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 Post subject: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:13 pm 
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I've been really enjoying this book recently. My favorites so far have been the Lentils in Onion Gravy, Hot and Spicy Thai Tofu and the Curried No-Meat Balls (though I'd cut down on the peanuts for sure next time).

I need inspiration on what to make next!


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 9:34 pm 
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I really like the West African Spinach with peanut sauce. I know that's not what it's called, my book is miles and miles away, but it's really good! This book helped me warm up to Robin Robertson's recipes.


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The Smokin' Texas Caviar is AWESOME. I actually had it for lunch today.

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I haven't gotten around to making many things from this book but the Hunan fried rice and the Hunan stir fry are both delicious.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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I haven't tried any of Robin Robertson's books but this one really appeals to me, might need to check it out!


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The jambalaya is quite good (we sub in extra kidney beans for the seitan), and we are also fans of the quick and easy Pancit.

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I won this book in a MoFo giveaway. I really like Robertson's other books, so I'm excited to try this one out. Anyone else have favorites to share?

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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I have only cooked one thing from VF&S, it was a lentil dish and it was pretty good. I wonder if it was the lentils with onion gravy? Now I need to go home and look into this.

This post has been absolutely meaningless. Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:08 pm 
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The Hunan Fried Rice is one of my favorite recipes. I also recommend:

Western African Spinach with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Cameroon-Style Seitan and Spinach
Red Hot Chile Tofu

The Vegan "Fish" Sauce recipe comes in handy.

I think I own almost all of her books now - they're all good.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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zinnia wrote:

The Vegan "Fish" Sauce recipe comes in handy.



I have been looking for a fish sauce substitute for ages - I might get the book just for this.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 6:49 pm 
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jogirl wrote:
zinnia wrote:

The Vegan "Fish" Sauce recipe comes in handy.



I have been looking for a fish sauce substitute for ages - I might get the book just for this.


jogirl, I ran across this today and thought you might be interested:

http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/reci ... ce--130535

I still wholeheartedly recommend the book, though.


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zinnia wrote:
jogirl wrote:
zinnia wrote:

The Vegan "Fish" Sauce recipe comes in handy.



I have been looking for a fish sauce substitute for ages - I might get the book just for this.


jogirl, I ran across this today and thought you might be interested:

http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/reci ... ce--130535

I still wholeheartedly recommend the book, though.


Thank you! That looks really easy to make. I know they have seaweed in my local health food shop, so I will give it a go this weekend!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:10 pm 
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I got this book about a week ago and made a bunch of stuff from it. Why are there not more posts in this thread? Everything I've made has been so f'n good.

Made & loved:

hunan fried rice
red lentil sambar
seitan bok choy stir fry
lentils in onion gravy


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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Thanks for the heads up - I just went & bought this book thanks to this thread. LOVE spicy food - it all looks great!

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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I'm a big fan of the spicy yam salad! I think that's what it's called. It's a potato salad made with sweet potatoes and peas, and raw onions!


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I haven't cooked out of this book in a while, but my favorite is the chickpea balls in the curry yogurt sauce. Usually when I make Indian food at home, it doesn't measure up to take out. This definitely does.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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how spicy are the recipes? i can be kind of a sissy when it comes to hot foods. i guess i could get the book and just not use as many chilies as the recipe calls for, but i'd like to establish a baseline.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 3:07 pm 
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As a general rule, I find Robin Robertson's recipes a little less spicy than I would prefer and usually end up adding a bit more spice. So I think they would probably be just perfect for you if you don't like things too hot.


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EmperorTomatoKetchup wrote:
how spicy are the recipes? i can be kind of a sissy when it comes to hot foods. i guess i could get the book and just not use as many chilies as the recipe calls for, but i'd like to establish a baseline.


I like things pretty hot without being like Man Vs. Food crazy inedible, and some of these have been perfect, and some have been less hot than I would prefer. Most of the heat either comes from chilies, red pepper flakes, or cayenne, so you could pretty much always adjust it to your liking. She also has a 1-3 rating for heat on each recipe page.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
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ah, that's great! i'll put this on my to-buy list (or try to sneak it in the house past my husband).

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:43 am 
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Made the szechuan vegetables last night. Pretty good, but totally not 4 servings. My husband and I managed to eat the entire thing, with rice and miso soup.


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EmperorTomatoKetchup wrote:
how spicy are the recipes? i can be kind of a sissy when it comes to hot foods. i guess i could get the book and just not use as many chilies as the recipe calls for, but i'd like to establish a baseline.

Yeah, not spicy! Just "spiced".


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 11:56 am 
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I have this cookbook and really like:

Asian Fusion Noodles
Szechuan Vegetables (but I thought it needed twice as much veg for this amount of sauce)
Hunan Vegetable Stir Fry
Tofu and Broccoli with Hoisin-Ginger Sauce
Vietnamese Noodles with Tempeh and Peanuts (I thought this was delicious even though I didn't care for the rice noodles. I'd make it with rice next time.)
Malaysian Rempeh Tempeh
Japanese Soba Noodles


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I made the jerk tempeh last week, but added green pepper and onion. Loved it.


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 Post subject: Re: Vegan Fire & Spice
PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 1:40 pm 
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This is one of Fred's favorite cookbooks.

I love the Jamaican Jerk-Spiced Nuggets, Close to Callaloo Stew, Red-Hot White Bean Chili to name a few. The Puttensca is pretty easy and tasty too.

Has anyone tried the Portugese Kale Soup? Is it good?

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