Hooray! This year I celebrated my birthday with a Maple-Kissed Blueberry Pie from a recipe in the lovely Vegan Pie In The Sky cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Yes, the same authors who created Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar – the first is happily sitting on my shelve and the latter is highly prioritized on my wish lists. Oh, priorities!
Let’s review this pie: it was f***ing glorious. The filling was SO good, with blueberries and maple syrup and all. The crust was a BIT less good, which wasn’t the crust’s fault: it was more due to the combination of our new electric oven and my housemates and me. Apparently, as was found around 20:30 in the evening after having been baking and cooking all night and day, the thing has a very special roast option, which was on. So then all my bakings and cookings were good on the top and a lot more raw on the bottom. Too bad.
Nevertheless, the pie was still pretty delicious! So were the pies my lovely housemates made; they made a chocolate cake and a parsnip cake with creamcheese-like frosting. Nice!
Additionally, a friend made the pumpkin cupcakes with chocolate chips from the Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World cookbook I just told you about. Even with the slight rawness on the bottom they were fabulous. I’m planning on giving them another try soon when pumpkins are still around and the oven is set up rightly!
By the way, these two baking books for pies and cupcakes are both very okay for nut-free vegans! I was a bit afraid for the ingredients in the pie books, but most recipes are without nuts. Only the fake cheesecakes all feature soaked and blended cashews, and of course there are some pies with hazelnuts or pistachios. But I am totally okay with that.
For dinner I made my second-ever vegetable spiral pie, this time with rainbow carrots for even more impressive optical illusions (which totally gets lost here because of the cosy dim lighting).
Fun fact: the flowers in the vase were found on a compost heap nearby. 🙂 The orange thingie in the front was taken while still alive. I am sorry for that, but to make it better: he has been around for quite some time already and up till now still brightens my days!
Concerning the pie: this time the process has been documented by my pumpkin cupcake friend.
Did you know one of the reasons I crop my picture is varying picture quality? Well, now you do! (Also, my pictures are dazzling enough when small. No need to exaggerate here.)
You start in the middle. And you make sure you bend your neck real far to be able to see what you’re doing. (Please mind the ‘healthy plant-based’ propaganda from Belgian Eva on the wall. And the non-vegan cat food, while you’re at it.)
Go to my previous writings on the Spiral Vegetable Pie for the picture of my beautiful first one, a link to the supposedly original recipe and the veganized version (with pumpkin hummus as a base!). An extra push: the first one looked even more like a rose! I really love the pictures of it.
I had a really good birthday and the party was really nice! Good friends and food. What more would you wish for? 🙂
I hereby promise to better prioritize, among other things, doing relatively useless things on the website of my student environmental organization and making really awesome posts for my own lovely blog Munching on a Dream. I will also try harder to not overwork my hands and nerves. Thank you for your understanding. I love writing here.