Haha, I know it ain’t me, that’s for sure!
… but I always aspire to be. I’m being more careful about measurements and the whole mise en place and what have you.
I also aspire to be a healthier cook, going for great flavor without all of the added oils and fats recipes sometimes go for.
So, tonight I present:
The book: Bravo! By Ramses Bravo and Alan Goldhammer
Why do you have it? My goal and desire is to cook healthy, and here is a book that promotes itself as a) vegan and b) healthy. I was fairly excited to get this book when it came out on Kindle (which I did not think it would) so I snapped it up.
Well, why hadn’t you cooked from it yet? I have desperately wanted to, but after reading the book several times over, I could never seem to find a recipe that would a) fit my schedule, b) fit what I had on hand, c) didn’t make enough food for 100 people.
Did you have difficulty deciding on a recipe? Yes. I read the book several times when I got it and read it several more times trying to decide a recipe. It’s certainly not a quick-and-go book at all!
What did you make? Scrambled Tofu and Curried Potatoes. The title had several words that I love in one sentence. Also, at a point in time where the stars aligned, I had all ingredients needed to make the recipe.
How did the cook go? Not terrible. I got everything together I would need for the recipe (not all pictured but that was a large portion). It didn’t take too much time or effort to bring it together ultimately, for which I was grateful.
Did you modify? Because we know you can’t help yourself. Two big modifications. 1) I halved the recipe. I’m not sure how it was a serves 6 considering the massive amounts of everything called for. 2) I did not halve the spice, as I love curry.
How did the eat go? The house smelled absolutely gorgeous, as I knew it would. Taking a deep breath of that mouth watering aroma, I took a bite and tasted… nothing. Nothing! How is that even possible?
And The Husband? He was very confused at the lack of taste, and even more confused about how the spice wasn’t halved. He was ultra confused that the full portion was supposed to be cooked in a medium saucepan, when the half barely fit in our medium cast iron. He went to the fridge, pulled out ketchups and hot sauces… and then all was right with the world again.
Will you cook from this book again? This is difficult for me to answer. I still can’t get over the gigantic portions and lists in this book… but I can’t discount that I wouldn’t give it another chance. Even this recipe, I think it has potential… it was just disappointing that it didn’t taste anything like it smells. Or, in fact, like anything at all.