Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Vegan Pineapple Cookies dunked in Fiveng, You Say Party! We Say Die! and Extra Life

He must say nothing of the fruit that is
Not true, nor think it, less. He must defy
The metaphor that murders metaphor.

He seeks as image a second of the self.
Made subtle by truth's most jealous subtlety.
Like the true light of the truest sun, the true
(Excerpt from: Wallace Stevens "Someone Put a Pineapple Together")

For a non-vegan version (pictured above) use recipe located here (although my mother-in-law replaces the shortening with butter).

Vegan Pineapple Cookies
(printable version)

-1 8 oz can crushed pineapple
-2 cups of all purpose flour
-1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/4 tsp. baking soda
-1/4 tsp. salt
-1/2 cup of vegan shortening
-1 cup light brown sugar
-1/4 cup silken, firm tofu
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-3 cups confectioners sugar
-3 Tbs. juice from crushed pineapples

1. Drain pineapple, reserve liquid.

2. Preheat oven to 400.

3. Sift flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

4. Cream vegan shortening with sugar in an electric mixer until light.

5. Process tofu in a food processor until smooth. Combine tofu, shortening mixture and vanilla in mixer. Beat until light and fluffy. Add drained pineapple and mix well (with a wooden spoon).

6. Stir in flour mixture until everything resembles a cookie dough.

7. Drop by small, rounded spoonfuls about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.

8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, cool partially.

9. Make glaze by combining 3 cups of confectioners sugar with 3 Tablespoons of reserved pineapple juice. Adjust sugar and pineapple juice for desired consistency.

10. Spread glaze over top cooled cookies.

Note: These cookies were very cake-y (which I like). To make less cake-y add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch or arrowroot to the tofu.

I've been enjoying Extra Life's "Black Hoodie" the last few days. I especially dig the violin and the way Charlie Looker says hoodie. For some reason I am really thinking of putting together a play list featuring songs about black clothing ("Little Black Backpack" comes to mind). Don't forget to check out Charlie's blog, even though he has only posted three or four entries they are very entertaining (see My Chemical Romance post and the one about the bouncer in Brooklyn).

Extra Life-Black Hoodie (Pre-Album Version)

Vancouver's You Say Party! We Say Die! have gotten off a year earlier than expected. The border issues that have kept them out of the US have finally been cleared up and the band will be crossing in March for some dates including SXSW. Also on the way, a new album, XXXX due out February 9th in the US. Thanks to KEXP for this song, "Laura Palmer's Prom" which is off the upcoming album.

You Say Party! We Say Die!-Laura Palmer's Prom

Amazing story, "Jonah" by Fiveng has been out there floating in internet limbo for a couple years. All of a sudden it is picked up by a few blogs, then a few more and finally pitchfork posts it. All of a sudden people are paying attention. Including me. Sorry Nicholas, next time we'll pay attention sooner.