FEATURE: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns’ Randy Roswell’s Valentines Day Essentials

brighterthanathousandsunsBrighter Than A Thousand Suns is a husband-wife rock duo from North Carolina. In honor of Valentines Day, we approached them to see if they have any favorite spots to go for this special event. Check out what guitarist Randy Roswell had to say about it below.

Since both Angelika and I are vegan, being on the road touring can pose some challenges. Most meal buyouts don’t exactly allow for much more than gas station snacks and sometimes promoters, while very warmly-intentioned, will present us with a giant cheese pizza or a bulk purchase from the closest McDonald’s. Luckily, we are married and have the advantage of pooling our resources, instead of having to split it four or five ways like most bands. We find it best to keep things simple. For example, on one tour, we sustained ourselves on nothing but raw avocados, tomatoes and tofu.

But being that it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought we’d share the not-so-simple darker side of our culinary interests: our sweet tooth.

First up is my take on Alton Brown’s Chocolate Pocket Pies. Just sub out ground flax for the egg (1 Tbps flax + 3 Tbps water = 1 egg) , soymilk for the dairy milk and Earth Balance margarine for the butter all in exact amounts. You can use other non-dairy milks, but I prefer soy for its higher fat content. Vegetable shortening is very easy to find, but I’ve had success with extra virgin coconut oil, too. The first Valentine’s Day I made them is probably our most memorable. They came out so good that we basically section off a part of our brains where we keep a dedicated calendar counting down the days until the next batch of them. Here’s a link to the original recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/ pocket-pies-recipe.html

Next are my chocolate cake donuts with confectioners glaze. Donuts and I go way back – I had a HUGE donut problem as a kid. Pulling out this recipe every few Valentine’s Days or so buys me another ticket to donut rehab, but they are SO. DAMN. GOOD. This one is a fairly standard recipe inspired by Marissa at Make Happy. Just sub out the same things as the pocket pie recipe above, using non-dairy milk, flax egg-replacement and soy margarine. Keeping your oil at a consistent temperature is the key to success with this one. Here’s a link to the original recipe: http://make-happy.blogspot.com/2010/03/chocolate- cake-doughnuts.html

Finally, who can deny the appeal of a simple, yet well executed, chocolate chip cookie? But for Valentine’s Day, I say ramp up the intensity by making it double-chocolate. I take George Duran’s “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever” and swap the last cup’s worth of all-purpose flour for Dutch-processed cocoa powder. Again, sub out all the usual suspects as – you guessed it – both recipes above, and you’re good to go. Just make sure to find chocolate chips without milk and other unnecessary preservatives added. Here’s a link to the original recipe: http:// http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/the-best-chocolate-chip-cookie-ever-recipe.html

So this Valentine’s Day, maybe try changing up your decadent sweets menu for some of these animal-friendly treats! Super easy to make, bad for your teeth, but good for your conscience!

For more information on the band, check them out on their social media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brighterthan1000suns
Twitter: @BTATSband

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