Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cookies! and a good book

Chocolate Mint Melties. Yes, that's right. Chocolatey, minty, melty.
Chocolate mint melties from Eat, Drink, Be Vegan, Dreena Burton's latest cookbook offering.
Ok, I can hear the cries for more cookies
These are 5-spice Almond Cookies. There is just something about that crackled look on the top of a cookie. I love it. Can't say why. It's just cool looking and comforting in some holidays with your gran kinda way.

So many people have already sung the praises and talked the talk of this book. I've had it for a while and made a lot of the recipes in it. Talk about a tasty, useful, weeknight dinner book.

This book is broken up into ten recipe sections: Breakfast, Hummus, Nibbles, Sauces/Dressings, Soup/Stews, Sandwiches, Mains, Sides, Desserts, Beverages. In addition to the recipes there are sections there are cooking notes, kitchen tips, baking notes, grain and bean cooking guides
Cocoa Banana Muffins
Also from the breakfast section I can recommend the Tomato Basil Quesadilla.
Black Bean & Orange Hummus (I wasn't completely into this, just too citrusy for my hummus taste) but the Roasted Red Pepper and Almond Hummus was too good.
Zucchini Chickpea Tomato Curry
Sweet & Sour Chipotle Tempeh with Sweet PotatoesGoddess Garbanzos with Polenta Fries. I had never had polenta fries before and she made it sound like I was missing out so I had to try them. She was right. I was missing out.
Sesame Lime Soba with Shiitake and Snow PeasBean & Corn Tortilla Lasagna

Allow me to also recommend:
Pan Fried Tempeh (if you don't think you like tempeh you might be wrong here)
Tamari Roasted Chickpeas (my husband went crazy for these. There were some on the plate. He gobbled those up then pointed at the empty spot and said "any more?")
White Bean & Walnut Bruschetta (I've made this a couple times now. Really good as a appetizer or as a side with pasta).
Coco-Coconut Chili
Sweet Potato Lentil Chili (awesome awesome cold weather dish)
Popeye Pasta
Teriyaki Quinoa
Chocolate Sin-namon Cake with Creamy Vanilla Frosting. Check out the crumb on this cake. It was so light I couldn't get a neat slice. This was a really good cake.

For more desserts do try:
All-purpose Vanilla Cake (the best vanilla cake I have tried so far)
Chocolate Hazelnut Cream Frosting (for the vanilla cake obviously)
Strawberry Cream Frosting
Super Charge Me! Cookies (good travel cookies when you think the airline might ignore the fact you're vegan even though you chose the "pure vegetarian" option).

I still have more recipes to try so I'm sure I'll eventually have another collection of photos to drool on. If only I had better photography skills and a really kickass camera then you'd be in real trouble.


Zoey said...

Hi Bex,

You had me at the first picture with the chocolate cookies. I have been looking through this cookbook casually but I haven't tried anything from it yet. After seeing your pictures I am excited to test some things out!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Oh wow. I've been wanting to try those chocolate mint melties for awhile now. I just might have to now.

Debbie said...

Woah woah! You had me hooked too at chocolate mint melties.

Anonymous said...

I'm in awe! Everything looks so amazing, and to end it all with that cake! I have Vive le Vegan and really love it.

Celine said...

lovely! I like it when people I trust recommend the recipes they prefer.

Anonymous said...

OMG! *Drool*. That cake looks sooooooooo good I'm dribbling. Is it wrong that I thought the picture of the black bean hummus was a pot plant?!?

Ricki said...

Everything looks so amazing! Sounds like you've been having some wonderful meals. I've heard lots about the book and it's confirmed here--terrific!

Bex said...

Mo - I saw the melties on another blog and said the same thing. I went right out and bought a chocolate mint bar and made them.

Becks - Ha!

Carrie said...

Thanks for all of those recommendations...I've had that book for awhile now and I've hardly made anything from it except the tamari roasted chickpeas...which I adore.

Anonymous said...

As I write this I am eating a bowl of smoky split peas soup from that book. Also very good.
Thank you so much for your review and all the great pictures. I should cook from that book for a whole month now!

VeganView said...

WOW those photos are so delicious looking! And those cookies, send me some please please please!

allularpunk said...

wow! that all looks so good.. i've had this book for about a month now and haven't made too much, but what i have made has been awesome (one wild chick soup..sesame lime soba). I need to get it out and use it more! thanks for the reccommendations!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You've been going to town on that cookbook. I love those super charge me cookies, they're the best.

Everything looks great. Well done!

evestirs said...

everything looks really good!
i need to get that book.

Anonymous said...

I love that cookbook. Your melties look fantastic!

Sanja said...

So many things I still have to try from ED&BV!

The raisin oatmeal cookies are great. And the poppy seed lemon crackle cookies (which, as the name says, have a crackled top!) are delicious too.

Thanks for writing down a few of your favorites, now I know what to try next!

Anonymous said...

Oh man, that all looks delicious. I have E,D&BV so I am definitely going to be making some of these. Have you tried the Peanut Sesame Hummus? Or the artichoke dip? Yum.

Bex said...

I haven't tried either of those yet. Next time I need a dip though they are at the top of my list.

Erin said...

Oh man. ED&BV was already on my short list to buy, but you're making me want it right now!