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I've had this book for years and years and I finally made the pomegranate bbq tofu! I subbed tahini for the peanut butter because of my husband's allergies, but it was still really good!! The tanginess of the sauce was awesome.

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I made my first ever Isa Pizza out of VWAV last night on Chickpea's recommendation and it was very good :) My basil plants didn't have enough leaves on them for both pesto and tofu ricotta so I used some from a jar of sundried tomato pesto, but I think basil pesto would have been tastier. I also used the pizza dough recipe from Julie Hasson's Vegan Pizza as I avoid kneading dough wherever possible! I'll definitely have to try making another one with basil pesto.

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I can only find one reference to "orange-rum tea cake" in the whole PPK forum, but it sounds delicious.

I'm about to make one, and hope my lack of cornmeal doesn't matter too much.

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lobsteriffic wrote:
I've had this book for years and years and I finally made the pomegranate bbq tofu! I subbed tahini for the peanut butter because of my husband's allergies, but it was still really good!! The tanginess of the sauce was awesome.


omg...I'm obsessed with the pomegranate bbq sauce. I've been making quadruple recipes and jarring it for years....that alone was worth the price of the book for me! Also...while I love it with pB, I'm a huge tehini lover as well, and I'm totally going to give that a try now!

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The Orange-Rum Tea Cake is simple and lovely. I feared the syrup recipe wouldn't make enough to moisten the whole cake, but it's plenty.

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Made the... Ginger-Macadamia-Carrot Cake? The carrot cake. It was great, although I screwed up the frosting pretty badly; turns out there's only one cup of powdered sugar in a package here. Whoops.

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I just made the raspberry blackout cake for the first time. I used slightly smaller tins, but when time was up a knife came out clean, however I've just taken them out of the tins and a lot of the jam seems to have sunk to the bottom so it looks all gooey! Is that normal?

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I've made this a lot n have had a couple of problems occasionally. Not cooking for long enough once made it fall to bits when getting it out of the tins. However it always tastes delicious! It is a moist cake. I hope u still enjoy it because it's a great cake!


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Yeah, it tastes great! I think I just didn't bake it long enough or something, it came to bits when I tried to pick it up from the cooling rack, so I'm going to make trifle.

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Oooh good idea!


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I just made the raspberry blackout cake for the first time. I used slightly smaller tins, but when time was up a knife came out clean, however I've just taken them out of the tins and a lot of the jam seems to have sunk to the bottom so it looks all gooey! Is that normal?


I've made this a few times. First time it was perfect, baked for 1 hour in the middle of the oven.
Second time I put it on the top and it was burnt slightly but still tasted good. I would definitely recommend a slow bake in the middle of the oven. With other cakes I found the opposite (I.E Ms Cupcake chocolate cake takes much less time but baked better on the top shelf)!

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Made my first pizza dough! It turned out really well, despite my forgetting to add the oil. Sheesh, me.

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Last night I made the Apple Pie-Crumb Cake Muffins. These are great! I used half whole wheat pastry flour. I have had this book for many years, but I have only made a handful of recipes. I've made the coconut pancakes at least 100 times though.


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Does anyone have experience turning this cake into a loaf? I'm thinking maybe half the recipe and quarter the jam to make it easier to get out the pan?

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Reporting that the Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are chewy & I love the Autumn twist.

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The cake worked out ok. I halved the jam before starting (as half the jam is for filling), then halved the recipe, then halved the jam again (Originally 275 grams, halved to 137.5 due to no filling, halved to 68.75 to divide the recipe into 2, then halved again to 35 to reduce stickiness and rounded up to 40 to be generous). It worked pretty well

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dropscone wrote:
I just made the raspberry blackout cake for the first time. I used slightly smaller tins, but when time was up a knife came out clean, however I've just taken them out of the tins and a lot of the jam seems to have sunk to the bottom so it looks all gooey! Is that normal?


That happened the first time I made it. I found the only thing that stops it from happening is to use the hand blender on the wet ingredients to make sure they are mixed up good.

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So after owning this book since 2008 I FINALLY made the raspberry blackout cake to take to a dinner party - it was a hit!

