Thursday, 31 January 2013

Cookbook challenge week 4 - Appetite for reduction

This week I have been cooking from Appetite for Reduction, I have used this book in the past and have always been a fan of the Veggie Pot Pie Stew Recipe - one of my favourite staples. I have also made hottie black eyes peas & greens and several other recipes, but this week I decided to try 3 completely new recipes:

Sure fire seitan - This was bloody awful, it looked and tasted like wet soggy brains (it also contained 16 grams of salt in the entire recipe). I threw most of this away and will never be making it again.

BBQ Mango Beans - Much better, I tasted this while I was making it and it wasn't great, but as soon as I put the sweetener (sweet freedom instead of agave) and liquid smoke in, it transformed into something delicious:

Bistro Broccoli Chowder - This was really good; filling, tasty and just lovely!

Overall I really like this book, most of the recipes I have made have turned out well but if its a lower calorie vegan cook book that you're after I would recommend the Happy Herbivore books instead

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Haven & Pancake Sundays

My favourite TV program is Haven and for Christmas my lovely big sister bought me series 1 and 2 on DVD, so I am now spending my Sunday afternoons watching episodes of Haven while eating a stack of pancakes (pancake being the preferred food of one of the Haven main characters).

For the last 2 weeks I have been using the recipe in Happy Herbivore with some additional ingredients:

Week 1 - Gingerbread pancakes (made using Starbucks gingerbread syrup) and Chocolate chip pancakes:

Week 2 - Double chocolate pancakes (I used chocolate oat milk instead of plain soya and I added cocoa powder) served with Summer Fruit pie filling:

Both tuned out well, but I am going to try a different recipe next week as they were a little lacklustre & doughy.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Cookbook challenge week 3 - Low calorie vegan comfort food

This week I have been cooking from Low calorie vegan comfort food by Alicia Simpson.

The first recipe that I tried was the Roasted Tofu - I really didn't like this, it just bored me and I didn't want to finish it. I served it with mushroom risotto:

The next recipe I tried was Chickpea Cacciatore - This was excellent, full of flavour and I really enjoyed it:

The final recipe was the split pea soup - This was the best of the three, really tasty and filling. I will definitely be making this again (the only substitution that I made was instead of celery salt I used a commercial seasoning because I couldn't get celery salt in the supermarket). I served it with baked potato & Vegusto:

I have also made (during the last 6 months) the basic seitan and Cincinnati chilli, the seitan was a great seitan recipe but the chilli was not so great (cinnamon in chilli just does not work for me). 
Overall I think this is a great cookbook but some of the recipes I just didn't like.

This week I have also made the Tofu Omelet from Cozy Inside - this was tasty with a great texture but could have done with a little more flavouring (more nutritional yeast or onion/garlic):

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Cookbook Challenge Week 2 - Another dinner is possible

This week I have been cooking from Another dinner is possible, the first recipe that I made (which is a regular) was Goulash but I substituted the soya chunks for Chestnuts:

The next thing that I made was Borlotti bean stew - this was really good but I also added some potato & a Redwood rasher wrapped sausage:

The last recipe was the Mushroom, lentil & nut burger - this was also really good and I will definitely be making them again:

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Cookbook challenge 2013 - Happy Herbivore Abroad

2013 Cookbook Challenge

This year I am trying to cook from a different cookbook each week (at least 2 recipes), this week I have been using Happy Herbivore Abroad. When this book arrived some of the recipes didn't look that appealing but they were deceptively nice:

German lentil soup:
This looked great in the book, but when I was cooking it it tasted awful. However once cooked it was transformed into a wonderful, delicious & filling soup:

Creamy Mushroom Barley:
This is my favourite recipe and I will definitely be making this regularly in future - its absolutely delicious, however I made it without spinach as I hate it (sorry about the awful photo): 

German sandwich spread:
This was good but could have done with some extra taste (garlic or olive oil maybe) but it was quick, easy and fairly tasty (wont be making it again though):

I quite enjoyed this but found the tortillas in it to be a bit soggy and I probably wont be making this again:

I also made vegetable korma (forgot to take photo), which was nice but I found it a bit weak. I am not a fan of currys that burn your mouth off, but this could have done with a bit more spice. The only other criticism about this recipe was that it stated "vegetable broth", no specific amount so I probably used too much which could account for it being a bit weak tasting.

Overall I really liked this book, I will be using it in future and I will definitely be making the creamy mushroom barley again (very very soon). 

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Just a few lovely food items from the last few weeks:

Christmas Dinner: (Tofurky, roast potatoes & parsnips, sprouts, Redwood Sausage wrapped in Facon, carrots & swede & home made bread sauce)

Boxing Day Sandwich (Christmas Dinner Sandwich)

Boxing Day Buffet

Tofurky Pasta & Vegusto

Speculoos Porride made with Lotus Biscuit Spread

Tofurky Pot Pie with Chips on top

New Years Day Dinner (same as Christmas Dinner)