Ok, so as some of you (or none of you?) know, I got my copy of Appetite for Reduction as a Christmas gift from my wonderful husband. If you don't have your copy yet, stop reading this silly blog right this instant and buy a copy! Hey, I'll even give ya a link HERE! You can even "look inside" most of the book there. But stop being cheap, just buy it.
Anyway....I've made a few recipes and thought I'd report back here. Why? I don't know. It's just what I do.
The very first recipe I made was the Black Beans in Red Velvet Mole:
Good photograph...probably not. Good food? Yep! Can you believe I've never had mole before? I didn't know what I'd be looking for as far as taste, but thankfully La Liz was here with me at the time and she said, "yep, this is mole alright!". I made some basmati rice with it...why not, right? The only thing I left out were the aniseeds, because I didn't have any...hell, I've never had those in my house. Oh, and the recipe calls for a 24-ounce can of black beans, but I just used two 15-ounce can's worth and it was perfect. And it makes plenty for leftovers!
Next up: Irish Stew with Potatoes and Seitan
I'm a sucker for most dishes with seitan and potatoes in it. This one was pretty good! I don't know if it looks like a heavy sort of meal to you, but it really wasn't. I had it with rice the first night, with a piece of whole wheat toast the night after, and with farfalle pasta the final night. By that time I was a little stewed out! Overall I think I enjoyed it with the farfalle the most. Oh...and I swore I had green beans in my freezer, but alas it was a bag of peas. So, I subbed.
And tonight's meal was Braised Cabbage with Seitan:
Yes this probably could have used some color for presentation, but I was tired and hungry and not picky...don't judge me. I really liked this for two reasons. One, it was quite delicious although the photo may not reflect that. Two, it was so easy to throw together. In fact, I threw some potatoes in the oven right before I started on this, and it all came together at the same time. That's a roasted potato you see in the bottom right there. I highly recommend doing that! It went well with the cabbage/seitan goodness, and I was able to clean up while everything was cooking. It's the simple things in life that make me happy, really.
Out of these three dishes, I'm torn between the mole and the cabbage/seitan as far as a favorite. They're both so different, I guess it would just depend on what kind of mood you're in!
For the record, I have also made the Sweet & Salty Maple Baby Carrots and the Broiled Blackened Tofu. The baby carrots were SO easy and tasty...but I didn't take a photo! Sorry. But if you can just close your eyes and imagine a pan full of baby carrots, that was pretty much the gist.
The blackened tofu was "ok", but that is nothing against Isa's recipe by any means. If I can confess something to you, it's that...well...I don't really...like...tofu. If there's a vegan hell, am I going to it? Probably. But I'll fill my pockets with seitan and hope for the best. I keep giving tofu chance after chance, but it's just not working out between us. Oddly enough though, I like the tofu that I get at a few of my fave restaurants around here, but that's probably because they deep-fry it! C'est la vie I guess.
So, who's got their copy already? What have you made so far, and what are your thoughts?
Song of the day: "Tigerlily" by La Roux