A little while ago, the good people of Vegan Corner came to me with the challenge to create a vegan version of deep-fried Coca-Cola, the sugary fried concoction made famous at the State Fair of Texas. Hungry Monkey Vegan Cookzine was looking for submissions for their new issue, a collection of vegan donut recipes to benefit rescue monkeys. Deep frying sugary dough for a good cause? Sign me up!
Besides the crispy donut base, the dessert includes a generous drizzle of Coca-Cola syrup, cinnamon sugar, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. It’s the kind of recipe that seems fundamentally gross, but tastes SO GOOD. You can’t not finish a bowl, but shortly after, you’ll find yourself laying on the ground twitching in a sugar coma.
You can find this recipe, along with nearly 60 other donut recipes, in the upcoming issue of Hungry Monkey. Besides traditional yeasted and cake donuts, the zine includes raw, gluten free, and allergen free vegan donut recipes. Donuts for all! The proceeds from this zine will be donated to eight rescue monkeys (previously lab monkeys) who live in Oklahoma at Mindy’s Meomory primate rescue.
And it’s quite possibly the best kitchen toy ever, especially in the summer.
Margarita Ice Cream
A creamy orange lime tequila ice cream served in a salt-rimmed glass.
Rosy Peach Green Tea Ice Cream
Matcha infused ice cream with peach puree and rosewater.
Tequila Sunrise Ice Cream
Orange tequila pomegranate ice cream with tequila grenadine syrup.
Bananas Foster a la Mode
A simple vegan version of this classic flaming dessert with brown sugar butter rum sauce.
Last week I received a phone call saying my apartment managers tipped off maintenance that I could use a brand new oven. This is a totally correct statement. Have you seen my stove? It’s covered in rust, cooked on grease, and other disgusting surface flaws that most assuredly will not clean off. Oh yeah, and that one time a pilot light went out and filled my apartment with gas.
So you can imagine how much I hyperventilated inside when I heard I was going to get a brand new oven. This is what happens when you’re on your landlady’s good side. You bake her cookies and be not an asshole tenant, and she gives you new ovens, ceramic bunnies, tote bags with cats on them, and Christmas cards signed from her cats.
This morning she knocked on my door and informed me that my oven is here, right now! I was still in pajamas and my kitchen was partially taken over by lasagna remnants from yesterday, but it was almost noon and I was getting a new oven, so I can’t complain. Just own up to my lazy Tuesdays. Anyway, maintenance wheeled in the new oven. It was brand new, shiny, and the knobs even had numbers on them!
Wide angle oven. It has a handle that I can hang stuff on. The old one did NOT have that. Towel, meet your new home.
Taking it for a test drive. You guys, it boils water!
I think I’ve reached my excitement quota for the day. If it goes any higher, every other day after this will be a disappointment. But it has been a successful day thus far. Now there are only three annoying things about my kitchen: the sink, darkness, and lack of space.
I’m sorry if you were expecting something a little more exciting, like a cookbook release date or a video of a puppy eating a cake, so here are some banana (“bunana”, HAHA SO CLEVER) butterscotch cupcakes with bunnies on top:
My blog is a videopalooza lately! Last weekend my good friend and filmmaker Andi Woodward came over and we spent the day filming around my apartment, talking about vegan baking, making cookies, and rifling through my kitchen for a brand new film she’s making about me (you can see the first video she made here)! I’m so lucky to have a talented person asking me to be involved in her projects! I have somewhat of a handle on the still image, but design and video work flusters me to no end, so Andi’s got my back! And oh my god, she made me an animated logo!
Thanks Andi! Check out this trailer and stay tuned for the film in a few weeks!
This is the premiere of my brand new online cooking show, Lazy Vegan Cooking Show in Bed! Today we’re making pancakes.