Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Celebrate Vegan (part 1)

Once again, I was honoured to recipe test for Dynise Balcavage for her new cookbook Celebrate Vegan.

Here's a sampling of what I made from the book. 

Lemon-Champagne-Braised Baby Bok Choy

Pan-Seared Tofu with Basil-Balsamic Glaze

Seitan with Quince, Apple and Onion
If you've never had quince, do yourself a favour and try it. It's very nice. I can usually find it in select grocery stores starting around the end of October. They don't hang around for long and usually by the end of November it's bye-bye.

Rutabaga-Fennel Clapshot

Leftover Rutabaga-Fennel Clapshot made into patties

Good Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad

 Sicilian-Inspired Kale
This was one of my favourite recipes. Raisins and nuts send kale to heights like it's never known. Here I have it served over some brown rice, but I quite often make it just as a vegetable side.

Orange-Soy Seitan Tenders

Ramen Noodle Bowl
A gazillion times better than that chemically packaged stuff. And not really a whole lot of work involved in this either.

Potato Kugel

Lemon-Olive Tempeh Tagine
I've been working hard on liking tempeh, but there have only been a couple of times where the recipe has made it tasty for me. This is one of them!

Summer Squash and Applesauce Muffins

Pomegranate Cosmo
What's a celebration without some cocktails?

Italian Mojito
Another one of my favourite tests. Refreshingly delicious!

The classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter make these very appealing. This was one of Jim's favourites. He polished off most of the batch.

Limoncello Cupcakes
Hands down the best lemon-y cake I've ever had.

Blueberry Pie

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Are you interested in checking out Dynise's book yet? You should be!! I've got more pictures to share with you, so stay tuned. 


Babette said...

Looks good!

The orange seitan is particularly appealing to me. I just got The Urban Vegan, and I want to try a good bunch of recipes from it before I consider getting her new book.

Any suggestions for The Urban Vegan? I've made an eggplant dish, English muffins and the amazing Rapini Panini.

Carrie™ said...

There are so many great recipes in that book. The Seitan Steaks with Tarragon Mustard Sauce is easy to make and so delicious. Panko Crusted Tofu with Tamarind-Raspberry Glaze is a bit more involved, but so elegant and worth the effort. One of my absolute favs is Couscous Mosaic. And the Bruschetta I make all the time along with Dijon Vinaigrette. Quince Cranberry Sauce is what I have every Christmas now. Other favs of mine are Chocolate Chili, Coco Manda Muffins, Farfalle with Fennel, Potato Leek Soup, Chickpeas with Tomatoes & Spinach, Sloppy Joes, the Layer Cake is very good.
If you drink alcoholic beverages, Bajan Rum Punch is so yummy. I make that a lot too. And Rico Sauve is a nice indulgence. John's Summer Sangria is the only one I make now. Oh, and Sogni Dori always gets rave reviews. My co-workers especially like those.