Scattered Food Thoughts

May I be honest with you?

I haven’t had a web presence for long. I am still learning what a blog is and what it means to be a blogger. I’m still learning how the entire process comes together. Let’s not even get into the photography process. I am terrible at taking pictures. Again, I am learning, just not fast enough for my taste.

Everyday I go online reading blogs. Marvelling at their author’s brilliance. I wonder “How can I go beyond what I perceive as difficult in order to create a web presence that I love?” That question is on my mind all the time. As with others like:

  • What do I need to make my blog work and be a success for my standards?
  • Do I immediately try to get ads?
  • Where do I get all the bells and whistles and how do I place them into my blog?
  • Do I post everyday, every other day, or once a week?
  • Is there a book, website, video, or a combination of it all to teach and help me with everything?
  • How do these bloggers continue to create recipes with ease?
  • Why am I not comprehending this? What is wrong with me?

I have been freaking out over this since I started my blog. The act of trying to write down the recipe of what I make as I make it is challenging considering that I don’t measure anything unless I am baking and I’m not a baker. Unless I am making biscuits, cobbler, or pie.

The ideas for dishes are plentiful. Yet when I get in the spotlight – the stove to create said masterpiece, I choke and then just about all my meals end up looking the same or have the same color  palette. I keep hearing Gillian McKeith in my head speaking of bland brown. However, in my case it’s a green orange curry color or tomato based. How do all the bloggers do it?!

My pictures. Oh my gosh, let’s not go there. I have blurry, angled, too bright, too dark. the list goes  on and on pictures. And none of the patients to keep taking pictures of the same thing until I get it right before I move on to thee next project.

The bottom line is I have been blogging for a few months  and already I feel lost and alone in this. I am not going beyond what I perceive to be difficult or even being my best. I feel as though I am trying really hard to get the hang of this blogging thing without getting anywhere. Maybe one day the switch will flip for me to finally connecting the dots and create a beautiful picture and seriously good site.


BabycakesNYC Cupcake Dreams!

January is here once again. It is the start of the new year; the time of the year when most people are thinking back to all those amazing treats and desserts that usually take over between October and December. It is non-stop back-to-back holiday celebrations and activities filled with candy, cakes, pies, cookies, and more! Did I say – PIE!

Yes, January is cold and dreary some days, even here in Florida. So you want all the rich soups and some hearty chili to the point that you eat more than you should. You still want to snuggle up in a warm blanket with a large cup of hot chocolate.

However, I, along with millions of others take a journey at the beginning of the year to purge ourselves of all the junk we inhaled over the holiday season. Here we are sort of in the middle of January and I am having sweet treats withdrawals. All I want are some BabycakesNYC cupcakes at Downtown Disney.

I have been doing very well with not having any sweets or treats up to this point. Still, I have been wanting the wonderful slight sweet taste of BabycakesNYC at Downtown Disney.

Is it wrong? Is it wrong to dream of strawberries with cake and lovely frosting. I really want to try this cupcake! YUM!

Maybe next month I will be able to have my BABYCAKES!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap – Vegan Cookies

I can not believe that I forget to post about the WONDERFUL cookies I received in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

They all came on the same day! Oh joy!

We gathered around our goodies ready to taste each cookie and taste we did!

The first cookie package we opened came in a beautifully decorated container of different shades of gold. We lifted the lid and there inside were “Maple- Frosted Pumpkin Spice” Cookies!

These cookies had a deep spicy pumpkin flavor that was soft like pillows when you bit into them. The frosting added to that softness with just a kiss of maple.

The next cookie we dove into were “Vegan Nog” Cookies!

These also were soft and frosted. a wonderful warming spicy nog flavor that complimented my nog, cider, and hot chocolate.

The final package of cookies were “What the He$%!” Cookies! Yes, you read that right. You read “What the Hell!” And that is exactly what I said when I opened them.

These had so many flavor nodes that blended so well that all I needed was a glass of almond milk.

None of the cookies lasted longer than a few days, if that. We gobbled them up real quick and brought smiles to our faces.

We are so ready the next cookie swap!

Cranberry Macadamia Buttons

When I first read about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011, I imagined not receiving any cookies simply because I am vegan. No animal products and by-products. The way I eat is not about diet, it is a lifestyle. It touches every area of your life.

So I gave The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap another look. I decided that what was really important was to give and share than to be selfish and just want to receive.

Now in my excitement, I half read everything. I am not a baker; cooking is more my speed. The blending of herbs and spices, dreaming up dishes, even creating teas is an adventure of pure culinary delights. All of my cookbooks, magazines, recipe cards, and booklets came out to dream about anything and everything Christmas cookies and bars until I could not look at another treat. Then it hit me! I’ll create my own cookie with elements from cookies that I love. The result?

