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My first attempt in making a Rainbow Cheesecake. I’m quiet satisfied with it, but there’s still room for improvements! I will try to post the recipe and a tutorial next time about this yummy delight. This is a vegetarian (eggless) cheesecake, by the way.

Mexican Horchata

The hubby was so fascinated with this exotic refreshment while we we’re having one of our bon-a-petite dinner in one of Tampa’s famous vegan resto. When we got home, he went straight to our pantry and checked if we have the ingredients. A few minutes later, he started boiling,blanching, and working out the blender. The next day, he continued with his gastric driven enchantment, and viola! His very first home made horchata is ready to satisfy his quench, and of course, I was enjoying it too 🙂 Summer is coming, and I bet you’ll gonna love this Mexican delight.

For the recipe and procedures, we got it from gourmetsleuth.com

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons rice
6 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) blanched almonds
1 inch cinnamon stick (canella)
3 “2-inch” strips of lime zest (rind only, not the white pithy part) 3/4″ long
1 cup white granulated sugar

Procedure:

Pulverize the rice using a metate y mano or your blender.  Grind the mixture as smooth as possible. Combine the rice with the almonds, cinnamon and lime zest. Stir in 2 1/4 cups hot tap water then cover and let the mixture stand overnight (minimally 6 hours). 

Place the mixture in the blender jar and blend for at least 3 – 5 minutes until the mixture is smooth and no long has a gritty texture. Add 2 cups of water and blend again for just a few seconds.  Place a large sieve over a mixing bowl.  Line the sieve with 3 layers of damp cheesecloth.  Pour in the rice mixture, a little at a time and keep stirring to help the mixture go through the sieve.  Once all the liquid has passed through to the bowl gather the cloth together at the top, give it a twist and squeeze out any additional liquid.

Now add 2 more cups of water and stir in as much sugar as you’d like, to taste. If the mixture is too thick, add some additional water.

Cover and refrigerate. The drink should keep several days, refrigerated.
Serve in a tall glass over ice.

My god brother Sridam and his good wife Manjula ( who happens to be one of my bff 😀 ) just sent to me  the ISKCON Philippines February 2011 newsletter, and I would like to share it to everyone, especially to those who haven’t received the newsletter yet. Below is the said newsletter, and if you want to download it, just click this link: February Newsletter


Ingredients:
2 1/2 c flour
3/4 c sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup condense milk
1/4 c butter milk
114 gms butter

Procedures:
1. Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder together.
2. In a mixer, mix sugar,butter,condense milk, and vanilla for 2 mins until mixture becomes fluffy.
3. Add the flour gradually.

4. Pour in the butter milk after all the flour is done.
5. Put in a buttered baking pan and bake for 30-45 mins with 325 degrees F.

As for the purple yam, you can buy them mostly in your nearest Asian stores. Just follow whatever is in the packaging’s directions on how to cook it, and you’re good to go .

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Last Sunday, I and my husband had a simple celebration in honor of my spiritual master’s appearance day. It’s been a while since I’ve had my guru’s personal association, but just like what Srila Prabhupada said, “Vani is more important than Vapu”. I miss my spiritual master so much, and I pray to Krishna that hopefully I’ll see him again soon…….

Srila Giridhari Swami Vyasa Puja, Ki Jaya!!!

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Our mini offerings:

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Jaya Jagannatha, Jaya Baladeva, Jaya Subhadra!

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Sri Sri Gaura Nitai!

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Simple butter cake with sweet purple yam filling, vanilla butter cream frosting with toasted coconut flakes, top with fresh cherries 🙂

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sushi rice, red beans wtih tomato sauce,cheese and fried panir, subdji (mixed fried vegetables with cream and fresh tomato and olives)

Everyone get ready for this amazing animated film of Little Krishna and Arjuna coming this 2009.

The 13 episodes of animated Little Krishna just started streaming in Nick TV India last May 11 on Monday-Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The series has been written by Emmy award winning international writer Jeffrey Scott. On the other hand, I don’t have any information yet about Arjuna, but I’ll update you guys as soon as I get it. I’m a big anime fan, and I can’t wait to see these awesome animated world class film about Krishna and Arjuna.

For more info about Little Krishna, please click here.

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I was goggling online looking for that elusive recipe for a perfect fluffy vegetarian/vegan marshmallow. After a couple of clicks and stops from one site to another, I stumbled and ended up in youtube. As devotees, we’ve always been careful of what we eat especially in buying pre-package vegetarian goodies.

I remember one time, a devotee friend give me some packs of this “kosher-Gel” for making vegetarian gelatin. Out of courtesy, I accepted it and thank her for her generosity. When I got home, the usual, I just  tossed every food stuff inside my pantry. No, I didn’t bother to check it, or even to try it due to my laziness, and I just completely forgot about it. Until one day, when I checked my pantry and noticed that there’s something missing. Then, I asked my husband (the usual culprit) if he touched anything in my pantry, it turns out, he did.

With a nonchalant and seemingly cold manner (as most guys are, acting cool,LOL), the hubby told me that he threw away that “kosher-gel” thing because he found out that it WASN’T VEGAN AT ALL. I was just dumbfounded and didn’t bother to start an argument because my guts was telling me that he seems to be right. Anyway, “EMES KOSHER-GEL” turns out to be a fake. So my dear Vaisnavas please don’t buy this product at all.

If you want to read more about how this fake vegan gel got busted, please click here.

And here’s what I found in Youtube.

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Part 2

Sweet and  Sara is the only vegan marshmallow I’m buying because as you can see from the video, the maker is a vegan. Even though it’s kind of expensive, from time to time, I and my hubby can’t help but be tempted.

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SIDE NOTE: For devotees living in Alachua and Gainesville, you can avail Sweet and Sara at      Wards.

As for the recipe, I’m still on the look out and doing some trial and error. If you want to do some vegetarian gelatin, try using some agar-agar. This is what we generally use in the Philippines in making gulaman or gelatin, and you can find this in your nearby Asian stores.

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Joachim de Posada takes us to a funny look on how instant and delayed gratifications has something to do with our success. Now, I’m wondering if what would be the outcome if he also performs the marshmallow test in our community. Of course, it’s gonna be a vegetarian marshmallow, so don’t worry prabhus. I’m sure it’s gonna be interesting 😀

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What you’re about to see, is a horrifying event. At first, I chose not to say anything, and to just offer my prayer in silence and that she may rest in peace. But every time I see her face in the monitor and hear news about her, I can’t help but feel guilty. I feel guilty not because I chose to ignore the inhuman cause of her death, but rather, I feel guilty because I chose to be blind and deaf, but ENOUGH is ENOUGH! To the animals living in shit holes who manage to cut this young woman’s life, Allah will take good care of your asses soon, that even hell won’t accept you! JUSTICE FOR NEDA SOLTANI!!! JUSTICE FOR OUR IRANIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!!


Just for Laugh :)

These pictures never fails to make me laugh my ass off!

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Attack of the horny banana!

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BUSTED!!!

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Way to go buddy!LOL!