Vegan, Jane Austen student, Minimalist, Reader, Librarian

Friday, June 26, 2009

Summer Vegan Treats

Music: Iron and Wine

As you've guessed, summer is my favorite season of the year. I'm always outside as much as possible, usually reading a book, and enjoying something cool to drink.

This is a simple recipe for peach iced tea from Super Natural Cooking. In a saucepan, take 4 cups boiling water & add 4 black tea bags (I use Earl Gray) & allow to steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags & let mixture cool (this will prevent cloudiness). Pour into a pitcher & add 4 cups of peach nectar (I like Looza brand). Serve over ice and add a few fresh sprigs of mint or peach slices for garnish.

Jim makes several recipes really well. He makes pancakes, tomato sauce, granola, popcorn on the stove, and ice cream! He bought an electric ice cream maker several years ago & whips up all sorts of good concoctions. He has been tweaking several recipes for the best vegan ice cream & I think he has finally found it! At Sprout House, he found something called MimicCreme near the soy, rice, & almond milks. This stuff is incredible! It's made with nuts, filtered water, & tapioca starch. When used in this recipe, it comes out so smooth and delicious, in taste & texture. W-O-W! This is chocolate but I can't wait to try vanilla to make ice cream sandwiches, which have always been a favorite of mine. He also made some coffee ice cream, which he loves.

The best thing about making vegan ice cream is there is no need to heat ingredients to boiling because you're not using eggs. Eggs, as you know, must be cooked at certain temperatures to prevent salmonella. All you do with this is mix it in a blender then pour it into the ice cream maker. Easy, quick, and delicious.

2 C MimicCreme
1/2 C almond milk
1/2 C cocoa
1/2 C pure maple syrup

Serve with a good book!

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