Vegan Caliente

two vegans, one kitchen

Vegan goodness that is not on a plate! April 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — veganshane @ 5:52 pm


Well it was sneaker day today.  My previous sneakers, an old beat up pair of Vans have needed replacing for a while, they have been disintegrating for a couple of months now.   After a good bit of searching, I opted for the  “ecos” shoe by Simple, and I even purchased them from the local vegan boutique Fast and Furless.

Its a total hippie shoe, organic hemp upper, organic cotton lining, recycled tires  for the soles  and laces made from recycled soda bottles. Happily with all of that, they are also very comfy and feel sturdy enough to handle the abuse I usually give my sneakers.

–Shane    Photos by Kala



Happy Birthday Kala March 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — veganshane @ 1:31 am


Well dear readers today(March 11th) is Kala’s birthday and I just want to wish my beautiful wife and co-admin  a happy birthday, and many many more to come!



Vegan Goodness February 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kala @ 3:49 pm

Since it’s crazy crazy freezing here (it’s day 5 without heat here since they’re replacing the system in the building) and totally messy and disorganized, it might be a little while before there’s any food action here.  Dinners have been very homey and easy but not exactly photogenic.  So instead I’m going to post about all the new vegan goodies that are out or are coming out soon that I need!

There are a ton of vegan cookbooks coming out in the next few months, but here are the ones I’m really excited about:


The Vegan Scoop: 150 Recipes for Dairy-Free Ice Cream that Tastes Better Than the “Real” Thing by Wheeler del Torro



Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine by Bryant Terry.


BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakeryby Erin McKenna


Vegan Brunch: Homestyle Recipes Worth Waking Up For-From Asparagus Omelets to Strawberry Pancakes by Isa Chandra Moskowitz

And from Herbivore, I totally need this cardigan:




Cake! December 16, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk,Uncategorized — Kala @ 1:57 pm



Last night was our 3 year dating anniversary so we had to have cake.  It was absolutely necessary!  Well, we could have had cookies, but we didn’t have the ingredients to make any of the ones that looked good, so old faithful chocolate cake was what we had, with green frosting to make it festive.  I also added some coconut into the cake batter – yum!





Chocolate Mint Creme Cookies December 1, 2008

Filed under: Reviews,Uncategorized — Kala @ 2:22 pm


Chocolate and mint, one of my absolute favorite flavor combos, together at last in a super yummy cookie!  They’re the Chocolate and Mint Creme cookies from Back to Nature; I first tasted these earlier in November when Mississippi Market had them out for sampling.  After many visits back to the sample bowl, I decided to come back for them later, they seemed more like something I wanted to eat during the holiday season.  So I got some last night at Whole Foods (they didn’t have them at Mississippi Market) and I’ve been picking at them ever since.  I’m justifying the cookies I had for breakfast by saying that today is our six month wedding anniversary (it’s also my parents’ 30th – crazy!) although I’ll have to come up with another excuse for when I have some for breakfast tomorrow.




These are perfect, I’ve had the mint Oreos and I think those are gross, way too pepperminty.  Newman’s Own also makes a similar looking cookie but I can’t eat any of their baked goods because they have traces of dairy, grrrr.  Yay to Back to Nature for making Vegan and lactose intollerance friendly cookies!




Cinnamon-raisin Breakfast Couscous: A work in progress. September 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — veganshane @ 12:45 pm

Kala and I gave each other a challenge to produce 10 recipes over the  month of September.  Today’s contribution was cinnamon-raisin couscous for breakfast.  It was a combo of wholegrain couscous, maple syrup, cinnamon, brown sugar, and well raisins of course.

It was good but not great, the challenge is controlling the sweetness and the need for a few more flavors and textures.  Kala suggested some gooey cooked apples on top, I think that would be a good addition as well.

–Shane                                          Photos: Kala


Kala’s Vegan Hundred August 21, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk,Uncategorized — Kala @ 1:13 pm

I’m playing along with the Vegan’s Hundred posted on the Bittersweet blog today!  I’ve only bolded things that I’ve had vegan versions of and the only things I’ve crossed out are the boozy bits cause I’m not a boozy kind of gal.  So…


Your mission, should you choose to accept it:


1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.

2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.

3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one.

5) Pass it on!


1. Natto

2. Green Smoothie

3. Tofu Scramble

4. Haggis

5. Mangosteen

6. Creme brulee

7. Fondue

8. Marmite/Vegemite

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Nachos

12. Authentic soba noodles

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi

15. Taco from a street cart

16. Boba Tea

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Gyoza

20. Vanilla ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries

23. Ceviche

24. Rice and beans

25. Knish

26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper

27. Dulce de leche

28. Caviar

29. Baklava

30. Pate

31. Wasabi peas

32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Mango lassi

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Mulled cider

37. Scones with buttery spread and jam

38. Vodka jelly

39. Gumbo

40. Fast food french fries

41. Raw Brownies

42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans

43. Dahl

44. Homemade Soymilk

45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Stroopwafle

47. Samosas

48. Vegetable Sushi

49. Glazed doughnut

50. Seaweed

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Tofurkey

54. Sheese

55. Cotton candy

56. Gnocchi

57. Piña colada

58. Birch beer

59. Scrapple

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Soy curls

63. Chickpea cutlets

64. Curry

65. Durian

66. Homemade Sausages

67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake

68. Smoked tofu

69. Fried plantain

70. Mochi

71. Gazpacho

72. Warm chocolate chip cookies

73. Absinthe

74. Corn on the cob

75. Whipped cream, straight from the can

76. Pomegranate

77. Fauxstess Cupcake

78. Mashed potatoes with gravy

79. Jerky

80. Croissants

81. French onion soup

82. Savory crepes

83. Tings

84. A meal at Candle 79

85. Moussaka

86. Sprouted grains or seeds

87. Macaroni and “cheese”

88. Flowers

89. Matzoh ball soup

90. White chocolate

91. Seitan

92. Kimchi

93. Butterscotch chips

94. Yellow watermelon

95. Chili with chocolate

96. Bagel and Tofutti

97. Potato milk

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Raw cookie dough




Chipotle Glazed Black Bean Burgers April 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kala @ 4:09 pm


Tasty, but not quite perfect yet.  Vegan burgers are a harsh mistress and this was no exception, they were a bit too delicate and quick to fall apart.  But this was my first go at a black bean burger so I’m optimistic about next time.



It Starts With Pancakes April 3, 2008

Filed under: Food Talk,Uncategorized — Kala @ 7:17 pm


Starting a new blog is sort of like staring at a blank piece of paper, or opening up a fresh box of crayons.  The possibilities are endless and that can be a little intimidating.  So what’s this blog all about?  Why Vegan Caliente?  Well…

My fiancee and I like to cook.  And eat.  A lot.  No really, a lot, we talk about food all the time.  And a lot of times, that food is pretty spicy, hence the caliente bit.  Oh, and we’re vegan if you hadn’t guessed!


So let’s start with pancakes.  I made these a couple of mornings ago when we ran out of our usual breakfast staples.  The recipe is from Bittersweet, one of my favorite vegan food/crafting blogs.  It’s a very simple recipe and makes four medium sized pancakes, perfect for two people.  Of course I had maple syrup on top, Shane had bananas on his but he’s a weirdo 😉

Well, that’s it for now!