Actually, I know very little about The Mediterranean Diet. Other than what’s on that wiki link, and what Jeff Novick has to say about it. I don’t know if I care, I get stuck on the word Mediterranean and think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
It’s all Greek to me.
The book: The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
Why do you have it? Another non-Kindle book! It was a gift, and as the last time, it was picked from my wishlist. I like Mediterranean food.
Well, why hadn’t you cooked from it yet? As before
, nothing really stood out at me.
Did you have difficulty deciding on a recipe? No. After all of these years, I discovered what an index is for. Since my previous experience with these books did not go well, I thought I’d leave it to chance by looking up recipes that would get something that I needed used used quickly. In this case, Kale.
What did you make? Cannellini Beans with Sauteed Kale. Uses Kale, and I happen to like Cannelini beans.
How did the cook go? Perusing the recipe… I found that this would be a lightly, lightly spiced recipe. Given my previous experience, I was afraid I’d get a similar result.
Did you modify? Because we know you can’t help yourself. I did not have enough beans nor kale to do a full recipe, so I did halve the recipe. I also doubled the spices called for and upped the garlic a little as I was afraid this wouldn’t hold much flavor past the kale. Oil was omitted.
How did the eat go? I have to say that I did enjoy this meal more than the one from the Italian cookbook. That being said, the spice was lost under the weight of the kale flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I love kale. I just wish I got a little more of the other spice coming in. I wound up doing what I do with beans and greens… I hot-sauced it.
And The Husband? I think he liked it, but I think he got caught up on the side dish I made for this, just some bulgur and parsley. Turns out he hates parsley… so I don’t truly know how he felt about the main event dish.
Will you cook from this book again? It has potential, but I fear it may be some time before I consult it again.
So, what’s your favorite Mediterranean dish? Spanakopita
for sure, as I love pastries stuffed with spinach. I just haven’t found a vegan version of it yet, nor have tried to make one as I’m no where near phyllo