That’s me, and I’m not just talking about my size! (Working on that… again…)
I can’t believe there’s only a little left of October and the Vegan Month of Food! Crazy enough, I still have a few cook books that will likely not see an October debut, but I’ve hit the majority of what I own, which I find fabulous. Here is another cookbook that I actually managed to cook from!
The book: Big Vegan by Robin Asbell
Why do you have it? There were some pretty rave reviews about it when I learned of it initially… but I also heard it was huge and it wasn’t available (at the time) as an ebook, so I gave it a pass. Later, FatFree Vegan Kitchen (on the Facebook page) sent out an alert that informed me that not only was it ebook available, but it was on sale. That was big news!!! How could I resist?
Well, why hadn’t you cooked from it yet? It’s so big! I do have to admit that given the sheer amount of recipes, as well as FatFree Vegan’s post that the book would be a good source of inspiration (which lead me to believe that the book would not be conversion friendly if I needed it to be, reducing added fats or whatever), I didn’t really give it a chance once I grabbed it. Yes, I just stuffed it into my cookbook maw without a second thought. Silly me.
Did you have difficulty deciding on a recipe? Actually, really going through this book… there were a lot of recipes I wanted to try. A lot. And a lot were convertible in my eyes. A lot. So a lot of selection.
What did you make? Simple Rice and Veggie Curry One-Pot. It was simple, in had my favorite rice, veggies and curries. And The Husband would appreciate the one pot!
How did the cook go? Easy-peasy, lemon squeezie! In English, this worked much like a slow cooker recipe… chop chop, stick it all in the pot. I thought short grain rice was an odd choice, to be certain, but why the heck not? Also… big props again to a book that gives you measurements (in grams, ounces) of the veggies versus relying on a medium potato to mean the same thing to all people! Maybe I’m silly to like that… but gosh, I really do!
Did you modify? Because we know you can’t help yourself. I did use a little more curry powder than what was called for. And some of it may have been hot. Other than that, recipe as is.
How did the eat go? Woo! Personally I nearly burned my mouth out, I should not have used any hot curry powder… but this was great! The spicy curry soaked into the rice, and balanced nicely with the sweetness of the sweet potatoes and the raisins. The crushed peanut gave a nice bite, as did the green beans which did not turn out to be mush. A fabulous, if spicy, dish!
And The Husband?
He loves the hot curry! He also said this reminded him of Country Captain
, a non-vegan dish that contained curry, rice and raisins. I had to agree… though I like this version much better for many reasons.
Will you cook from this book again? Absolutely! There are so many recipes in this book I want to try! Granted, many are not nearly as simple and straight-forward as the one I choose, but there are so many fabulous, wonderful big recipes to try, I am excited to give this one several more tries.
So, are you a big vegan? I think I am pretty big into vegan even after more than a year out. I’ve been working it slowly into other areas in my life (a lot further along than I was a year ago, who would have thought food would be the easiest thing?), but I really think for many reasons that extend beyond me it was a great choice. Everyone should go with what’s right for them and beyond… and be big about it!