When I was first starting to dabble in vegan cooking 4-ish years ago, my husband found some recipe on FatFree Vegan he wanted me to try. I have no idea now what it was. I do remember trying her macaroni and cheese recipe and not particularly liking it. But I have a feeling it was due to using, oh, vanilla soy milk. I was a total newbie to all of this, after all.
A few weeks ago when I was browsing the blogs chosen for the challenge and deciding what I wanted to make, this blog had tons of stuff that appealed to me. I had a list of 13 recipes I would potentially try (including a second try at the mac and cheese), and these are the ones I’ve ended up doing.
I cut the sugar in half since it had sugar sprinkled on top, and it was plenty sweet. And, of course, there was no oil. It was a really yummy cake and definitely something I’d make again.
On a whim I made a double batch of this. I did mostly kale (dino and Russian), but I also used a couple gigantic collard leaves and some broccoli greens. Astounding how much greens cook down. As I was putting in the seasonings, the cardamom smelled SO overpowering and I was all, “I’m NOT going to like this,” – but ya know, it wasn’t really noticeable while actually eating it. It was there but it was fine. I liked it a lot – sauteed greens are the only way I can really get much greenery into me that’s not lettuce or spinach – and so did Mr Pine Nut. I ate it on toast and it was very nice. I’m not sure it’s something that’ll go onto my regular menu rotation, but it was definitely great to have a good curry flavour without a bunch of heat.
I was a little amused at the comment that chocolate mousse is the first dessert new vegan cooks master. For me that wasn’t true. I had no trouble at all veganising all my old favourite cookie recipes with margarine and Ener-G egg replacer in the early days of my veg cooking, so I was on a roll with that. I have no clue what my first non-cookie vegan dessert would have been, but it wasn’t chocolate mousse (or wacky cake). In fact, I’ve never *had* chocolate mousse in my life, vegan or otherwise. My mom used to make chocolate pie and I turned up my nose at it (I know, what was my PROBLEM?)
So I guess it’s high time I tuck the experience of VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE under my belt. This was a ridiculously simple recipe to make and it is SO DELICIOUS. Intensely chocolatey. I didn’t have agave, so I used dilute molasses with a little white sugar thrown in, and I added a pinch of salt just because I was worried that there was none called for. I used a chocolate graham cracker crust and it’s so, so yummy. Did I mention it’s awesome? BECAUSE IT IS. I may or may not have eaten a quarter of the pie after lunch today.
Oh, and it was gone before I could take a picture.
As for the mac and cheese, I tried that again today. I had it as mac and trees, with some random broccoli Mr Pine Nut had picked and left on the counter. I liked it much better than I remember liking it before. My own mac and cheese recipe is still my preferred, but as she says, we’ve all got our favourite.
Finally, I made the seitan veggeroni.
It’s delicious and very spicy, at least the slice I had. I can’t wait to make a pizza with it.
All in all, I am super happy with everything I’ve tried on this blog. I plan to come back and use some of these again as well as try new ones.