Monthly Archives: September 2013

October and November VegCookBooks!

I’m mixing things up a bit this fall and have chosen our next two VegCookbooks, rather than posting a poll. A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to browse through the excellent VegCookbook section of Moe’s Books in Berkeley. One of the VegCookbooks that stood out will be our October VegCookbook:

Mouthwatering Vegan by Miriam Sorrell (October)
You can learn more about Miriam, and check out her recipes at


Our November VegCookbook will be *hot* off the presses, and available as of October 22nd:

Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (November)
Most of us don’t need an introduction to Isa’s recipes, but if she’s new to you, check out her website, Post Punk Kitchen.


I’m thinking that it could be fun in December to do some kind of, “Best of the VegCookbook Club,” where we make and share our favorite recipes from the the past two years of VegCookbooks (December 31st is the VCBC’s two-year anniversary). Maybe we could have a group Pinterest Board, so that all the photos are compiled in one place.

Whaddya think?

If you’re new to the VegCookbook Club, you can read about how to participate on the VegCookbook Club’s About page, and read about members’ experiences on the Love Notes page.

Masala Tofu Scramble from Vegan Indian Cooking

Masala Tofu Scramble

This photo might look similar to last week’s, but it’s a different recipe ( : Last week I made Masala Tofu Scramble from our September VegCookbook, Vegan Indian Cooking. It was a modified version because I haven’t been able to find black salt, and I didn’t add the suggested chili pepper, or cayenne.

I’ll be announcing the October and November VegCookbooks tomorrow. Stay tuned!

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Mock Egg Salad from Vegan Indian Cooking

Mock Egg Salad

Inspired by evesfca’s Instagram photo of the Mock Egg Salad recipe from our September VegCookbook, Vegan Indian Cooking, I made it too.

I love tofu salad, so it was easy to win me over with this recipe. I made it pretty much as written except I used regular ground cumin rather than roasting my own. The recipe suggested adding red chili powder, cayenne or paprika, so I used smoked paprika (yum).

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Chickpea Poppers, Red Velvet Smoothie + Roasted Masala Cauliflower and Broccoli with Tomatoes

Red Velvet Smoothie

Happy Meatless Monday, VegCookbookers!

I finished off my smoothie kick from last week with the Red Velvet Smoothie . Of the three smoothie recipes, this is the one I’m most likely to make again because it’s different than most recipes I’ve come across, and it has a beet in it. Eating raw beets makes me feel extra virtuously healthy ( :

As I mentioned last week, I don’t have a Vitamix, so I cut the beet up into small pieces before adding it to the blender. I did soak the almonds this time (I didn’t last week), and they blended up perfectly.

Chickpea Poppers

Inspired by some of the Chickpea Popper photos on Instagram, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and make them too.  I liked them, and would make them again, but they didn’t turn out as crispy as I thought they would. I’m not sure if this is because they needed to cook longer, or if I should have put the oven rack up higher.

Roasted Masala Cauliflower and Broccoli with Tomatoes

I loved the Roasted Masala Cauliflower and Broccoli with Tomatoes. The garam masala made them surprisingly sweet. I’ll definitely make them again, but next time I’ll use way less salt.

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Blueberry-Green Smoothie + Green Juice Smoothie

Hello VegCookbookers!

It’s been hot here in California and I’ve been super busy, so the first recipes I tried from our September VegCookbook, Vegan Indian Cooking, were smoothies.

Green Juice Smoothie

Green Juice Smoothie from Vegan Indian Cooking

I love the spice of ginger in a smoothie, so this one was up my alley. I don’t have a Vitamix, so I chopped up the apple, carrot, cucumber and ginger before adding them to my blender and they pureed up nicely. I also squeezed the orange and lime, rather than add them in pieces, like you can with a Vitamix. I didn’t add ice. I don’t like icy drinks.

Blueberry-Green Smoothie

Blueberry-Green Smoothie

I liked this one too, although the Green Juice Smoothie had a more unique flavor. My grocery store doesn’t carry bitter melon, so I used spinach instead. I didn’t soak the almonds overnight, ’cause I wanted to make the smoothie the day I got the ingredients, so they didn’t blend up very well in my blender.  I’d hit a big nut chunk every once in awhile.

I have some almonds soaking right now to make the Red Velvet Smoothie tonight. Hopefully, they’ll  blend up better.

VegCookbook Club Story Swap

Because we’re finishing one month and starting another, folks cooked from both VegCookbooks:

Betty Goes Vegan (August VegCookbook)

Vegan Indian Cooking (September VegCookbook)

What have you been VegCooking?