Banana nut waffles
I made these for a second time with a few modifications. I remembered these waffles sticking like crazy the first time I made them, so I was on a mission to prevent that. My "go-to" recipe is the Waffles I from JOVB and it calls for 6 tbsp of Earth Balance. They never stick and always come out crispy. So, I subbed 5 tbsp EB for the 3 tbsp oil, sprayed my waffle iron like crazy, then let it get really hot. I added some shredded coconut and a little coconut extract, and somehow forgot to add the maple syrup. My coconut was sweetened and of course we put maple syrup on top, so they were sweet enough. They turned out perfectly. The flavors all blended nicely, the texture was crispy outside and soft inside. I only got 5 waffles this time, but a couple of them were oversized. Delicious and non-stick with the modifications!
Leek and bean cassoulet with biscuits: I didn't like this at all. It turned out slimy, both the stew part and the biscuits. And it didn't taste much either, despite adding a lot more seasoning.
Red lentil cauliflower curry: I've never had a curry/dal with cauliflower before, and I liked that. But I thought this dish was pretty bland. A curry without garlic just doesn't work for me, and it needs more spices too. I used cayenne instead of the fresh pepper and omitted the cilantro.
Mole Skillet Pie: I can't believe this hasn't been reviewed yet. I love this pie. This pie is the best thing I've made yet from this book. I'm going to leave my boyfriend for this pie. This pie and I are going to spend the rest of our lives together.
Sweet potato tzimmes: Yummy. This tastes like Christmas. I think it needs to be paired with something refreshing though, because it is pretty sweet.
Cheezy sauce: I was very pleasantly surprised by this sauce! I wasn't expecting much but it was cheezy, zesty, creamy, and delicious. I served it one night on top of steamed purple sprouting broccoli, and then the next day over potato and leek cakes. Yum!
Mushroom gravy: Love it! Full of rich flavour. Served it on top of chickpea cutlets, mashed taters, and green beans. Mid-winter heaven.
This is kind of a love-fest, eh?