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Thanksgiving Vegan Blueberry Pie Pics… Proof of Kitchen Mishaps!

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Any stories to share?

Continuing from Kitchen Adventures! (or Mishaps…)

Here are the vegan pie pics! To prove I’m not making this up! (yes because I’m sure people are keen to show what disasters they are in the kitchen….)

And I decided to watermark this photo in case anyone tries to steal it and pass of this wonderful pie work as their own!! Cos that’s what people do!!! You want to show off your burnt pie?? GO bake your OWN!

This is Mine!! Burnt & Proud of it!!! Actually, not really. I imagined my pie coming out a perfect brown that would be the start of glorious baking blogging. Definitely not.

Burnt Pie! Baking with NO Temperature Dial!

In any case, the pie was delicious! I made a vegan pie with 2 punnets of fresh blueberries! I hate commercial over-sugary fillings. If I bake something, I’ll do everything from scratch! The dough and filling here are all 100% home made =)

100% home made vegan blueberry pie!! YUM! (Minus burns…)

Sorry the pics are late. I know it feels like Thanksgiving was last month already! Er, I think I got put to sleep by the food!

Recipe if you want to try your hand and hope yours comes out better than mine =)

Vegan Blueberry Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 olive oil (or any oil you like)
  • 6 tablespoons (or more) ice water

Filling:

  • 2 punnets fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar

For crust:
Sift flour into large bowl. Add sugar, and salt. Blend flour, sugar, salt. Slowly pour olive oil and mix with dry ingredients until a lump forms. Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time and knead into dough till dough still holds but is not dry. If you knead it and cracks appear, add more water. Divide dough into 2 balls. Flatten into disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. The dough should rise/expand slightly.
Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.
When making the pie, let the dough cool down and soften slightly before rolling out.

Making the Pie: (Don’t worry about the filling, it’ll bake together)
Preheat oven to 425F for 30 mins.

Pie Base–
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured surface to 10 – 11 inch round. Transfer to 9-inch pie dish. Trim dough overhang to 1/2 inch.

Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Place pie on rimmed baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes till slightly brown. Take out of oven

Filling–
Pour blueberries on crust base, sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon sugar all over blueberries.
Put in to bake with a foil sheet lightly covering the pie or cover the edges with foil collar. Bake till blueberries soften. Approximately 30-45 minutes.

Pie Top–
Roll out second dough disk on floured surface to 11-inch round.
Fold bottom crust up over ends of strips and crimp edges to seal.
Bake till golden brown. Approximately 10-15 minutes.

Take out and let cool before serving.
Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving Thurs Beauty Sale – theBalm

Update: theBalm is doing a 40% off Cyber Monday Sale.  26 – 27 Nov. Code: CYBERMONDAY
Domestic shipping is $6.50 but international shipping is $40.

It looks like theBalm isn’t going to do a 40% Black Friday sale this year =(

But, Hautelook will be doing a sale for theBalm products that starts on Thanksgiving 8am PST/11am EST.

You can sign up and log on to the sale here.

theBalm sale is now live and items are at least 50% off!!! Including the Nude’Tude and Bon Jovi Palette!! Go GRAB yours before they sell out!!

There will also be a Tarte sale on Hautelook next thursday starting 1pm PST / 4pm EST.

Enjoy!

 

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Kitchen Adventures! (or Mishaps…)

Along with Thanksgiving comes Sparkalicious Kitchen Madness over here.
Like Kitchen Stadium in Iron Chef except A LOT more chaotic and totally homey.
So far here’s what went down in Sparkalicious Kitchen Madness:

