The Pickled Mushroom

Anniversary Treats

June 9, 2009
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It’s time to celebrate! Sunday was not only full moon, but also the day that I’ve been vegetarian for a month and a week now. I’m very happy and proud of myself. I’ve heard that the first month is the threshold, so I consider myself safe now 🙂 However, I don’t want to annoy my non-vegetarian (which will be most of you) readers by going on and on about it again, but instead I will post the recipe of the vegan brownies I made on Saturday to celebrate. I did go by a recipe, but I modified it quite a bit, so here’s my own version of it. Enjoy!

Vegan Walnut Brownies

Ingredients
500ml flour*
470ml sugar**
235ml cocoa***
235ml soy milk
120ml vegetable oil
2 handfuls of walnuts, chopped roughly
200g block of dark cooking chocolate
1 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
Sift flour into a large bowl. Add sugar, cocoa and baking powder.

Melt chocolate in a small bowl that you put into a pot of boiling water. Add some margarine if you like. In another bowl, mix the milk, oil and vanilla. When liquid, add the chocolate.

Pour the mixture into the bowl with the flour. Mix well, it will be quite thick. Add milk or flour if you’re not content with the texture yet. Add the walnuts.

Pour the dough into an oiled and floured square pan.

Bake for 30 minutes at 180°C. See if it’s done by stabbing into it with a knife or a fork – if it comes out clean, it’s done.

Guten Appetit! (That’s German for “enjoy your food” and is said before eating. Like “bon appétit” for the French or “itadakimasu” for the Japanese.)

Notes
* I used whole grain wheat flour, but if you don’t like the “healthy” taste of it, just use plain white flour.
** I used unrefined cane sugar, but as above, plain white is okay too. I also want to experiment with agave nectar and maple syrup to get the brownies a bit more gooey.
*** I used drinking chocolate powder because I didn’t have pure cocoa, but it worked out well. However, it might be that less chocolate is needed when pure cocoa is used.

They turned out very nice, my family loves them. My friends at school were also very surprised at how good they although they are vegan, it was quite amusing to watch their reactions.

There’s still room for improvement, though. They turned out a bit floury, but that might be due to the use of drinking chocolate instead of pure cocoa. They’re not overly sweet which I think goes very nicely with the slightly bitter taste of the walnuts. Also, a bit crumbly. Ah well. I’m working on it. Maybe I’ll revise the recipe once I’ve done some experimenting.

I’m also thinking about another name change. Yet again. I know, I know.

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My little Table is my Joy

May 25, 2009
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Having my own little table under the window in my room and finally having bought a new sketchbook has given my creativity a nice boost. I can’t wait to fill my sketchbook with drawings from life!

Philosophy class proved a real test for me as we discussed ethics in dealing with animals and, especially, vegetarianism. Needless to say that I had a bit of a hard time as the only vegetarian out of a class of twenty-five.

And Düsseldorf is getting pretty active concerning flashmobs – I took part in one last Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Germany’s constitution, tomorrow I’m in a “banana bang”.