Eat Veggies, save the planet

Coconut and Lemon Bundt Cake, vegan
May 14, 2019, 8:53 pm
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I usually make John chocolate cake for his birthday, but a friend who can’t eat chocolate was coming to John’s party so I decided to try a new recipe. I was asked by two people for the recipe so I guess it was a success. They couldn’t believe it was vegan. So moist they said. Next time i make it I will half the sugar. It was very sweet.


  • 1.5 cups of organic sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 14 ounces coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of soy milk or other vegan milk
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP of lemon rind, grated.
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp of salt
  • 1.5 cups of unsweetened dried coconut


  1. Toast coconut in cast iron pan on medium stirring constantly. It takes about a minute in a preheated skillet.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F
  3. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and put aside. Mix with a whisk.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the sugar, oil, coconut milk, soy milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk well.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. Do not over-mix.
  6. Fold in the coconut.
  7. Put the cake batter in a greased bundt pan. bake for 1 hour or until the internal temperature of the cake reaches 210 F.
  8. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes and turn it upside down and flip it over. Continue cooling.
  9. Serve when the internal temperature is under 90 F or when it is cooled to room temperature.






quilt for Angelina
March 14, 2019, 2:36 am
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TThis is my 2nd attempt at the Treasure Chest Quilt. The first one I made for my granddaughter Alma. This one I made it for my friend Marilyn’s granddaughter. Marilyn and I used to play in the playpen together back in the day. I don’t think we were this cute though. I hope to meet little Angelina before she goes to college.


Snow Peas and Cashews in a Wok
February 26, 2019, 12:24 am
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My friend Mary gave me snow peas from her garden at Sunshine Community Gardens. She is a terrific gardener. Thank you Mary.

I decided to make a quick stir-fry. She requested the recipe and this is as good as I can do from memory.


  • 1/2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup veggie broth
  • 1/2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1/ 4 of a red onion cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 8 oz. snow pea pods


1. Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch,  and veggie broth in a small bowl.

2. Heat vegetable oil in wok over high heat. Add onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add cashews, and ginger, and stir-fry 1 more minute.  Add snow peas and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes more. Add soy sauce mixture, stir,cover and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, or until sauce has thickened and vegetables are coated with sauce. Stir once or twice.

3. Serve on Basmati rice.

Brownies, vegan
December 8, 2018, 10:55 pm
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Rose posted this recipe a few years ago on her blog: The Captious Vegetarian. I have made them recently and changed the recipe some. Here is my latest version. I brought them to the Sunshine Gardens potluck and I got asked for the recipe(by non-vegans).  So here it is.


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1.5 tsps. vanilla
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 TBSPs. organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sucanat
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt. If using iodized salt 1/3 tsp.
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour(with cocoa powder) an 8 inch square pan.
  2. Measure the oil, maple syrup, soy milk, and vanilla into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, Sucanat, baking powder and salt.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture with a rubber spatula. Don’t overmix.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Put the batter in the pan and spread it out evenly from the top with a fork. Mess as little as possible with the batter.
  7. Bake on top rack of oven for 35 minutes. Do not over-bake.
  8. Cool for a minimum of 30 minutes before cutting.

This recipe makes 16 brownies.



Lemon Pasta
November 20, 2018, 8:44 pm
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My spouse,John is always asking me if I can make a non-spicy dish with coconut milk. In the past I have always said no, not possible. While looking for recipes using lemon zest I found this one that is Italian, uses coconut milk and no hot peppers. On Rose’s blog she gave me all her recipes that use zest. I made the escarole one, but didn’t love it. However, this one is delicious. I did not try all her other recipes with zest and I didn’t want to make a dessert.

To check out Rose’s post about zest go to the Captious Vegetarian blog on word press.



  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 pound of linguine
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of lemon zest
  • 4 oz frozen spinach.
  • 1/2 tsp of salt or more
  • couple shakes of pepper


  1. Heat a cast iron pan, add olive oil and sauté the onion for 5 minutes on medium. Then add garlic and shut off the pan. Stir
  2. Add the vegetable broth, the coconut milk and the lemon juice.  Bring ALMOST to a boil and add the linguine . Don’t break the long pieces, just slide it into the pan as it heats up.
  3. When linguine is submerged, add the lemon juice, cover and cook for 15 minutes on medium low.
  4. Lift lid and stir in the lemon zest and spinach. cook for a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper to your taste
  5. Cook for a few more minutes stir and serve, or leave covered until you are ready to eat.

How long to cook Corona beans or black beans in a crock pot
June 21, 2018, 7:10 pm
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I cook my beans in a crock pot on high.

I have a 2.5qt crockpot and it takes one pound of beans perfectly.

I soak with a slice of kombu overnight and then add water within an inch of the top.

The Corona beans take 3.5 hours.

The midnight black beans took 3 hours.

4 patch quilt for Hayley and Sebastian’s son Felix
June 13, 2018, 1:52 am
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  Hanaleah and Hayley both received their master’s degrees on May 12th from the Giddings International School of Public Health at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Felix waited to be born until after the graduation. I don’t think I will get to meet him before he is off to Thailand, but I got a picture of him on the quilt I made for him. Bon voyage sweet boy.