Passion fruit cupcakes
I have not blogged in a while and there are many good reasons for my absence and future absence. I have blog burnout. Kudos to those who are able to post everyday I really admire you. Not offending anyone but I like quality over quantity and I make a lot of food every day but I am critical and I do not find everything I make blog worthy. I will not be participating in Vegan Mofo this year ( who cares lol) ( it means Vegan Month of Food) and many bloggers post to their blog a vegan dish everyday. This year. Vegan Mofo clashes with my many trips plus I do not think I would be able to post daily. There are several great blogs that are participating this year so click here to see the full list. This blog will be on a brief hiatus for 2 weeks so check back mid October for updates and a new international city vegan guide I am putting together .. no it is not Kingston Jamaica but that would be great too. This one is not even Caribbean but I find there is a lack of English reviews about this city for vegan food because maybe there is none? You will see. I still have a special announcement and I have been holding it back for 2 months now and I ready to burst but I have to wait 3 more weeks before I can share it with the world!
Remember passion fruit?
If you never tried it try to get a juice and drink it chilled. It to me is one of those tropical flavours that penetrated North America and Europe and won. Yes it beat out guava:( .I wondered how it would taste in a nice sunny muffin but the batter had other plans. It wanted to be a nice delicate cake suit for a wedding with a flavour out of this world. The passion fruit flavour died in the oven but it gave birth to something new and heavenly. If you have any muffin recipes try adding some passion fruit pulp or concentrated passion fruit juice to it. I noticed many celebrity chefs are cooking with passion fruit and mixing it even with seafood dishes. This little fruit may be taking over fine dining soon who knows. The passion fruit cupcake was born. I did not even bother with the glaze as the taste was really melt in your mouth great so I did not want to ruin it. Did I write down the recipe? No. I was not even planning on posting. Bad news is that I am out of passion fruit pulp. I will try it again before it is too late. For now these will be savoured slowly and enjoyed with a nice cup of tea.
To make up for my delinquency I decided to share an old recipe I had knocking around on a brown piece of paper since I was 12. It was for buttermilk biscuits and those in the Caribbean who do not know those are those KFC biscuits many of you love. I admit I use to go to KFC when I was a teenager and just get 2 biscuits but as my palate matured the taste did not please me so much. These buttermilk biscuits are my go to recipe for biscuits and they are easy to make at home and they taste a little better than the fast food variety because why kids? There are HOMEMADE. I do not know where this recipe is from as someone gave it to me a very long time ago but it is too old to sue me for right?
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking power aluminium free ( Barbadians you can find this brand at Jenns as this does not “edge” the teeth when consuming the product)
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold vegan butter
1 cup cold vegan butter milk ( to make this add your soymilk in a measuring container and add 1 tsp of vinegar and put the contents in the fridge to get really cold)
Pre heat oven to 450 F. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt in a bowl. Rub in coarsely your vegan butter. Add vegan buttermilk. Mix but not to over mix. Drop with a spoon on an un greased baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes. Serve hot. These get soft so to get them hard and crispy again pop them in the oven for 5 mins. These freeze well and reheat well
Note to Barbadians
Oh for people in Barbados who wonder about vegan butter you can use Sunflower margarine. I called last year summer and spoke to the quality control manager to find out if it was vegan and after me asking her 16 different ways if it was vegan the answer was yes. They use to add milk products to it they said but they have stopped like two years ago. I find the ingredients on the outside use to say milk solids or something but I was told that they never bothered to change the containers because why where are the vegans in Barbados anyways???? I was a bit rough with the manager because some ppl have no respect for dietary differences and they would be like yeah yeah it doesnt have in milk just to please me but for people with allergies this is a serious offence. On a serious note someone can call Roberts again to ask if they are still using only vegetable oils for their margarine because this was last year and a lot could have changed. This magerine taste really good and it is very cheap so if anyone is in Barbados why not stuff your suitcases with some it wouldnt melt in the 4 hour plane ride back home.