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Recipe for vegan macaron?

Yeah, I saw that blog post and didn't see any updates. I did find another vegan macaron recipe, but the top surface looked crackly. I suppose I shouldn't care too much about the outside appearance.

Anyway, I'll make sure to post the recipe if I do find something. Thanks!

Jul 23, 2012
amy_wong in Vegetarian & Vegan

Recipe for vegan macaron?

I'm looking for a good recipe for vegan macaron that replicates as many as the characteristics of the original French version (soft but a little crunchy bite, the "foot", smooth domed top.)

Jul 23, 2012
amy_wong in Vegetarian & Vegan

beans for breakfast -- veg version

How about a breakfast taco with bean, onions and cheese as filling? You can easily veganize by omitting cheese and including bean, corn, onions, pepper and cilantro. This goes well with ranchero sauce too.

Jul 23, 2012
amy_wong in Vegetarian & Vegan

Very Cool Website for Veggie Recipes/Vids

Thanks for the link. There are lots of vegan recipes here that are worth trying. Let me know if you have any suggestions on which recipes I should try first.

Jul 06, 2012
amy_wong in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best tasting veggie dogs

I love Quorn's hotdogs. The texture is not as good as the soy-based hotdogs but Quorn wins out on taste. Be warned though that Quorn products contain eggs, so they're not vegan.

Jun 20, 2012
amy_wong in Vegetarian & Vegan

Tofu dessert alternatives

How about mochi? There is a huge variety of sweet fillings that you can use (e.g., taro, pumpkin, sweet potato, mung bean), although red bean paste is traditional. Note that the glutinous rice used for mochi is gluten-free. The 'glutinous' is used as an adjective to describe the stickiness of the particular rice variety.

Also, there are several Indian desserts that you can try like kaju katli and halwas. You can veganize these too, if needed.

Jun 07, 2012
amy_wong in Vegetarian & Vegan

pesto bliss (per the nyt)

Is there really a difference using a food processor versus mortar-and-pestle? I've only tried the FP method.

Jun 07, 2012
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Raw Cacao Butter - What do I do with it?

Thanks Emme. I'll give the chocolate frosting a try. I'm trying to find a vegan buttercream recipe without using vegan margarine, and thought cocoa butter would be a great substitute.

Nov 06, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Raw Cacao Butter - What do I do with it?

Hi Emme...Could you please share the cocoa buttercream frosting recipe? Thanks in advance.

Nov 03, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

H Mart [Not] Closed!

Where are they moving? Will they still be located in Burlington?

Nov 02, 2011
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

H Mart [Not] Closed!

Yep, still closed. Made the mistake of going there for lunch and there were no cars in the parking lot.

Nov 01, 2011
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

Tamale Ingredients - Where in Boston?

I'm partial to Oaxacan style tamales myself, so I use banana leaves. These can easily be found in the freezer section of Asian groceries. Prior to wrapping the tamales, make sure to soften the banana leaves by quickly heating over an open flame or by steaming.

If you've had cochinita pibil before, you can try that as a fillling, although it is mighty fine on its own. I'm vegetarian now so I don't think I'll find out for sure if it's a good tamale filling.

Oct 05, 2011
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

Can't have dairy, how is butter flavor Crisco and lactaid milk/Silk in baking?

Thanks. I have a great all-butter pie crust recipe, and would like to sub coconut oil. I don't know if the coconut oil pie crusts turn out as flaky though.

I'm actually partial to the taste of coconut oil so I doubt I'll miss the non-butter flavor.

Sep 27, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Can't have dairy, how is butter flavor Crisco and lactaid milk/Silk in baking?

How do you substitute coconut oil for butter in baking? Is it one-to-one part by weight and/or volume?

Sep 27, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

White Cake that has a very fine crumb and light texture

Ah, nice to know. I like the whisper cake because I'm a fan of white chocolate (ones with actual cocoa butter.)

Sep 22, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

White Cake that has a very fine crumb and light texture

I've made Rose Levy Beranbaum's white chocolate whisper cake before, and loved how tender and fine the crumb is. OTOH, you can taste some of the white chocolate, so don't make this if you're not partial to this flavor.

Sep 22, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Concord Grapes

Hi Chowmel...Where in Burlington did you see the Concord grapes?

