Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New recipes from Foods That Don't Bite Back by Sue Donaldson

Here are a few recipes with photos of some dishes I recently prepared for my sister's 50th birthday. All recipes are courtesy of Sue Donaldson's cookbook, foods that don't bite back (vegan cooking made simple).

TOFU SATAY (dish on right)

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) boiling water
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) tamari
  • 1 1/2 T (22.5ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 T (15ml) rice syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp (10ml) fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) salt
  • dash of cayenne
  • 1 lb (455 g) medium firm tofu, drained, cut into 1/4 inch (.6cm) slices

Combine all ingredients except for the tofu in a food processor and process until smooth. Lightly oil or spray the bottom of a baking dish large enough to accommodate the tofu slices in a single layer. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of the sauce. Then place the tofu slices on top. Pour the remaining sauce overtop. Marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours minimum. Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F. (175 deg. C). Bake for 20-25 minutes.

WILD RICE WALDORF SALAD (pictured in centre at back)

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) wild rice/brown rice blend
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) slivered almonds
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 3 T (45ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup (240ml) celery diced
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) red onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) currants
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) orange juice
  • 1T olive oil
  • 1T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) ground cardamom
Prepare the rice according to package directions. Do not overcook. Place the almonds in a small frying pan and toast them over low to medium heat until lightly browned. Toss the apple with lemon juice in a large bow. Add the pepper, celery, red onion, currants and toasted nuts. Set aside. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.

Quinoa Corn Salad with Basil (pictured front centre)

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and finally, FROSTED CHOCOLATE CAKE (at left in photo)
I have made this recipe at least twice, maybe three times. As you may remember, I absolutely love chocolate. I have been purchasing for my chocolate recipes, Camino Organic Cocoa which is also a "free trade" product.
The taste of this cake is divine and I think the Camino product is the key ingredient that makes it so good!

  • 3 cups (720ml) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (475ml) sugar
  • 6 T (90ml) + 1 cup (240ml) cocoa
  • 2 tsp (10ml) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5ml) + 1/8 tsp (.5ml) salt
  • 2 cups (475ml) cold water
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 T (30ml) white vinegar
  • 2 tsp (10ml) + 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla
  • 3 cups (720ml) icing sugar
  • 6 T (90ml) margarine
  • 3 T (45ml) hot water approx.
Preheat the oven to 350F (175C). Sift and combine flour, sugar, 6T (90ml) cocoa, baking soda and 1 tsp (5ml) salt in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine the water, oil, vinegar, and 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla. Make a depression in the dry ingredients and mix in the wet ingredients. Beat until smooth.
Grease two 8 in (20cm) round pans and line bottoms with waxed paper. Pour the batter into the pans and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Cool, then turn out the cakes and slice each one into two layers.

Mix the icing sugar and remaining 1 cup (240ml) cocoa together. Blend in margarine, 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilaa and 1/8 tsp (.6ml) salt. Add just enough hot water to give icing a spreadable consistency. This makes enough to cover the cake and three inside layers.
Variation: I use a nice raspberry jam and spread half of the jar between the cut 8in-layers. Then I spread the chocolate icing on top of one 8-in double, put the second 8-in split on top, and finish off by spreading the very top with the remaining icing. (In this four layer, the filling alternates as follows: (1) raspberry, (2) chocolate, (3) raspberry and (4) chocolate.)

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Shelley Ann said...

It's me again. Shelley Ann. My mom and sister and me to really liked the cake. My sister didn't like the mushroom burgers, but I looooovvvveeed it. What's Vietnamese food like? The pictures look good.

Compassionate Consumption said...

Hello Shelley Ann,
Nice to hear from you. I am happy that you enjoyed the recipes (especially Matt's "burger")!
The Vietnamese food that I really enjoyed the most was prepared for me in the monastery. The dishes were simple, in that there might have been maybe only 1 or 2 ingredients along with the seasoning. A rice or noodle was usually served, as was a soup at each meal. Even in this modest setting (vs a high falutin' five star restaurant), presentation was important. The person who prepared the meals, did so mindfully, handling the food gently, and transferring it to the serving plate in a pleasing arrangement. (My mouth is now starting to salivate just thinking about it!). There are Vietnamese restaurants in our area - and you can also find recipes on the web.
That cook-book that I mentioned, was on sale at Chapters for under $5.00 - I bought a few to give away as gifts!
Take care and kind regards as always.

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Amie Dianne said...

Wow, what a yummy-sounding cake recipe. Tall and decadent. Maybe I'll try it for my boyfriend's birthday. It's coming up in November. :-)

It's nice to encounter other "evolving vegans." Most of the other blogs I've seen are from people who make it look super-easy! I'm allergic to dairy, but I still have occasional fish and egg meals. My blog is all vegan though, because that's the kind of diet I want to encourage myself and others to eat... thanks for your thoughts & recipes!