I have to throw my hands up and admit that I have somewhat lost my blogging groove. At the same time I have also found myself uninspired in the kitchen, I am not begrudging this at all, in fact I am a little thankful for it as it has allowed me to both cook those bookmarked recipes as well as peruse cookbooks from my burgeoning bookshelf, to which I have to confess I have added some more cookbooks.
For those of you who read my blog, will know that I went to the last Bristol Vegfest at the weekend. Whilst there, I picked up some vegan cookbooks including Kristy Turners But I could Never Go Vegan and But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan.
I had considered last year to put them both on my Christmas wish list, but then for some reason decided not to as I had other vegan and vegetarian cookbooks that I wanted more, but then when I saw both of them at the Vegfest. I was finally swayed to get the cookbook as my blogger friend Johanna who cooks much like I do at home, was making recipes on her blog and commenting, even fellow blogger Faye Veganopoulous was recommending it. Both Faye and Johanna have cooked extensively from them.
That evening when I returned home after the Bristol Vegfest, feet up, sitting in front of the TV with a glass of wine and paging through the cookbook very slowly, I knew exactly what I wanted to make first. It was the s BBQ Cauliflower Salad , not only did it look delicious, I had most of the ingredients to hand.
The following day, this BBQ Cauliflower Salad was made. The salad is smothered with a vegan blue cheese dressing and some oven baked onion rings, but I found the BBQ Cauliflower substantial enough on its own and quite hearty lunch after a spell in the garden Sunday afternoon. It was quite easy to put together with ready made BBQ sauce.
The cookbooks have some vegan recipes that are new to me, especially those made with sauerkraut (as I never know what to do with the jars I bring at home), Jackfruit Crabless Cakes and the Savoury Corn Cheesecake but some not so much like Chickpea Scramble, Chickpea Fries, Faux Tofu Fish and Chips. I have been making my own and Tofu Fish and Chips inspired by Something Fishy that started their vegan fish and chips business in 2008 now almost 10 years later its appearing all over blogosphere and in cookbooks.
Still the cookbooks have enough inspiration for me to have finally wanted a copy of my own. The next bookmarked from the cookbook are Samosa Cakes and the Sunflower Sausage.
For the full BBQ Cauliflower Salad Recipe - see here.
To read Green Gourmet Giraffes Review of But I could Never Go Vegan see here
And to read Veganopoulous review of But My Family Would Never Eat Vegan click here