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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 7:33 am 
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I just got this last night and I am already in love. Just reading through the recipes is delicious! I've passed it over several times in the bookstore in the past...THAT is my what the fizzle moment for the day.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:06 pm 
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I finally got my copy from the library. After looking through it, I think I'm going to buy it and do the Julie & Julia thing. Every single recipe sounds good, and most sound great.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:33 am 
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Some of the recipes I've made:

scones (used carob & currants)
Welsh rarebit
sweet potato gnocchi w/ basil cream sauce
pink sandwich mousse

I know I've made a couple more, but can't think of them right now.

The sandwich mousse was unbelievable and I had a hard time not eating the entire batch at once. The gnocchi was amazing, and I made the Welsh rarebit way too many times in a short period of time. The scone recipe is my go-to scone recipe (sometimes I omit the sugar, especially if I'm using carob and currants).

Some of the ingredients can be a bit hard to find, but I see those recipes as more of a "what do I do with this jackfruit I got at a random trip to the Asian market?" or "I've got this here rainbow tapioca, what's it gonna go in?" type thing. There are plenty of recipes that are great fridge-cleaners though.

I pretty much love the book except for a few things that have more to do with a few pet peeves than anything (repetition of certain phrases, such as "get this").

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 8:55 am 
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The chocolate chipotle chili is my favorite chili ever. I have a huge pot of it in my fridge right now. Can't wait for lunch!


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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Last night I made the roasted root vegetable soup from this book and wasn't excited about it, which caused me to reflect on everything I've made so far:

Hits- Bagna Cauda -- I roasted a whole head of garlic and added it to the recipe, so mine was extra garlickly and delicious
- Chickpea paprikash -- good with regular grocery store paprika; should be even tastier next time because I found fancy hungarian paprika

Misses- root veg soup -- some of this is due to my needing a new blender, but I also wasn't that excited about the spice combination

Mixed bag- sweet potato gnocchi with basil cream sauce -- the sauce was yellow due to the nooch, which was a turn off for me visually (I expected pretty white -- in hindsight, clearly a nooch sauce will not be white), but my husband loved this

Tonight I'm making the coconut tofu. I hope it will go in the hit column.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:19 pm 
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I can't believe I forgot the aduki soup - looks foul, tastes AMAZING. MAKE it!


While looking through the book on Amazon for cookbook challenge recipes (since I don't currently own Urban Vegan) I ran across this one and immediately decided to make it, because it sounded good (and reasonably healthy), and I've had azuki beans in my pantry waiting to be used for the longest time. Glad to see at least one good review of the recipe!


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:57 am 
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I make her fresh pasta with creamy basil sauce (i think that's what it's called?) and it was soooooooo good. Her recipe called for regular flour but I bought some semolina and thought i'd try to make it again with that.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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Made the Tunisian soup tonight. Her recipes always sound just okay, but then end up being amazing. This one wasn't an exception.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 12:05 am 
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I just made the sunflower bars--amazing. I would probably double the recipe next time, though, since the amount of ingredients called for didn't really fill a 9x9 pan even though I spread it pancake-thin. But I will definitely make them again. I'm going to experiment and see if I can't come up with a more durable version for backpacking snacks.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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I love the Broccolini Panini, we eat that for lunch a lot. And I also really liked the lunch muffins (with olives and pesto and all).

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:40 am 
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You've convinced me to finally buy it. I've wanted it for months.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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The coffee cake is always a big hit. My partner begs for it. That and the moussaka from Veganomicon.

I tried the monkey bread and it tasted great but came out tough....I might have over baked it though.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:32 pm 
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I haven't cooked anything from any book, ever. But this stuff sounds delicious and Urban Vegan is a local, so... respect.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:56 am 
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crowderpea wrote:
I just made the sunflower bars--amazing. I would probably double the recipe next time, though, since the amount of ingredients called for didn't really fill a 9x9 pan even though I spread it pancake-thin. But I will definitely make them again. I'm going to experiment and see if I can't come up with a more durable version for backpacking snacks.


I found these to be way too sweet. I find a lot of her recipes to be a little sweeter than I care for, and I'm a desserts fiend. But, knowing that I've had a lot of success just reducing sweeteners.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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we made the Parsnips St. Jacques the other night -- it turned out really, really good.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:27 pm 
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the oriecchette con broccoli from this book is my favorite pasta recipe, ever. and yeah, use all the oil. it's worth it.

i also really like the curry cashew casserole (except with lots extra curry paste), and i made the chickpea-cauliflower tagine the other night and really enjoyed it. i'm cooking from this book this week for the cookbook challenge, so i'll report back if i end up loving any of the new recipes i'm making later this week.

edited to say: there are a lot of recipes i'd like to make from this book, but can't find ingredients for...she's always talking about visiting your local ethnic market, but since i don't have one of those, i can't make a bunch of stuff! so that's a bummer. i also wish i could afford saffron, so i could make some of the recipes that call for that. i think this book really would be used more if i lived in a more urban area (not surprisingly, given the name).

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:24 pm 
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I have tried to like this book. Really. But the breakfast items I made were really not as good as Isa's (pancakes and the crepes). The almond sauce was pretty good, though.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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The only breakfast-y item I've made was the Apple Cake and I remember really liking the texture. Try the entrees!

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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Chickpeas with tomatoes and spinach is one of my favorite go-to quick dinners. Most of the recipe is opening cans and cutting up an onion, and washing spinach. Tasty, fast, easy, and nutritious. The only downside about this recipe is that I don't always have a pound of spinach on hand, so it's not a completely pantry recipe, but it's close. I am not a big fan of rice, so I usually serve it over couscous. Once I used amaranth, but it was way too gloppy for the purpose. Strange texture!


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:55 am 
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I made the sandwich mousse recently, and I loved it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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I made the pecan streusal mini coffeecakes as one large coffeecake a few weeks ago - It. Was. Awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
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I also find that a lot of her recipes sound good, but have ingredients that are a pain to find. There are lots of ethnic markets here, but I'm a little too lazy to make a special trip to look for ONE ingredient for ONE recipe that I may or may not ever use again.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:39 pm 
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I just made the cauliflower tagine and it was really good! And I'm generally a cauliflower hater.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:11 am 
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I made the citrus-scented blueberry muffins yesterday, and they were really good, though I had to use a bit more soy milk then the recipe called for, like an extra 1/4 cup, because it seemed very dry without it.


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 Post subject: Re: The Urban Vegan
PostPosted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 3:50 pm 
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jdfunks wrote:
I made the pecan streusal mini coffeecakes as one large coffeecake a few weeks ago - It. Was. Awesome.


I have this in the oven right now! Judging from all the batter we ate before I put it in to bake, it should be heavenly :)


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