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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!

gosh i really didn't like the tempeh nori rolls... but i made them a long time ago and i don't really dig tempeh prepared by myself... is this recipe worth another try on my part?

I say so. What did you not like about it? I'd say to try a different tempeh (get the garden veggie if you can!), steam it for 15-20 mins. I think the tempeh mixture, avo, and some shredded carrot would be perfect.

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yeah, hashbrowns in a skillet come out as one big piece. you could add less potato and make two smaller ones though.

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Chickpeas romesco (Vcon)

We both really liked it! I used some red onion for the shallot, and 2 chiles. It was more flavorful than I was expecting. I didn't do the whole processing of the tomatoes and red peppers..I think that's unnecessary. The sauce is going to be chunky anyway with the chickpeas, and the tomatoes cook down. I think some of the methods in Vcon are a little drawn out. Anyway, the flavor was really good, and different enough from a tomato sauce. I added an extra 1/4 cup of water. Had it over Israeli couscous. Will make again if I remember. It's always nice to have something that P is excited for leftovers.

Brazilian kale (VV)

This is not different than kale I've made before other than the "shredding." It's a good kale, and I do like the shred style..I'll do that more often. I always get lazyish and just tear my kale up. I love liquid smoke in greens.

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yeah, hashbrowns in a skillet come out as one big piece. you could add less potato and make twoten smaller ones though.

seriously, it's impossible to overestimate how much that man eats.

Finally remembered to come back and comment on the Coconut Pancakes from VWAV that we had on the weekend.
I love love love coconut, and, consequently, enjoyed these.  We didn't think they were super dooper coconutty though, and they were a little stodgier I think than our usual pancakes.  Would make again, but not as a regular feature.

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gosh i really didn't like the tempeh nori rolls... but i made them a long time ago and i don't really dig tempeh prepared by myself... is this recipe worth another try on my part?

I say so. What did you not like about it? I'd say to try a different tempeh (get the garden veggie if you can!), steam it for 15-20 mins. I think the tempeh mixture, avo, and some shredded carrot would be perfect.

i dunno... maybe i haven't tried steaming it yet? maybe it get's rid of some of the yucky flavor... i'll try them again though just cause u said and ur the master of all vegan cooking type things :)

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gosh i really didn't like the tempeh nori rolls... but i made them a long time ago and i don't really dig tempeh prepared by myself... is this recipe worth another try on my part?

I say so. What did you not like about it? I'd say to try a different tempeh (get the garden veggie if you can!), steam it for 15-20 mins. I think the tempeh mixture, avo, and some shredded carrot would be perfect.

i dunno... maybe i haven't tried steaming it yet? maybe it get's rid of some of the yucky flavor... i'll try them again though just cause u said and ur the master of all vegan cooking type things :)

hehe no, but thank you. Yes, steam! It does exactly that. Try the garden veggie!

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gosh i really didn't like the tempeh nori rolls... but i made them a long time ago and i don't really dig tempeh prepared by myself... is this recipe worth another try on my part?

I say so. What did you not like about it? I'd say to try a different tempeh (get the garden veggie if you can!), steam it for 15-20 mins. I think the tempeh mixture, avo, and some shredded carrot would be perfect.

i dunno... maybe i haven't tried steaming it yet? maybe it get's rid of some of the yucky flavor... i'll try them again though just cause u said and ur the master of all vegan cooking type things :)

hehe no, but thank you. Yes, steam! It does exactly that. Try the garden veggie!

so wait, now you like tempeh?!!!

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gosh i really didn't like the tempeh nori rolls... but i made them a long time ago and i don't really dig tempeh prepared by myself... is this recipe worth another try on my part?

I say so. What did you not like about it? I'd say to try a different tempeh (get the garden veggie if you can!), steam it for 15-20 mins. I think the tempeh mixture, avo, and some shredded carrot would be perfect.

i dunno... maybe i haven't tried steaming it yet? maybe it get's rid of some of the yucky flavor... i'll try them again though just cause u said and ur the master of all vegan cooking type things :)

hehe no, but thank you. Yes, steam! It does exactly that. Try the garden veggie!

so wait, now you like tempeh?!!!

Do you not stalk me on fb?! geez! I like this one kind at least. I've liked it two different ways!

eta: I forgot I was going to post what I made.

