I decided to make my first ice-cream cake for the occasion of Rob's birthday. I'm not a huge fan of birthdays, but I love Rob and sweets, so really it was the perfect opportunity. To make the cake, I used 2 containers of PB & Chocolate Soy Delicious and squished them down over a bed of Whole Foods chocolate & vanilla sandwich cookies.
Then, I made a peanut butter icing out of chunky peanut butter, earth balance spread, & powdered sugar, and spread that on top.
Next, I melted some Whole Foods brand chocolate chips and drizzled that on top of the icing.
Last, I decorated with a vanilla buttercream frosting.
I realize the picture looks like something a kid threw together during 3rd grade art class, but damn was it good.
I was inspired to make an ice cream cake after seeing a friend's Baked Alaska. I was trying to think of how I would imitate the egg white coating on the traditional Baked Alaska, and Bonnie, an extremely experienced & talented baker, unlike yours truly, suggested I try marshmallow fluff. As you might know, there is an excellent vegan version of this called "RiceMellow Cream"
which is quite good out of the jar. If, like me, you lack control completely, you might find yourself eating 3/4 of the tub and feeling a pain in your stomach. Don't be like me.
Also for Rob's birthday I made some Field Roast pups. Or Wellingtons, a great chef told me they were called.
From the same type of biscuit dough, I fashioned a heart biscuit during Rob's birthday week (thanks Anne for the idea of extending the bday celebration for an entire week) and made biscuits & gravy.
One of Rob's favorite dishes in Greece is something my aunt Katie makes called "YemistA." It is basically stuffed tomatoes and green peppers, loaded with rice, sauce, potatoes, and she adds raisins. I didn't have any rice on hand, so I stuffed these with orzo, texturized vegetable protein, potatoes, and a nice Tom Ka sauce I got from the Asian store. Though I hate green peppers, I must say that they infused quite a nice flavor into the stuffing, and this made the entire package edible and this recipe repeat-worthy.
I don't recall if this pie was a part of Rob's bday week. I think he bought the blackberries and said something like, "I thought maybe you could make a pie for my birthday." He did not know I was going to surprise him with the ice cream cake. So I made this:
I've done better. I hope. It was okay, but needed a bit more sweetening.