It’s my pleasure to turn this post over to Roberto who agreed to write a few words about his new book and share his recipe for Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce from Vegan Cooking for Carnivores.
|Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce, photo by Quentin Bacon|
Some of my favorite recipes have been developed on the fly. Combine a little of this with a little of that and often the result is something quite delicious. That’s what happened when I made these Butterscotch Figgy Bites. I usually don’t keep desserts in the house unless we’re having company, but Jon was in the mood for something sweet. So I stared at the pantry shelves for a minute until some promising ingredients revealed themselves to me: figs, butterscotch chips, and bran cereal flakes. I never combined figs with butterscotch before but somehow I thought their flavors would be wonderful match. And they really are.
Into the food processor went about 1 1/2 cups of figs (just cut off the hard tips). The first time I made these I used kalmyra, this time I used mission. The figs should be dried (as opposed to fresh) but moist, not all dried out. To the figs I added about 1/2 to 3/4 cup vegan butterscotch chips (the Food Lion store brand is vegan, although there may be other vegan brands available). To hold it all together I added about 3/4 to 1 cup of ready-to-eat bran cereal flakes. I processed the ingredients until everything was well chopped and would hold together when pressed.
When I made these the first time, I pressed the mixture into an 8-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. For this batch, I pressed them into a mini muffin tin (also sprayed with cooking spray). They could actually be eaten as is but I think the flavor is better if you bake them for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. The baking lets the butterscotch chips melt a bit and allows the flavors to combine.
For only containing three ingredients, these little bites are extremely rich-tasting with a great depth of flavor. If you can’t find butterscotch chips, they might be good made with chocolate chips, but I haven’t tested out that theory yet. If you try them (with either butterscotch or chocolate chips), let me know what you think.
P.S. Yes, that’s a glimpse of this year’s lilacs in the photo. They bloomed a full month earlier than usual and are now almost gone, when normally they’d just be starting to bloom!
1 (10-ounce) can Rotelle tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil or 1/4 cup water
1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
2 to 3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
|Frittata Primavera from One-Dish Vegan Meals|
I’ve been crazy-busy lately working on two book projects, the first being the edits for my new slow cooker book, Fresh From the Vegan Slow Cooker (due out in October). Sneak peek of the cover coming soon!
I’ve also developing recipes for a new book called One-Dish Vegan Meals which will be a complete revision of an earlier title, One-Dish Vegetarian Meals. Testing is already in full swing for the one-dish cookbook, so I thought I’d share jut a few of the photos taken by my amazing recipe testers. The photo above, taken by VeganAide is the Frittata Primavera.
This is the Soba Salad with Edamame and Cucumbers, photo by Melissa Chapman:
|Soba Salad with Edamame and Cucumber from One-Dish Vegan Meals|
Here’s the Jamaican Coconut Rice Bowl, photo by VeganAide:
|Jamaican Coconut Rice Bowl from One-Dish Vegan Meals|
And this is Lori Maffei’s photo of Creamy Noodle Curry:
|Creamy Noodle Curry from One-Dish Vegan Meals|
This is Lea Jacobson’s photo of the Black Bean and Avocado Rice Salad:
|Black Bean and Avocado Rice Salad from One-Dish Vegan Meals|
And here’s one of the many chili recipes in the book — this one is Texas Chili — photo by Barbara Bryan:
|Texas Chili from One-Dish Vegan Meals|
There’s loads more great photos I could post, but I’ll save them for another time. Now I better get back to work!
I love lentils any way I can get them — in a soup, a pilaf, chili, pasta sauce, or even burgers. One of my all time favorite lentil recipes is the lentil sambar recipe in Vegan Fire and Spice. I’ve posted the sambar recipe before here. You can also find the recipe here on FatFreeVegan along a lovely photo by Susan Voisin (check it out if you haven’t seen it before).
I made this delicious sambar again recently, but I added extra lentils to make it even heartier and thicker. The nice thing about a sambar is that it can be used almost like a condiment when served with Indian dosas, but it’s also terrific served like a soup (if made thinner) or like a stew over rice, when made thicker, which is my preference. You can cut the vegetables larger or smaller, too.
I served the sambar alongside potato “dosadillas” (my “quick-fix” solution to enjoying the flavor of dosas by using tortillas when there’s no time to make actual dosas) and some spicy mint chutney.
I ended up with some leftover potato filling and the next day I served the lentil sambar as a stew with a large spoonful of the potato mixture on top and some cooked spinach as well. With some warm naan and more of that spicy mint chutney on the side, it made an amazingly delicious meal as you can see in the photo at the top of this post.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and if you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you will soon!