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message 1: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (last edited Mar 05, 2011 04:59PM) (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
I think many of us would agree that Vegan Brunch is a treasure trove of yummy recipes. Some I can personally recommend are the Pumpkin Pancakes, Red Flannel Hash, Banana Flapjacks, Perfect Pancakes and the Scones.


message 2: by Ginny (new)

Ginny Messina | 33 comments This is one of my favorite comfort food books. The basic omelet recipe is also wonderful, although it takes a little practice to make. They taste good even when they fall apart, though.


message 3: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
That's good to know ginny, I've never attempted the omelet recipe but have been curious about it.


message 4: by Monica (new)

Monica My favorite from this book is the quiche recipe - I make it all the time for dinner.


message 5: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
I made the broccoli quiche once and liked the flavour but found the texture a little too dry or firm. I think my intention was to make it with silken tofu the next time I try it.

What kind of tofu do you use Monica?


message 6: by Monica (new)

Monica I like it to be firm, so I use extra-firm high protein tofu. I cover it with foil for most of the baking time so it doesn't get too dry.


message 7: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
That's a good idea. When I made it the top was super-dry so I'll try that next time. Thanks!


message 8: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
I made the broccoli quiche tonight and used the silken tofu and loved how it turned out. It was creamy instead of dry and crumbly so I'm really happy I made the substitution!


message 9: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Lee wrote: "I made the broccoli quiche tonight and used the silken tofu and loved how it turned out. It was creamy instead of dry and crumbly so I'm really happy I made the substitution!"

Silken tofu also works best for chocolate mousse. It really does matter what kind of tofu we use: super firm, extra firm, firm, medium, soft, silken, whatever.

Glad your quiche turned out well, Lee. I've had some delicious vegan quiches.


message 10: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (last edited May 28, 2011 08:35PM) (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Thanks Lisa! I really like this cookbook. It has an interesting mix of recipes and none of them are too complicated for everyday use. I've never made a vegan omelet or frittata and hope to make the attempt soon.


message 11: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Isa Chandra Moskowitz's "egg" recipes do look delicious.

Lee, and All, The best vegan omelet I've ever had was from Now and Zen, their spinach and mushroom "Zenmelet" and the recipe is in the cookbook: The New Now and Zen Epicure: Gourmet Vegan Recipes for the Enlightened Palate (NOT the same cookbook as The Now and Zen Epicure: Gourmet Cuisine for the Enlightened Palate, which has entirely different recipes, even though misguided librarians keep combining the books), but both books are great, although the restaurant was even better, just amazing food. The best meal I've ever had in my life (and I've had many amazing meals!!!) was a Thanksgiving dinner meal at Now and Zen restaurant. I'm so glad both cookbooks are out, as well as the author's Japanese cuisine book: Japanese Cooking - Contemporary & Traditional: Simple, Delicious, and Vegan, though I have not seen the latter book. I own the other two cookbooks.


message 12: by Selah (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments I've made the omelets from Vegan Brunch and they are delish. The key is the black salt. It makes the tofu smell like eggs!


message 13: by Selah (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments and while on the egg subject - http://vegancrunk.blogspot.com/2009/0...
vegan deviled eggs!!!


message 14: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Selah wrote: "I've made the omelets from Vegan Brunch and they are delish. The key is the black salt. It makes the tofu smell like eggs!"

Selah, I've heard others say the same thing re the black salt in this recipe. Isa Chandra Moskowitz rocks!!!


message 15: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Selah wrote: "and while on the egg subject - http://vegancrunk.blogspot.com/2009/0...
vegan deviled eggs!!!"


Very cool! Really, there is virtually no food now that cannot be veganized!


message 16: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Oh how amazing! I used to love deviled eggs. I'm definitely going to try that recipe if I can find this black salt.


message 17: by Selah (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments I got my black salt from Amazon.


message 18: by Selah (last edited May 29, 2011 01:45PM) (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments Lisa wrote: "Selah wrote: "and while on the egg subject - http://vegancrunk.blogspot.com/2009/0...
vegan deviled eggs!!!"

Very cool! Really, there is virtually no food now that ..."

Nope. There is not.

As illustrated by Potato angels http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=322...


message 19: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Mmmmmm, those look tasty too!

