Monday, February 8, 2010

New Orleans Nation

Stephanie chomps on a strawberry cheezecake stuffed King Cake.
I am so missing New Orleans right now. Smack in the middle of Mardi Gras, the city has exploded in joy after yesterday's gigantic victory. Here's a little peak at some of the city's favorites snacks, I've been veganizing.


King Cakes are similar to giant cinnamon rolls, baked into a ring instead of individual coils. When you go into a grocery store in New Orleans during carnival, these cakes are stacked up 4 feet high on tables, made in a myriad of different flavors: cinnamon, cheesecake, chocolate, strawberry, apple the flavor variations go on and on. This one is a vegan apple praline cheezecake stuffed cake from last year.


Here's another apple praline cheezecake King Kake, this one was made last week to benefit Mercy Corp's work in Haiti. Little fetal jesus is riding a powdered sugar wave on top, 'cuz we didn't want anyone to choke on him.


Hubig's pies are ubiquitous in New Orleans, you can find these deep fried and sugar coated hand pies in all the grocery stores, gas stations and hardware stores around town, and like King Cake, they come in a million flavors--even seasonal ones like sweet potato and strawberry. Sadly, the traditional pies are full of beef tallow, so I came up with an apple version to save the potluck (and hopefully the animals).


The best way to wash down so many sugary sweets is with savory classics like gigantic Italian Muffuletta sandwiches. This one's made on homemade sesame bread, topped with my basic gluten recipe sliced up thin as possible, and then doused with olive oil and homemade olive salad. I love those little bits of pickled cauliflower.


Save some room for Hot Tamales! Dang, but I love cooking during Carnival. So much good stuff to be had. These saucy and spicy dudes are stuffed into a cornbread like masa studded with green onions and parsley and then steamed until tender.

All of this and more is part of a big project I'm undertaking to veganize The City of New Orleans. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you're dying for King Kake, you can find a few older versions right here on this blog, over at pakupaku and Papa Tofu. Just use that scrolly thing on the right.

Who Dat!
xo
kittee

24 comments:

  1. Dang, that is a lot of colorful and yummy stuff. I had never even considered veganizing personal pies before (probably because I was kind of grossed out by the store-bought ones), but the idea of homemade ones makes me want to get into the kitchen RIGHT NOW and start baking. I've never had any varieties of king cake other than cinnamon, either--they look sooo good!

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  2. I don't know if you remember my mad nola dinner party skills last year, but I'm putting the recipes to the test again this year--but with loot shipped up from the Mobile parades. Can't wait to update you next week!

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  3. oh my god, i want to be in new orleans right now!

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  4. Wow! That muffuletta looks AMAZING! So much good stuff!

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  5. That is some festive deliciousness! It all sounds and looks so good!!

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  6. Wow wow wow, what a festival of awesomeness!

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  7. haha, I just visited the The American Embassy here in Finland, and got offered some King's cake, baked by the Ms. Ambassodor herself. And I found the little baby in it too! I'm delighted to know there are vegan recipes for it!

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  8. You've outdone yourself Kittee!!!

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  9. Did I ever tell you how much I love your king cake recipe? I made it often when I went vegan singing "I am the crawling king cake and I rule my den.". I'm sorry, the cake made me sing it.

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  10. Everything looks gorgeous! I love that photograph its so funny i makes me smile :) Enjoy yourself!

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  11. I'll be making your king cake again this year for sure. Took it to the office last year and it was a huge hit — way better than the non-vegan bakery version someone else brought in.

    And I picked up some olive salad while in NOLA back in October and I've yet to make a muffeleta with it. I've been eating the hell out of it on salads though.

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  12. MAN, I need to try making King Cake! Everything looks SO good.

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  13. HOT DAMN. You cannot make a post like that and not share recipes. I am going to need to make at least 2 batches of everything because it all looks FANTASTIC! Especially that muffaleta....

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  14. Mmmm sandwich, tamales... looks delicious!

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  15. Gorgeous photos! All this food looks so messy and gooey and fun! I was so excited for the Saints on Sunday (but I love it anytime Peyton Manning loses).

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  16. The insides of that king cake have made me go all warm and fuzzy.

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  17. Everything looks amazing & I am so excited about your veganizing efforts. I love this city! Who dat?!!

    Off to make a king cake.

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  18. Mmm! I want king cake! I've never had it before.

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  19. That all looks amazing :) I love tamales and I've wanted to try those New Orleans desserts since...I admit...watching the princess and the frog :P
    yum!!!

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  20. I want a recipe for the tamales!

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  21. Gorgeous king cake! And those tamales look boss. I miss America. :(

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  22. Hey, any chance you've updated your king cake recipe(s) since becoming gf? I am seeking one to prepare for the upcoming Carnival merriment.

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