Mini cookbook challenge
I'm going to try to work my way through more Isa/Terry recipes. They are all my favorite cookbooks, but I get caught up in other things. I'm going to start mainly with more things from Vcon and VWAV. Anyone else want to participate? I know some of you have already made like everything in them. I never really follow recipes exactly, but I want to make more of these things. I want to try to do..2? recipes a week. Isa and/or Terry books only!
Isa's new book, Appetite for Reduction is coming out around December, I believe. I've tested a lot of the recipes, and it's going to be good!
Champion! Everything anyone's made from Viva Vegan looks so interesting!! : )
I didn't end up making falafel last night : (
But I did make the Lemon Pepper Tofu from Vegan Brunch and I was really surprised/impressed with it! I don't know that I've ever really had anything lemon pepper flavoured before, so I didn't have expectations, but I really enjoyed this. The husband, who loves lemon pepper, thought this was a total win as well. He usually likes really sticky marinated baked tofus, so this was a nice 'dry' alternative.
I also did a vege stir fry covered in Mushroom Gravy .
We're both very new mushroom converts, having grown up disliking them, but this gravy is kickarse. I did add ~a tablespoon of mushroom soy sauce, and only had regular button mushrooms, but otherwise followed the recipe. Hearty and savoury and warming and all things good on a freakin' freezing Winter night : )
Vegan Brunch is available for me to pick up at the library, so I'll be making some stuff this weekend!!
aww, you didn't like the hash browns? : /
I don't like salty things but didn't think they were too salty.
Also, I think it's cute that you could make a half batch. ; )
I didn't feel like anything from either vwav or vb last night, and we've got my brother and his fiancée in town for the weekend so might not get much cooking time : / But I'll get back to it next week! : )
AC, snobby joes was one of the first recipoes I tried from VCon and I remember it was good.
I made Pasta Della California from VCon and liked it pretty well. It was a nice combination of green food to include lime, arugula, broccoli and avocado, so it was pretty healthy. It called for white wine which always adds a lot of flavor, and plenty of garlic which I loved.
I also posted in the VCon thread. I'm a bit confused...if we post a review here will it make it to the appropriate thread?
Just saw this thread and just happened to bake the Apple Pie Crumb Cake Muffins today from vwav....They are the shiznit ;)b I think I would add oats to the crumb topping next time, but otherwise it's an awesome muffin.
hmmm, how did I miss this thread. I finally got around to unpacking my cookbooks this week (yeah I'm a total lame arse I know), so am keen to start using them
I have Vcon and VWAV and the library copy of VB (for only one more week - oh noes) so will try to make a couple of recipes a week from each.
Bulgur, arugula, and cannellini salad
Yum! I made this and took it camping with me when I went to Farm Sanctuary the past two days. I had no idea that such a simple recipe with simple ingredients could be so flavourful! It was so delicious. I replaced the cannellini beans with pintos because that was all I had, and used quite a bit less dressing (1 tbs olive oil, 1 tbs red wine vinegar, 1 tsp or so balsamic, and spices to taste). Loved it. It's very filling too!
I know I've reviewed these (Delux Cocoa Brownies) before, but I made them again to take camping with me...I just love them. They're awesome. Just awesome.
I made the Chickpea Cutlets, doubling the recipe and following it pretty much exactly...At first I tried to pan-fry and they got crispy on the outside but the insides were still gummy/dough-y, so I baked them at 425 for about 15-20 on the first side and 10 minutes on the other side...then they were good! Crispy and the insides were not gummy at all! Others may find them too dry this way, but I prefer things like patties/burgers/nuggets crispy! My toddler ate a bit of them too, which is always a plus.
I was going to make the chickpea cutlets too, but opted for the Tempeh Shepherdess Pie instead. I decided to halve the recipe because it would normally make a lot (good for the holidays. I aught to keep that in mind...). It was so good, and filling! I also omitted the corn and just used peas. Maybe next time I will add some chopped carrots or something. At any rate, it was delicious and my carniverous father ate a whole huge portion without asking if there was tofu in it like he does with most of my cooking! I had it with the Roasted Brussles Sprouts from VWAV which were amazingly tasty (although I am a brussles sprouts fiend - I love them any ol' way). My little sister didn't like them, but she won't go near something like that, or even broccoli. I also decided to whip up some of the Basic Baking Powder Biscuits from VWAV as well to have along with supper/dessert. I was lazy and just baked them in an 8" round pan and cut it into wedges. Mum and dad had them after dinner with a peach and blueberry shortcake.
I didn't get to cook a whole lot over the weekend but managed to sneak in a few baking recipes.
Saturday breakfast was Banana Flapjacks from Vegan Brunch.
I don't believe I've ever had banana in a pancake before so I didn't really have any set expectations for these. We thought they were nice and banana-y but they were a bit sticky/dense... I definitely prefer other pancake recipes. Nice for a change, but not something I'd make often.
I made them for the first time last weekend, just for fun and put them all in the freezer, but I made another batch of Cinnamon Rolls from Vegan Brunch to take to family dinner on Saturday night.
I've made a few different cinnamon scroll/roll recipes before and thought they turned out pretty well, but at least for now, this recipe is topping the chart. Deliciously fluffy and sweet, just the right amount of cinnamony sugary filling, general awesomeness in a cute little rolled up package!
A few things: I mix the 'butter' in with the sugar/cinnamon mix for the filling and spread it out on the dough rather than sprinkling the sugar and dotting the butter on top; I think the icing recipe could be halved, it makes way too much; I got about 17 out of this recipe without trying to make them small.
I also butchered the Buttery Lemon Cutout Cookies from VWAV on Sunday, I'm not reviewing them because it was all my fault, but I tried cutting down the fat and they look/feel really rubbery and weird-textured so I think it was a fail... I'll find out how they taste when the husband gets home from work tonight...
And I made the Orange Rum Tea Cake from VWAV yesterday as well, but I meant to bring it in to work today and forgot, so it'll probably go in the freezer and I'll find out how it is next week : )
Stewed Tofu and Potatoes with Miso Gravy - VWAV - This was sooooo good. She promised a hearty "meat and potatoes" type of meal and it delivered. It was extremely filling. I used white miso instead of chickpea, baby portabella instead of cremini and added some chilies because everything needs some heat. Very pleasantly surpirsed at how much I liked this.
That looks really yummy, Tweety! I've been dying to make that. Last night we just had shepherdess pie leftovers with some soup that I whipped up to use up some pinto beans and the Garlic-y Kale from VWAV without the tahini sauce (I would have made it, but no one but me in my house likes tahini :( ). This is pretty much how I've always made my kale, but yeah...love it. I also made the Sunny Blueberry Corn Muffins from VWAV which were very good. They'd be goos just as plain ol' corn muffins too...and the chocolate chip cookies from VWAV that I've already reviewed. Damn good :)
Penne Vodka (Vcon) - Awesome! Now I'm not sure if it would be an omni-pleaser due to the grainy texture, but we thought it was fabulous! I don't know if letting the almonds soak in the sauce a little longer before blending would help or not - I might try that next time. Really good flavor though.
Tofu Omelet (VB) - I'm quite impressed that it actually worked! I was a little afraid because I didn't have any chickpea flour, so I used regular white flour, but it still turned out....I made them on my griddle rather than in a pan so I could do both at the same time. One stayed together nicely, one got torn during flipping, but I had my griddle too hot and they weren't really cooking evenly - so with a little practice, I bet I could perfect this omelet making skill! I filled them with tempeh bacon, green pepper and daiya mozzarella.