VIDEO! quarrygirl presents clara’s cakes! a teenage-run vegan bakery in LA.

you’re probably already familiar with teenage baking sensation clara polito, who owns and operates her own vegan business in los angeles called clara’s cakes…after all we’ve posted two recipe videos with her in the past. clara went vegan at the age of 12, and frustrated with the animal-free dessert options in her area, she decided to learn how to make her own treats. four years later, she’s got her own bakery with a menu that wows all kinds of eaters. in today’s video, we sat down with clara at her home in LA and learned about her most delicious creations and why she went vegan in the first place.

to learn where you can find clara’s cakes in LA, check out her website, twitter feed, and facebook page. i know that right now, you can find her cupcakes at pizzanista which happens to make the best vegan pizza in town. so go get ‘em.

From a vegan Ethiopian food stand at Greenwich Market (at Greenwich Market)

From a vegan Ethiopian food stand at Greenwich Market (at Greenwich Market)

Vegan tiramisu Beatles birthday cake from Ms Cupcake in London!!

Vegan tiramisu Beatles birthday cake from Ms Cupcake in London!!

birthday breakfast for the husband: toast, rashers, homemade beans, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, garlicky greens, vegan scrambled egg

birthday breakfast for the husband: toast, rashers, homemade beans, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, garlicky greens, vegan scrambled egg

VIDEO! At Home with Susan Feniger: Vegan Avocado on Toast

Time for another video in our Quarrygirl Presents: At Home with Susan Feniger series! This time we go to the famous chef’s Los Angeles pad for a simple breakfast of mashed avocado on toast. It’s so easy and the perfect way to use up avocados before they spoil! Watch as Susan shares her favorite and quickest recipe and also gives us tips on pronunciation, her favourite knife, and why buying fresh pepper is important.

At the parent-in-laws’ house. Finally getting all our important stuff we shipped from the states.

At the parent-in-laws’ house. Finally getting all our important stuff we shipped from the states.

VIDEO! At Home with Susan Feniger: Vegan Masoor Dal

Hey guys! What, with me moving across the world and throwing LA Vegan Beer Fest and everything, I feel like it’s been ages since I posted a Quarrygirl Presents video! Well, the wait is over. Welcome to our new series At Home With Susan Feniger, where we head to the house of one of LA’s most beloved chefs to see what she makes for breakfast. Susan is the driving force behind popular restaurants such as Border Grill, Ciudad, and of course Qurarrygirl favorite Susan Feniger’s STREET. While she isn’t a vegetarian or vegan, Susan tends to cook an eclectic vegan menu at home, much of which is inspired by her travels around Asia. In this series we explore extremely quick and easy animal-free recipes in the intimacy of Susan’s kitchen. 

First up: Masoor Dal! Watch the video above and follow along with the recipe below, and be sure to stay tuned for more vids!

Makes 7 cups

Ingredients:

2 ounces vegan butter or olive oil

2 cups diced white onion 

Sweet potato (optional)

1 Tablespoon Mustard Seeds

1 Tablespoon Cumin Seeds 

1 Tablespoon Turmeric

Neem Leaves aka Curry Leaves (optional)

2 - 7 cups water, depending on desired thickness 

1 pound masoor dal (2 1/2 cups)

1 1/4 Tablespoons kosher salt

Method:

Heat the vegan butter or oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepot over medium-high heat.

Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until caramelized a rich golden brown.

Reduce the heat slightly to medium. Add the sweet potato and season with salt. Then add the dried spices: mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, neem leaves.  Cook a few minutes (while stirring) until all the aromas of the spices are released.

Add the dal and stir to toast with the spices for 1 minute before adding the water or vegetable stock. Stir again & season with salt. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes until the dal is completely soft and cooked through and has taken on the flavor of the spices. 

Stir occasionally so that the dal does not settle to the bottom of the pot and burn.

Remove from heat and serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator when cooled, until ready to use.

morrissey at hollywood high! i’m finally getting around to posting my photos from that gig, which will probably be my last time seeing morrissey in los angeles. legendary—-what an amazing and intimate venue! was able to sneak into the pit and be just a few feet away from the stage. 

Too much? (at The Rajdoot, my favourite curry restaurant in London)

Too much? (at The Rajdoot, my favourite curry restaurant in London)

Jackfruit Taco Tuesday (at Organix)
Every Tuesday, Plant Food for People serves up the very best vegan tacos at Organix in Eagle Rock from 11am-3pm and 5pm-8pm. Don’t miss it!

Jackfruit Taco Tuesday (at Organix)

Every Tuesday, Plant Food for People serves up the very best vegan tacos at Organix in Eagle Rock from 11am-3pm and 5pm-8pm. Don’t miss it!

Good Food’s 1st all vegetarian show on KCRW

hey guys! over the weekend i had the honor of being interviewed on Good Food’s very first all vegetarian show on KCRW. they asked me to talk about some of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles where omnivores could get acquainted with excellent vegan food. listen up to learn about my top picks and where the name “quarrygirl” comes from. 

also, in the same show, Good Food sat down with my pal Tony Yanow (owner of Tony’s Darts Away, Mohawk Bend, and Golden Road Brewery; co-organizer of LA Vegan Beer Fest) to talk about what makes beer vegan. check it out and don’t forget to buy tickets to this week’s LA Vegan Beer Fest

For the entire Good Food vegetarian show, click here.

in case you haven’t heard the news already, the LA Vegan Beer Fest has gotten so big that we had to move it across the street from The Roxy to a vacant lot on Sunset. we are going to have more food vendors and more beers than ever before, so don’t miss what’s sure to be the most epic event of the year! 

VIP tickets and non-drinking tickets are already SOLD OUT! click here to buy your general admission tickets now! they will sell out soon!

Full English breakfast vegan-style (at inSpiral Lounge)

Full English breakfast vegan-style (at inSpiral Lounge)

Adopt a shelter dog.

Adopt a shelter dog.

My favorite scramble in LA: the spicy tofu cancun. I got it with tomatoes on the side instead of potatoes. (at Newsroom Cafe)

My favorite scramble in LA: the spicy tofu cancun. I got it with tomatoes on the side instead of potatoes. (at Newsroom Cafe)

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