Vegan MoFo – Tuesday Tasty Treats – The Great Pumpkin has arrived.

It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for some Tasty Treats. I had a great time with all the apple recipes yesterday, but despite having a kitchen filled with freshly picked apples, I’m opting to make something with another autumn favourite – Pumpkin! I have really positive memories of pumpkin related baking from the first successful (or maybe just memorable) baked item I ever made. I was about 14-15 and a bakery near our house had a delicious pumpkin spice loaf. It was fluffy and moist and delicious and I wanted to duplicate it. It was before I thought to use egg replacer or flax seeds, so I made it with a mushy banana, and threw in some dark chocolate chips. I remember hovering around the oven, nervously, trying to keep from opening the oven to take a better look. But it was by all accounts a success. I think my parents have a picture of it somewhere… on regular film! (I started this food photo thing early.) So today, I veganized a recipe I found on Canadian Living for Pumpkin Spice Muffins with a lemony maple icing. It really took me back to that loaf of chocolate pumpkin spice bread. They rose up quite well, and had a nice spongey texture, even better when smeared with lemon maple icing. I did make a few modifications to their recipe but followed it relatively closely otherwise. I opted to put in a little bit more pumpkin (I used 1 cup), and split the flour amount…

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Vegan MoFo: 30 Days of Vegan Travel – Day Seven – Staycation weekend – Urban Herbivore

This weekend was a nice little break, today it’s back to the grindstone. I finally tried a chimichuri sandwich at Urban Herbivore, and after all that wait, it was… okay. The moment the sad little sandwich was passed over to me in the paper box, I felt sad that I didn’t get a quinoa bowl. Sure it was tasty enough, but it felt oddly like fast food, without the requisite smile. I didn’t have my camera, so cellphone pictures will have to suffice. My lunch companion and I were talking about the many uses of pumpkin. It’s one of my favourite autumn veggies, especially when it’s spiced. I suggested some pie alternative pumpkin dishes, savory options like pumpkin curry or salted roasted pumpkin and some that were sweet but not pie related (pumpkin cinnamon buns, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin sorbetto). After all of this pumpkin talk it seemed perfect that when I turned around, I saw a piece of gluten free pumpkin pie in the glass case. My mouth was primed for pumpkin, so I had to order it, and I was not disappointed. Very delicious, and I loved the crust. My only question… does Urban Herbivore have plates? If so… I sure wish I got one.

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