Dec 22, 2010

cat's birthday

Three requests from Cat for her birthday meal:

Oreo Shake
Vanilla cake with six inches of frosting

The shake because she wanted to have Chicago Diner food, but not drive there. She wanted to spend the entire day in front of the computer talking and playing (online) with her friends. I could so sympathize; I'm a homebody myself.

This plant-milkshake is made with 3 oreos, 1/4 c of plant milk and 1/2 pint of vegan vanilla ice cream, per serving. This was quite a phenomenon and the kids were clamoring for more. Naturally I made them wait for the sugar rush from the cake. 

For her Birthday meal Cat asked for Lasagna. It seems whenever she gets to pick a meal - and we actually have to grant her wish - she requests Lasagna. This and Benedict (David's love) are the two dishes I've blogged about over and over again.

As I've blogged before, go ahead and add your dry pasta to the pan - no need to cook it even if it is not a no-boil noodle. I keep testing this again and again and it is a fact. Just add 6 T of water to the bottom of the pan with some of the tomato sauce, make sure to cover it very tightly and cook on 350 for at least an hour. That should do it and I hope I am not leading anyone astray.

Finally, her cake. A simple vanilla cake (from the Tiramisu recipe) and tons of maple frosting. 1 stick of vegan butter, 4 c of powdered sugar, a few tablespoons of plant milk and 1 t of coffee extract (if you can't find that use 1 T powdered instant espresso and add it to the warmed plant milk to dissolve). She loved it! I made a double batch of the frosting for her and spread it all on the cake. Even the rest of us passed our portion of the frosting to her and she was in frosting heaven.

Happy Birthday, Catriona!


  1. This sounds like an amazing birthday menu to me! I am especially interested in trying the regular lasagna noodle bake technique!!

  2. mmmm...that cake! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAT!

  3. WOW! The cake and the Oreo shake are amazing!

  4. Great eats! She's lucky to have a culinary parent like you.

  5. I wish I had an oreo shake right now!

  6. I just mentioned this to my brother, who loves all things Oreo, and now he's salivating! :D

  7. Thanks everyone! The shake kind of did it for her, too. And the rest of the family wasn't mourning it, either.

  8. That looks amazing!! I didn't even think oreos were vegan...but either way, I'd replace them with the organic sandwich cookies at my health store :D
    Yum yum yum!!


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