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 Post subject: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your bookshelf
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:07 pm 
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This is the official discussion thread for weeks 7 & 8 of the themed cookbook challenge. If you are new to the discussion forums, there is no need to sign-up, and you can participate as much or as little as you want, there aren't really any "rules." Usually, but not always, people choose dinner as the meal for the challenge, but of course you can do breakfast or lunch or dessert!

A themed cookbook challenge saves you $ and the agonizing time to wait for an inter-library book loan to arrive! You can use recipes from ANY vegan/vegan-friendly cookbook, magazine, blog as long as it fits in with the theme. Just be sure to share the source with us -- the cookbook's title, recipe name, and possibly the page number since not all cookbooks have a well-organized table of contents or index. Do not share the recipe unless you have permission from the author as the recipes are copyrighted.

Thanks to all who voted! Below are the 6 chosen themes determined by popular vote and the dates for each two-week challenge period.

weeks 1 & 2: Sunday Nov 10 - Saturday Nov 23: Quick & easy for weeknight cooking
weeks 3 & 4: Sunday Nov 24 - Saturday Dec 7: Barely used cookbook
weeks 5 & 6: Sunday Dec 8 - Saturday Dec 21: World Cuisine
weeks 7 & 8: Sunday Dec 22 - Saturday Jan 4: "New" to your bookshelf cookbooks
weeks 9 & 10: Sunday Jan 5 - Saturday Jan 18: Healthier Eating
weeks 11 & 12: Sunday Jan 19 - Saturday Feb 1: Your first vegan cookbook

*If you personally decide to change up the order of the themed cookbook challenge weeks, please wait until the appropriate discussion thread is posted to share your food photos + comments**

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:09 pm 
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folks.... i'm sorta on hiatus from being online and such..... if i don't have the next challenge posted as a new discussion topic on jan 5, feel free to create a new discussion thread.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:18 pm 
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I will be cooking from Let them eat vegan since I got it this year and didn't manage to use it all that much yet. I also got VCTOYCJ 2 months ago but have only made one recipe from it so far so will try make a few cookies over the two weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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My last book haul was Soup's On, Bake and Destroy, and Robin Robertson's 1000 Vegan Recipes. I'll try to make at least one dish from each.


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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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Pie crust from LTEV has been made. Surprisingly easy to make even without a food processor. No idea whether it tastes alright until Christmas day though.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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I think I'm going to use Vegan Sandwiches and maybe Ripe from Around Here for this round. I'm thinking of doing a couple of the fancier sandwiches as bowls, since they often involve a protein, veggies, and a sauce already--just sub rice or quinoa for the bread. And I have my eye on the oat shortcakes in RFAH, but with some kind of winter fruit compote instead of strawberries.


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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:19 pm 
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Made the dark chocolate peanut butter pie from Mayim's Vegan Table. Delicious and easy. Loved by the omnis.

Recipe and photo here: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2013/12 ... nut-crust/

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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my boyfriend bought me a few cookbooks on my list (not that the list is big - i have a book habit)....so let me get in on this!

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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I am finally participating. I will be cooking from Bake and Destroy. Plans are the samosa pot pie, Chicago sammich and a dessert of some kind.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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big book of vegan recipes tomorrow: chickpea tacos! :)

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:02 pm 
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Only getting to post about it now but I went wild with Christmas dinner. I made the festive chickpea tart and no-fu loaf from Let Them Eat Vegan.

The crust for the tart came together real easy despite not having a mixer. I made it 2 days ahead of time. Then the filling was made Christmas morning and that came together quickly enough too. It tasted great and lasted a few days because I was only cooking for one. Very filling so that and a good helping of veg could actually make a full meal.

The no-fu loaf also came together very easily. It was a simple recipe. Tasted quite good but got kind of lost in the dinner since I had so much going on. I froze the rest of it for lunches for this week so from tomorrow I will be having it in a sandwich.

Then I made the chicken style seitan roast from Vegan Diner (I only got the book a few months ago). It was my first time making seitan. Very surprised at how quick it was to do. I had been putting it off a few weeks because I thought it would be a bigger ordeal than it was. Once again, very filling. It makes a lot of seitan but it done great for lunches in a sandwich with stuffing.

