Apple Cake and Farm Sanctuary
I kind of failed at MoFo this year. I actually started this post during MoFo. Next year I will definitely plan ahead of time. It kind of snuck up on me, along with a crazy work schedule and travel, and I just fell behind on posting and reading. I did post more than last year, though, and I also posted a bit over here. I discovered and rediscovered a lot of amazing blogs, and will have reading material and ideas for years! I do hope I can also continue to post once a week or so because I also have many of my own ideas to share.
So…we attended a vegan potluck a few weeks ago. Every year, usually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary hosts Thanksgiving with the Turkeys -a vegan potluck and fundraiser. We went last year, and enjoyed it so much we decided to go again this year. Everyone brings a vegan dish to share, and without actually counting, there were at 200 people this year and last, so there was a lot of food–savory and sweet–to sample.
I made an apple cake and a carrot salad. The cake was a basic yellow cake, and I added dried cranberries, dried apples, and toasted walnuts to the batter. I put sliced apples into the bottom of the pan along with some turbinado sugar, cinnamon, and Earth Balance. Then, when I turned the pan over, I topped it with a glaze made from powdered sugar, cinnamon, and apple cider. It wasn’t the prettiest cake, but it was pretty tasty! The carrot salad was carrots, apples, dried cranberries, and a little orange juice, agave, and apple cider vinegar.
Last year we had to leave early, so we didn’t get a chance to watch the pigs being fed pumpkins. This year, we were able to stay, and the pigs knew what was coming. As soon as people started walking towards the field next to their barn, there was a race to meet everyone and get the best pumpkin! Eventually everyone got a piece of their own, and soon they were all in a state of bliss.
I’m hoping we can make this a yearly tradition. This year and last, the weather behaved, and we had perfectly crisp and sunny fall days.