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More Vegan Travels & Food ~ Constanta, Danube & Tulcea (Romania)

One of my favorite things to is travel to new places and explore new cultures, history and art. I love to see how people live all over the world and whenever I can find time I like to go pretty much anywhere that has a few items of interest.

My partner and I had been planning a trip to the Danube Delta and then COVID struck and we postponed it. Twice.

But we finally got there and we took a rather circuitous route, starting with Constanța to see the port and the Black Sea, which is a place my husband and his family often spent summers when he was a kid. The day was nice and warm and we walked around the city before taking in the Museum of History and Archeology which was incredible. There really is a lot of Roman history to be found in Romania, in addition to the Austrian and German influences found throughout their history. It was a wonderful day of sun and history and exploration.

I love the town signs that give you a silhouette of each town entering and leaving

So we started with Constanta and if you don’t know it is the birth place of tennis player Simona Halep and actor Sebastian Stan! Just a little bit of fun trivia for ya.

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Vegan Dessert Recipes ~ Vegan Banana & Pineapple Cake

Who doesn’t love cake? Truthfully? Me. I mean I like cake but it’s not something that I just have to have or can’t live without. If it’s too sweet then I’ll have a bite of my husband’s piece but that’s where it ends.

Unless we’re talking Devil’s Food Cake, which I happen to LOVE!!!

I also quite enjoyed this Apple Crumble Cake recipe.

But he has quite a well-developed sweet tooth which means I get to try out all my vegan dessert recipes on him. A win-win for us both.

This banana and pineapple cake, titled Bananananas Cake because of the English word for Banana and the German word for pineapple, ananas. Get it?

Well even if you don’t, this is what we have for today’s vegan recipe, so let’s dig right in!

Vegan banana & pineapple cake

This vegan cake is easy to make, delicious and you can add more or less sugar, as needed.

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Oil-Free Vegan Devil’s Food Birthday Cake

So I don’t eat a lot of sugary stuff. It’s not because I have some big vendetta against sugar even though it really isn’t great for you, it’s just a matter of taste. I’d rather have popcorn or salt & vinegar potato chips instead of cake or muffins or anything.

Unless we’re talking peanut butter cookies, because I could crush those bad boys in one sitting.

But, I digress.

Today is my birthday. Yay, happy birthday to me!

And I made a cake because every once in a while I think that I want something sweet, like this Apple Crumble Coffee Cake. The operative word is think because I say I want it and then I go through the whole process of making something baked & sugary only to have a teeny tiny sliver of it. It’s pretty terrible actually and my hubs ends up eating it all and taking some of it to his parents.

But this dessert is different.

I swear.

Okay, not so much.

Vegan chocolate birthday cake.

One of my favorite cakes in my pre-vegan, fat girl days was Devil’s Food Cake. Now, I don’t mean the healthy version, oh no, I’m talking about the version with cocoa power, lots of oil and coffee and milk. It’s airy and fluffy and chocolatey and delicious.

At least it is until you plug those calories into a food tracker like Cronometer.

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Posted in Desserts, Drinks, International vegan cuisine, Vegan

Happy Thanksgiving!

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday because this year I am cooking to celebrate American Thanksgiving for the first time in many, many years. Maybe it’s the lockdown, the lack of traveling or just my insane desire to reconnect with home, but I’m only doing the cooking and celebrating what I am thankful for the past (two) year, not the whole historical context.

Anyway my in-laws are coming by for a vegan Thanksgiving, so wish me luck!

I made a sweet potato pie but I used a cookie and vegan butter crust so I guess it’s more of a sweet potato tart, but it’s beautiful and I am quite proud of it so I wanted to share it with you!

Vegan Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Pie

Of all the things that happened in 2020 and 2021, I am most grateful that I have someone I can rely on, lean on if needed, and laugh with through all the crap, the fear, the insanity and the whole damn calendar year. I am also eternally grateful that I have a job that allows me to continue to work–from home–and earn a good living.

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Ben & Jerry’s Vegan Ice Cream

I’ve shared my adventures with you before, about living in Romania. Being vegan in Romania.

For the first year, it was hit or miss, finding fun and delicious vegan items that it seemed like the rest of the world had at their fingertips. To be honest, I was a bit envious of my vegan friends all around the world.

On the upside, I became a better vegan cook in my own right. I learned to appreciate the value, the taste and the health benefits of a whole food, plant based diet. I learned how to make seitan sausages, gyros and ribs. So I’m not too salty about it.

In the past 2 years, Romania is really stepped up its game and I’m proud of the manufacturers and all the other vegans in this small country for making them see we are a forced to be reckoned with.

All that, is my long-winded way of telling you about the most magnificent new vegan find of the week.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…nay, Ben & Jerry’s vegan ice cream.

It was tasty, as far as ice cream goes, but my Hubs really appreciated it. I did too, but I’m half way through the container and I have yet to find a salty pretzel!

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The Best Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies EVER!

Today’s post is kind of a brag-post or rather, a way for me to gush about a really great vegan cookie recipe I came across recently.

Baking is not my strong suit in the kitchen, not really. I can mix and match flavors with the best of’em, but I need a base recipe to work from because I am very good at following a recipe.

So today I’m doing a little thank you and a little brag to the blog Loving It Vegan for this easy chocolate chunk cookie recipe.

This is a quick and easy vegan cookie recipe and chances are good that you have all he ingredients you need in your pantry.

Find the recipe here.

I used chocolate chunks because I have yet to come across vegan chocolate chips here in Romania and I like having big chunks in some bites and tiny slivers in others.

I haven’t been this satisfied with a vegan cookie recipe since I veganized my favorite peanut butter cookie recipes, and that was one of the first dessert recipes I veganized back when I was a new vegan.

