Monday, June 23, 2008


Double your pleasure, double your fun . . .

Nah, double your trouble with Terry's Favorite Almond Cookies from VCON!

Yesterday, I tried making Terry's Favorite Almond Cookies from VCON. Key word, aparently, is "tried." I preheated the oven, followed the directions, scooped out the first tray of cookies, and stuck them in the oven. I always set a timer for half the amount of time suggested for baking, so I can rotate the cookie sheet halfway through -- the back of my oven is a little hotter than the front, so I try my best to get things to bake evenly. Look what I found in my oven after only six minutes of baking!
The cookies had spread so much, they became one gigantic, caramelized sheet of cookie-concrete. I had to soak my baking sheet for a couple of hours before I was able to scrub it clean!

So, I used my noodle, and thought I would put the rest of the cookie dough into a baking dish and make a cookie bar, since the sides of the dish would hold in the batter. They would have, if I had chosen a big-enough baking dish! Ack:
Aparently, my noodle wasn't working so well yesterday. In the end, I have just had lousy luck with oil-based cookie recipes. I may try the cookies another time, using Earth Balance, but for the time being, that recipe's going to remain untouched, at least until I clean out my oven!

One baking project did turn out well yesterday, though!
I made the basic scone recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance, and added the juice and zest of one lemon, and 3/4 cup frozen blueberries. (Pardon the blurry pic.) Delish! These did spread pretty far, too, (although they did retain their scone individualities,) so I think the almond cookie disaster had more to do with the heat and humidity than some major failure in the recipe.

For the finale, dinner tonight:
I am IN LOVE with the curried tofu recipe from VCON -- seriously, Dan might want to watch that I don't leave him for a batch of curried tofu! :) Why do I love this recipe so? It uses a small handful of pantry staples, takes seconds to throw together, moments to cook up, (after several hours of marinading, of course,) and is SO FREAKIN' GOOD. I threw a handfull of leftover sliced mushrooms into the marinade, too, and those were magically delicious as well. (In fact, that marinade might make a mighty tasty curried portobello mushroom sandwich in the future!) Coffee Cup Couscous and spinach salad with leftover beet and parsnip salad on the side.

What is "Coffee Cup Couscous," you ask? Well, simply put, it's a single-serving of couscous made in a coffee cup in the microwave. Try it -- you'll thank me for not having to wash an extra saucepot! (P.S. If you have big coffee cups, you can easily make two servings, too.)


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Great save with the almond cookies!!

Oooh, your couscous sounds quite intriguing!

J said...

Hahaha! What an experience making those cookies. I remember when I first started baking, I found this chocolate chip cookie recipe that called for NO FLOUR, seriously. But I was dumb and didn't know, I thought something seemed off, but also thought the person who made the recipe surely knew better than I did.

Needless to say the sugary hard concoction left on my pan ruined it and I learned a valuable lesson.

Those scones look awesome!

Anonymous said...

Oh no! I am sorry about the cookies! That is so is too bad they got so crispy and baked on to the pan--you could have had cookie bars. At least the scones turned out well :o) I really like the VwaV scone recipe. But mine never spread! That is so are right, it must have been the humidity?

Your dinner looks delicious! The colors even look pretty--the yellow, green, and red really stand out against the white plate.


Anonymous said...

I am so glad to know that I am not the only one that has baking disaters-even when follwing the recipe exactly!

You've enticed me with that curry 'fu for the last time--I'm making some tonight :)

cedrorum said...

Cookie concrete is never a good thing.

Judy said...

That tray of cookies is hilarious! I have had many things like that in the kitchen, and the worst is when you can't even figure out what went wrong! At least your biscuits worked out - I have made them before (just plain) and they are pretty good. And I will have to look for that tofu - sounds delish!

Hungry Hungry Dancer said...

that totally sucks that your cookies didnt turn out how you had planned.. its ok though.. the scones look delish!!!!
so does that dinner!

(about your top post.. im sorry you have no ac!!! i dont know what I would do right now without it.. probably sit in front of a fan)