Porcelain Manufactory Nymphenburg came out with a limited collection of Memento Mori, which also features a lovely vanitas symbol - a skull with a rich variation of colorful beetles. The sale goes skull in a highly limited collection of the 25 pieces, so hurry! We sold Praguekabinet. www.praguekabinet.com www.nymphenburg.com
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Ricemellow Filling by Janet Hudson Via Flickr: Recipe to follow:
Here it is…I would suggest using a ice cream scoop rather than a teaspoon so your pies are all the same shape.
Add the coconut milk a little at a time so the batter is not too runny.
Half my pie filling recipe or really pack in the filling after you refrigerate it.
Have fun. I think I’m going to try another one next weekend. These, over all, were really easy!
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup Earth Balance Margarine
½ cup stevia
2 tbsp mixed flax seed mixed with 3 tbsp water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¾ cup Earth Balance Coconut milk + 1 tbsp lemon juice (allow sitting 6 minutes)
3 tbsp beetroot juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with a silpat or parchment paper. Sift dry ingredient together. In a mixer, whip the margarine with the stevia. Add the flax seed mixture, vanilla, and coconut milk. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix completely.
Drop by the spoonful onto the parchment. Bake 8 minutes. Cool. Spread filling and sandwich. Makes 6-8 pies.
Cinnamon Rice Mellow Filling:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 cup Earth Balance Coconut Spread
1/8 cup Earth Balance Margarine
½ tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
7 oz Rice Mellow
Beat ingredients together. Makes a ton!
Ever seen red food coloring in your fruity flavored food or drinks? Look for “carmine” or “cochineal extract” on the ingredient list…chances are the dye has been extracted from the crushed bodies of beetles!! YUCK. How does that “natural flavoring” taste now?
More than half of all described lifeforms on Earth are Arthropods.
Three out of every four animals on the planet are Insects.
And yet, scientists estimate that more than 80% of all arthropods living on the planet are still undiscovered. To put this into perspective, in three months of a survey of insects found in the city of Los Angeles, one entomologist identified 30 new species of fly.
That’s right. Thirty new species discovered in the second most populous city in the US. Not in some dense, unexplored rainforest, but in urban LA!
The world could really use some more entomologists.