The internet is for (food) porn

Remember, dear reader: I concluded my last post (that also happens to be my first, how weird) with the promise that I would pay my gratitude to some blog authors whose recipes changed my life. Chances are, if you’re somewhat familiar with the cook-a-veg blogosphere, you already know these babies. And if you don’t… pick a recipe and start cooking!

Allyson’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Cookies
Did you know that peanut butter is nowhere near as popular in France as it is in North America? It took a Canadian friend to introduce me to this faaabulous treat. And believe it or not, even after that, the peanut butter & chocolate combo remained unknown to me for a long time. In this case, the PB mention may have caught my eyes in the first place, but it was the pictures that really did it. Look at these unbearably cute red sprinkles! I always tweak recipes, if only because I have to make the conversion from US’ system of measurement to metric system first, but I’m pretty sure I reduced the amount of sugar. The cookies turned out Delicious — thanks to some heart-wrenching rationing, we saved enough of them to munch through the holidays.

Gena’s Chocomole & Banana Soft Serve
I’m not raw by any means, but raw fascinates me — the people, the food, the literature surrounding it (books or blogs). I read a cookbook in french a while ago, but it was short, austere (as is a lot of french veg’ literature, I’m afraid) and didn’t impress me too favorably. Then I discovered the US raw scene… oh, what a change it was! Choosing Raw was one of the first blogs I started to follow — the topics addressed (green juices, raw foods) confused me, at first, but the clear, precise writing and the non-judgementalness got me hooked. Then I discovered the recipes… easy, fast, and tasty? bring it on! I admit it: I had big doubts about using avocado as a base for sweets — I mean, there is no other way to eat avocado than cut in half and drizzled with vinaigrette, right? — but it sounded cool, so I gave it a try. Love at first bite, it was, but I was kind enough to share with the boyfriend. In my humble opinion, if you make sure to add enough cocoa and sweetener, chocomole tastes much better than tofu chocolate mousse. But if you’re feeling especially lazy, go for banana soft serve. Freeze, blend, enjoy — it’s that simple!

banana muffin

what do you mean, "food styling"?

Jolinda Hackett’s Vegan Banana Muffins
“Holy shit, batman!”, that’s about what crossed my mind when I first bit into one of these guys. They were that good. Great taste, with a thin, slightly salty crust, a moist texture… If you’re as clueless as I was, and you’ve never had banana muffin (what can I say? we French people have Paris-Brest and Tropezian pie, but muffins are a rare sight), do yourself a favor and make a batch right now.

Ricki’s Carob Coconut Sweeties (scroll down the page for the recipe)
Want to know how new I am to healthy dessert? I’ve never had carob until two days ago — that’s how new. A total rookie. But if it means more good surprises like this one in my future, I’m fine with it. I’d decided to give this recipe a try, so I purchased a pack of carob powder from the health store down my place. While I was mixing the ingredients, the smell got very strong (I may have drooled a little), but I wasn’t sure I’d like tahini in my sweets… turned out I love it! same goes for carob — quite reminiscent of chocolate, and yet different. I used not-too-finely ground pumpkin seeds in place of hemp seeds, they added a nice crunch. The boyfriend’s had sweeties for desserts and breakfast since, need I say more?

And that marks the end of our admittedly short (blogger baby and all that), shamelessly sweet-tooth oriented, homage post. To all of you people posting mouth-watering recipes and pretty pictures, thank you tons and heapses. Keep them coming!

Next time, there’s a good chance we talk about naturopathy. Or energy bars. Or both. Who knows?


5 Comments on “The internet is for (food) porn”

  1. Ricki says:

    So glad you liked the sweeties! (I’ve had them for breakfast a few times, myself). ;) I often enjoy banana soft serve and my version of chocomole as well. And the truffle cookies and muffins both look great! Thanksk for the mention. :)

  2. Ashley says:

    You must try adding 1/2 frozen banana to the chocomole!!

  3. Ashley says:

    For some reason the comment wasn’t posting..sorry for the duplicate!

    • Aurelia says:

      No problem! I don’t know why, but some comments seem to wait for moderation before showing up on the page, while others appear right away. Weird.

      Banana chocomole… it sounds almost too good to be true ! :)


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