Friday, June 24, 2011

Spaghetti Faux Bolognese

I've been taking a couple hours each week to clean sections of my room. I'm not a hoarder, but I'm definitely on the boarder. I don't like to throw out objects with sentiment or anything "I might use in the next year or two". So I just took time to de-clutter and toss everything I haven't used since I was in grade school.
Where as it used to be so traumatizing to throw everything away, it now feels cleansing.
I'm starting to love the concept of minimalism and I hope that by the end of the summer, I'll have enough space in my bedroom to do a cartwheel..or something of that nature.

Anyway, this recipe is for those vegetarians who miss their signature meat dishes. When I was around 10-15 years of age, every time we'd go out, I'd order pasta bolognese. Oh man, that stuff was crack. So this recipe substitutes the meat for a soy burger (Boca) and it brought back so many wonderful memories. Enjoy!

  • whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 boca burger
  • a handful of cut carrots, bell peppers, onions, and any other vegetable of your choice (my family makes a giant salad for appetizer every night so I just threw in the veggies from that).
  • delish tomato sauce
  1. Boil the pasta by the directions on the box.
  2. Take out a frying pan and put a tbsp. of olive oil and heat on medium.
  3. When hot, drop on the boca burger and cook for a few minutes on each side. Don't worry about defrosting the burger.
  4. Add in the veggies and with stirring utensil, chop up the burger into bite sizes.
  5. Add in the tomato sauce, heat until hot.
  6. Put your warm pasta in a eating bowl and pile on the yummy "bolognese". Add parmesan cheese if that really gets you off. Serve.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day everyone!

I made my dad an individual size Battenburg cake. It's an almond flavored cake with 4 cubic pieces of dyed cake, covered in a jam (strawberry), then surrounded by a layer of marzipan and finally a fondant and decorated in pearls. It was one of the harder cakes I've made since there were so many components to it, especially since I decided to make the fondant from scratch...oy. But my dad loved it and it came out really yummy!

I got the recipe from Sprinkle Bakes who decorates GORGEOUSLY and I will continue to use her website to inspire my ventures in baking.

Enjoy father's day!