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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:37 am 
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Ooooh! Those onion rings look so good! I must get around to making them this fortnight now that I have the oven fixed.

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I know I made it once before but I wasn't sold on it so I decided I would try the tofu scramble again. This time I used less salt and I pressed the tofu for a few hours. This time I LOVED it. The less salt made a massive difference for me taste wise. I also decided to add in onion and broccoli and served it with some tofu ricotta from VWAV on top.

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Going to have the rest of it tomorrow for lunch with a bit of leftover pizza.

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I know I made it once before but I wasn't sold on it so I decided I would try the tofu scramble again. This time I used less salt and I pressed the tofu for a few hours. This time I LOVED it. The less salt made a massive difference for me taste wise. I also decided to add in onion and broccoli and served it with some tofu ricotta from VWAV on top.



Yummers! What a genius stroke serving with tofu ricotta, I must remember that one.

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Tofu topped with tofu! What's not to love about that?!

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I'm cooking out of VWAV this week, but I think that next week I will do online resources for some of the things I've never made/books I don't own. I really want to do the sunflower mac also, and I happen to have a bunch of raw sunflower seeds that need using!

This week from VWAV:

Tempeh White Bean Sausage Patties and Fronch Toast
Moroccan Tagine
Chipotle, Corn, and Black Bean Stew

Pretty pumped about the Moroccan Tagine, as it has a bunch of veggies in it and I've been veggie lacking since cooking for my dude. I'm going to make it on Friday when he goes out of town, haha.

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #2** Isa & Terry
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I'm cooking from Terry's Viva Vegan! this week since I have shamefully cooked very little out of this cookbook.

Tonight I'm going to make the Black Bean-Corn Salsa Salad (pg. 72) with Fresh Gazpacho Salsa Dressing (pg. 70).

I'm also going to make the Chorizo Seitan Sausages (pg. 36) to include in a recipe for tomorrow. I can't decide between Drunken Beans with Seitan Chorizo (pg. 91) and Taquitos with Chorizo and Potatoes (pg. 168). Has anybody tried either of those dishes? Of course I may end up just making both!


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Zula wrote:
bookwormbethie wrote:
hello, glad to see everyone so excited about our challenge :)

hubby & I are on the mend from our nasty stomach bug... so maybe i'll be able to cook something nice for dinner tomorrow......we'll see.......



That plate of food looks scrumptious. And I'm not an onion-ring fan, but I've always been intrigued by the photo in the book and yours look delish!


admittedly i am not a huge onion ring fan either, but my hubby wanted me to make them. they are soooooo good and worth the bit of mess it takes to make them ;)

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bookwormbethie wrote:
Zula wrote:
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hello, glad to see everyone so excited about our challenge :)

hubby & I are on the mend from our nasty stomach bug... so maybe i'll be able to cook something nice for dinner tomorrow......we'll see.......



That plate of food looks scrumptious. And I'm not an onion-ring fan, but I've always been intrigued by the photo in the book and yours look delish!


admittedly i am not a huge onion ring fan either, but my hubby wanted me to make them. they are soooooo good and worth the bit of mess it takes to make them ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #2** Isa & Terry
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I'm going shopping tomorrow for the week, I will mostly use the AFR & i plan to make the following

Sunflower mac'n'cheese (blog)
Soft Broccoli Polenta
forty-clove chickpeas & broccoli
pasta e fagioli with spinach
mom's marinara

Trying to only spend 20 euros on shopping, so its a lot of pasta..

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Last night I made the Eggplant and Black Eye Pea Curry from the PPK blog.

YUM. It was really good. The only change I made was to use HOT curry powder instead of mild. I was in an Indian grocery last week and bought it. I am always adding heat to my curries anyway so why not? Turned out GREAT. My omni partner liked this dish too. It made a ton, and was pretty low in calories and fat. I would actually add more eggplant next time.

Served it with some roasted brussel sprouts (from VWAV actually, its my favorite way to cook Brussel Sprouts).

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bookwormbethie wrote:
Zula wrote:
bookwormbethie wrote:
hello, glad to see everyone so excited about our challenge :)

hubby & I are on the mend from our nasty stomach bug... so maybe i'll be able to cook something nice for dinner tomorrow......we'll see.......



That plate of food looks scrumptious. And I'm not an onion-ring fan, but I've always been intrigued by the photo in the book and yours look delish!


admittedly i am not a huge onion ring fan either, but my hubby wanted me to make them. they are soooooo good and worth the bit of mess it takes to make them ;)



I'm totally putting those rings on my list to make!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #2** Isa & Terry
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VeganinBerlin: I've wanted to make that Forty Clove Chickpeas & Broccoli for awhile now, so I'll be watching for yours!

Chicki: Your curry looks good. God, how I love Brussels.

So from Viva Vegan I made the Home-Style Refried Beans using pintos, which are good but a bit bland. I might need more salt. I'm very hot spice phobic so I left out the chiles. I had never used a Serrano before and my husband made the mistake of putting a chopped piece on my tongue to taste. I had to suck on an ice cube for half an hour, ouch! Anyway, that probably explains the lack of flavor as well. I usually go with Isa's Unfried Beans from AFR, which are awesome. I'll probably interchange these from now on.

I also made the Winter Salsa with a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, left out the chiles and cut back on the cilantro. It's so fresh-tasting.

With the the beans and salsa I threw together avocado, carrot, lettuce and blue chips for a tostada salad for our lunches this week. It's delicious!

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 Post subject: Re: Spring 2013 Cookbook Challenge **Week #2** Isa & Terry
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@zula, wowie, those pics are amazing, such bright colors! looks great!