Cranberry Macadamia Buttons!

In creating these cookies, I wanted to do something just a bit different. Instead of using a non-dairy butter or oil, I chose to use a buttery nut – the macadamia nut. Instead of unbleached granulated sugar, I chose to use agave. To replace the egg, I used Ener-G egg replacer, yet you can use a flax seed or chia seed egg replacement. Just know that flax will add flavor, whereas the chia seeds will not.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 Cranberry Macadamia Buttons

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 30-36 cookies


  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg replacer ( 1 1/2 teaspoon Ener-G egg replacer & 2 tablespoons water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Cookies
  3. Place macadamia nuts into food processor.
  4. Process until smooth.
  5. Remove macadamia nut butter from processor.
  6. Place into mixing bowl.
  7. Add agave and salt.
  8. Whip.
  9. Add egg replacer and vanilla.
  10. Mix.
  11. In a separate bowl mix together baking soda, all-purpose flour, and dried cranberries.
  12. Add flour mixture to macadamia nut butter mixture.
  13. Mix until combined.
  14. With a teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop dough.
  15. Oil hands with non-dairy butter.
  16. Roll dough into balls and press slightly with hands, fingers, or oiled glass.
  17. Or roll dough balls into sugar.
  18. Press with a glass.
  19. Bake for 8-12 minutes, check after 10 minutes.
  20. Cool for 10 minutes.
  21. Enjoy!


The batter will be a stiff, there is not a need to refrigerate. You can bake them right away. Once cookies are in the oven, check them after 10 minutes of baking. They may bee ready. Bake cookies to your liking.

Happy Holidays!





Vegan Fall Harvest Meal (Vegan Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Day! Oh the day we celebrate by giving thanks for all that we have and counting our blessings with turkey, giblet gravy, bacon ladened green beans, sausage stuffing, butter cream cheese mashed potatoes, and honey citrus zested cranberry sauce. Blah, blah, blah. Does that sound good to you? For most people, it is pure heaven on a plate.

For a vegan, thanksgiving can be a time that just seems better to stay in bed and sleep the day away. however with the right kind of planning, all can be heaven on a vegan plate.

I chose to get a Field Roast Celebration Roast. I made a plan for multiple side dishes. However, once I got in the kitchen and began preparing food, I realized that what I had was enough. Along with the roast, I prepared a simple dressing (stuffing depending on where you are from), mashed potatoes, garlic sauteed kale, steamed haricot verts and carrots with herbs, cranberry sauce made from sweetened dried cranberries, and homemade dinner rolls, all soft and lite.

So what was I thankful for? My grateful list is, yes I said list, is short. The biggest thing I am most grateful for is being with family.



Vegan Mofo # 31 Halloween


Halloween. That wonderful day and night were you get to become someone else and get free candy. It is such a happy occasion for millions of children and adults. For vegans though, this can be an incredibly depressing occasion. Because most candy have ingredients that vegans do not eat.

Candy that has white sugar processed using bone char, honey, milk chocolate, butter, and eggs. I used to eat hard (Alicante) Turron until I became vegan. Turron is a beautiful confection of egg whites, honey, sugar, and almonds. Of course there are different varieties from different countries. However, we are not speaking of that kind of candy.

I am speaking of all those sticky, chewy, chocolatey kind. Unfortunately, there is dairy and white sugar involved. One of my favorites that I can no longer have – Snickers. Yet, that problem has been solved.



A great company named  Go Max Go Foods has created a line of vegan candy bars similar to some major bars on the market. Jokerz is the one that has replaced my peanut, caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate covered bar. There is a Buccaneer bar. Can you guess which bar this one emulates? There’s Twilight which has a chocolate nougat, caramel, and a rice milk chocolate covering. I am sure that you can guess which one that one is giving good vegan delights.

There are some pretty tasty vegan candies to be had for Halloween, yet I love caramel, nutty, chocolatey goodness.

I hope every vegan had the most thrilling Halloween.



Vegan Mofo #30 Farewell Vegan Mofo


This has been the best month of my blogging life!

I really must thank Vegan Mofo for helping to jumpstart my blogging life. I had such fear in putting myself out there as well as putting recipes on the web for all to see.

There is more food in me, it is just a matter of sitting down and planning each dish. Yes, I do intend to continue to keep this site going. Each day, I have been teaching myself how to do the blogging thing. However now with a little more time I should be able to really make it look its best.

Thank you so much for all those who have visited and possibly tried some of my recipes. I hope to bring you more flavorful and interesting content in the future. As well as do everything I can to make the Vegan Mofo Team proud in their part to help get me started.

I have loved every minute even though it takes energy and time to create one post, I have been humbled by this process and will continue to grow.

Thank you Vegan Month of Food 2011 for changing my life!