Sep 17, 2011
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

Simple Sensual Chocolate Dessert Recipe Needed for V Day

Beranbaum's chocolate torte needs only three things: chocolate, butter and eggs. For the amount of effort, the result is surprisingly silky, decadent, luscious and chocolatey. Needless to say, use the best chocolate you can find:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

In the Cake Bible, Beranbum lists a couple of variations, including adding raspberry puree, liqueur or praline paste, IIRC.

Feb 09, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Ritu Ki Rasoi in Burlington

They have khasta kachori and a good selection of Indian street food.

I had cabbage and peas and methi rajma. Both were flavorful and pleasantly light on oil. I had gobi manchurian to go, and that was wonderful. Crisp cauliflower in a piquant sauce. I'll try the haka noodles next; they do have a variety of Indo-Chinese items in the menu.

Feb 09, 2011
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

Where can I get-- and which is the right kind of lye for pretzel making? [moved from Boston]

There are Filipino recipes that incorporate lye (called 'lihia' in Tagalog), e.g. in sticky rice in banana leaves. Lihia (potassium hydroxide in solution) may be available from an Asian grocery: they will be in clear bottles, and the dead giveaway is the presence of precipitated KOH outside the bottle. The problem is that I have no idea what their concentration is.

Here's the MSDS sheet for KOH. Getting them on your skin can cause some burns, as I found out from a chemistry lab mishap some time back.

http://avogadro.chem.iastate.edu/MSDS...

OTOH, I've had success with dipping the soft pretzel dough in boiling baking soda solution.

Feb 05, 2011
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Celebratory Chocolate Challenge - chocolate desserts for the holiday table?

Oops, forgot to include this bread pudding:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

I didn't like cranberries as dessert, so I made mine with raspberries. It was great and simple to make.

Dec 16, 2010
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Vegetarian baked pasta dish

Baked gnocchi with a cream sauce of some type, and cheese on top?

Dec 16, 2010
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Celebratory Chocolate Challenge - chocolate desserts for the holiday table?

Chocolate hazelnut linzertorte?

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

I've made this before and while the chocolate is apparent, it's not overwhelmingly so. It's not really the traditional linzertorte though because of the chocolate and the use of hazelnuts instead of almonds.

How about pithivier doctored with chocolate?

Dec 16, 2010
amy_wong in Home Cooking

ISO dulce de leche

Arlington, Lexington, Burlington, Billerica, Wilmington, Woburn and Bedford are all convenient to me. Cambridge is close by but I can't parallel park so I have ruled out that and Somerville.

Dec 15, 2010
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

ISO dulce de leche

Thanks for the update, I think I'll try Market Basket then. That will give me an excuse to visit the new Burlington MB.

Dec 14, 2010
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

Homemade dulche de leche [split from Boston]

Thanks to all the suggestions. I think I picked up my last can of dulce de leche from a Latin American grocery in Somerville, but it was pretty far from my house. I'm afraid to boil a can myself because I may forget to check the water level. Is the home-made dulce de leche just as good as the commercial one? Cajeta would be perfect actually, I like the slight tang from the goat's milk.

@Dulce de leche...I love your handle.

Dec 13, 2010
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

ISO dulce de leche

Is it available in any of the popular area grocery stores? I've looked at Shaw's, Stop n'Shop, TJ and WF but did not find any.

Dec 13, 2010
amy_wong in Greater Boston Area

Clarified Butter

Hollandaise sauce and its derivatives

Dec 11, 2010
amy_wong in Home Cooking

Your favorite brand of chocolate

If Valrhona, El Rey and Callebaut are out of the equation, I'd personally go with Lindt Excellence 70%. Ghirardelli's white chocolate is pretty good. Lindt's white chocolate is funny-tasting to me for some reason.

Somewhat off-topic, I read rave reviews about Amedei so I saved up (really) for a sampler (Chuao, Porcelana and 9.) I thought there was possibly no way any chocolate could live up to the hype and price. Boy was I wrong. Chuao really is food of the gods.

Dec 10, 2010
amy_wong in Home Cooking

ideas for puff pastry shells or fillo cups?

I loved the puff pastry samosa that my Indian friend from grad school used to make. Because puff pastry turnovers tend to burst at the seams, she just fills the puff pastry cups with the aloo masala filling. Not as crispy as the original samosas but still very yummy.

Dec 08, 2010
amy_wong in Home Cooking