Sunday, February 03, 2008

You know I love this Cookbook

This week brings - you guessed it - more Veganomicon food! But just to prove that I do try other things, there are a few dishes from elsewhere.

Smoky Grilled Tempeh and Sauteed Collards. So good, especially if you like smoky things. I still prefer the Hot-Sauce Glazed Tempeh.

Grilled Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tortillas. Using mashed sweet potatoes for the traditional cheese is brilliant. I should have done these on the grill pan, but had the skillet out so I used that. I can't wait to try these with yuca.

Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seed Rice Paper Rolls. These were good, but I needed something denser in the middle of the wrap, like tofu. The dipping sauce was AMAZING, with the perfect combo of hot, sour, salty, sweet.

Fat-free Vegan's Ethiopian-Inspired Red Lentil Soup. I've been wanting to try this because the picture on her website is fantastic and kittee has me in an ethiopian food mood. It was really hearty and tasty. Not for kids.

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango. This would be perfect in the summer out on the patio. I made this on a freezing cold winter's night which was probably a mistake, but dammit, mangoes are on sale now!

Spaghetti and Bean Balls. Perfect food for a family dinner night. I loved the taste of the beanballs. Next time, I won't bake them with the sauce on top because I would have liked them crisper. Vcon's marinara sauce is superb. It will be my standard go-to tomato sauce from now on.

Israeli Couscous with Pistachios and Apricots and Mediterranean-Style Baked Lima Beans. I screwed something up on this one. The couscous was tough. The beans were tougher. They could have had a gang fight right there on the plate. But, you have to learn from your mistakes. Next time I would cook the couscous in water first, then add to the skillet. The flavours in the recipe worked well together. As for the beans, I might use cannellini or navy next time. Too many of the lima beans split in half during soaking and the split ones never softened.

Pineapple-Cashew-Quinoa Stirfry. Really good and fairly easy. Princess liked it.

Skillet Corn Bread. I think anything cooked in a skillet is beautiful. This was super easy and made enough for an army. Or a gaggle of peace-keepers.

Ani Phyo's Raw Japanese Miso-Shiitake Soup. Puke. I should have known better given that this recipe calls for 1 cup of olive oil, but I couldn't eat more than a few spoonfuls. I've come to the realization that I don't like raw garlic.

Luckily my Homemade Kimchee was spicy hot enough to kill the taste from the soup. This was fun to make, letting cabbage rot on the counter intentionally. The recipe is from Maddhur Jaffery's World of the East Vegetarian Cooking.


VWAV's Maple Walnut Cookies. My new favourite not-healthy cookies. Damn, these are good! I eat too many of them though, so they are not-healthy for me.

Dreena's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. My new favourite healthy cookie. The recipe doesn't make enough cookies for our family, so I'm playing with it to make a bigger batch with even more health thrown in. A big bonus for these is that Princess can take them to school in her lunch because they are nut-free.


Michelle said...

i've been meaning to try both the smoky tempeh and the hot sauce glazed tempeh.. along with that quinoa salad....thanks for reminding me! everything else looks good too!

VeggieGirl said...

I'm love Veganomicon as well - that quinoa looks ESPECIALLY delicious!! yum!!

As much as I love Ani Phyo's raw "cook"book, I find that I automatically reduce the amount of oil used in the recipes (since the oil-amount is FAR too high) - too bad about the soup! It sure SOUNDS good!

I love those cookies from ED&BV too - so wholesome and delightful!

Anonymous said...

You seem to have been very busy!! V'con is one of the best cookbooks ever. I don't think I'll ever get bored of it.

I once tried Spaghetti w/ Bean Balls but they failed miserably, but your beautiful picture has inspired me to try again!

Anardana said...

1 CUP of olive oil?! Yikes.. anyway, the rest of the food looks great :) I'm in Ottawa too, by the way. I want to try that asian market that you mentioned, even though I live much closer to chinatown. Is that where you get your inari? I have only found it at the Korean market near the bus station.
Any other ottawa-vegan tips? Mine is that Grace Foods on bank has agar for way cheaper than natural food stores.

Jennifer said...

Look at all this food! You must have been pretty busy!

That Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Mango looks wonderful. I love black beans AND quinoa, so putting them together is a great idea to me!

That Inari, so yummy. I really like the stuff. Did this come from a particular cookbook or is this something you came up with?

Vegan_Noodle said...

Wow, you are really getting through all those v-con recipes!! Everything just looks so good. I have heard a few people say that the bean balls were on the mushy side, but sounds like you still enjoyed them.
Your skillet cornbread looks so perfectly smooth! And wow, did you make your own inari? How did you do that?
Just finished my lunch an dwould love one of those maple walnut cookies...

Vegyogini said...

I love Veganomicon, too! I haven't made anything outside of the soup section yet, though. Sometimes it's tough cooking for one. It's great to see what you're making because it helps me decide what to make next!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow, so much amazing-looking food. Way to show people that vegans don't just eat lettuce!!!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks great! Don't give up on the Mediterranean-Style Baked Lima Beans--they are SO good!


Tracy said...

Hi Everyone and thank you! I didn't even put that whole cup of olive oil in the soup and it was still horrible. I will definitely post very soon about making inari with pics - it's so easy!

Judy said...

Wowie, so much food! Seriously, one cup of olive oil? Ewwwww....

Can't wait to try those rice paper wraps.

Carrie™ said...

Wow! You've really been cooking. Where to start? The tortilla have me very interested. Maple walnut cookies are certainly delicious, but I'm with you on the soup. I don't think I'd like that either.