Thanks Selah, I will check out Amazon for the black salt. Someone mentioned a honey substitute they saw on Amazon a while back. I must look for that while I'm there.


message 20: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Selah wrote: "As illustrated by Potato angels http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=32280.... "

Oh, I love vegweb. Thanks, Selah.


message 21: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (last edited May 29, 2011 02:15PM) (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
I like vegweb too but I wonder where all the recipes come from. And sometimes they're hit or miss but it's fun to see so many veg recipes all in one place.


message 22: by Selah (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments Lee wrote: "Mmmmmm, those look tasty too!

Thanks Selah, I will check out Amazon for the black salt. Someone mentioned a honey substitute they saw on Amazon a while back. I must look for that while I'm there."

That was me. I bought 4 bottles and I LOVE it! The only thing is.... do NOT refrigerate it, or try to use it in iced tea.


message 23: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Oh great, what was the exact name of the fake honey product again??? I just looked but am not sure I came up with the right thing.


message 24: by Selah (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments Lee wrote: "Oh great, what was the exact name of the fake honey product again??? I just looked but am not sure I came up with the right thing."Bee Free Honee


message 25: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Thanks! I did a general search for vegan honey and of course that did not come up. Going back to look at it now.....


message 26: by Lisa (last edited May 29, 2011 08:33PM) (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Here's their website: http://www.beefreehonee.com/Home_Page...

Lee, There is sugar in it, if you're caring about sugar.


message 27: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
That's okay. This would be an occasional treat, not an every day food for me. I used to love honey on toast with a cup of tea.


message 28: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Lee wrote: "That's okay. This would be an occasional treat, not an every day food for me. I used to love honey on toast with a cup of tea."

Good, It sounds as though it's worth a try!


message 29: by Rachel (last edited May 30, 2011 02:00AM) (new)

Rachel (petalpower) | 393 comments Seleh, thank you for the deviled tofu and deviled potatoes recipes!

For some reason the potato idea intrigued me even more than the tofu idea, although I think I will definitely try making both kinds. Also, Seleh, I think for the tofu devils, it would be great to use that Tofu Xpress gadget you mentioned in the other thread! I haven't bought one yet, but it's definitely on my wish list.

I noticed in the comments for the Tofu Devils on Vegan Crunk, someone had posted an alternate version of vegweb's Potato Angels. I enjoy seeing different version of the same idea for a recipe ... I'm posting it here, in case you enjoy that, too.


Here is what they posted:

Deby’s Vegan Deviled “Eggs” (Potatoes)

7 new potatoes (egg size-ish)
2 Tbsp vegan mayonnaise
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet pickle
Salt and Pepper
*a dash turmeric is optional for yellow color
Paprika for dusting at the end

Boil "eggs" until fork tender. Cut 6 of them in half; peel the 7th. Use a melon-baller to scoop out the centers of the 12 potato halves. Mash the scooped out bits along with the 7th potato and mix in all remaining ingredients except paprika. Fill each half with a scoop of the yellow mixture. Dust with paprika, and enjoy!!

Obviously you can use your favorite family recipe for deviled eggs, using the same technique. You can peel the potato halves if you want to, but it’s not necessary. The taste and texture are extremely satisfying to a vegan who has been craving this holiday staple.

Pic is at: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3456/3...


message 30: by Rachel (new)

Rachel (petalpower) | 393 comments By the way, that recipe doesn't use black salt ... I haven't tried black salt yet ... would it be good on potatoes?


message 31: by Rachel (last edited May 30, 2011 02:14AM) (new)

Rachel (petalpower) | 393 comments Oh, I looked at the link, this bee-free honey, made from apples, looks wonderful, too.

As a teenager / adult, I wasn't big on honey, so going vegan and "not having honey" was no big deal, since I didn't normally eat honey anyway. I certainly have not ever craved or missed eating honey.

But ... when I was a kid, my uncle had a bee farm, and he was always bringing us these big jars of honey with the honey comb in it. I remember my favorite after school treat was to take white bread, spread it with butter, and then spread it with honey on top. Then I would fold the slice of bread in half and walk across the street to play with my friends, munching on this (totally bad for you!) white bread and butter, honey sandwich as I walked along. I was in kindergarten when I used to do this!

Anyhow ... hearing about this bee free honey got me thinking and feeling nostalgic. Maybe I could try recreating a healthier version of that childhood memory, with whole grain bread, Earth Balance, and this bee free honey. Sounds delicious!

