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VeganMoFo: Field Trip and Buddy Baking – swell

VeganMoFo: Field Trip and Buddy Baking

Wow, I disappeared there for awhile didn’t I?  Apparently I don’t have good time management now that I have homework and social plans.  And today I have not much to show for it, either!  But I’m hoping for better things later this week.

On Saturday I joined a bunch of older folks in Duluth for our first MN Master Naturalists field trip.  We watched the raptor migration and looked at plants and tried to find a beaver lodge.  Social situations with strangers make me a little nervous, so I’m always happy to have food on hand :)   I got to use my new tiffin and To-Go Ware utensil set from Herbivore, and sat on a hillside munching away on some roasted chickpeas with red pepper slices

as well as a sandwich on GF bread with avocado, stoneground mustard, savory baked tofu, more red peppers, and baby romaine.  Yum!  Also, the tiffin is awesome!  If you’re looking for a new lunchbox that’s earth-friendly, you should definitely consider one of these… bamboo utensils are now my favorite kind!

I also had the opportunity this weekend to meet up with Kim from the Affairs of Living blog and learn a little bit about gluten-free vegan baking.  Kim has been diagnosed with a really ridiculous amount of food allergies PLUS she’s avoiding sugar and wheat because of candida issues.  If she were me, I’d probably be tempted to sulk and feel sorry for myself all the time.  But she is so far from that — she bakes and cooks and shares tons of recipes on her blog, including two in particular that I’d really like to try very soon, Apple Raisin Cupcakes with Raisin Cashew Frosting and Rhubarb Cashew Cookies.  She’s also into natural and holistic health and shares so much of her personal experiences through her blog.  And she’s really just as nice, friendly, and exuberant as she sounds on-screen!  I am glad we decided to finally meet up for dinner a few weeks ago, and to bake something together this past Sunday.

She tells a much better version of our story over on her blog, so I’ll point you in that direction, but we tried to bake up a batch of savory squash scones with caramelized onions and fresh rosemary, chives, and sage.  Delicious, eh?  Well, they tasted delicious, but unfortunately the texture left something to be desired — they stuck to the roofs of our mouths in a bit of an unpleasant way.  I didn’t even get a very pretty picture of them, but here’s proof that we created them:

That crackly texture is really pretty, isn’t it?  We decided next time we get together we’re just going to cook something before we attempt baking again.

Many other things in the works, though life is getting in the way these days…I’ll be back soon!

No Responses to “VeganMoFo: Field Trip and Buddy Baking”

  1. Mary says:

    Ha! I just got the exact same tiffin set and to-go ware. That set-up rules, I agree. I get so excited about eating lunch out of those snappy containers.

    What GF bread is that? It looks tasty, which is saying a lot for GF bread.

  2. a-k says:

    I know, isn’t it the best lunch container ever? So good.

    The GF bread is by a brand called Kinnikinnick, a Canadian-based company. It’s SO GOOD. Seriously, I can’t tell it’s not gf… it has a great texture, doesn’t fall apart, and tastes really good, like a yummy sourdough-based bread (although it is yeast-based). I found it in the freezer at my coop, and now I’m hell bent on creating my own.

  3. Mo says:

    I want a tiffin so hard! The food looks gorgeous, as usual.

  4. I was just researching lunch containers and decided on the tiffin set – now I’m getting it for sure with your seal of approval :)

  5. JohnP says:

    I have that tiffin set – it’s great!

  6. shannonmarie says:

    I love my to-go ware. It is the best.

    I’m also digging the scone. I plan on making some raw ones soon.

  7. Kim Christensen says:

    A-K, what nice things you’ve said about me! You’re a dear one, aren’t you? I’m jealous of your tiffin set : )

  8. kitchenspoon says:

    I’m still hung up on the raptor migration bit—how amazing!!

  9. Courtney says:

    Sorry to hear the baking didn’t go so well…it sure LOOKS impressive, though! They really are gorgeous.


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