Thursday, December 20, 2007

Vegan Treats

More vacation updates,
Yesterday Jen and I did the SeaWorld thing. I haven't been there since I was a wee young lad, probably around 11, but it was pretty cool. After that we spent the evening traveling back to Medieval Times. What the heck is that...? Well, it's a show in Kissimee, Fl that literally puts you back in medieval times. You spend the night watching a tournament of knights battling to be named champion, while eating an authentic meal. So authentic, there are no utensils. Soup, bread, spare ribs, roasted chicken legs and potatoes are all consumed with your hands. And all the beer (or for under-agers like me, Pepsi), you can drink. Oh yeah, and they joust. It's cool.
The weather here keeps getting better everyday. Today was hot and sunny, 'round 78 degrees. Looking forward to doing lots of riding next week in this heat and giving the tan lines a solid off-season boost. I'm gonna try to explore some new trails that are a little closer than Ocala, thanks to the recommendations of Bowman. Don't worry, there will be pics.
Did some baking today too. Wanted to make some chocolate chip Christmas cookies so I used the Original Toll House recipe but tweaked it to make it vegan. Replaced butter with a 50/50 mix of peanut butter and applesauce. The result: a cookie with a traditional homemade flavor with the texture of a wet sponge. My guess was that the peanut butter had made them cakier, just like the "leftover pie" from a few weeks ago, so for the second batch i used less PB and more applesauce. Same outcome. Lesson learned- Experiment with small numbers. I have 150 of these damn cookies to eat now.

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