Tuesday, August 23, 2011

An Anniversary Feast from The Conscious Cook

Last week Vegan Mom and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary with a 4 course meal courtesy of The Conscious Cook. I'm not used to making food with so many components so I really felt like I was on some cooking show. I tried to pick recipes that could use the bounty of garden-fresh produce that is bursting from the fridge and came up with this:
The appetizer was Twice-Baked Potatoes. This was supposed to be Twice-Baked Fingerling Potatoes with Crisped Dulse but I could not find fingerling potatoes at the store and I did not realize I was out of dulse. Still, these were very tasty and I loved the kick from the horseradish.
Next course Very Green Salad with Cucumber, Kohlrabi, Sweet Onions and Herb Vinaigrette. Well, the title pretty much says it all. Simple and tasty.
Entree: Old Bay Tofu Cakes with Pan-Roasted Summer Vegetables, Horseradish Cream, Apples, and Beets. This was time consuming but awesome. The tofu cake recipe makes waaaaay too much (12 small cakes, my eye!), so I served it to the kids the next day and they loved them. I also had to add 2 tbsp of wheat gluten to get the cakes to hold together.

Dessert was Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Orange Sauce. This tasted great but did not set (hence no picture). I would love to try it again with more agar agar.

16 comments:

Christa said...

I have this book and have made the tofu cakes and the panna cotta with the same issues you mention. I had to add some gluten to hold the tofu cakes. I doubled the agar agar for the panna cotta and it came out perfectly after setting. I loved the taste of it and the orange sauce was wonderful.

The recipe for the paella is wonderful as well -- one of my favorites.

Joy said...

wow, the 3 dishes look unbelievably tasty.
amazing!

emilia said...

WOW! That looks Amazing!

Erin L. said...

Wow. Whenever I've done any ONE recipe from The Conscious Cook, I feel like I've climbed Mt. Everest! The bar has just been moved up...

Jesse said...

She is one lucky lady! This all looks great! The Old Bay Tofu Cakes with Horseradish Cream is something I'll have to try.

dreaminitvegan said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. I wish my husband could cook like that. Don't get me wrong I love to cook but once in a while it would be nice to have someone else cook me a fabulous vegan meal.
Sorry about your panna cotta not setting up, have you tried Viva La Vegan Coconut Flan? It has alot of the same ingredients and sets up very nicely.

Sandra Kohlmann said...

Everything looks delicious! I can't wait to try the tofu cakes. My daughters love tofu, beets, and tomatoes, so it is sure to be a hit.

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Beautiful!

Veggie Tales said...

Wowee, this looks quite gourmet indeed!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

What a fantastic celebration dinner. Happy Anniversary!

On another note, I've sent you a couple of emails and can understand if you're busy and haven't had a chance to get back to me. But I would like to make sure you've received them. If not, could you please let me know?

Monique said...

Looks delicious, lucky Vegan Mom! Any thoughts on what I can use instead of the gluten? I was just diagnosed celiac :( Goodbye, my love, gluten!

jenna said...

Those tofu cakes look yummy. I endorsed the heck out of you in the VegNews survey. I hope your other readers are too :)

Talerfuchs said...

Delicious and nutricious. I will try it for dinner.

Vegan Tasmania said...

Wow congrats! It looks great!

TheSweetestVegan said...

Look at those piped potatoes, that's just art.

Catherine Lowe said...

Wow! And a happy anniversary to you guys :) To Vegan mum - Please excuse my last comment, i meant it lightly. :)