Friday, October 17, 2008

VeganMoFo – Halloween Recipes

I’ve not missed a day of posting this month! I don’t have much of anything new, so I thought I would repost some Halloween recipes from two years ago. (See the whole post here.)

Black Bean Soup

Chase reminded me recently that this was one of the best soups I ever made. If it ever gets cool here, I will make it for him again.

Black Bean Soup

1 pound dried black beans
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced thin
2 bell peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons Spicy Montreal Seasoning
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Bragg's
1 teaspoon pimenton (smoked paprika)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons cocoa powder

Soak the beans (overnight or quick method), then rinse and put in a large soup pot with the onion. Add 9 cups of water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for an hour.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the cocoa powder, and cook for another 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Remove the bay leaf. Use an immersion blender and puree about half the beans (or more if you prefer). Add the cocoa powder, adjust seasonings, and add water, if necessary, to get the desired consistency. Cook another 15 minutes.

Pipe on sour cream webs by piping circles, then pulling with toothpick.

Ghostados (ghost shaped tostados)

Cut out corn tortillas with a ghost shaped cookie cutter. Lightly brush the tortillas with oil, season, then bake for about 15 minutes.

Pumpkin Roll Cake with Chocolate Filling

Pumpkin Roll Cake with Chocolate Filling

3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup pumpkin puree
equivalent of 3 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 10 x 15 baking sheet.

In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, and spices. Add in the pumpkin puree, egg replacer, and lemon juice, and mix well. Spread the batter evenly into the pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Place a damp kitchen towel on a flat surface and sprinkle it liberally with powdered sugar. Turn the cake onto the towel. Beginning with the short side, roll the cake up with the towel. Place on a cooling rack for 20 minutes.

Prepare filling:
1 box silken firm tofu
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
dash salt

Place all filling ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

When the cake has cooled, unroll it and spread the filling on it. (You will have some left over. Refrigerate it and have pudding later!) Immediately re-roll, without the towel, and wrap it in plastic wrap. Place it seam side down on a platter and refrigerate until ready to serve.

The cake is super moist and would also be great with something other than a chocolate filling (but I was going for orange and black). Use a white filling for your Thanksgiving dessert!


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

You've been a dedicated MoFo participant, for sure!! Kudos!!

Diann, these Halloween-festive dishes are works of art!!! I'm awestruck!!!

Simple and Divine said...

AHH Diann, you are SO above n beyond talented! That black bean soup, especially <33

Anonymous said...

Great job with all of your mofo-ing girl! I know I've enjoyed reading your posts. :]

I love the Ghostados! Cuuute.

Anonymous said...

So glad you re-posted, as I wasn't even reading blogs the first time round! Those "ghostados" are amazing! And that roll does look mighty tempting!

PS Keep on MoFo-ing!

Anonymous said...

that black bean soup looks adorable! i've never seen someone take the time to make a spider web on soup. i love it.

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Ha! I just posted about my chocolate-pumpkin cupcakes with spiderweb frosting! We're connected! :)

That pumpkin roll cake is gorgeous and it looks delicious!! I must have it! :)

Stephanie Anne said...

Oh my goodness, those ghostados are so cute!

Liz Ranger (Bubble Tea for Dinner) said...

amazing, so creative! hee hee, ghostada is the best word ever.

Sheree' said...

If it ever gets cool here I will make that soup too!

Love the ghostados, I have had my bat cookie cutters out ot make batodas for a couple weeks. lol...

miss v said...

yay! i've been thinking about halloweenie foods. awesome!

Jen Treehugger said...

AWESOME pornz.
I LOVE the Ghostados (GREAT name) and the Spider Web Soup is cool.
That Pumpkin Roll?

urban vegan said...

I love your web-like soup. And the ghostados are too cute.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Ricki - so glad you re-posted since I didn't see them the first time around. Your soup looks so amazing - you said in a previous post that you're not artistic, but I beg to differ! That was inspired!

Andrew Abraham said...

You have many creative and great ideas...

Spider Web Soup is cool...

All the best..


A.M. said...

Ooo, everything looks so good! I love the cobweb on the soup!

Those ghostados are too cute, I wish I had a ghost shaped cookie cutter!

The pumpkin roll cake with chocolate filling... it looks heavenly and makes my mouth water... Isn't there any oil in the batter for the cake? Just pumpkin puree? Apart from the cup sugar, it doesn't look that bad for such a delicious looking cake!

aTxVegn said...

Sanja, no - no oil in the jelly roll cake!

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Amey said...

oh my gosh!
what a super fun post!! this gets me all in the mood for a halloween feast!

Vegan_Noodle said...

What fun! Now I can't wait for Halloween!

Unknown said...

the soup with the spider web is way cool and the ghostados look very cute...

Lindsay (Happy Herbivore) said...

pumpkin roll cake? you speak my language!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Hehe, I love the Ghostados!