Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Mega Post

Wow...I didn't realize how many things I've made in recent weeks, as I had a pile of pics on my camera! Since it took me forever to upload them all, I'll keep the text bits short!

First, I had tried some items from the Joy of Vegan Baking. I was very much anticipating this book, and when I got it, I have to say I was disappointed at how much Earth Balance margarine and egg replacer was called for. Nonetheless, I kept an open mind, and tried a few recipes.

The cookies on the cover looked tantalizing. However, despite following the instructions (except I used all dark chocolate chips), mine turned out to be flat and greasy:

As I flipped further through the book, I noticed that many of the recipes seemed to be veganized from a typical Betty Crocker cookbook. I was hoping that they would be healthy vegan baked goods, but it did not seem to be the case. Anyways, I had decided to make banana muffins, and thought about making the recipe noted in the index of JOVB or a muffin version of the Peaceful Palate's Banana Cake. Oddly enough, I noticed that the JOVB credited PP's recipe and made a small change. As I flipped through the book, I noticed several versions of recipes from existing cookbooks, and they were all ones that I owned! I made the muffins, but they didn't turn out anything like the cake as they were quite concave:

I was disappointed with the book after these two attempts one night, that I returned it the next day :(

The next morning, I decided to attempt the Lemon Corn Waffles from VwaV. You may recall a previous disaster, and - surprise! The SAME thing happened AGAIN:

I thought it could have been because I added blueberries to the batter, but I realized that I wasn't letting them cook long enough, so I gave them a few minutes extra after my iron had beeped. Also, I was putting too much batter in the maker, so I cut it down:

The result - yum! Intact waffles! I wouldn't have cared anyways if they didn't look pretty. They're so good.

With leftover homemade spaghetti sauce, I made pita pizzas. Good and easy, but not very exciting.

But what was exciting was Bryanna Clark Grogan's recipe for Creamy Pasta Sauce from the Almost No-Fat cookbook. Heavenly on pasta with veggies and Yves Chick'n Tenders, but even better as a white sauce on pizza!

I also made my stand-by faves from Nava Atlas's Vegetarian Family Cookbook - Soft and Chewy Granola Bars. I don't use a pan, but rather I spread the batter into a square on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Way easier to cut and I don't have to fight with it sticking to a pan.

I also made the 'Tuna' Noodle Casserole from the same cookbook except instead of tofu I used - another surprise - Yves Chick'n Tenders! It's a little bland, which seems to be pleasing to my palate lately so it's great, but Kyle kicked up his serving by dousing it with hot sauce and soy sauce.

From Vcon, I made the Autumn Root Salad with Warm Maple-Fig dressing. A lot of prep, but it was OK.

I also made the Portobello Salad with Spicy Mustard Dressing. It was good too.

Like Tracy, I made the Baked Potato and Greens Soup with Potato-Wedge Croutons. Yum! Well worth the prepping the potatoes in the oven! I had to use spinach instead of kale since Loblaws' produce selection was quite pathetic. I will also make the 'croutons' as a side to tofu burgers since they were so good.

I made the Banana-Wheat Germ muffins too. Good, but I think I'll stick to my own recipe since I like them real banana-y.

Finally, from VwaV, I made the Mango Ginger Tofu (subbed Yves' again). It was different - I think I put too much vinegar in :(
For the second time, I also made the Raspberry Chocolate Blackout Cake for my stepdad Gord's 55th birthday. I used homemade strawberry jam since Gord hates raspberries...SO GOOD! I think I forgot to take a pic last year, so I got both the cake and Gord this year:
Yes, I think alcohol played a factor in this photo.


Veg*Triathlete said...

Wow! That IS a mega post :0

Sorry that some of the recipes were disappointing - but it looks like the waffle and chocolate cake successes make up for everything else!

Judy said...

Wow, that's a whole lot of food. I too have had my share of flat greasy cookies, which is why I rarely make them.

I love the idea of baked potato and greens soup, I will have to try that.

And pizza with white sauce....mmmmm.

Veg-a-Nut said...

OH my goodness, the cream sauce looks wonderful. I love Bryanna's recipes. Bummer about your cookies and muffins, but the potato and grees soup looks and sounds wonderful.

SallyT said...

gotta say I agree with you about Joy. I've had some successes but I think it's partly bcs. I do a lot of baking and made my own standard mods to the recipes. I do love the photos, though!

VeggieGirl said...

mega post is an understatement - there's so much delicious food in this post that my head in spinning!! WOW!! despite some of the recipe-disappointments, I'd say that overall everything turned out/went quite well!!

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised by JOVB. I have made the cheesecake, peanut butter cookies, brownies, and lemon bars all with great success. All your pictures look great!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you about the JOVB. And I also have two of the cookbooks that the author borrowed recipes from, "Peaceful Palate" and Sinfully Vegan". I tried one recipe, the coffee cake. I turned them into muffins and left off the crumb topping. The muffins were greasy and they had a concave top. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart like you to return the book. I still have it, but don't plan on using it. A far superior dessert book is "My Sweet Vegan". I tried two recipes so far and they were both winners.