  • I eyed the pie dough recipe suspiciously like a boyfriend who’s entered the door reeking of alcohol with lipstick marks on his neck.
    I asked the recipe calmly “Are you SURE? At FIVE tablespoons of water? That sounds like a lot of water to me…”
  • In another great moment, I lost count of the number of tablespoons of water I’d thrown into the mix… Brilliant.
    I was like “Hmmm was that the fourth or fifth tablespoon?” Pretty ironic considering I was all concerned about the recipe calling for too much water.
  • You know what dough? (HA HA! I can’t resist!) The recipe was right. The dough was too dry and cracky with only 3-4 tablespoons of water.
  • While leaving the dough to chill out in the fridge with the wine and fruits, I happily went to preheat my oven.
    The recipe calls for 425F preheat. GUESS what I discovered? My oven only goes to 250F. cue sound effect. Great. (I recently moved so this is the first time I’m baking)
    update 830am EST:
  • You think that’s bad? (I think that’s bad. I shocked myself!)  10 mins later, I discovered the dial I *think* gives me 250F max is really the timer… Wait for it.
    There is NO temperature dial. It only goes from 1-10.
    Now you can applause for me.
  • So, what do I choose? I chose 10 (the highest setting) to bake the pie base. (Thought Process: clearly this oven isn’t meant for baking, clearly it’s not very strong and a 10 will probably only heat a sandwich…) It was suppose to bake for 15 mins. I came here to write this blog… 10 mins later, I smelled something strange…. The crust edges are slightly burnt.
  • Moral of the story : (because there always is one).
    1. Trust the recipe. Which i’m sure really means trust life, trust the guy, trust the driver , trust (fill in the blanks as relevant to you).
    2. Check the temperature settings before you proceed. Check someone’s mood and emotional range before you try anything like telling your girlfriend you have 3 kids by 3 different women.
    update 830am EST:
    3. Do not write your blog while you are baking something in an oven you are using for the first time.
    *runs off to check on pie*

Revelation: I may have found my blogging niche … unintended disasters and tragedies in the kitchen…. What do you think?

(To be continued….)
Continued… Pics & Proof

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m madly baking!

HAPPY THanksgiving!!!


Wooo I’m so excited!!! The kitchen is in madness and I’m madly baking for Thanksgiving.

I ‘ve been looking forward to it for months. It’s the one time I make it a point to bake from scratch with fresh fruits and ingredients.

I’ll post pictures once they are done. But I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday, stay safe, be well and ENJOY!!!

 

PSA for this Holiday Week

For this holiday week of Thanksgiving, I’d like to remind all of you of the importance of enjoying Thanksgiving, being merry, having a feast and keeping in good health.

Which brings me to this very important reminder that red wine, white wine, and all hard liquors are good for your health. –wink– (*when taken in moderation, provided you do not have a messy history with alcohol or addictions)

Drinks are such a difficult decision

The doctor tells it himself….  So have a great thanksgiving with a few drinks!* I’m counting down!!!

“While red wine has a (well-deserved) health halo, the truth is that other forms of alcohol, including white wine and liquor, are also associated with a lower riskhttps://sparkaliciouswit.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php of heart disease, Davis says: “Scientists haven’t shown that drinking red wine is better than other forms of alcohol in these long term cohort studies.”

But remember you can only reap those benefits in moderation — that means no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two for men. Beyond that, the risks outweigh any benefits.”

You wanna read more? Go here (it’s not terribly exciting but just in case you thought I made that up…)

note: uh oh. crap. I realized the doctor is a phd doctor journalist. vs. a medical doctor…. I’m working on finding supporting evidence… in the meanwhile, just leave that point out when you repeat the quote to whoever it is you’re trying to convince….

Thanksgiving — There will be pie!

We’re 11 days away to thanksgiving! Excited?

It’s an American traditional holiday for family and close friends to get together and give thanks over a huge meal that traditionally involves Turkey, Sweet Potatoe, Pumpkin and Pie (possibly together as pumpkin pie).

I just think it’s a good time to be thankful for what we have (rather than moan about the things we do not have) and I usually take this time to thank my friends who have been there for me. Friendship is very dear to me, especially friends who are there for me through the tough times.

If not, it’s just a great reason to EAT! =)

It’s a small affair so I try to keep it simple. I couldn’t get to thanksgiving last year due to a family emergency but this year I’m planning on cooking it. I’ve been pondering on my Thanksgiving menu.

I’m thinking of Cheese Puffs for appetizers (not very traditional but I’ve been craving them!). I first had these at Eleven Madison in NYC years ago. They are deliciously cheesy and light and the trick is to serve them hot. My friends and I had so many of them and they were just delicious! I’m still trying to think of sides but there will definitely be pie! Pie — from scratch! Crust, filling and everything!  It’ll be a berry pie — my favorite! As much as I love apple, pecan, pumpkin and most other pies, berry pies are my favorite by far.

Any great easy to make tasty ideas for sides? What are you looking forward to this Thanksgiving?

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