Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Vegan MoFo 2014 #7: Robin Robertson Rocks - 1000 Vegan Recipes

This book is my Everest, though lately there have been so many other new cookbooks crowding my shelves that I have fallen behind in trying to cook everything from it. But I have a lot of photos saved up to share!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus... I know what you are thinking... capsicum? One of the only ways I ever eat capsicum is roasted, skinned and whizzed into something. I made this for a christmas party, so it wasn't strictly for me to eat. But I was surprised that it was actually rather lovely, especially with some refreshing cucumber slices.
Rating: :)

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

White Bean and Dill Hummus is much more my usual style, I can't get enough of dill. This recipe called for 1/4 cup fresh dill, but when it comes to dill I think the more the merrier!
Rating: :)

White Bean and Dill Hummus

Three Bean Dip is made up of white beans, chickpeas and edamame, so has a lovely pale green colour. I found it was a bit too dry and gluggy, so I added in about 1/3 of a cup of water while I was processing and then it turnedout great.
Rating: :)

Three-Bean Dip

Black bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip has a lot of flavour, including beans, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and herbs. The recipe called for the oil-packed kind of sun-dried tomato, but I really don't like how oily they are, so I used the other kind that I soaked in some hot water to get soft.
Rating: :)

Black Bean and Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

Creamy Spinach-Tahini Dip is definitely a crowd pleaser. It uses fresh spinach that is lightly steamed until wilted, so it is a bit more effort than the usual 'throw everything in and blend' recipes, but really not much. Great on crackers with tomato!
Rating: :)

Creamy Spinach-Tahini Dip

White Bean and Artichoke Spread comes together very quickly, and is a great addition for sandwiches. The recipe says to sprinkle to olives on top, but if you are keeping some as a spread just mix them through. It won't look quite as pretty, but then you will get olives in every bite.
Rating: :)

White Bean and Artichoke Spread

Brown Rice and Lentil Pilaf and asparagus dressed in Citrus Vinaigrette makes a lovely, light dinner. The vinaigrette combines lemon, orange and lime juices. I find olive oil can taste quite strong in dressings, so I used a bit more citrus juice and a bit less oil. I only got 1/3 cup out of this recipe, rather than 1/2 cup. The pilaf came together quickly, and bonus points for the rice cooking in the time the recipe said, yay.
Rating: Pilaf :) , Vinaigrette :)

Brown Rice and Lentil Pilaf; Citrus Vinaigrette with asparag

Quinoa and Chickpea Pilaf with Orange and Pistachios, Zucchini Walnut Fritters and Vegan White Sauce made for a fun dinner, fritters are always fun! For the pilaf I only used one tin of chickpeas, rather than two, because I knew I was serving it with other things. The orange and pistachio give the pilaf a really nice flavour and texture. The fritters were a little smooshy, I think maybe I should have tried pressing more moisture out of my zucchini, but they went great with yummy sauce.
Rating: Pilaf :), Fritters :), Sauce :)

Quinoa and Chickpea Pilaf with Orange and Pistachios; Zucchini Walnut Fritters; Vegan White Sauce

Golden Couscous Salad and Orange Dressed Asparagus made a lovely summer dinner. The salad made a large amount, so I had lots left for lunches. In the salad I used corn rather than capsicum, and I also used parsley as I had no coriander. I made a slight adjustment to the asparagus recipe - I roasted, rather than steamed, the asparagus. I can't get enough of roasted asparagus. The dressing for the asparagus made plenty, so it was nice to have some salad to spoon it onto as well!
Rating: Salad :), Asparagus :)

Golden Couscous Salad; Orange-Dressed Asparagus

Johnnycakes, Tempeh Bacon and rockmelon made a great birthday breakfast for myself one year. I found the Jonnycake batter a bit temperamental, if the pan was too hot it splatters and went so thin it almost seemed to scramble, so I found starting on a low heat and then increasing the heat to cook through helped a lot. Johnnycakes are cornmeal pancakes. I've blogged the tempeh bacon before, it is my favourite tempeh bacon recipe.
Rating: Johnnycakes :), Bacon :D

Johnnycakes; Tempeh Bacon; rockmelon

(% 1000 Vegan Recipes blogged: 20.3%)(I keep a running tally of the number of recipes I have blogged from this book)

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post


Byron is another one of our adoption cats, he is a year and a half and is a magnificent, fluffy person. He has a very special friend, who I will introduce you to in the next post!


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  2. I don't cook from this book anywhere near often enough, although it just so happens I did last night! I made the Sweet Potato and Peanut Soup with Baby Spinach and it made a delicious dinner, and lunch today.
    I might try those johnnycakes on the weekend.

  3. You are a cookbook champion! My cookbooks are mostly wasted because I only make a very small handful of recipes each time I buy a new one, and then I just keep making the same recipes over and over again. Dummy!

    Byron does look like a magnificent, fluffy person. I hope Byron and Maple get adopted together soon!