Archive | May, 2011

Organic and Fair Trade Mini cupcakes

22 May

I made these cupcakes for a Valentine’s event I did to raise awareness about trafficking. The first cupcakes are Coffee Gateau Cupcakes, which is an English recipe that I have modified from my mom’s version of Coffee Gateau Cake. They are a dessert version of a shot of espresso and they were a big hit at this event.
Vanilla Brown Sugar Mini Cupcakes for the ball
This cupcake is called Vanilla Brown Sugar Cupcake that tastes sooo good! I love to do things differently than most. I don’t want my cupcakes overly sweet, so I use brown sugar instead of cane sugar, which gives the cake a different and unique flavor. I also use buttermilk because I love the tangy flavor. Organic confectioners sugar tastes different than conventional because the texture is very coarse and it needs to be sifted before it is used. Look for Fair Trade Certification the next time you are buying sugar, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, you could help change someone’s life! These crops are harvested with the use of forced labor and slave labor around the world and Fair Trade Certification certifies that slaves were not used on the farms and plantations. This is to ensure that farmers also receive a fair price for their product. Shop Responsibly! Check out Shop To Stop Slavery for companies that ethically source their products.

Organic Collard greens, roasted chicken and corn

21 May

I haven’t made collard greens in a long time. I didn’t use a recipe, but I had heard about cooking greens this way and I wanted to try it! The way I would make greens before is to boil them or steam them but this technique doesn’t use water at all! I bought some Applegate Farms organic bacon, cut it up and cooked it with organic onion and then I sauteed the greens for about 40 minutes in the bacon and onion and a little vinegar, sea salt, and pepper. I’m telling you, these collard greens were soooo good! I also made a roasted organic chicken with organic corn. When I cook, I usually just start putting stuff in the pan and tasting as I go and I have to remember to write or type what I did. Writing a cookbook has been a challenge because I have to make the directions easy for everyone to follow but when I cook I put a little of this and a little of that, cook until done and most people wouldn’t be able to reproduce the dish with those kinds of directions, lol:-)

Dark chocolate brownie with caramel icing

20 May

I love chocolate! I made this brownie with fair trade Dagoba organic cocoa powder and organic pecans and then covered it with homemade caramel icing. I happened to have some leftover icing from a cake that I made for my father-in-law and I decided that putting it on top of brownies would be a fabulous idea! I was right…these brownies were so good, too good, because the only way to stop eating them was to eat them all! Gotta go for a walk to burn off the calories now! This is why I only bake like this once a month…keeps the weight gain in check! Remember, moderation is the key to enjoying fantastic desserts!

Heart-shaped Buttermilk Biscuits

19 May
Heart-shaped Buttermilk Biscuits by The Cooking Activist
Heart-shaped Buttermilk Biscuits, a photo by The Cooking Activist on Flickr.                      I  love biscuits!  Nothing beats these particular buttermilk biscuits.  I grew up watching my mom prepare this recipe every Sunday.  We ate these biscuits with scrambled eggs, sausage patties (had to be patties to fit inside the biscuit), sauteed potatoes, and gravy.  I make them with organic butter instead of shortening because I believe in using wholesome ingredients found in nature, instead of chemically manufactured and genetically modified oils.  One of the ways we love to eat these biscuits is with a mixture of softened butter and honey! MMM…so good!  I only make them once every 2 months because they are dangerous to eat on a regular basis and I am careful with what I eat!    

Hello My Loves!

19 May

I am starting a new blog today!  I really want to do something different from what I had been doing.  My other blog is on blogger.com, http://www.thecookingactivist.blogspot.com.  I do more journaling on that blog.  Here I want to do more about food, with pictures, captions, and food news.  I am writing my first cookbook and I wanted a more professional portfolio of the food and my passion for cooking.  So here goes!  I hope you enjoy it!  I’m looking forward to taking on this new platform!