For my first VeganMoFo post, I thought it would be appropriate to go back to the first cookbook I bought: Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook by Carole Raymond. I bought this book when I had just gone vegan because I was looking for simple recipes and a basic introduction to vegan food, and this book offers both of those things. There’s a little piece in the beginning on vegan nutrition and eating in general, and there are tips for vegan students in particular all throughout the book.
Even though the SGV cookbook was pretty much what I was looking for when I first went vegan, I quickly started buying many other cookbooks, too. After that, I never used this one as much. I did make the Ten-Minute Brownies and the Rustic Olive rolls and enjoyed both of those, but I don’t remember much about the other recipes. In any case, I thought it was about time to try out a few more!
I tried four of the recipes yesterday. First up:
The Tofu Scramble Burrito-Style. I didn’t know what to expect of this recipe, as it looks very different from other scrambles I’ve made (no turmeric, no nutritional yeast!). However, the two spices (cumin and chili powder) apparently provide enough flavour on their own, because I liked it! I can’t say this is my favourite tofu scramble recipe (so far, I think it’s a tie between the one from Yellow Rose Recipes and the one from Vegan Brunch), but I really like the idea of putting the scramble in a tortilla, so I’m going to do that more often.
I didn’t follow the recipe for the scramble exactly, by the way; I added some kale and corn, since I had those around and I thought they would make tasty additions. I really wanted to top the burrito with avocado, but sadly, the supermarket in my village appears to have stopped carrying those. I chose to have a chopped tomato with some parsley instead.
Secondly, I made the Vegetable Pancakes with Sesame Sauce as a snack. You can see them in the above picture, cut into wedges and sprinkled with extra scallions. I thought the pancakes turned out well (although I probably I should have cooked them a little longer), but I wasn’t big on the dipping sauce. It’s just a personal preference, I guess. Maybe I’m just not very fond of soy sauce in things where you can really taste it? Or maybe it was just the combination. In any case, I’d probably pair the pancakes with something else if I made them again.
But yeah, the pancakes themselves were good! They were very filling, though. I had a couple of wedges and shared the rest with my parents, so if you’re not very hungry the recipe definitely serves at least two.
What I love most about these pancakes is that they uses very basic ingredients to create something unusual – apart from maybe the mushrooms and scallions, you probably have everything in your pantry.
Now, this is what I’m going to take with me for lunch:
Tofu-Basil Sandwiches! I didn’t have ketchup, unfortunately, so I just used more mayonnaise. This sandwich filling comes together very quickly and tastes pretty good. I’ve only had one bite so far, so I can’t say much about it yet. I do think I probably would like this even better if the tofu had been marinated first – I made sandwich fillings with baked tofu and mayonnaise before and they are always a lot more flavourful. I still like the filling this way, too, though. You can really taste the fresh herbs and the tofu mixture reminds me a bit of cottage cheese.
I’m not sure why the recipe is called “tofu-basil” sandwiches, because actually more parsley in there, but that’s not really the point. The point is that I have two tasty sandwiches to take with me on the train!
Lastly, this is what I’m having for breakfast right now: the Cinnamon-Maple Granola. You can’t see it in the picture, but underneath the granola are a few tablespoons of soy yogurt, some apple slices, and an extra dash of cinnamon and maple syrup. It’s delicious! I never realised how much fun it is to make granola. I think I’m definitely going to do this more often, with different variations… Yum!
It was incredibly easy, as well! My parents love it, too. I think my Dad said he might try it later today instead of the usual honey-covered cereal.
Well, I’m going to finish my granola and get ready to leave for my language acquisition tutorial today. I’m looking forward to reading all the other MoFo posts soon – even though that’s probably impossible? I read there are over 300 people participating!