These cookies are crispy on the edges and super soft on the inside, reminding me of why I don’t make cookies all that often. They are, honestly, too good and I had to do a long, grueling workout today to make up for how many I tested out yesterday.

Thank you, PopSugar.

What’s your favorite cookie recipe? I don’t eat them often, but I make them a lot because my partner and my in-laws seem to love’em.

Posted in Desserts, Grains, Plant Based, Vegan

Banana & Oat Vegan Cookies

I don’t know about you but whenever I have a few overripe bananas, which I do often because my partner buys them and pretends that he will eat them so they get overripe and I have no choice but to use them, the first thing I think of is banana bread. Of course.

Even though I’m a vegan who isn’t a huge fan of bananas, I can admit to a deep love of banana bread, with or without blueberries, walnuts, pecans, cranberries or any other add-in. But thanks to the above mentioned surplus of overripe bananas lately, a woman like me is forced to be creative.

So I dug deep in my well of vegan cookie knowledge and came up with something new, at least to me.

Vegan banana oat cookies.

This is an easy vegan cookie recipe that you can halve or double from the original 24 cookies.

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Posted in Desserts, International vegan cuisine, Potatoes, Vegan

The Easiest Vegan Sweet Potato Pie EVER!

Although Thanksgiving in the United States has come and gone, the season for sweet potato pie is still upon us and I, for one, think that as long as you can find sweet potatoes then you have time/room for pie!

And when it comes to making vegan desserts, I know that sometimes all the substitutions can make vegan baking a daunting task but this vegan sweet potato recipe is easy and delicious. And the best part? No pie crust!

If you’re in the market for a quick and easy vegan pie, keep reading.

Let’s start with the vegan pie crust because, and I can admit this because we’re all friends here, it is my vegan baking weakness. The first problem is that here in Romania I have a hard time finding actual vegan butter, it’s just margarine which has too much water to make a good vegan pie crust. The second problem is that I have yet to make a vegan pie crust with coconut oil that didn’t just go limp and lifeless.

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Vegan Cake Fusion ~ Apple Crumble Coffee Cake

I don’t know about you guys out there in the world, but sometimes I find myself binge-watching food videos on YouTube because, well, what else is a vegan foodie to do for inspiration? Sometimes I see things that are WAY beyond my cooking capabilities and it turns out…not so great.

And other times, well other times we end up with a delicious vegan cake recipe that is time-consuming but overall easy to make. This recipe was adapted from Chef John on Food Wishes because who doesn’t love a good Dad joke? Or apple crumble vegan coffee cake?

I for one, love both and so when I had some free time recently, I got busy in the kitchen.

I found this vegan cake recipe easy to make but like with most complicated vegan dishes, you need to focus on prep work. So we’ll take this in steps.

Gather your ingredients:

Before you get started, pre-heat the oven o 350 (175C). And dice your apples, with or without peels, the choice is yours.

Step One: Toast the chopped pecans, or whatever other nuts you prefer and place in a bowl with brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and melted vegan butter. Set aside.

Step Two: Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Also, set aside.

Step Three: Cream together coconut oil (or vegan butter) and sugar until blended. Use a big-ish mixing bowl because we’ll be adding dry ingredients to this bowl. Add vegan eggs. Then vanilla and yogurt, but if you don’t want to use vegan yogurt, consider full fat coconut milk instead.

Step Four: Add flour mixture to the butter/sugar mix and combine until well blended and then STOP. Resist the temptation to over-mix. Fold in diced apples.

Now it’s time to layer!

You’ll need two layers of batter so when you pour the first layer, keep in mind you’ll need another. My top layer came up a little short so…yeah.

Cake batter layer –> Nut layer –> Cake layer –> Nut layer.

It’s that simple…ish.

Bake for about 40 minutes and let cool, if you have the patience!

I’m thinking of trying cashews and Granny Smith the next time I try…what’s your favorite apple-nut blend?

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Vegan Chocolate & Butternut Squash Blondies

I think we’ve already covered that when autumn rolls around, I am all about the pumpkins.

And the squash.

In fact, let’s just say that I’m a fan of the gourd family, as evidenced by my pumpkin cookies. And muffins. And cupcakes.

This time I thought I’d try something a little different in the form of…blondies!

I love a good brownie, in fact I’d say that brownies are probably my favorite dessert and after about my second year as a vegan, I finally perfected my vegan brownies. So this year, I’ve decided to tackle blondies.

The ingredient list is quite simple and if you’ve ever made vegan blondies before, you already know just how easy this vegan dessert recipe can be! So…here we go.

The first thing you want to do is grab two bowls. In the first, add the dry ingredients. Flour, baking soda & powder, salt, cinnamon and ginger. If you’re in a pumpkin spice kind of mood, add that, but I’ve added too much pumpkin spice this year. Whisk to mix and then add in the sugar. I used brown sugar and I sifted it to make sure it was all broken up because brown sugar tends to clump.

In the other bowl, add the coconut oil, milk, extract and squash.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.

I was able to find vegan baking chocolate so I had to chop it up by hand but if you have vegan chocolate chips, toss them in while you mix to avoid over blending.

Those big hunks of melted chocolate are exactly why I’m so happy to make this vegan blondie recipe right now, look how yummy that looks!

Pour the batter into a greased baking dish and smooth with a spatula, then add a few more chocolate chunks on top…if you like.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes and let it cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Trust me, it’s worth the wait!

This goes great with mulled wine, cider (if that’s your thing) or a nice mug of hot cocoa.

What’s your favorite type of blondie? Drop links or photos in the comment section.