For anyone visiting from Oh She Glows, welcome! Just for you, I’m posting the vegan chocolate pudding recipe I made for my dad’s birthday dinner last week. Enjoy!
While I was standing at the stove-top stirring the above vegan chocolate pudding into existence, I thought about some of the traits that my dad and I have in common. It seems fitting to share the ponderings as well as the pudding with you on this lovely autumn night.
What My Dad And I Have In Common, aka How I Know I Wasn’t Adopted
1. We both enjoy singing and playing piano.
2. We both get RSI.
3. We both are embroiled in a heady and serious relationship with chocolate.
4. We both get offended when people say no to our offers to make them a cup of coffee*.
5. We both love to travel.
6. We both spend far too much time in front of our computers.
Later, when standing at the kitchen bench chopping up the (non-vegan) Reese’s peanut butter cups with which to garnish the chocolate puddings that had been stirred into existence, I came up with some examples of how my dad and I are different.
Ways In Which My Dad And I Differ, aka I Still Know I Wasn’t Adopted
1. I like Broadway music and singing “Mack the Knife” at karaoke, but my dad likes organ music.
2. My RSI plays up when I engage in strenuous cross-stitch. As you can probably guess, my dad’s RSI is not caused by cross-stitch. His RSI is the result of such manly endeavours as slaying fire-breathing dragons and picking up trucks with only his index fingers.
3. My dad likes chocolate desserts, whereas I prefer my chocolate straight-up and unadulterated by flour, sugar, or pancakes.
4. My dad is content to order a cappuccino when we’re at a restaurant, whereas I like to faff around with decaf soy long macchiatos with a side of full-fat embarrassment.
5. No, this one remains the same. We both still love to travel.
6. My dad knows how to build and fix computers. I know how to poke mine from across the room with a stick.
In the spirit of celebrating our similarities, our differences, and our love for one another (awww!), I decided to make my dad and me a quick and easy, yet still delightfully chocolate-y, chocolate pudding for dessert following his birthday Tunisian couscous dinner. I was proud of myself for serving up a vegan dessert… right up until the moment I garnished the glasses with chopped up Reese’s peanut butter cups. But shh. I won’t tell if you won’t.
Vegan Chocolate Pudding
Slightly adapted from Kitchen Parade
- 2 tb demerara or coconut sugar (normal sugar can also be used)
- 2 tb cocoa powder (try to use good-quality cocoa, as it really makes a difference flavour-wise)
- 1 tb cornflour
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup soy milk (or any non-dairy milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla
1. Stir together the sugar, cocoa, cornflour, and salt in a medium saucepan until thoroughly mixed. Keeping the saucepan off the heat, very slowly stir in the milk, a tiny bit at a time. You want to do this slowly in order to prevent big icky squoodgy lumps forming in, and marring, your pudding.
2. Turn the heat under the saucepan to medium and cook, stirring all the while (constant vigilance!), until the mixture thickens. Stir in the vanilla, pour the mixture into two small dishes (quickly, as the pudding thickens up with the speed of a thousand gazelles when off the heat), and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Ta-daa!
* By “people”, I mean family and friends visiting our home. It’s not like we wander around town asking strangers in the street to drink our coffee. I’d completely understand someone saying no to that; I myself would be suspicious of getting roofied under such circumstances.