2/16/09

Sweet Things


I could care less if I have someone to spend it with, I love Valentines Day!

Sure, its a exploitative ploy by heartless capitalists to take advantage of our fragile emotions in the arena of relationships for profit, but.... chocolate! pink! flowers! Sorry, i love it. There is no other holiday that practically mandates champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. And well, even if you end up spending it with your parents (cough, cough) it can still be fun. Actually, maybe more fun...


I had the chance this week to make lots of sweet things... the delicious chocolate chip cookies from VWAV and agave nectar cupcakes from VCTOTW. I topped them with simple buttercream frosting and sliced strawberries, for a friend who is diabetic, but willing to indulge a little on her birthday. Both turned out absolutely perfectly , prompting the usual disbelieving "This is VEGAN?" remarks. How sweet...

Anyways, for the sake of Valentines Day, I would like to send a shout-out to three people that I'm sure would have been my Valentine if they knew I existed...

First, obviously, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, who makes my life SO SWEET! Whether through cakes, brownies, cupcakes, cookies or delicious savory items, how could I live without the Goddess of Vegan Cooking and her tomes? I couldn't, and I don't want to try. A world without Isa is a world I don't want to envision. (And she's pretty adorable, too...)

And then there's the wonderfully witty Dan Savage, who's weekly sex column, Savage Love, is the first thing I flip to in the City Paper every week. Sure, he's dirty. But he is ALSO an incisive critic of all those opposed to gay rights, the first to point out political hypocrisy in sex-ed, and the first to tell you to DTMFA (dump the mother forking a$$hole) if someone is treating you as less then deserving of respect and satisfaction. And I love him for that, and would love to take him (and his partner) out for cupcakes and cocktails.

Finally, and I would like to say in advance that I am available for next year, the hilarious and adorable Ryan North, who's dinosaur comics rule my world. Ranging in subject matter from religion, philosophy, movie plots, politics and modern physics, North always makes me chuckle gleefully at his static dinosaur creations' antics. Plus, he's a redhead! *SWOON*!

At any rate, i hope that the above-mentioned, and all of you lovely bloggers, had a luscious and indulgent Valentines Day, whether with your dream date, your parents, or your lovely selves.

Song of the Day: Universal Heartbeat- Juliana Hatfield

14 comments:

Bianca said...

Everyone's been making those agave cupcakes lately! I gotta dig out my VCTOTW and give 'em a shot.

And I would totally be Isa's valentine too! And I'd also like Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, Cher, and maybe Julie Hasson (cause she'd make me sausages!).

Anonymous said...

I love making these types of sweets for birthday gifts... so it's a lot of fun. I have to say, though, I love trying new recipes from RawPeople. You should upload this on there!
http://www.rawpeople.com/?utm_source=A&utm_medium=B&utm_campaign=C

ConsiderEatz! said...

Great cupcakes, I made some vday treats too! I havent tried the Agave ones yet, not that I ever had doubts about their greatness though!

jessy said...

wowzers - those agave nectar cuppers look sooo awesome! mmmmmmmm! and Isa's yummy cookies look perfect! hooray!

i miss dan's column. here in richmond we used to have punchline magazine - it stopped publishing years ago - and since then i forgot about savage love. how could i?! i'm gonna read his column online now! superw00t!

and dan & i are set to make your carrot-ginger-cashew pasta tomorrow night. i was thinking of having it over some red quinoa - do you think that might be yummy, too? i can't wait to make it! mmmmmmmmm!

T said...

Hey Jessy-

I'm not sure whether or not it would be good over quinoa, but its worth a shot! I would take care to tinker with the spices and sweetners, since I didn't take a lot of time to measure things out carefully.

And oh yes, Bianca- Cher would be an amazing valentine! Can you even imagine the lux things she does on V-day...

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

You know, I didn't know V-Day was even coming up until a staff meeting at work late last week, then I forgot again, then Brett realized somewhere in the middle of the day, said happy V-Day and that was all the fuss we made.

I want those cupcakes! I may just have to get VCTOTW. I've seen so many delish looking pictures from recipes form the book.

River said...

YES! Strawberries, pink, chocolate, it's all good! :)

Your cupcakes are so pretty and so yummy too, I bet!

Chocolate chip cookies = LOVE!

I hope next year you will be celebrating Valentine's Day with one of these three lucky people! ;)

Mihl said...

Strawberries and cupcakes? I think I miss summer!

allularpunk said...

your cuppers and cookies look so awesome! i love your would-be valentines. good choices!

shellyfish said...

I love your Valentines! Great choices! Those agave cuppers are one of my faves, and they are so pretty. We are craving strawberries like crazy - I can't wait till summer!

¡Yo Soy Liz! said...

i luvvv those agave cupcakes from VCTOTW. and your three valentines are cute...I want Isa to be my valentine too!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You saved a cupcake for me, right? Right?

pixiepine said...

I love cupcakes and Juliana Hatfield :)

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

Delicious looking cupcakes!!