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 Post subject: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2015 11:17 am 
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any one who wants to play along again jump in.

here is the original thread for reference.
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the general theme is to pick a cookbook from your collection you feel is underutilized and cook from it throughout the month.

my personal goal is to make 4 recipes out of my chosen cookbook that i have never made before so roughly 1 a week.

some other people are doing variations on this theme like cooking for the season or trying to cook local or whatever.
all variations are welcome.

jump on in!

please when you post state what you are doing and what cookbook you are cooking from (if you have chosen to do the cookbook thing)

pictures are more than welcome.

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 Post subject: Re: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2015 11:19 am 
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i am behind from having company all last weeka nd have stuff in my refrigerator for my April book but once i catch up to May i will be doing Vegan Without Borders by Robin Robertson

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 Post subject: Re: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
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Thanks for getting these threads started each month, LP! :-D

This month will be dominated by Isa Does It for our main meals.

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I'm in again! I'm using Afro Vegan - I got it for my birthday in April, but was too busy with April's cookbook to use it!

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This month I'm doing Vegan on the Cheap, next week I think I'm making the Oven Baked Rice and Almost Instant Chickpea Tomato Soup.

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PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2015 2:16 pm 
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I'm going to use a mix of cookbooks and just try to make four recipes this month. We've been relying way too much on frozen dinners lately.


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I'm going to use Isa Does It because I've already done a lot, and it's easy. Great for a chaotic month! So far I've made the banana nut muffins, which are lovely. I've technically made them before, but modified. I actually had all-spice and walnuts today so that counts as different, right? No?

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I'm going to do mostly Dreena Burton recipes in honor of her new book. I'm also continuing to work my way through But I Could Never Go Vegan.

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I'm finding Afro Vegan a bit tricky because so many of the recipes are quite labour intensive, whereas I usually like things that can be thrown together quickly, or made ahead at the weekend. This weekend I've had a bit of time to experiment, and I've made the sweet potato and millet porridge (nice, but not enough of an improvement on my normal porridge to warrant the extra time), the Texas caviar (really good and zingy) and the summer vegetable and tofu kebabs (great BBQ sauce, nice flavours).

Last week I made the sweetcorn and ginger soup, and also the creamy corn/coconut/cashew soup - they were quite similar, and both really flavoursome and delicious. We also had the sweet potato and lima bean tagine, which was nice but lacked a bit of flavour, and the peanut stew with winter vegetables - I made it without the dumplings, and thought it was fantastic! I'll definitely be making that again.

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I'll be using both Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen & Salad Samurai this month. I just received them last week for my birthday. I figure they will be full of healthy, fast meals for transitioning to warmer weather.

I got off to a pretty good start this weekend. From HHVK, I made Basic Granola (for overnight oats), Pink Beet Walnut Dip, the Simple Salt & Pepper Shiitakes & the Power Tower Tahini Salad.

~Granola: nothing earth-shattering, just a reliable & tasty granola.
~Beet Dip: lovely to look at with a slightly sweet taste.
~Shiitakes: incredibly fast & simple. I used portabellos because I had them on hand. I want to make this regularly.
~Salad: delicious & filling

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I made the Spring Herb Salad with Maple Orange Tempeh Nibbles from Salad Samurai last night. It dovetailed very nicely with my CSA pickup & farmer's market trip. My husband & I just gobbled this up. It was so good!!

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 Post subject: Re: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
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So far this month: split pea soup from Everyday Vegan Eats and the black-eyed peas from Vegan Diner. The soup was awesome; the black-eyed peas were good but not amazing. We ate them with rice over a salad.

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I think I'll join you this month! After months of not being inspired, I finally feel inspiration coming back. I made the kale salad from Salad Samurai and will make the tempeh later this week. I think I'll focus on this book this month.


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Last night, I made the Spicoli Burgers from Eat Drink and Be Vegan. I have been wanting to make these since I first bought the book, but it took me years to find hemp seeds. If you have premade rice, this recipe would come together quickly. Unfortunately, I didn't. With cooking the rice and then making the patties, it was over an hour of cooking time. I served mine on a pita with pickles, balsamic mayo and red onion. The burgers were nicely spiced with garlic, sage, thyme and oregano. As I was eating them, I was thinking, "These are really simple, but I like them." As a note, the burgers were very soft, but they stayed together well.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 10:11 am 
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Salad Samurai: Pepperoni Tempeh Pizza Salad. It was yummy! I made pitta croutons and they were good. I liked the Hemp Seed Parmesan too.


