This evening after work I made Lazy Samoas from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by my favorite vegan cookbook authors, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. This was not the first time I made these cookies. The first time was in January of 2010 when I shared them with a good friend the evening before she left to Haiti on what was to be her Worst Trip, the one that included the earthquake. After that, I made them again for a raffle my husband and I put together that urged people to donate to established charities for Haiti. This time, I made them yet again for something related to Haiti- a bake sale this Saturday and Sunday. This bake sale is for the art center, Jakmel Ekspresyon, in Jacmel, Haiti, that the friend mentioned above co-directs.
There is something deeply comforting about baking, especially vegan baking. I love pressing brown sugar into the measuring cup, and releasing a perfect disk into the mixing bowl. I enjoy vegan baking because I don’t worry about consuming raw eggs when testing the batter. The transformation that is made from gooey batter to warm, solid cookies reminds me that transformation is easy and possible. I started making the cookies feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and grumpy, but ended calmly. When the baking timer rings, it is a call to focus and let trivial matters melt away like warmed coconut oil.
Here is to hoping the two bake sales this weekend and three next weekend are a success.