgot to add the berries, you just dump them over the top.  They cook and spread and melt together into a nice yummy mess with the moist cake batter underneath. Top with a generous dollop of coconut whip.


Recipe

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (or substitute 1 cup gluten-free flour, 1/4 cup rice flour, plus 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)
12 cup vegan sugar
14 tsp sea salt 
1 12 tsp baking powder 
34 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp almond extract
13 cup vegan margarine, melted
2 cups blueberries
1/3 cup slivered almonds 
13 cup organic sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract 

Preheat oven to 350 °F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Stir in milk, almond extract, and melted margarine till combined. Pour batter into an oiled 8-inch square baking pan. In a separate mixing bowl, toss blueberries, almonds, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract together, then sprinkle mixture evenly over batter. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until firm to the touch and top is lightly browned.


Eat Vegan with Me book launch



The year ended with the launch of my new cookbook, Eat Vegan with Me, and I officially kicked off New Year's Eve with a book signing at ION Restaurant in Middletown, CT. Thank you to Renana Magee for hosting the event and to everyone who showed up with book in hand or stood in line to purchase one!



In case you missed my talk, I shared my Top Ten Lessons Learned from 20 years as a vegan and read excerpts from my book. Details can be found in Part 1 - Conversations, along with nearly 100 familiar yet fabulous recipes you'll want to share with family and friends.



"Ten Lessons from 20 Years as a Vegan"

  1. Be the vegan you wish you had met before you were vegan (do you remember your first vegan?)
  2. Consider every interaction a teaching moment and a learning opportunity
  3. Ask open-ended questions and seek to understand and connect, not “win” an argument 
  4. Don’t get attached to reaping results; scatter seeds instead 
  5.  Keep a "being vegan" journal, write, reflect, then let go
  6.  Guilt is debilitating; accountability is empowering
  7.  Even vegans are human; be there to help each other
  8.  Be kind to yourself first
  9.  Our movement doesn’t need heroes; our movement needs regular, ordinary people like you & me to take action and speak up
  10.  Change requires discomfort, but it's worth it 

And one more - bonus material - when you speak the truth, you discover you're not alone. Never be afraid to say the word "vegan" or identify as vegan. You may just be that person somebody was desperately looking for. 
I'm here for you. Happy New Year!