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Meatless Monday: Vegan (Pumpkin!) Cornbread

Oh, that sneaky pumpkin.

Looks like it found its way into a plain, ol’, boring cornbread recipe and it brought its friends Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Molasses!  How kind!

We’re getting two days of rain here in usually-sunny Southern California.  Perhaps the rest of the country would scoff, but for us this is an event!  Something to plan for!  And plan we did at work.  Monique is bringing vegetarian chili for our lunch on Tuesday, so I volunteered to bring the cornbread.  I didn’t have a favorite cornbread recipe on hand, so I went to Foodgawker and looked around for nearly 30 seconds before I found Pumpkin Cornbread at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.  Huzzah!  The recipe wasn’t vegan, but I only had to switch out the egg to make it friendly.  Definitely not gluten-free either and I didn’t make any adjustments for that.  Maybe next time!

Crisp on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside. Perfect!

Recipe: Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 eggs (Use your egg replacement here! Ener-G Egg Replacer or a flax egg would do nicely, I think.)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tin. I used a muffin pan that has spots for 12 muffins and is rather shallow so I could make many smaller cornbread muffins.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, and molasses.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Oh. Step 6: Slather with Earth Balance and consume as soon as the butter has dripped from the muffin and made a mess on your plate. That's when you know it's time.

Saturday Night Hooking: Even Californian Wine Gets Chilly!

It’s been another one of those weekends!  I imagine they’re all going to be like this until we get through the holidays.  It usually goes something like this:

1.  Wake up several hours earlier than my husband.

2.  Sneak around, try to get all potential projects out of our bedroom so I may work on them elsewhere in the house.   (This weekend this involved gathering knitting needles, two skeins of yarn, wrapping paper and supplies, miscellaneous gifts that needed wrapping, my camera, the little photo studio I got last week, and enough layers of clothing so I could start all these projects by going out and watching the lunar eclipse.  Oh, all in one trip, too, because I don’t want to make more noise by walking in and out of the room.  The noise I make banging my tripod and the turkey fryer into the door is loud enough.)

3.  Scramble to make the most of the time I have.  I like spending my weekends doing things with my husband, so that means my errands and projects need to be substantially completed before he wakes up to ensure that our movie-going or game-playing isn’t interrupted with random outbursts of “Oh my gosh I forgot to block that scarf!”  Or some such nonsense.

4.  And then, once he’s awake, we go out and have a nice time or, this weekend for example, we had his father and step-mother over for dinner.  Then, as the evening winds down, my gears begin turning and I start dreaming up new creative and fun surprises that I need the materials for right that very instant.

5.  Panic.  Go get materials.  Get home and realize that it’s much too late or I’m far too tired and put them off for after work during the week.  And, when I come home beat from work and don’t work on them, these get pushed to the weekend mornings and we’re right back at the beginning of our cycle once again.

This Saturday was a little different.  I had the morning to myself and a lap full of knitting to finish before we mail it off on Wednesday, but there’s something bugging me about my current knitting project (which is a gift, as are all my crafts this month so I can’t talk about any of them!) so I did what any person solving a problem would do: start a new project.  This one promised to only take an hour and, seeing as we’d purchased a bottle of wine from one of the local wineries nearby, I’d decided it was perfect.

Which was why, five hours before his family arrived, I decided that we weren’t wrapping the wine, but I was going to knit it a hat and a scarf.  This is all perfectly logical.  Never mind the present that has to go out on Wednesday.  I’m knitting gift wrap!

I managed to make this one hour project last through four episodes of Dexter.  Perhaps I should have put in an audio book instead.

Also, because this was getting slapped on the wine bottle and gifted by the end of the night, I have no pictures of the process.  Except for the blocking!

While Dexter stalked Trinity, I pinned this tiny scarf to a Christmas kitchen towel and hoped for a quick blocking. It helped, but it really should have sat over night. Instead of sitting on the floor in front of a space heater or later, as I unpinned it and discovered it was still damp, in between my flat iron before I decided that might melt the yarn. I'm pretty sure I wasn't working with natural fibers on this project. Also, if I melted yarn in my hair straightener I'd look awfully funny come Monday morning.

I wanted to attach a cute little button where the scarf crossed, but time was of the essence. I just used a small piece of green yarn to secure it.

When I'm throwing things in front of the camera twenty minutes before guests arrive I tend to forget to photograph things. Things like the entire hat. You get the idea.

If you have naked wine bottles to gift this year, I suggest warming them up with this pattern from Knitsburgh!  I also suggest you put on NASCAR.  I don’t care how fast those cars are going, the same left turn is only interesting for maybe five minutes.  Maybe.