Sunday, February 8, 2009

Urban Vegan



Since January 9, I've been quietly testing as many recipes as possible for Urban Vegan. She graciously let me come in very late in the game (the other testers started in November) to help with the testing for her upcoming book The Urban Vegan: 250 Street-Smart, Animal-Free Recipes.

What you see above is a Pumpkin Spice Baby Bundt (Urban Vegan's post on them here). My glaze was thinner than hers, but still good. The baby bundts were both omni and child approved!

Also, this recipe let me accomplish two firsts: 1) The first time I used my baby bundt pan; and 2) The first time I used the oven in my new apartment (and my new oven thermometer!).

On January 1, I moved to a new apartment (from a spacious townhouse, temporarily, while I look for a place to buy) that is literally brand new. Nobody lived here before me and all the appliances are completely vegan because they'd never been used! I didn't know, however, that new ovens set off smoke detectors when they're first used because they have a layer of enamel that needs to burn off (or so I was told), so, yeah, I set off the smoke detector. That was annoying, but the good news is that my oven heats properly.

Testing for the cookbook is closed now, but expect to see posts about the recipes I made peppered throughout this blog in weeks to come. You'll definitely want a copy of this book when it's published!

11 comments:

Ricki said...

Looks amazing! And what fun it must be to "break in" a new apartment and oven. :)

The Voracious Vegan said...

HaHa, I used to live in an apartment back in the states that had the most sensitive smoke detectors. Every time I even thought about turning on the oven the thing would go off.

That is a beautiful baby bundt cake!

shellyfish said...

I've never, ever lived anywhere that "new". Most of the places I've lived are super, duper old. The foundations of our current apartment are from the 14th century...and no one ever goes down into the cellar (I once saw a spider bigger than my hand moving towards that door...chills...).
J'aimerais bien un petit gateau, s'il te please?

trina said...

Ooh, I want to eat that cake! And I'm happy you're settling into your new place.

Vegan_Noodle said...

I love little bundt cakes! They are so cute. Can't wait for UV's cookbook... lucky tester!

Cyn said...

Awwww, that's so adorable!

River said...

It's so pretty! Isn't in fun to use new pans and kitchen goodies? I hope you find a fabulous place to buy soon!

Jeni Treehugger said...

It looks lovely and good luck in buying somewhere to live - I'm in the process of buying somewhere at the moment.
YAY! for brand new appliances and at least you know the smoke alarms work so you can rest easy too.
:)

miss v said...

i can't wait to get a copy of that book!

quarrygirl said...

congrats on your new place! glad you broke it in with a good recipe.

that is one thing i love about our place, the kitchen is unused and vegan :D

makes everything feel that much cleaner.

Hannah said...

Ah ha, do I recognize these bundts? ;) I don't know if you caught it, but I took a picture of them too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/_bittersweet/3212393439/