Holidays/Seasons

Homemade Tofu and Chocolate Mousse

I was given samples of Morinaga’s Make Your Own Tofu Kit, consisting of two 12 ounce containers of soy milk and two packets of nigari along with instructions on how to make tofu. I had made one portion of tofu a few weeks ago. It was very, very soft. I like soft tofu, but this…

Black Thai Peas

Black-Eyed Peas are supposed to be one of those foods to eat on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. After your Black Tie New Year’s Eve Party settle in and celebrate the New Year’s Day with our Black Thai Peas: Black-Eyed Peas in a rich and spicy Coconut Curry Sauce. Black Thai Peas pictured…

REAL New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch

Here is our fantasy New Year’s Day Five Star Vegan Brunch. Try one dish or all of them at your New Year’s Day brunch or anytime you feel like breakfast. These dishes have been tested and retested and they are all gluten-free. They adapt really well to doubling, tripling and quadrupling depending on how many…

Feast of the Seven Dishes by Gary De Mattei

I’m not a religious person, however, now that I’m a vegan the holidays have taken on a deeper meaning especially when it comes to food. I no longer see the meat-centered dishes of my pre-vegan holidays as a way of celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Now the holidays literally mean, Joy To The World and…

Vegan Cannoli

Here is the filling we use in our gluten-free Cannoli Shells. 1 lb firm tofu (about 2 cups) 1 cup powdered sugar 1/4 cup thick cashew cream 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon orange zest 1/4 cup shaved dark chocolate or tiny chocolate chips or 1/4 cup diced REAL “candied” fruit (2 Tablespoons each of…

Osso Vita

We love taking old favorite recipes and making them vegan. One recipe that Gary’s been wanting to recreate, vegan-style, is the Italian classic Osso Buco (translated from Italian literally means “bone hole”) like the dish he loved so much at Harry’s Bar in Venice. Here is the recipe, salty and chewy, right down to the…

Polenta Torta

We enjoy making polenta and Gary told me about a secret family recipe of his Aunt Bing’s called Polenta Torta. I love making cakes, and this savory polenta layer cake sounded so gooey and good. I never had the chance to try Aunt Bing’s original recipe but this vegan version takes the cake! If you…

Risotto Veganese

Risotto Veganese is our vegan version of the braised rice dish from Northern Italy, an adaptation of Risotto Milanese. The distinctive ingredient in both the classic version and ours is a good quality saffron from Spain. Spanish saffron will set you back around $20 an ounce in a specialty food store. It may be a…

Bellini

The Bellini, one of Italy’s most famous cocktails, is made ​​with sparkling white wine (Prosecco) and pureed white peaches (succo di pesca). If peach puree is not available try pear or another fruit nectar. The well-loved drink was invented in Italy in 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, head bartender and owner of perhaps the most famous…

Sun Dried Tomato Carpaccio and Sauce

32 organic sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup olive oil 1/2 balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon Herbes de Provence 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup capers vegan carpaccio mayonnaise sauce (recipe below) (Serves 8) Rehydrate tomatoes overnight in olive oil, vinegar and Herbes de Provence. Prepare the sun dried tomatoes Take two pieces of parchment paper…

Fruit and Nut Truffles

When craving something sweet, these treats come together just in time. There is no guilt here, only goodness. 1 cup raisins (or other sweet dried fruit like dates, figs) 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/4 cup almonds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or any combination of nuts and seeds) 1/4 cup shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cocoa 2 teaspoons…

Happy Halloween

When The Swingin’ Gourmets celebrate Halloween it’s not just swingin’, it’s also vegan.   Part I:   Can’t view the above video? Watch it HERE.   Part II:   Can’t view the above video? Watch it HERE.   Get these great recipes for your very own Happy Halloweegan Fondue Party!   Cashew Cheese Fondue Chocolate…

Rosh Hashanah

The best part about holidays for me is the food! I love celebrating all holiday foods, updating traditional recipes, making them not only delicious, but kinder to the nonhuman animals we share this planet with, gentler on the environment, and healthier. Here are my favorites for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.   Challah Bread…

Challah Bread, Round – Gluten-free

  This is an amazingly delicious Challah bread that is vegan and gluten-free. The egg flavor comes from the non GMO soy lecithin. Aquafaba makes it light and moist.   Ingredients:   6 1/2 cups All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour (we use Bob’s Redmill) 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons…

Chocolate Ice Dream

  This is a lovely sweet treat for a really hot night.   1/4 cup raw cashews 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional) 8 dates, soaked in water 10 frozen organic strawberries About 10 ice cubes (optional)   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews, vanilla, nondairy…

Raw Nectarine Tart

This recipe is for two individual tarts. Double, triple, quadruple the recipe if so desired. Total time to prepare these tarts is about 8 minutes (and that’s if you’re moving really slowly). Crust 1/2 cup raw almonds 2 to 3 (depending on size) raw medjool dates (pitted) Chop the almonds to the size of coffee…

Orange Creamsicle Ice Dream

  This brings me back to the Good Humor Ice Cream Truck and the Creamsicle Pop of my childhood. This is so much better! You’ll need to freeze some oranges in advance.   2 oranges, peeled, sectioned and frozen 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla   In a…

Blueberry Ice Dream

  There is nothing better on a hot night than this. One warning though – you’ll get a purple tongue! But that’s part of the fun.   1 bag frozen blueberries (12 ounces) 1/4 cup raw cashews 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened nondairy milk   In a high-powered blender combine the cashews and nondairy milk until…

Flourless Chocolate Cake

This is a recipe that has been inspired by Vegan Holiday Cooking by Candle Cafe (a must-have cookbook) and modified somewhat. It’s become my new favorite cake. Crust 1/2 cup shredded carrots (about 1 carrot) 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup raw almonds 1/4 cup agave or maple syrup 1 Tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer…