Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Vegan Marshmallow Brownies

We got some Dandies vegan marshmallows from the cruelty free shop last week and, although tasty on their own, i was dying to bake them into a delicious gooey brownie.
After scouring the internet for a recipe i decided to go with the one on the Chicago Soydairy website.
Getting all my ingredients together, i found that i only had self raising flour so i didn't add any salt or baking soda to the recipe as these are already in the self raising flour.
This recipe calls for you to make some of the flour and water into a cooked gooey paste and to melt the butter and add cocoa til smooth. As the recipe says, this will make a thick batter. Too thick i'd say. I ended up adding almost half a cup of oil just to make it into a better consistency. I also added the marshmallows and choc chips into the batter rather than at the end.
Now, i'd say at this point in my life i could call myself a bit of a cake connoisseur but this brownie was a little too cakey for me. I like my brownies fudgy !! Maybe less time in the oven next time. Luckily the marshmallows are the saving grace for this chocolatey treat. They melted nicely and even burned the hell out of my hand when taking the tray out of the oven, just like a real marshmallow.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Vegan Pizza!

Last weekend we took a trip to the city to visit our friends and ended up staying for dinner. Usually we head to Newtown because that's where all the good vegan stuff is, but someone mentioned a place next to our old house was now making vegan pizza.
Melinzana Wood Fired Pizzeria offers vegan and gluten free pizza. HOORAY!
There were 4 of us eating, so we got 3 pizzas. Vegetarian, Melinzana and a vegan deli/mock meat style. All of which were delicious!
It did end up being expensive but we don't eat out very much so it was a nice treat.
I didn't have a favourite because they were all awesome and it was really nice to try something new. The woodfired pizza taste to it made it even better than a regular pizza. They even had the actual wood fire in the middle of the pizzeria for you to see your food being cooked. Service was excellent and the food was ready quickly. The waitress made sure that we had our vegan questions answered promptly too.

Melinzana Wood Fired Pizzeria
289 Enmore Rd, Enmore
Dine in and Take away
(Free home delivery for orders over $20)