Simple Pea Salad

Simple Pea Salad

Pea salad is my favorite way to eat peas.   The first time I tried pea salad was at a buffet.  My companion told me it was “delicious,” so I reluctantly tried it.  I’m not a big fan of peas.  We ate them often when I was a child, so they aren’t my favorite vegetable unless raw.  My opinion changed when I tried pea salad, and I spent the next few weeks perfecting the recipe until I believed that my pea salad was perfect.    Baker’s Man and a few other friends, and members of the family, agreed. What will you need […]

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia Breakfast Pudding

Chia breakfast pudding is an amazing, simple way to prepare breakfasts on those hectic mornings.   It’s almost like having dessert for breakfast, but it’s healthy.  Here’s my confession.  I have a huge sweet tooth, and sometimes, I really want something sweet for breakfast.  Fortunately for me, Chia Breakfast Pudding has come to my rescue, and it helps me to get a serving of fruit under my belt first thing in the morning.  If I have some Chia Breakfast pudding in my refrigerator, I won’t be tempted to stop at a convenience store for a sweet treat.  This makes it good […]

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls (Air Fryer)

Italian Egg Rolls were something that I created one evening when we were trying to decide what to eat.  I don’t really like to turn on the oven during the summer months, and I’m not a big fan of deep frying foods.  It’s not for health reasons.  It’s because it seems so time consuming, and I didn’t feel like standing over the stove while the egg rolls fried.  I really wanted to make egg rolls, so I decided to try making these Italian egg rolls with the air fryer.  The result was delicious, though the recipe did require some experimentation […]

Reflections on the 30 days of vegan challenge

Reflections on 30 Days of Vegan

The 30 days of vegan challenge has come to an end, and as I have done for the previous two 30 day challenges, I feel compelled to reflect on the challenge and tell you what I learned.  I have to admit that the 30 days of vegan challenge was much more challenging than 30 days of beans and 30 days of cans.  Compared to eating vegan for 30 days, those challenges weren’t challenges at all.   Eating a vegan diet required me to rethink everything I did in the kitchen.  Even breakfast, usually a simple meal for us, became a challenge.    […]

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostada (Vegan)

Ceviche Tostadas  are one of my favorite things, but being vegan for a month means I can’t have fish.  Fortunately, I had already come up with a recipe for cauliflower ceviche which was liked by everyone in the family.  Granted, Baker’s Man complained that I shouldn’t call it ceviche because there was no fish or shrimp in the recipe.  I solved that problem when I prepared these Ceviche Tostadas by telling him that we were having tostadas with cauliflower salad on top.  He willingly ate them without complaint because there was no expectation of seafood in the mix.  I call […]

Vegan Grilling

Vegan Grilling

Vegan grilling isn’t something that I spent a lot of time thinking about prior to this 30 days of vegan challenge.  As a carnivore, I never really considered what a vegan would eat at a summer barbecue, but as the month progressed, I became more aware of the potential challenges to a vegan who was invited to a barbecue.  I also became more aware of the challenges to a host who would have vegans attending a barbecue.  I decided to examine my reportoire of grilling recipes that have been published here on Patty Cake’s Pantry to see what, if any, […]

Vegan Tuna Salad

Fishless Tuna Salad (Vegan)

Fishless Tuna Salad tastes just like the real thing.  In fact, one of my friends argued with me and insisted that this recipe wasn’t vegan. She was adamant that I was cheating, and she didn’t relent until I showed her the empty can.  We love tuna around here, so figuring out how to make a good tasting vegan version of fishless tuna salad was very important. For this recipe, I used a can of Loma Linda Blue Fishless Tuna that I picked up at the vegetarian market in preparation for our 30 days of vegan adventure.  I was impressed by […]

Creamy Tomato Sauce

Creamy Tomato Sauce (Vegan)

This Creamy Tomato Sauce is one of my new favorites, and I’m looking forward to making this more often during the summer months when I have an abundance of fresh tomatoes available to me.  Unlike most of my tomato sauce recipes, this one starts with fresh cherry tomatoes as the base for the sauce.  This recipe is something that I have made before, but I’ve never made a vegan version of it until today.  I was worried that I would miss the cream and the cheese in the recipe, but these concerns were unwarranted.  This version of Creamy Tomato Sauce […]

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler (Vegan)

Pineapple Coconut Milk Cobbler is a simple and delicious dessert that goes together quickly, and bakes perfectly in the oven while you make the rest of your vegan meal on the stove top.  The inspiration for this cobbler is our easy nectarine cobbler and our canned fruit cobbler.  Neither of those recipes were vegan, so I decided to adapt the recipe to see how it would work without any animal products.  When I realized that I would be using coconut milk, I immediately thought of a pina colada, so I  chose a can of pineapple for my fruit. What will […]

Cauliflower Ceviche

Cauliflower Ceviche (Vegan)

Cauliflower Ceviche was inspired by the green grocer who comes to my work.  I was telling him that I was eating vegan for a month, and he asked if I had ever made ceviche with cauliflower.  Of course, I was intrigued by the idea, and asked him for details.  All of the suggested ingredients were vegetables that I really enjoyed, so I decided to give Cauliflower Ceviche a try. The final result wasn’t like traditional ceviche, or even my cheater’s ceviche,  but Cauliflower Ceviche was delicious in it’s own right.  Baker’s Man, however, claimed “This is not ceviche.  Where’s the […]