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 Post subject: Re: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 10:59 am 
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I looked through my cookbooks yesterday and didn't feel inspired by any of them. I'm waiting on a bonus (sort of like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation), and when (if?) I get it, I'm going to buy a few new cookbooks (and some new running shoes, and a new toaster, and a trip to Denmark and...).

But until then, I gotta admit that I have made almost NOTHING from Veganomicon. So I should probably choose it. I'm totally broke (hurry up, bonus!) at the moment, so I won't be able to start cooking from it until I get paid, or the bonus happens. But. I really need to use that book. So Veganomicon for me.


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 Post subject: Re: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
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i had a happy accident. i had some leftover silken tofu from something i made and was scouring the internet for chocolate mousse recipes and never actually got around to making anything. then i was flipping through Vegan without Borders to make my grocery list for later in the week and BAM mousse au chocolat recipe using silken tofu.

it was good but SO SO SO RICH.
it says it makes 4 servings but i poured it into two ramekins because i figured i would totally eat the amount i put in because I AM A GLUTTON. i couldnt finish it which is totally bonkers for me because i will totally eat long past the point of having enough or being full.

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 Post subject: Re: May "use your cookbooks" challenge
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LisaPunk wrote:

it was good but SO SO SO RICH.
it says it makes 4 servings but i poured it into two ramekins because i figured i would totally eat the amount i put in because I AM A GLUTTON. i couldnt finish it which is totally bonkers for me because i will totally eat long past the point of having enough or being full.


I am SO the same way. Stuff normal people say is rich and only can eat a tiny bit of, I can shove down as fast as you give it to me. Oh man. THANK YOU for making me feel less alone. :-p

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I have been away for three weeks and just starting to figure out what to cook. I think I'm going to use Salad Samurai as I just picked it up from the library today and all the reports of photos lately on various salads sound amazing.


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Today, sesame slaw from Isa Does It. It was fantastic and MrB loved it too!

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Hollie wrote:
I'm waiting on a bonus (sort of like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation)


I sincerely hope you're not stuck trying to cook with your Jelly of the Month club.

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Hollie wrote:
I'm waiting on a bonus (sort of like Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation)


I sincerely hope you're not stuck trying to cook with your Jelly of the Month club.


HA! It's okay. My cousin's in town in his RV. He'll take care of it.

Though... I guess it would be a good reason to make a lot of biscuits...


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butterbobbin wrote:
LisaPunk wrote:

it was good but SO SO SO RICH.
it says it makes 4 servings but i poured it into two ramekins because i figured i would totally eat the amount i put in because I AM A GLUTTON. i couldnt finish it which is totally bonkers for me because i will totally eat long past the point of having enough or being full.


I am SO the same way. Stuff normal people say is rich and only can eat a tiny bit of, I can shove down as fast as you give it to me. Oh man. THANK YOU for making me feel less alone. :-p


yes! that is totally me.
one of my former bosses used to treat herself to ONE M&M and i was like ?????
ONE SINGLE M&M
gimme the whole bag! (this was pregan obviously)

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Salad Samurai: Almond Falafel Crunch Salad. Love it! The falafels were very easy to make & very tasty. I will definitely make these again.


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I bought ingredients during my April Lusty Vegan month for the Lemon Meringue Chia Pudding and never got around to making it. I finally did last night. It was in the breakfast section, so I just had some for breakfast with blackberries mixed in. I really enjoyed this version of a chia pudding. The base was almond milk with cashews blended in, so it was extra creamy and it had a nice lemon flavor. It would be a good recipe to experiment with by switching out the flavoring, nuts and milk used, etc.

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That chocolate mousse looks amazing, and I am with you on the gluttonous portions!

Today I made the black bean and seitan stew from Afro Vegan. I was worried the stew itself was lacking in flavour, but with the shallow-fried, polenta-coated seitan it was absolutely perfect! I'll definitely make it again. We also had the hominy garlic and tomato broth for lunch. I have no real idea what hominy is, so I chucked in a tin of chickpeas. The recipe called for the soup to be strained, but I didn't want to lose out on all the carrot and oniony goodness, so I kept it with the vegetable pieces. It was really nice!

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