Saturday, April 8, 2017

Meals for Mum (Mother's Day and Mum's birthday 2016)

I'm a little behind in sharing specials meals that I made for special people. In this post, it will be about the meals I made for my mum last year for mothers day and also for her birthday.

First up, Mother's Day! This was a pretty fun meal. Mum loves baked beans, so I knew from the moment I saw the main recipe that I was going to make it for her sometime. She also requested a chocolate lava cake, which led to some fun times in the kitchen. Here's what we had!

Open Sesame Dressing from Blissful Bites: I made a half batch of this creamy dressing, and served it as a dip. It strangely calls for arrowroot, even though you don't heat anything to thicken it, so I just left that out. I served this with some Beanfields BBQ chips and some carrot and celery sticks.
Rating: :)

Open Sesame Dressing


Maple-Baked Beans & Cornbread Casserole from But I Could Never Go Vegan: Unfortunately, the ratios for this seemed to be a bit out. I ended up with a very thick cornbread layer on top of an almost minimal layer of beans. I would consider making it in a smaller dish with only half the amount of cornbread for a better ratio. That is nothing against the cornbread though, it was a lovely light and fluffy one (I used a blend of half whole spelt and half AP flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour). Also, this claims to serve 12 to 14, but really it serves about 6.
Rating: :)

Maple-Baked Beans & Cornbread Casserole


Maple-Baked Beans & Cornbread Casserole


Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce from Chloe's Kitchen: Thankfully these tasted good, because they did not hold their shapes once they plopped out of their molds. Also, it was hard to unmold, because everything was very hot and it was hard to get a good grip with oven mitts on. And then they just kind of collapsed on themselves, though didn't actually split. The chocolate chips also kind of spread a bit with baking, so they had more of a centre ooze than a lava flow. But the good thing is, they tasted great! The recipe says to store the raspberry sauce in the fridge once made, but mine set up like a gel when I did that and I had to reheat it again.
Rating: :)

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce


Her birthday is later in the year, and this year we had my brother home from the UK as well! She requested a fairly light dinner, with cake of course.

Edamame-Mint Hummus from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: I made a half recipe of this refreshing dip, which gave me about 1.5 cups (the recipe says a whole batch makes 4 cups, so mine came out a bit under expected). This dip is lovely, creamy and fresh, plus very pretty. I left out the chile flakes, and added a bit of extra mint. It says to serve with pita points, but I served it with cucumber slices and it was just delightful.
Rating: :)

Edamame Mint Hummus


Miso-Glazed Eggplant from Chloe's Kitchen: This interpretation of nasu dengaku is a little on the sweet side, but still very pleasant. I used 5 eggplants to get the one and a half pounds (the recipe saus 3 will give you this), and I doubled the sauce because Mum likes a lot of sauce. We had these with sushi rice, baby spinach, and broccoli.
Rating: :)

Miso-Glazed Eggplant


Miso-Glazed Eggplant


Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake with Fudge Frosting from Chloe's Vegan Desserts: This is meant to be a double layer cake, but I just made it as one layer for a more manageable amount (this is a lesson we learned during with my Dad's birthday cake... that story to come in a later post). The cake has coffee in it, but as I am not a caffeine person (or a coffee taste person) I used some weak decaf, and I also added 1/2 tsp of chocolate extract. The cake was good, I liked it. The problem was that the frosting was just way too sweet for me. It has melted chocolated in it, and I used 70%, so a darker chocolate may help with that, but there is so much icing sugar in it. Not for me. However, my mum loved it. So if you like icing, you'll be right. You do need to let the frosting set a little bit before putting it on the cake, or it is too oozy (the recipe says to apply immediately before it sets at all).
Rating: :)

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake


Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Sahara's bear hugging.


Mum used to love giving Sahara her bear hugging cuddle walks, and Sahara was a big fan of it as well. Miss those walks with her.

6 comments:

  1. Everything looks amazing, especially the eggplant dish! Aww, such a sweet photo of Sahara! <3

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    1. She was a very sweet girl, especially when it came to hugs.

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  2. Edamame mint hummus with cucumbers sounds so delicious! And I love the idea of a baked bean and cornbread casserole.
    I agree with Julie that the eggplant dish sounds really tasty, I need to try that!
    That is really a sweet picture of Sahara!

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    1. Miso eggplant is one of my favourites to order if I find a vegan friendly Japanese place. It is great.

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  3. Wow! You really go all out when making meals for your family. They are so lucky!
    The dip looks really good and I LOVE Beanfields chips. So that would be my top pick haha ;) Everything else looks really good too. Especially the Lava Cakes - even though they didn't hold their shape, they look really good!
    And the chocolate cake too, although I'm with you - no coffee. Yuck.
    "So if you like icing, you'll be right." Sooooo most people???? ;0
    Ah Sahara. What a sweet cat she was. *hugs*

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    1. I know that I am in the icing minority!
      I love Beanfields chips, especially the BBQ ones, but that flavour is so hard to find!

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