Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Vegan Table

Wow its been a long time since my last post! So much for my plan to start posting on a regular basis. Summers busy, out enjoying the warmer weather, etc. But just because I've been out enjoying the warmer weather doesn't mean I haven't been cooking. Despite spending more time in the great outdoors I have also managed to find time to do a little shopping on amazon.ca (imagine that!). I ordered a few new cookbooks and the one I am most excited about is The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau. 

Now some of you will be familiar with Colleen from her excellent podcast Vegetarian Food for Thought. I have recently (the last 4 months or so) become an avid listener and in fact I have a few episodes that I have listened to multiple times. As the only vegan in my family it can be a little lonely sometimes and I find Colleen's podcast to be a great source of inspiration for me...much like reading all your vegan /vegetarian blogs! If you haven't had a chance to listen to one of Colleen's podcast I highly recommend you give them a listen (you can subscribe to the podcast through itunes as well). You can find out more at www.compassionatecooks.com.

Ok on to the cookbook. In my last post I was raving about the recipes I tried from the Joy of Vegan Baking so when I saw The Vegan Table and all the great reviews people gave it I knew I had to get a copy. I was pretty sure I was going to like this book but I didn't think I'd love it this much! I don't eat a lot of soy so some of the tofu and temph recipes don't excite me to much but most of the recipes are soy free or you can make soy free. Below is a reviews of a couple of the recipes I have tried so far.

Pad Thai - I love Asian food and especially Thai food however I have never made an asian dish at home that I really loved...until now. Incredible easy to make with simple, fresh ingredients. My oldest daughter was very excited to see this dish at the table (she is a hugh noodle fan) and she was ready to eat it all just looking at it. I told her to take a little bit and if she liked it she could have as much as she liked. After she had her first bite I asked her how she liked it...."love it!" was her reply. I couldn't have said it better myself. My husband had 4 helpings so I'm guessing he loved it to. The recipe said it feeds 2 to 4 but we had this for dinner, lunch the next day and I had the rest for my lunch at work today. I give this recipe a 5/5.

Pan Seared Marinated Portabella Mushrooms - These are my "steak" and I eat these often on the grill in the summer so I was excited to have another mushroom marinate recipe to try. The results were very good. I had t use dried herbs cuz I didn't have any fresh ones on hand but they tasted fabulous. I would definitely make these to serve to an omnivore. I give this recipe a 4/5.

Seared Asparagus with Lime - Love, love, love asparagus and I noticed quite a few people had mentioned this recipe in their reviews on amazon so I made a note to try this one right away. Another really simple recipe with fresh ingredients. Very fast to make and taste fantastic. My new favourite way of eating asparagus. My husband is not a real veggie eater but he asked if I could make this recipe once a week. My oldest daughter had 3 helpings and she was very disappointed to see the serving plate empty (but very pround that she got the last spear!). I give this recipe a 5/5.

I have many more recipes marked to try and I promise to give you my reviews but trust me on this...go buy this book! You will not be disappointed. Overall the recipes are very simple with clear instructions and use fresh ingredients with minimal prep. One of the bet cookbooks I own vegan or otherwise. If you want to try a few of the recipes she has a couple posted on the Vegan Table website.

I hope to be back soon with some more recipe reviews. Hope everyone is having a great summer so far!

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