Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Vegan MoFo 2014 #23: Robin Robertson Rocks: Nut Butter Universe

And so we come to the final day of MoFo (at least in my timezone). When I started my Robin Robertson Rocks theme, almost all of the photos had been accumulating in my folders so I had lots of material. However, I realised that there was one book from the list in my first post that I somehow had not used at all, Nut Butter Universe. So over the past week I tried to make several things from this book so I could make it my final MoFo post. I ate a lot of nut butter (particularly for sandwich snacks) in order to make this happen. The things you do for MoFo.

Pasta with Cauliflower-Cashew Alfredo had me at the world cauliflower. I deviated from the recipe slightly by roasting the cauliflower rather than steaming it. Because roasted cauliflower!!! The sauce is made from cashews, stock, cauliflower, non-dairy milk (the book called for almond, keeping with the nut theme, but I used oat), wine, nooch, lemon and seasonings and is creamy and tangy. I made my sauce in the food processor rather than the blender, so maybe it was not as smooth as it could have been, but the taste was still great. II used about 10oz of linguine (the recipe calls for 1lb, I got about 5 servings from my 10oz), and you also add leftover cauliflower, olives and tomatoes. I served this with broccoli and some precious Field Roast I brought back from the US.
Rating: :)

Pasta with Cauliflower-Cashew Alfredo

Quinoa and Black beans with Cashew Queso Sauce ticks off several of my favourite foods. The cashew queso sauce is totally amazing, I would highly recommend making a double or even triple batch so you can drown everything in it! I didn't have any pickled jalapenos, so I used a fresh green chile that I chopped. However, adding it towards the end (unlike other recipes where I have sauteed the chili) meant that it retained a bit more heat than I usual like. But the sauce was there to make it all better.
Rating. :D... seriously... the sauce!

Quinoa and Black Beans with Cashew Queso Sauce

Brocolli and Rice Noodles with Hoisin-Cashew Sauce has a major error in the recipe - it makes no mention of the broccoli in either the instructions or the ingredients!! I added a head of broccoli when I was stir-frying the vegetables, as well as some peas for more green (my broccoli was pretty small) and I used sliced carrot instead of capsicum. I also added a couple of sliced and sauteed 'vegan gluten rolls' I had bought in a fit of curiosity at an Asian grocery store for some more protein. This is a sweet and rich sauce, and is great with the chewy noodles.
Rating: :)

Broccoli and Rice Boodles with Hoisin-Cashew Sauce

My Favourite PB&J is a pretty simple 'recipe' - bread, peanut butter, jam is nothing new. However Robin's favourite PB&J is made with lime marmalade as the jam, and this is why I like it. It is easy to get stuck into a PB&J rut, but this reminds us that there is a whole world of jam out there. I didn't have lime marmalade, but there was some mandarine marmalade open in the fridge (which I disovered is insanely sweet, normally I use fruit-juice sweetened jams but this was full of sugar). Really any jam could have a turn at being the J.
Rating: :)

My Favourite PB&J

Flower Power Almond Butter Sandwich is a mix of almond butter, grated carrot, sunflower seeds, raisins and maple syrup on bread. I also added some baby spinach leaves. I found this quite sweet, so next time I would leave out the maple syrup. I took this to work to be my easy to eat lunch when I was working a half day at our bigger clinic, and it was surprisingly filling.
Rating: :)

Flower Power Almond Butter Sandwich

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich is a nice snack. I made this in my panini press rather than in a frying pan, so I didn't use any butter on the outside of the bread. The only thing is that the flavour of the peanut butter and the banana is lost a little when it is hot. I think that either some vegan bacon or some blueberries and cinnamon would be great in this.
Rating: :)

Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Open-Face Peanut Butter and Tomato Broil had to make the list for MoFo, given the curiosity that the PB and tomato quesadilla from Quick-Fix Vegetarian generated in the comments. I still like the combination! Though I think it is more fun in quesadilla form.
Rating: :)

Open-Face Peanut Butter and Tomato Broil

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie was a change of pace from my usual green smoothies. It said serves one or two, and I made a half quantity - you can see it is tiny, so I would say a full recipe would really serve one. The flavour is classic, though for me I would view it more of a snack smoothie rather than I breakfast smoothie, but that is because I really am addicted to greens in my morning smoothies.
Rating: :)

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

So, here ends Vegan MoFo for 2014. I am so glad I decided to participate (inspired by my upcoming trip to VidaVeganCon next year... I can't wait!!). I have had such a great time reading through everyone's blogs as well, I tried to comment as much as I could! The other great thing about participating was that it has given me my blogging buzz back again, yay! I know I won't be posting as often, but I think I will aim for a few times a week, especially now that I am in the habit of writing posts in advance to keep as drafts when I have a day off. I will be bringing you many more recipe round-ups from cookbooks, as well as stories of my recent trip to Seattle, vegan places I have been eating at and maybe something else every now and again. And, as always, cute kittens! Thanks a lot MoFoers, I love you! I hope to meet lots of you in Austin in 2015!

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Gizmo on her 15th birthday

I couldn't end MoFo without posting a photo of my beautiful Gizmo. It is two and a half years since she has been gone, and I miss her every single day. Although these days I have to say that I only have two kitties, I will always have Gizmo as well.


  1. I loved your theme and the cats!!!

  2. great post - i was curious about this book. i love nut butter! I can't wait to meet you at VVC. :)

  3. I've really enjoyed your posts and this is a great one to end on. Those nut butters all sound fantastic!

  4. hehe I love cats - so cute!
    Oh man all that food looks so delicious - our home is nut free at the moment and all those pics are making me miss them!!!!!

  5. Your theme's been a great one this MoFo, such a nice variety of dishes, with kitties in every post! :)
    Also, beautiful photo of Gizmo!

  6. Wow, lime marmalade! That's a whole new level of PB&J that I'd never considered. I've thoroughly enjoyed your MoFoing :)

  7. Three cheers for nut butter! Yum! And I can't believe I've never tried a banana pb toasted sandwich before, whaaaat? So good!

  8. Congrats on finishing! I love you're write-up and will be back to check on your other cookbook sagas.

    Zsu @ Zsu's Vegan Pantry