Syrian falafel

Our PNW kitchen is maybe now broken in; last night we made falafel, a family favorite and a recipe we all work on together. It’s historically been hard for me to share the kitchen, but I’m learning. It helps that I have the best tiny sous chef ever.

Falafel resting

Falafel resting

I managed to use the wrong blade in the food processor at first, knock the lid onto my head as I was sweeping up some chickpea detritus and serve dinner a half an hour late. Still, it was delicious.

Falafel from the side, green with parsley

Falafel from the side, green with parsley

We pan fry them rather than deep fry, but the outsides are crisp and the peek of green from the sides never fails to delight me. This morning I watched the Ayoubis make falafel on The Big Family Cooking Showdown, and that also delighted me.

Granola

The absurd and terrifying Road to Wellville is one of my favorite movies; making granola is one of my favorite things.

Granola: oats, almonds, quinoa, puffed rice, dried cranberries and more

Granola: oats, almonds, quinoa, puffed rice, dried cranberries and more

This tester recipe for More Sweet Vegan has a sneaky secret ingredient! You’ll just have to wait to find out what it is.

Granola: in a jar

Granola: in a jar

Peanut butter scones

Perfect scone texture is hard to achieve; most scones are muffins, shaped like scones. Not so with these peanut butter scones from the More Sweet Vegan tester recipes!

Vegan peanut butter scones

Vegan peanut butter scones

I’m partial to a fruit scone, me, but if peanut butter scones are your jam, these are the scones you’ve been dreaming of.

Side view of peanut butter scone, delicate layers

Side view of peanut butter scone, delicate layers

Scone math while cutting the dough into quarters is an extra bonus when baking with a bub.

Peanut butter scones with peanut butter chocolate topping

Peanut butter scones with peanut butter chocolate topping

For extra peanut butter, a chocolate peanut butter topping! Glaze, frosting - tasty either way.

Call me

I grew up mostly in Southern California and then moved to…Northern California before relocating to the PNW, so snow is still pretty novel to me. Blondies are also pretty novel to me, as I’d never baked them before testing for More Sweet Vegan!

Blondie on the top, brownie hidden on the bottom

Blondie on the top, brownie hidden on the bottom

Little Nettle liked spreading out the layers of batter, I liked that our power was back on.

Side view, strata

Side view, strata