Desserts

The Secret to Those Delicious Pancakes

The Secret to Those Delicious Pancakes

During my cooking class at May Kaidee’s Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand, one of the other students asked Duan, May’s sister and the woman in charge of the shop, what the secret was to their pancakes. “We use a mix,” she replied, “and coconut milk.” “Ah, it must be the coconut milk,” my...

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Ai Dtim (That’s Ice Cream to us English Speakers)

Ai Dtim (That’s Ice Cream to us English Speakers)

The other students who were with me for our vegetarian cooking class shrieked when they heard the cha-ching, cha-ching of an ice cream vendor pass the restaurant. “Ai Dtim! You dtim. We all dtim for ai dtim!” The Thai version of the ice cream truck had passed. “You have to try it,” they insisted....

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Christmas Chocolate Clusters

Christmas Chocolate Clusters

Christmas Chocolate Clusters This is a slight variation of my award-winning Trail Mix Clusters recipe. It won Honorable Mention in a healthy chocolate contest and was published in Healthy Cooking Magazine, December/January 2009, p31. I often make a batch of these and eat one or two clusters a day without guilt, knowing I am...

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Vegetarian Halloween Party Food

Vegetarian Halloween Party Food

The vegetarian Halloween party was a hit. Despite a few “WHAT are we eating?” comments throughout the evening, all the guests were great sports and tried everything. In fact, despite being so full after the appetizers that they only ate a small portion of the main course, everyone finished all their dessert…. I mentioned...

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Vegan Chocolate Frozen Soy Yogurt

Vegan Chocolate Frozen Soy Yogurt

Vegan Chocolate Frozen Soy Yogurt More playing around with the delicious soy yogurt I’ve been making. Since the weather has been so hot and muggy, I have been reluctant to experiment in the kitchen with anything requiring heat. But frozen yogurt hits the spot. This has less of a creamy consistency than the mango...

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Vegan Mango Frozen Soy Yogurt

Vegan Mango Frozen Soy Yogurt

What to do with all the soy yogurt I’ve been making? I mean, besides just eating it by the spoonful? Our 30-foot mango tree is still dropping a few mangoes every day, the very last of the season. However, from such a height, not much is left once they’ve hit the ground. So I...

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Bubur Pulot Hitam, Sticky Black Rice Pudding

Bubur Pulot Hitam, Sticky Black Rice Pudding

For dessert at our final dinner in Malaysia, we were served a warm rice pudding, accompanied by sliced papaya. It was the perfect ending to three weeks of lip smacking. Although the main ingredient, black glutinous rice, may be hard to find, the dessert is very simple to prepare. And you can’t beat it...

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins Ah, summer fruits–berries, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, melons…hasn’t anyone written a song about this? If so, I’d be singing it now. I had a craving for blueberry muffins after purchasing some fresh blueberries. I found this recipe on a site about eggless cooking. The recipe comes from The Joy of Vegan...

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Vegan Pineapple-Mint Sherbet was a Hit!

Vegan Pineapple-Mint Sherbet was a Hit!

Well, all the work on the sherbet was worth it. I served it for dessert at my latest dinner party, after a heavy meal of Malaysian fruit salad, turmeric rice, long beans, whole wheat chapati, and mixed vegetable curry with coconut milk. The fact that the guests all went “mmm” as they scraped their...

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Vegan Pineapple-Mint Sherbet

I wanted to develop a dessert for an upcoming dinner party. The rest of the dishes are fairly substantial, so I wanted the last course to be light. And with the heat we’ve been having lately, it also had to be refreshing. Something frozen came to mind immediately. We make a smoothie with pineapple...

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