Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Mama Crunk!

Today (May 4th) was my mom's birthday, so my boyfriend and I met her and my dad at their favorite restaurant in West Memphis — Pancho's. It's a no-frills Mexican restaurant that my parents have had a thing for as far back as I can remember. I didn't take any pictures of my cheeseless spinach Mexican pizza, but it was super tasty!

I did snap a shot of her birthday treats — German Chocolate Cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World:

It's the basic chocolate cupcake recipe topped with the Coconut Pecan Frosting. So, so good. And I traded the oil for applesauce, so they're kind of lower fat.

I gave her an autographed copy of Iron Chef Cat Cora's book, Cooking from the Hip:

Can ya'll believe how young my mom looks?!

Even though she's by no means a vegan, I love Cat Cora! My friend Nathan got me hooked on Iron Chef on the Food Network, and though they always cook meat, I just pretend its seitan. Those meaty shows give me ideas for preparing non-meat dishes.

Anyway, I met Cat Cora last week at the Macy's store in Memphis. She was doing a barbecue cooking demo, and though I couldn't sample the BBQ Shrimp, her broccoli slaw and pit bean recipes were both vegan. So I got to try some of Cat Cora's secret recipes! I also had a chance to interview her by phone the week before her demo for a story in the Memphis Flyer, the altweekly I write for (I wanted to link to the interview here, but for some reason, the Flyer's new website is giving me an error message when I search for it).

Happy Birthday, Mama Crunk! (BTW, thanks to a couple of commenters who called my dad Papa Crunk and Daddy Crunk in his birthday post last month, I've decided to start calling my parents by their "crunk names").


nora said...

LOVE the crunk names! happy bday mama crunk!

Amey said...

Happy Birthday Mamma Crunk!
The cuppers look super yummy!
Hope all is well for you,
xo Amey

Celine said...

happy belated b-day to super mama crunk!

andrea said...

happy bday to your mom : ) !

Tara said...

Happy birthday to your mom! I love Cat Cora as well, and am super jealous that you actually got to meet her/interview her/and eat some of her food! Cool!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Mama Crunk!!!

I seriously can't believe she's your mother, she looks too young!

Gina said...

Happy Birthday to your mom!!

And that is so cool that you got to meet Cat Cora!

pixiepine said...

Sounds like a great birthday celebration! That's really cool about meeting Cat Cora :)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Momma Crunk! The cupcakes look delicious, I am sure your mom loved them. (Who doesn't love cupcakes?)

I like Cat Cora. I saw her do a live cooking demonstration here in Charlotte in the fall.

miss v said...

birthday wishes for the crunk family! :)

and i totally realized you were not on my blogroll... gasp! got you on there now. :)

Latayy said...

I admit I love to watch iron chef. I just love cooking no matter if I am vegan or not. Happy Birthday Mama Crunk.

Sal said...

yay happy birthday mama crunk (it's mama alien's this month too!! :) )

The cuppie looks gorgeous!

Susan G said...

Wow, your mom looks super young and beautiful!

Cyn said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! She's so cute with her cookbook, and those cuppers look awesome.

I sometimes refer to my parents as "The PinkHaired Parents" :)

jessy said...

you mom is just too cute! happy birthday to Mama Crunk! wahoooooo! your cuppies look perfect, Bianca - i'm glad you enjoyed your cheeseless mexican pizza and i'm glad your mom liked her glorious cookbook! that's awesome that you got to meet Cat Cora - i puffy heart her, too! yay!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

what a nice photo of your Mom and her awesome cookbook! I bet she loves being called Mama Crunk- very cool.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Happy Birthday Mama Crunk! My Dad always requests German Chocolate.

Cat Cora is super nice! I did her makeup for a magazine shoot awhile back & she's asked me to do it since then, but we never coordinated.

Sophia.Pflieger said...

Ooops! I forgot to give you the link to my blog:

aTxVegn said...

Happy Birthday to Mama Crunk! I like Cat Cora. She's a great chef representing the South.

Macie said...

Aw, Happy Birthday MomCrunk! I love Cat Cora, as well ... and know what, your mom kinda looks like her in that photo!

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