Well hello again. Have you missed me?
This has been quite the hiatus. I bet you’re wondering where I was. Well, I was here; still in the Midwest. In case you missed it on my Instagram, last year in October I had a second baby and since that time I’ve been pretty busy.
But I still think about little old Avocados and Ales all the time. Especially when Buzzfeed links to my page. Or Mary’s Test Kitchen makes an amazing video featuring my aquafaba cheese. Seriously, go check the video out, Mary has a way of making everything look easy.
I bet you’re wondering if I would come back with a recipe. It was hard to choose; I’ve been cooking throughout my hiatus but a lot of it is the same old standards. However, I’m constantly looking for something fun to veganize. My friend MeShell inspired this Big Mac pizza and I’ve made it multiple times since.
As I’ve previously mentioned, I can spend hours reading through new cookbooks. Over the past week, I’ve been reading Betty Goes Vegan. Ken’s family held a bridal shower for me last weekend and it was part of an adorable gift basket I received. If you’re looking for a new vegan cookbook, I would definitely suggest it-unless you’re not a fan of vegan meat and dairy substitutes. There’s a lot of fun history tidbits and traditional American recipes, which made me reflect back on some of my first recipes.
The first cookbook I had was a collection of recipes from a fire department-you know the kind, where they all put together recipes in a book to try to raise money? Anyway, any recipes I happened to print out or scribble down in the first few years on my own are stuffed into the front page. In flipping through my many pages of chicken scratch I stumbled upon my mom’s cream of broccoli soup recipe. I always enjoy an attempt to veganize an old recipe and it’s especially gratifying when it still tastes the same as I remember it.
In honor of World Vegan Day, I’m making my favorite vegan macaroni and cheese. If you liked my previous recipe, pumpkin mac and cheese, then you’ll probably enjoy this recipe. This recipe is more unhealthy, as I use Daiya, but the protein from the tofu and nutrients from the nutritional yeast make me feel a little less bad about it (only a little.)
I adapted this recipe from the Vegan Mac Daddy recipe from Veganomicon. If you don’t own that book, you should. Also, anyone interested in purchasing Christmas presents for me, I’m sure my sister would like her copy back.