Monday, April 22, 2013

Rainy that an Oxymoron?

Apple Crisp Muffins
After a damp & dreary Saturday, I had hoped that Sunday would dawn clear & bright, allowing Chip and I to attend the aforementioned Celtic Festival.  As an offering to the weather gods (and to my hubby), I whipped up a batch of Happy Herbivore's Apple Crisp Muffins, then took Loki to the dog park for some exercise and socialization. It was here that we first noticed the sky darkening and a few raindrops hitting the ground.

Not ones to let a little rain slow us down, we ate a quick lunch at home and headed to the festival site.  Despite the steady rain and the steam of guests straggling out, we paid our entrance fee and hoped for the best.  After sludgeing through puddles and seeing the musicians packing up, we gave up and did what all good Celts would do: we headed to the pub. 

Back at home, we cuddled up with books and tea, listened to the the rain hit the patio roof.  When dinner time rolled around, I decided to make use of my newly-purchased-at-the-flea-market bread machine and make a veganized version of Italian bread sticks! Mine turned out kinda short & chubby, though, not exactly's ok, they were still delicious!

Easy Italian Breadsticks 

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  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons non-dairy butter, such as Earth Balance
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 Tablespoons non-dairy butter (such as Earth Balance, melted)
  • 2 Tablespoons grated vegan Parmesan cheese (I use Galaxy brand)
Place ingredients in your bread machine in order listed. Select the dough cycle. When complete, divide the dough into 12 balls and form into 4-6-inch ropes. 

Cover with a clean dishtowel and let rise in a warm spot; since I often have something baking in the oven at the same time, I usually place my dough near the stove to rise. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Mix the melted non-dariy butter with the vegan Parmesan, brush on breadsticks and serve!

Oh, wait, that's just the side dish. What about the rest of the meal, you ask? Well, of course we started out with Minestrone soup..

then pasta with Gardein chick'n cutlets. I didn't get a good pic, but it looked something like this one here.

Though I was really looking forward to good music and fun at the festival, my Sunday turned out pretty great after all. How about yours?

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