julie\’s kind kitchen


Homemade everything!!
June 17, 2008, 12:45 pm
Filed under: cooking projects, Julie H.

Well, two things anyway :]

Remember my list of cooking projects? Sure you do.

This week I made a version of Catherine’s granola. I didn’t have puffed brown rice cereal, so I used puffed kamut cereal, which I’d say is a fair exchange. I didn’t have almonds, walnuts, dried cherries nor dried apricots, so I had to leave those out. I could have gone to the store to get some or all of the missing dried fruit/nuts, but I really just wanted to use what I had on hand. I did have golden raisins and I added some macadamia nuts. This recipe worked out perfectly, thanks Catherine! Now that I’ve gotten a “taste” of how good homemade granola can be, I want to try this recipe and this one too!

Granola tips I learned from Julie Hasson-Don’t forget to top your individual portion of granola with hemp seeds for added nutrition. Don’t bake the hemp seeds though (they may lose some of their health benefits), nor mix them in with your full batch of granola, unless you don’t mind sticking the whole batch in the fridge.

Plus, granola always tastes better with chopped bananas or other fresh fruit! That’s a tip from me :]

Next up, homemade veggie burger buns! I halved this recipe and made 6 burger buns. Next time, I’ll only make 5 so they are a bit bigger. The recipe was easy to follow and the buns turned out perfectly (although a little lopsided-my fault!). They aren’t too dense and they are suuuper soft! Plus, they are topped with sesame seeds, which are a good source of calcium, among other nutrients.

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New Look, Homemade Bread and Galaxy Hummus Review
June 8, 2008, 9:36 pm
Filed under: cooking projects, Dreena, Isa, product review

First off, the blog has a new look!! Matt and I (mostly Matt) made the custom header you see above. Walking the Vegan Line and Vegan Dad both have cool new headers, so I decided it was time for Julie’s Kind Kitchen to have one too. The header may be changed a little in the future or not. I am not sure. What do you think?

Next, I made my first loaf of homemade bread! Wee. This is just one of the cooking projects I’ve listed here. I couldn’t find the soy milk powder this bread machine recipe calls for, so I just went with the Oatmeal Bread recipe on the back of the King Arthur bread flour bag. I like it a lot, but it came out really dense. Meaning it’s great by itself heated up with butter, but too dense for any kind of sandwich. Does anyone have a recipe for a lighter bread? Also, I would like for my next loaf to be whole wheat. I have a bread machine that Matt’s mom gave me, so it can be a bread machine recipe or not. I really want to keep making bread because not only is it fun ( I like to knead!), but it’s also so much cheaper than buying bread at the store.

Next up, Galaxy Foods sent us some free samples! So far I’ve only tried the hummus and I must say it’s really freaking good. I love the non-oily taste and little red pepper chunks sprinkled throughout. Plus, it’s organic. That’s good, right?

I am not to sure what I want to make with the vegan cheese. Suggestions? The block is Cheddar and the slices are Mozzarella and Pepper Jack.

Here’s a lil’ bit of that Galaxy hummus on a plate with pita and Dreena’s Quinoa Spring Salad. This is a recipe I have been meaning to try fore-v-e-r and never got around to it. I am glad I finally did, it’s so light and fresh tasting. What a perfect snack!

Can you guess which book is open in the background? Yup, it’s Veganomicon. I have some leftover quinoa and I think I am going to make the Quinoa Almond Muffins. Quinoa in a muffin? I’ll let you know how they turn out.

Finally, my Mom is reading the blog now…HI MOM!!