Baking powder biscuits and white bean tempeh sausage gravy

These biscuits are great! I thought they'd be meh, but they are some of my faves. I had to use oil for the EB, so they'll probably be better next time. Very easy. I just semi-shaped mine, and dropped them on the sheet. The flavor is really good, and texture is fluffy. Light and fluffy.  I made 11, and baked for about 13 mins-might bake an extra min. next time. I really like the tempeh sausage, but had to modify the gravy. Used chickpeas instead of white beans, and just smashed them. I had to add a lot of extra liquid, and it was still very chunky. I don't think I'd bother with the actual gravy again.

Tempeh sausage crumbles

Another tempeh success! I halved the recipe, but just threw spice amounts in. I love fennel, and fresh sage was great. I'd make this again to use for something else.

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This 'challenge' is so much fun! Thank you all for joining the partay. I'm happy to continueeeeeeee!!

40 new recipes so far!!!!!!  :D

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Had the biscuits and gravy along with our dinner tonight, and P really liked it. He NEVER likes biscuits, and he only likes bean type gravies.

Potato spinach squares (VB)

Pretty ok. I think P liked it more than I did.  Pretty simple to make, and seems semi-fancyish. I used red potatoes, cut down on the oil (added water), and added fresh thyme and chives. I added my bit of Daiya to the top for the last 10 minutes of baking. Held together well, but the flavor is soso. Probably won't make again, but was ok.

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gosh i really didn't like the tempeh nori rolls... but i made them a long time ago and i don't really dig tempeh prepared by myself... is this recipe worth another try on my part?

I say so. What did you not like about it? I'd say to try a different tempeh (get the garden veggie if you can!), steam it for 15-20 mins. I think the tempeh mixture, avo, and some shredded carrot would be perfect.

i dunno... maybe i haven't tried steaming it yet? maybe it get's rid of some of the yucky flavor... i'll try them again though just cause u said and ur the master of all vegan cooking type things :)

hehe no, but thank you. Yes, steam! It does exactly that. Try the garden veggie!

so wait, now you like tempeh?!!!

Do you not stalk me on fb?! geez! I like this one kind at least. I've liked it two different ways!

eta: I forgot I was going to post what I made.

Baking powder biscuits and white bean tempeh sausage gravy

These biscuits are great! I thought they'd be meh, but they are some of my faves. I had to use oil for the EB, so they'll probably be better next time. Very easy. I just semi-shaped mine, and dropped them on the sheet. The flavor is really good, and texture is fluffy. Light and fluffy.  I made 11, and baked for about 13 mins-might bake an extra min. next time. I really like the tempeh sausage, but had to modify the gravy. Used chickpeas instead of white beans, and just smashed them. I had to add a lot of extra liquid, and it was still very chunky. I don't think I'd bother with the actual gravy again.

Tempeh sausage crumbles

Another tempeh success! I halved the recipe, but just threw spice amounts in. I love fennel, and fresh sage was great. I'd make this again to use for something else.

i do stalk you, you ass. last i heard, you were giving it one last chance.
now i JUST saw you are a convert, after reading this. pshaw!
what recipe did it for you?

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i do stalk you, you ass. last i heard, you were giving it one last chance.
now i JUST saw you are a convert, after reading this. pshaw!
what recipe did it for you?

I don't think it's so much a recipe, but the KIND of tempeh-Lightlife garden veggie. It smells so good that I want to eat it by itself! I would trust the tempeh sushi AND the tempeh sausage crumbles with regular tempeh, though.

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I tried two cupcake recipes from VCTOTW and they were both a hit!

I did the basic chocolate cupcake with cookies and cream variation and mucho margarita cupcakes.

Cookies and Cream
This is the best chocolate cupcake I've ever had. I'm not a chocolate cake fan (in fact I tend to just be a frosting fan really) but I could eat this cupcake alone, maybe just with some powdered sugar. It was soft and richly chocolate, and right in between fluffy and dense. Yum.

Margarita

I made these for a Mexican themed party and everyone really liked them! They definitely have a margarita flavor, the icing is sweet and limey. The cupcakes are a nice light texture.

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Tempeh reuben (VWAV)

Yummy! I couldn't taste the marinade much in the tempeh, but the marinade smelled delicious and the tempeh was good. I didn't even have to steam it. I'd use this marinade for other things. The dressing is good for the sandwich, but I don't think I'd use it for anything else, except sandwiches. I only like sauerkraut on reubens, apparently. I didn't add the avocado, because it didn't seem necessary with the dressing and the EB and everything, and I added a big tomato slice (really good). Another great way to have tempeh. Fun sandwich!