And like it says on the web site, the bee-free honey is probably very good in muffins and lots of other things. I bet you could use it to make a good vegan "honey mustard" salad dressing!


message 32: by Selah (new)

Selah (selahwrites) | 113 comments I've been using it in my staple "white bread" made in the bread machine. It's worked out well.


message 33: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Rachel wrote: "Maybe I could try recreating a healthier version of that childhood memory, with whole grain bread, Earth Balance, and this bee free honey. Sounds delicious!"

I never much liked honey, but this version sounds delicious!


message 34: by Faith (new)

Faith McKay (faithmckay) This one just made me want to eat brunch all the time. It's one of my favorite cook books ever :) I still haven't tried the vegan omelets... they intimidate me a little... but I keep meaning to. Obviously I need to.


message 35: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Hi Faith. Thanks for your first two posts. Welcome to the group!


message 36: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Faith, I've been dying to try the vegan omelets as well but I don't have any black salt and I think for this recipe it's a pretty crucial ingredient in order to get that eggy flavour. The black salt has been on the top of my special order list for ages.


message 37: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
A couple of days ago I made the cocoa raspberry muffins and they were delicious!


message 38: by Autumn (new)

Autumn | 16 comments Hi folks!

I just made the pumpkin bran muffins and they are amazing! I used white whole wheat flour and I was out of wheat bran so I used oat bran. They were moist and fluffy and super yummy!

I've made the omelet before and it was good but I had a hard time spreading the batter thinly enough that it cooked through. I have found that I prefer the omelets without black salt, so don't let that hold you back (but if you live near an Indian market it's very cheap there)! :)


message 39: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Autumn, that's interesting that you prefer the omelets without the salt. I've been waiting to try the recipe but now I may go for it.


message 40: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Autumn, Thank you so much for that information, about the muffins and about the omelets sans black salt. And, Welcome to the group!


message 41: by Autumn (new)

Autumn | 16 comments Lee & Lisa,

Yes I think black salt might be a little too sulfur-y for my taste. I might try it again just for kicks though and because I have a big bottle of the stuff!


message 42: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) Autumn wrote: "Lee & Lisa,

Yes I think black salt might be a little too sulfur-y for my taste. I might try it again just for kicks though and because I have a big bottle of the stuff!"


Autumn, Thanks. I'm not sure if I've ever had it, but from what I've read, I'd probably add less than was called for in a recipe.


message 43: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
I'll definitely try it both ways. Maybe starting out with a smaller amount might be a good experiment.


message 44: by Monica (new)

Monica Breakfast for dinner! We had these waffles for dinner on Friday night:
Old-fashioned Chelsea Waffles
I used maple syrup instead of barley malt syrup. These are super good! They are crispy on the outside and light on the inside. I love the extra little crunch from the corn meal.


message 45: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Mmmmm, sounds yummy! And maple syrup is a must!


message 46: by Monica (new)

Monica The maple syrup/barley malt is an ingredient to the batter. We absolutely used maple syrup on top! :-)


message 47: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (melissabalick) | 27 comments Hey, I'm slowly but surely writing reviews of different vegan cookbooks (this is only number 2), but here's my review! Please feel free to comment or whatever on it, it makes me feel special. :-)

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/388139179


message 48: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Melissa, thanks for posting the link to your review. The photos are great. Would you mind also sharing a few of your favourites from the book here in the group thread as well? That way, people don't have to click away to get the information and our repository of recipe recommendations can grow! I hope that makes sense.


message 49: by Monica (new)

Monica I have always been afraid of baking scones for two reasons: I thought there were difficult, and I have never had non-vegan scones, and the only vegan scones I have ever had are the low-fat ones from Peet's Coffee, which are very dry and sort of gross. I just figured they were too hard to make and not really worth it anyway.

Well, I have been trying to bake my way through all the muffin recipes I have, and came across the scone receipe in Vegan Brunch. I can't believe all of the sad sconeless years I have let pass by! This recipe is so easy! She provides a "basic" recipe and then multiple variations and ideas. My kids love craisins, so I made the basic recipe and added a cup of craisins. The kids wouldn't eat them (~sigh~), but that is their loss. These are awesome and now there are more for me!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/43181191...


message 50: by Lee, Unrepentant Eggplant Addict (new)

Lee (leekat) | 1027 comments Mod
Oh yeah! My daughter and I make scones constantly! This is one of our favourite recipes as well as the slightly lower fat and lower sugar one in Vegan with a Vengeance: Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock! They're so easy, my daughter can make them by herself. Love it.


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