Thursday, May 5, 2016

Egg-Free Meringue Cookies

Egg-free meringues that taste as good, if not better than the traditionally variety. Use the liquid from a 14.5-16 oz can of beans for each recipe. The liquid also known as AQUAFABA from chickpeas or great northern or cannelini works best because they don't change the color of the food.

1/2 cup AQUAFABA
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup PLUS 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar

Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the sugar. Whisk/beat 10-15 minutes or
until stiff peaks appear. After peaks appear, gradually whisk/beat in
sugar. Once all sugar is added, beat for an additional 5-15 minutes
until peaks reappear.

Set the oven at 225 degrees. Spoon meringues or squeeze using a ziploc
bag onto a parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (Once you seal the
ziploc bag with the sugary mixture, cut a small diagonal in the lower
corner of the bag and squeeze the meringue onto the parchment paper.
Bake for 1-1/2 hours.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Eggless Mother's Day Cheesecake

Mother's Day is this weekend. Have you decided how to honor your mother or a significant woman in your life? I am making a cheesecake. No eggs involved in its creation. Instead of eggs, I use AQUAFABA - the liquid from a 14.5-16 oz can of chickpeas. Here is the recipe.

1/2 cup AQUAFABA
3- 8 oz. boxes of cream cheese
1-1/2 cups sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 8-9 tablespoons water

2 cups graham crackers
4 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons sugar

Mix AQUAFABA, and cream cheese together until smooth. Add in sour
cream and mix in remaining ingredients until smooth. Use an electric
mixer to blend ingredients.

Line a spring form pan with parchment paper on the bottom and grease
the sides of the pan. Mix the crust ingredients in a separate bowl.

Place the crust's ingredients into the bottom of the spring form pan
and press the mixture down using a cup. press part of the mixture
around the sides of the pan.

Pour the cheesecake mixture into the spring form pan on top of the
crust. Place into a 350 degree oven for 50- 90 minutes or until the
cake jiggles slightly.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Gerbera Daisy in Bloom

Must be spring when the gerbera daisy begins blooming. Outside my door, in a sunny location, the lily-of-the-valley have flowers buds that are ready to open. Rhubarb has sprouted. Can the asparagus be far behind?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Painting Birds

To relax, I started painting watercolors of birds. Each painting only takes an evening to complete and each painting makes a great gift for a birthday or wedding. Take a look. The top photo features a dove, the middle bird is a woodpecker and the bottom image is a bluebird.