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My plan for the next few days is: green beans and mushrooms, cauliflower hummus, corn pudding, and maybe bagels

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Cauliflower hummus (Vcon)

Not bad. It came together, but when I started processing it I thought it was going to be horrible. It looked watery, but chunky. I think I added a tad too much liquid, but the texture was not bad. The flavor is pretty cauliflowery at first, but you get used to it. I used some cilantro for the parsley. I don't know that I'd make it again because regular hummus is so good, and I don't even think it's lower in fat than my usual hummus. I don't add THAT much tahini, or more olive oil. I guess this way it just had some added nutrients, but eh. Interesting, though.

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From VWV

Pumpkin waffles - These waffles are so tasty! I added another 1/3 cup of sugar cause I wanted them a bit sweeter. I also though the batter was too thick and ended up watering it down a little. Big mistake! This made them completely thin and they tore so I added more flour and problem was solved. So if you make these, don't thin out the batter. Just use more to spread on your waffle maker.

Tempeh sausage crumbles - I hate tempeh but I have to say I really dug these crumbles. They taste exactly like sausage thanks to the fennel and have a toothy texture. I'm so glad I tried these!

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Mushroom, Leek, and White Bean Pie (VB)
OMG OMG OMG OMG this was so so so good.  I used slightly less walnuts than called for (didn't buy quite enough) and used regular white mushrooms, as that's all that was at the market.  Oh and I used dried herbs instead of fresh.
I had trouble blending all the beans and stuff as I only have a magic bullet type processor, but it tasted so so so good.  I'm not sure I've ever had cannellini beans before, but they were delicious.
The only fault I could think of was that there was slightly too much pie filling for my dish, but oh well.
I used the VB pie crust recipe and the whole thing was great.  Seriously it's the best thing I've made in ages.
I think I'll try it again without the walnuts and maybe crustless, just so I can eat more of it.
Everyone should try it.

Potato Spinach Squares (VB)
I made these last night to go with the leek, mushroom and white bean pie and OMG I loved these too.
I don't really know what I was expected, but these exceeded it anyway!  They were a really good accompaniment to the pie.  I added less salt and I'm glad I did.  I loved the lemon flavour to it and loved the spinach.  All in all, I loved the recipe and definitely making again.

The pie and the spinach potatoes as a whole meal were a raving success with N too - he even said he didn't think he'd had a restaurant meal with such good flavours!
The only negative comment from him was that I may not be able to replicate the exact lemonyness of the potatoes again.

Puttanesca Scramble (VB)
I made this a couple of weeks a go and obviously forgot to review it.  I used green olives only as I didn't have black and used dried herbs as I didn't have fresh and normal tomatoes as that's all I had.  I was shocked at how good it was.  I really wasn't convinced by a tofu scramble that didn't contain nooch but man this was good.  It was quite salty and i think with the capers it needs less salt than called for.
I then made it again a couple of days later and didn't have capers - still good.
I then made it again the other day and added mushrooms, didn't add tomatoes as didn't have them and had black olives as well as green.  It wasn't quite as good without the tomatoes but I liked the black olives in there.
So given that I have made this 3 times in a couple of weeks, I'd say the recipe is a success!

Maple Mustard Glazed Potatoes and String Beans (VWAV)
I made this recipe kinda the other night.  I didn't have green beans, added extra onion and used golden syrup instead of maple syrup (yeah not a good sub, but I'm a cheapskate!).  I used half the amount of potatoes and used the whole amount of the sauce - because I love Dijon mustard and had a feeling I'd want extra sauce.
Man they were good.  I loved the sauce ass I thought I would.  But I guess the down side was the potatoes weren't crisp - but then that's because I had extra sauce.
Will be making again.

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Magic Coconut Bars from VCIYCJ- I loved these!!! Super good! I fed them to a bunch of super-picky omnis and they loved them! They even wanted to take the extras home! Actually a very easy recipe!

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oooh Shell, I'm gonna have to crank out vegan brunch again and try that pie! Sounds great!

we've had the puttanesca scamble a few times too, def. agree on cutting down the salt, but otherwise it's delicious!

hmm, I think I might have to have ... something from VWAV tonight, haven't had anything productive to add to this thread for ages!! : /

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oww, I was already thinking that I could make the pie this weekend and then we could have it when you come down.
Basically I want the pie again.

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