10/16/09

so savory and delicious, crispy crusty skin!

my cooking and baking radar is working over-time, it's mobilized and ready 2 prepare a multitude of vegan delicacies. after all it's fall! the other day i took hux and a friend of his 2 barnes and noble 2 sit down and read. we went up 2 their coffee shop and in their pastry case was a delicious looking morsel called an apple purse, and i thought: "oh how cute!" it was like an apple pie inside of a rounded flaky bundle w little leaves on top, brushed probably w egg white and sprinkled w course sugar. i couldnt wait 2 get back 2 sacred chow and make a vegan version. well there's really not that much tinkering that needs to be done. 4 the egg white, u just use soymilk, painted on in the last 5 minutes of baking, which yields, like the egg wash, a pretty sheen. you'd sprinkle the sugar at this time as well. 4 the butter or lard, that makes the best flaky crust, i would either use, non-hydrogenated vegan margarine, or chilled-solidified oil, a mix of canola w cocoa butter. i could feel the perfect crunch of the crisp, flaky crust w the crunchy, sweet sugar; roll, roll w rolling pin, form, form, place in apple mixture, enclose, crimp, cut out little leaves w pastry knife. i'd use winesap apples, pre-sauteed 2 softness, w cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt, vanilla, maple syrup, tapioca all mixed up 2 create a soft, fragrant, steamy luscious first bite. i could taste it, smell it, feel it, even though i could only see it here in a cold case. but then that's how so many cooking ideas r nurtured in2 culinary perfection. sometimes i see this exquisite "looking" roast, pork or beef, and immediately my mind goes in2 over-drive. it like a deck of cards being shuffled, and i am seeing one recipe after an other, and i stop short at the perfect plant protein recipe that creates the same look; of course so savory and delicious, crispy crusty skin, tamari, rosemary, garlic, thyme, onions, rutabaga, parsnips, carrots, potatoes,... perfect4 the body, mind and mother nature. oh, my mouth is watering up, i hope urs is 2.
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