When you go to Ikea, do you swing by the food section? I confess that I used to stop only long enough to grab a bag of Swedish Fish for Milo, but last year, I started to poke around and read ingredients list, and I’m so glad that I did.
A surprisingly large percentage of Ikea food products are vegan! I don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but I’m grateful for it.
These are our current favorites:
The product is called “Pepparkakor,” although Milo calls them “flower cookies.” They’re a thin ginger wafer cookie, a knockoff of the brand Anna’s Swedish Thins (which Ikea also carries), and they’re awesome. According to Wikipedia, pepparkakor is the Scandinavian take on the traditional Christmas gingerbread. Scandinavia, you and I are so sympatico. As much as I love fat, tender pieces of gingerbread, I prefer to roll my gingerbread cut-out cookies super-thin so that they get really crispy.
I happened to notice on my way out that Ikea’s gingerbread houses are also vegan! Hooray! I can’t wait to pick some up in a month and decorate some killer gingerbread houses with Milo.
Yesterday, I tried my hand at fermentation. I made a batch of fennel and apple sauerkraut!
As for the after: I’m going to let it ferment for a full 21 days before trying it, so check back in a few weeks!
- Submitted without commentary: Mark Bittman printed George Faison’s letter to fellow chefs encouraging them to spend the extra money to use antiobiotic- and hormone-free meat—although he noted that Faison himself doesn’t use these meats exclusively.
- Two words: Apple Nachos. from Manifest Vegan.
- Have you ever cooked pasta in a frying pan? There’s a video tutorial at Chow.
- Did you see Isa’s Peanut Butter Caramel Apples? I think that Milo and I will be giving them a try this Sunday.
- This pepperoni pizza quick bread at Chow looks like it would be a cinch to veganize.