World’s laziest blogger

I have barely been doing what anyone would call “cooking” in this heat, let alone cracking open a cookbook. I have taken some pictures, but they are languishing on my camera. Basically, I suck.

I promise to do a catch-up post with all the things from my camera this weekend.

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FRIED!

So I admit to making one of the recipes without taking pictures. I made the veggie burgers after hanging out at the park with the kid after school on a hot day and didn’t even think of it until we were eating. But, as they made 12 burgers, I can at least give you a picture of the finished product since that’s what I had for dinner tonight. And YUM!

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I’m sure this will eventually be on the VegTimes website

But this post is mainly about the fritters. As I said before, the Vegan Soul Food cookbook is always a winner, but perhaps I should have specified taste-wise. These fritters were certainly tasty, but a pain in the ass to cook.

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As you can see from the feature image, I didn’t have black-eyed peas, but used soldier beans instead. I’m sure that didn’t matter.

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I assure you this tasted better than it looks

I also didn’t fry in coconut oil. If I could afford to use 5 cups of coconut oil for frying, I could afford to have someone cook it for me too. Peanut  oil was used instead.

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And here is where all my shots got blurry

See all those little bits in the oil? That’s from the first batch that completely fell apart. It took a while to get the frying right so that they would brown, not burn, and stay together

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Failed fritter and failed photo

But there was a lot of batter so we had enough for me to have a meal and Spouse to have half a meal (supplemented with ramen).

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Would I make this again? Probably. And if I didn’t have seven different kinds of hot sauce in my pantry, I might even make the hot sauce to go with it (we used Alex’s Ugly Ghost Pepper sauce instead.) I would be more likely to make this for a group though as part of a larger meal. Two to three each is more than enough  for an appetizer and it would benefit from being followed by a crisp salad to balance the oil.

 

Somewhere in the world it’s after 5

Hey, look! Two posts in one day!

Since we’re probably having pizza for dinner, I thought I’d post this one as I’m consuming the product rather than tomorrow.

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So while many of my cookbooks have beverage recipes, Speakeasy is dedicated to cocktails. I had to do some modifications as my local booze shop does not carry Plymouth (or Barr Hill, my favourite) and I only had caramelized simple (and clearly do not have a julep strainer), but I sure do have fresh mint in the herb garden!

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Faux Jadite is still nice

Spouse bought me a measure when he was out yesterday, which has already come in handy

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Caramel simple

Chilled glass, an extra sprig of mint, and down the hatch!

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Honestly, I’m really picky about mint in drinks. I like juleps and non-alcoholic mint hot or iced tea, but not much else. This, however, was really good, balanced and maybe a little too drinkable.

Clink!