Vegan Samosas & Birthday Cookies

Has anyone tried the new vegan samosas at Local Harvest Cafe (in St. Louis)? They are to-die-for. Very decadent — sweet and spicy curry filling, flaky crust, baked not fried(!), with an arugula chutney on top, served over steamed greens and pickled vegetables (I assume the veggies will change with the season). I can’t get enough. They just recently added the samosas to their fall menu. I’m hoping they will get a permanent spot on the menu. Try ’em if you haven’t already — they are $11 for two (big) samosas with a side of steamed greens and pickled veggies. I got a $6 house salad to start the meal off and ended up full and satisfied (I was initially afraid the two samosas wouldn’t be enough food, but they were!). I’ll have to get a photo of the fancy-looking meal the next time I order take-out from them. By the way, did you know South Grand Delivered (bike delivery!) is now delivering Local Harvest for lunch and dinner?

I also wanted to share a recipe for homestyle chocolate chip cookies (only slightly adapted from Dreena Burton’s famous chocolate chip cookies from Vive le Vegan!). I made these for my aunt’s 24th* birthday — and they were a hit at her birthday dinner tonight. They are the crunchy kind of cookie, which is my aunt’s favorite kind (aren’t I the best niece in the world?). Don’t let the whole wheat pastry flour and sucanat fool you — these are definitely one of those cookies you should take to gatherings to impress non-vegans!

*That’s the age she’s claiming these days. My aunt works with the criminally insane — I’m not going to argue with her.

Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Dreena Burton’s recipe in Vive le Vegan!)

  • 1 cup + 1 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sucanat
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. blackstrap molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil (or another mild-tasting oil)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder and soda, and salt in a medium-size mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine maple syrup, sucanat, molasses, vanilla, and oil in a small mixing bowl. Mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry along with the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
  4. Form 8-10 spoonful-size cookies onto the baking sheets, spaced several inches apart. Bake for 11 minutes. After one minute out of the oven, transfer parchment paper to a cooling rack.

P.S. I know I just pledged my devotion to a sugar-free lifestyle in the previous post, but my favorite aunt only turns 24 once, right?


5 responses to “Vegan Samosas & Birthday Cookies

  1. Ohhh I have not tried those samosas, but now I want to. Haven’t even been to Local Harvest (I know! my food writer best pal has already been on me about that one). Now I’ll have to get there even sooner because I love a good samosa.

  2. They are really tasty! Not your traditional samosa, but very delicious indeed. I want more, right now! Haha. Too bad they are closed.

  3. I wonder if they are GF?? I LOVE samosas and haven’t made it to Local Harvest for anything but coffee-as when I was there for that all they have vegan was chili and it was marketed with some ridiculous meat dish! Sounds like they have improved a lot!!!!!

  4. I’m pretty sure they aren’t GF — I think they’re made with all-purpose flour. 😦 Local Harvest is so good — it’s right next to my house so I go there a lot for take-out. And there’s the grocery store they also run right across the street. Are you GF? I’m trying to think of what they’d have there that’s GF/vegan…the vegan enchiladas *might* be, I’m not sure though. They have an ever-changing green plate for $12, I think, that is sometimes GF — like they had an eggplant parmesan that was to-die-for about a month ago. I bet they’d try to make something GF, if you contacted them, too.

  5. Oh — I forgot to mention that the green plate is always vegan, no matter the night. That’s a plus!

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