Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tribute to Wonderful Sons by a Proud Mommy
I have been thinking about today's post for a while. My boys don't know I'm doing this so it will be (hopefully) a nice surprise.
You might remember that my kids love to cook. Lately, our 11 year old ("Weeny") really started to explore cooking and baking and his 8 year old brother ("Gromit") has been helping and getting involved more in day to day meal preparation. Although I don't have recent pictures of his creations, their older brother ("Flopsy", almost 16) is also involved daily. He will make breakfast (wonderful pancakes, oatmeal, cream of wheat), prepare soups for lunch, help with supper or sometimes prepare it all by himself but his preference is always for baking us cookies, like his Choco-Mint Cookies.
So what you are about to see is what Weeny and Gromit have made, together or alone, and I will mention it if I helped in any way.
You will understand how proud I am. I have wonderful sons who really are happy with their decision to become vegan and I am so glad that they taught us to eat with compassion and creativity.
If you are a regular visitor, you will remember this delicious looking chicken-style soup from my last post...
And of course, the Coconut Cups that Weeny made for us for Valentine's Day. I don't have a picture (and we could kick ourselves for forgetting to take one) but we received another wonderful present for Easter. Weeny had made Peanut Butter Cups and Flopsy tried his hand at Almond Cream Cups. They were simply amazing (cups and sons)!
This one, I still can't get over it. Weeny made that pizza, and with very little help. I helped him cut up some green pepper and onion but everything else, he did alone. He used Bryanna's Pizza Crust recipe from Twenty Minutes to Dinner after studying a couple of recipes and created this Veggie Ham and Pineapple Pizza.
And then, he wanted to make a Coconut Cream Pie. He wanted to make it by himself, crust and all. I actually helped pipe the Vegan Whipped Cream and gave him the idea for the toasted coconut on top but that's all. He used a box of commercial pudding mix (veganised the instructions) and chose a crust recipe from Vegan Vittles.
And here is a picture of a slice of that marvelous pie :)
And Weeny made pizza again when his grandparents came over for lunch. Left, a slice of Veggie Ham and Pineapple Pizza and on the right, a slice of Spinach and Cheddar Sheese Pizza. Again, he made the crusts by himself... His grandma wanted to help so he had her help him prepare the vegetables.
Now, this next creation was a collective endeavor.
Since we saw his Hogwarts Cake on YouTube, we have been watching Chef Duff and his show Ace of Cakes on The Food Network.
So the boys and I have been thinking about vegan wedding cakes, and vegan guitar cakes, and vegan Tower of London cakes LOL and we wanted to try our hand at fondant. Well, that needs a bit of looking into so for now, Weeny and Gromit planned this Three Layered Tower Cake and decided to drench it in rich 65% couverture chocolate. They made the cake batter and baked them by themselves, I didn't help at all with that. I also didn't help melt the chocolate and with the vegan buttercream icing. I helped spread the melted chocolate and tried to use the piping kit we have that is not worth very much, I afraid. And I don't have the technique :p
It was really cool to work together and we managed to learn a lot during the process. The cake was so amazing that I'm sure that we will repeat the experience... and I hope they let me play with them again :)
There you have it, a little glimpse into my boys creativity as of late. Aren't I a lucky mom?
Please leave them a comment if you want... they will really appreciate it!
Thanks again for your visit! I can't wait to see what you have been up too!
And Happy Spring!