@chicki, mmmm..... looks good, i love me some roasted brussel sprouts!

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Zula...that salsa looks great. I need to look at that recipe.

Tonight I made the Black Bean & Quinoa soup from the PPK blog here:

http://www.theppk.com/2013/03/black-bean-quinoa-soup/

This soup hit the spot. It was snowing and cold here today and this was the perfect thing to make. It was quick to put together and made quite a bit. The red pepper added a nice little heat but I might add more next time to make it spicier. I added a small sweet potato based on comments I saw regarding this recipe. I will make this again. Looking forward to the left overs tomorrow.


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I'm also going to make the Chorizo Seitan Sausages (pg. 36) to include in a recipe for tomorrow. I can't decide between Drunken Beans with Seitan Chorizo (pg. 91) and Taquitos with Chorizo and Potatoes (pg. 168). Has anybody tried either of those dishes? Of course I may end up just making both!

I'm just lurking these threads since I'm too lazy to participate in this challenge, but since you didn't get a response, I thought I'd share. The Drunken Beans recipe is one of my favourites from VV. Make them with the yellow garlic rice and the chard recipe (the one with capers (you can use spinach if you can't find chard)) on the side - it'll be one of the best meals you've ever eaten.

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Fronch Toast and Tempeh and White Bean Sausage Patties from VWAV. The Fronch Toast is fantastic! I just made the two small slices for dinner and saved the rest of the liquid/dry bread for snacks and lunches. It really does taste just like I remember French toast tasting, even though I haven't had it in at least 5 years. I was afraid the chickpea flour would make it taste too beany, but no! The sausage patties are just kind of ok. The seasoning is fine (although I added 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes to make them spicier!), but I found them a bit mushy. Next time I would add a little bit of wheat gluten to firm them up a bit. Otherwise, a very tasty dinner!

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I haven't had a chance to really decide what I'm cooking this week, except I have challenged myself to finally make seitan. I do know I will be cooking from Vcon and the PPK blog.

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I haven't had a chance to really decide what I'm cooking this week, except I have challenged myself to finally make seitan. I do know I will be cooking from Vcon and the PPK blog.


The baked seitan cutlets from VCON are great!

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Moon wrote:
I haven't had a chance to really decide what I'm cooking this week, except I have challenged myself to finally make seitan. I do know I will be cooking from Vcon and the PPK blog.


yes, you can do! try this one:
http://www.theppk.com/2012/01/vegan_sausage/

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Fronch Toast and Tempeh and White Bean Sausage Patties from VWAV. The Fronch Toast is fantastic! I just made the two small slices for dinner and saved the rest of the liquid/dry bread for snacks and lunches. It really does taste just like I remember French toast tasting, even though I haven't had it in at least 5 years. I was afraid the chickpea flour would make it taste too beany, but no! .......


so glad to hear the fronch toast is awesome..... i've had my eye on that but wondered about potential beaniness. my mom used to make me really good french toast when i was a kid. i'll definitely have to see how isa's fronch toast recipe compares.

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I'm seriously craving pbj Fronch toast sandwiches now. I'm going to have to make that for dinner tomorrow.

The small amt of chickpea flour just adds some egginess, not beanies. Same thing with the crepes.

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Moon wrote:
I haven't had a chance to really decide what I'm cooking this week, except I have challenged myself to finally make seitan. I do know I will be cooking from Vcon and the PPK blog.


I love the simple seitan in V'con!


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I'm cooking from Veganomicon this week. Working my way through the whole book.

I made Mediterranean Cashew-Cucumber Dip. I couldn't get it very creamy, but it was really good and will definitely be making it again.

The Lower-fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake. Amazing and my new favorite chocolate cake recipe. Boyfriend took the rest to work and his coworkers can't stop raving about it.

Also made the Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Carmelized Onions and Sage Breadcrumbs. We liked it, but it made way too much breadcrumb topping? I reduced the butter in the topping and used half storebought, so probably my fault.

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Also made the Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Carmelized Onions and Sage Breadcrumbs. We liked it, but it made way too much breadcrumb topping? I reduced the butter in the topping and used half storebought, so probably my fault.


This is one of my favorites! I make it with butternut squash, and I think there's some maple syrup in there that I leave out entirely. Perhaps because butternut squash is a little sweeter than pumpkin. Anyway, I love it!

Just had the Fronch Toast again for breakfast. I only made two pieces last night and just left the rest of the batter in a pyrex in the fridge, bread was already sliced, so I had breakfast in less than 10 minutes! Bonus points for not washing my cast iron that I used for it last night! Anyway, still good. I with lavawitch that the chickpea flour adds the egg texture, but no flavor. I've never made the crepes, I'll have to try them! Oh, I also ate a tempeh white bean sausage patty as a sandwich last night with a tomato and some garlicky tahini spread, and it was fabulous.

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NomiMalone wrote:
I'm cooking from Veganomicon this week. Working my way through the whole book.

I made Mediterranean Cashew-Cucumber Dip. I couldn't get it very creamy, but it was really good and will definitely be making it again.

The Lower-fat Deep Chocolate Bundt Cake. Amazing and my new favorite chocolate cake recipe. Boyfriend took the rest to work and his coworkers can't stop raving about it.

Also made the Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Carmelized Onions and Sage Breadcrumbs. We liked it, but it made way too much breadcrumb topping? I reduced the butter in the topping and used half storebought, so probably my fault.

ETA: photos are too big, will find a way to post them again later


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My ziti was not pretty after a night in the fridge, so I will spare you ...


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