Friday, November 21, 2008

Recipe Testing

First things first - AC/DC tickets.

I've got 2 of these babies in my hot little hands. WOOT!! This will surely help us out of our post-Christmas blues.
Well, it finally happened. We got snow that stayed on the ground. Simon loves the snow so he was very excited for his first snow-walk of the season.

He still doesn't like his hoodie. When I put it on him, he just stands there. He isn't even lured to move by his doggie crack. He really likes his old coat, so he ventured out in classic style. Once the snow stopped, we had about an inch or so on the ground. Not a lot, but it's a start. I'm sure there is plenty more to come.

As much as I like winter and going for walks in the snow, I've been occupied in the kitchen. Dynise over at Urban Vegan has written a cookbook! It's called "The Urban Vegan: 250 Street-Smart, Animal-Free Recipes" and is slated for publication in the latter part of 2009, but the manuscript has to be submitted in the very early spring, so she put out a call for recipe testers. I had a great time testing for Dreena a couple of years ago, so I volunteered. Holy! Am I ever glad I did. I've been making some great stuff in the kitchen. I can't give you any details of course, but I can show you pictures of the finished products.

Up first a Spinach-Fennel Salad. This was so delicious. It's like something you'd find on the menu in an upscale restaurant. It got dressed with Creamy Avocado Dressing.

We jumped the gun and popped the cork on some bubbly to toast Dynise's success. Jumped the gun because the book's not even done yet. As far as it being a success...that's a given.
This is a sparkling wine from Jacob's Creek out of Austrailia. It's one of the better "affordable" sparkling wines that I've found. Made with the classic Champagne grapes, Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, it is also bottle-fermented following the Champagne method. Something to keep in mind if you're looking for a nice bubbly for New Year's Eve.

Another recipe I tried was the marinade for tofu. This is the best marinade I've made so far. The tofu was then grilled to perfection on my George Foreman.
Jim loves pasta and could probably eat it in some for or another every day of the week. When I reviewed the recipe for Spaghetti Con Salsa Fresca, I knew it would be a hit.

Simple, fresh, with vibrant colours & flavours -this was very good. I served it with another Urban Vegan delight -

Focaccia! I sprinkled a lot of rosemary on the top because most of it ends up falling off when I slice these breads, so I wanted to make sure I would have enough still stuck on.

I had a bit of trouble with my food processor in making this and ended up kneading some by hand. I'm not sure I kneaded it enough, but it was still super delicious!

Something else I dug out for this special occasion was this Barolo. What special occasion you ask? It was Wednesday!
It's great to buy wines to cellar and then enjoy years later when they have mellowed, evolved and reached their flavour peak. It doesn't have to be a special day when you open a bottle. Make a terrible work day end on a high note by uncorking a little gem that you've had stashed away for a while. Not that we either had a terrible day, I just felt in the mood to have a great glass of wine. Did you know that 9 out of 10 bottles of wine purchased in Ontario are taken home and consumed the same day? This one was purchased some time ago, but it's time to be consumed had come. Yum! We had it with the pasta & the foccacia.

Of course, every cookbook has to have a dessert chapter. Isn't that the finish to an outstanding meal? Here we have Double Apple Cake.

I can't tell you what's in it, aside from apples of course, but I can tell you that it is soft, moist & really, really tasty. Got you curious for the cookbook yet?


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Hooray for AC/DC, Simon photos, and UV tester recipes!!! :-)

Happy Saturday!!

Anonymous said...

how do you get to be a tester!! i am so jealous of you. all of these dishes look great.

MeloMeals said...

Wow.. AC/CD! I wanna go!!

I can't wait for her cookbook... everything looks great!

re your comment on the Fear photo:

I called it Fear because this image represents so much fear to me...

Fear is what in my opinion led to the crucifixion of Jesus and so many during that time.. Today, many churches rule from a place of fear... and I believe many people cling to religion because of fear.

aTxVegn said...

You are doing great on your testing! I've got to catch up this week. UV's recipes are amazing.

Theresa said...

I think we must have similar tastes... I've got the apple cake and the marinade bookmarked for this week.

As far as I can tell, I'm the only one who has tested the monkey bread, so if you want to try it you've still got a bit of a window! Just be warned.... it is *sweet*.

Anonymous said...

Wow, delicious eats - definitely interested in that avocado dressing!

urban vegan said...

I <3 you, Carrie! I'm so glad you liked my recipes. And I love your wine picks. (Si, si, si to Barolo!)

And hugs to little Simon, who looks so handsome in his coat. I'm glad he loves snow. Wish I could say the same.

AC/DC? Wow. That brings back memories. We are definitely of the same generation, aren't we?