I ended up not making anything from VCTOYCJ yet because I had too much food around the house and I only have one mouth to feed.

My verdict on what I have made from LTEV based on what I have made so far is that it is very family friendly. The 2 recipes I made for the challenge came together so quick and easy, both mild tasting and make plenty of food.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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I will participate!

Last week I made the Roasted Soba Bowl from Isa Does It (my newest cookbook)

it was good...but I had to make some changes.

I thought the sauce was a bit bland. I added lemon juice, fresh herbs, nooch and more water and it was good. I thought that the lentils were in the sauce, since they were in that part of the ingredients list, but I guess they just went in there? I put them in the bowl. Did I do it wrong?

Overall, I liked it, and will make it again, but add to the sauce. I thought it needed something else too....maybe something green?

Also making the Ranch Salad and the Lentil-a-roni this week, also from IDI.


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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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I've only made one thing so far - coq au vin from Soup's On. I liked the recipe, but I used Beyond Meat chicken strips, and they were awful. They taste so much like the real thing, except they also have some kind of chemical taste to them which gives me the sensation I'm eating real chicken that's had ammonia or something put in it. The first day, it wasn't too bad, and the texture was good, but today my leftovers were weird. After soaking in the soup overnight, the chicken had the texture of cheese, and the chemical flavor was a bit stronger.

I like the soup otherwise, so I would make it again with seitan.


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I can finally participate! 8th week's a charm, I suppose. This worked out super well in that I got Isa Does It for Christmas and already planned my meals around recipes from it. I should be making muffin pan omelets tomorrow, and maybe some hash, if I'm feeling ambitious. Yumyumyumyum.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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Made a variation of the black eyed peas and tomatoes from Afro-Vegan. Excellent.

I shared my version here: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2013/12 ... -tomatoes/

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Made the quinoa corn chowder casserole from Let Them Eat Vegan this evening. Like the other recipes I've made from this book it came together soooooo quick. Lot's of downtime if you were making some other dishes or sides. I had a bowl of it on it's own and it was filling and satisfying. It could have done with more salt but I'm trying to cut back so I didn't add anymore. I was too lazy to add the parsley but I did add the optional lime juice and 2 extra tbsp of milk. I also added the cayenne pepper because I love food with a bit of heat.

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The Lentil-a-Roni from Isa Does It is fantastic. Not super special or anything, just really good comforting pasta. High in protein too!

The only small thing I did apart from the recipe as written was add a bit of red pepper flakes. Also, it really needed Nutritional Yeast. I added a lot on my plate of pasta. Next time I will add into the recipe. I also added chopped spinach to my serving.

It made a TON and there are only 2 of us. I saved more than half the sauce, and it is sitting in a bag in my freezer. Looking forward to seeing how it is in a couple of weeks!


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As planned, I made three recipes from Bake & Destroy:

- Chicago Sammich - this is described as the flavors of a Chicago style hot dog in a vegan sandwich. I liked that it had lots of veggies and I liked the cheezy sauce. I love mushrooms, so there was really no way I wasn't going to enjoy this. Next time I will mix the relish into the sauce because I did not like getting occasional big bites of relish.

- Black Metal Forest Brownies - super fudgy brownies with cherries. These made outrageously delicious brownie sundaes when topped with ice cream (but also tasty without ice cream).

- Samosa Pot Pie - this is more of a curried vegetable pot pie. Even though it had potatoes, peas and crust, I wasn't getting "samosa" from the flavor. This was good, but not wow good. I served it with chutney and I definitely think it needed that little something extra.

I have photos that I will put in the food porn section when I get around to it.

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 Post subject: Re: THEMED COOKBOOK CHALLENGE Weeks 7&8 "new" to your booksh
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I done one last recipe. I wanted to make something earlier but VCIYCJ decided to go hiding on me the past few days. After tearing the house apart today I finally found it lurking under my bed. I went for the peanutbutter blondies. So, so good. I love the salty sweet taste. I'm not sure yet if I will share them with someone else. Luckily, healthier cookbooks is the next challenge.

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