The weekend saw us in Mike's hometown for December-esque activities like tree decorating. It was a good time (especially with the welcome addition of eggnog - what goes better than tree decorating than a strong homey drink?), a fact I always forget since I'm not really much for holiday decorating. The only thing the evening was missing was Christmas baking (a childhood tradition), but I took care of that problem in the morning.
This is the Oh She Glows Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream. I've been wanting to make it since the moment Angela posted the recipe (which was only two years ago), and finally did. Dudes, it's great! The only change I made was to cut back the sugar in the loaf (from 3/4 cup to 1/2 cup) and I'm really glad I did - combined with the icing, it really doesn't need to be super sweet.
The taste of it reminds me very strongly of spice cake, but made way more awesome with the spiced buttercream. It's a great icing - not as spicy as I was expecting based on the amount that went into it, but subtle and delicious.
The gingerbread was really a dessert for our main brunch item, which was open-faced fried egg sandwiches.
Good god this thing was heavenly. Michael made these and they're super simple - take some medium-firm 'fu, slice them about 1/2 inch thick, and dry-fry them for a few minutes per side. Then add some vegan margarine and pepper to the pan and continue cooking them until they're golden and awesome. The fried 'fu is sitting on top of some toasted bread and topped with vegan cheese and carmelized onions. I poured some ketchup on this beauty because that's how I roll. And then I ate two of them, though I could've easily polished off three open-faced sammies (like a man, eh Jo? Ha ha!).
To finish off today's post, I want to show you guys something super cool:
Lookie guys, it's me! In a paper! Regina's Metro (a free city paper). I taught a bunch of vegan and raw classes at the library this past month so they did a little write-up on it. Neat, eh? I've never been in a paper before. :)
Now I'm off to make supper with Michael - we have a Tofurky in the oven (I know it's not the holidays, but I'm non-traditional like that), and we're making mashed potatoes, gravy and brussels sprouts to go with it. Heaven, I know. Hope you guys had a great weekend!