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lobsteriffic wrote:
So after owning this book since 2008 I FINALLY made the raspberry blackout cake to take to a dinner party - it was a hit!

I can't believe it's not a rule that you have to make that cake within 24 hours of buying the book!


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Chickpea wrote:
lobsteriffic wrote:
So after owning this book since 2008 I FINALLY made the raspberry blackout cake to take to a dinner party - it was a hit!

I can't believe it's not a rule that you have to make that cake within 24 hours of buying the book!


The one I really want to make, and still never have in nine years of owning VWAV, is the carrot cake. Someone please tell me, is it as amazing as it looks?


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lobsteriffic wrote:
So after owning this book since 2008 I FINALLY made the raspberry blackout cake to take to a dinner party - it was a hit!

I can't believe it's not a rule that you have to make that cake within 24 hours of buying the book!


The one I really want to make, and still never have in nine years of owning VWAV, is the carrot cake. Someone please tell me, is it as amazing as it looks?

it is very good, though i omitted the nuts.

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The one I really want to make, and still never have in nine years of owning VWAV, is the carrot cake. Someone please tell me, is it as amazing as it looks?

it is very good, though i omitted the nuts.[/quote]

I'm happy to hear it's still good. I've been meaning to make it since 2008 but I haven't as my husband is allergic to nuts and I don't need to eat an entire cake myself (or maybe I do).

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I got this for Christmas- finally! It was the last non-dessert Isa book I didn't have. I sort of feel like I'm going backwards getting this one now, but oh wells. Part of my new year's goals was to make 75 new recipes (with at least 10 being pain the asparagus ones I usually drool over before quickly turning the page). So far I've made two and they've both been from this book.

Carrot bisque: Good, used a hot curry powder so it's rather spicy but good. Might make again.
Maple-mustard glazed potatoes and string beans: I didn't have time to cook a main so I threw chickpeas in with it. It took longer to cook than indicated, but most recipes come out that way for me (I wonder why...). It came together really fast though and the flavors are ones I really like. I can definitely see myself making this again.

Looking to make the Matzoh soup next. I've never had it before so it'll be interesting. Also the miso/tofu/gravy thing looks good. I tried to bookmark the recipes I'm interested in, but that was almost every page. I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of this book.


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Nimmy wrote:
I got this for Christmas- finally! It was the last non-dessert Isa book I didn't have. I sort of feel like I'm going backwards getting this one now, but oh wells. Part of my new year's goals was to make 75 new recipes (with at least 10 being pain the asparagus ones I usually drool over before quickly turning the page). So far I've made two and they've both been from this book.

Carrot bisque: Good, used a hot curry powder so it's rather spicy but good. Might make again.
Maple-mustard glazed potatoes and string beans: I didn't have time to cook a main so I threw chickpeas in with it. It took longer to cook than indicated, but most recipes come out that way for me (I wonder why...). It came together really fast though and the flavors are ones I really like. I can definitely see myself making this again.

Looking to make the Matzoh soup next. I've never had it before so it'll be interesting. Also the miso/tofu/gravy thing looks good. I tried to bookmark the recipes I'm interested in, but that was almost every page. I'm going to get a lot of mileage out of this book.


I love love love the maple/mustard potatoes. I now roast all my veggies in maple and mustard, and until you mentioned it just now, I totally forgot I originally got the idea from Isa. I do like the miso/tofu, but have found in my experience that the miso can be a bit overpowering, and I'll love it for the first few bites but than not really be able to handle anymore -- all depends on how much miso you like though!!! It could also be that I'm generally using dark miso, since that's what I've got on hand, and I can't remember right now if the recipe calls for dark or light..

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Thanks for the tip about the miso! I think the recipe calls for chickpea miso, but I'll definitely add in increments to taste.

I made the Matzoh Ball Soup tonight. It was easier than I expected. I'm not sure if you're supposed to store the leftover matzoh balls in the broth or separately? I worry about them falling apart. It turned out well, but I don't think it's to my taste so I don't see myself making it again.


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