Tuesday, November 27, 2007

2 tester recipes, 2 gifts

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Tonight's post is yet another opportunity to use VeganMoFo to catch up! And when I say catch up, I mean some of the food photos I'm about to show you are from September! But they are all fresh in my mind, and in fact I look forward to making these again.

I love testing recipes (which I'm currently doing for 3 wonderful vegans) - not only do you contribute to the creation of a book, but it makes meal planning so easy! Each week, I look at the available recipes, and pick at least one or two that I'm going to test. So far, this has worked out really well for us.

Without further ado, here are two test recipes:



Melody's green goddess dressing. You know those recipes where you think you can guess what the end result will taste like? Well this recipe turned out to be so much more than what I expected- it was simultaneously green, fresh, thick, and creamy. The many different herbs played off of each other really well. The first night, I served the dressing as Melody suggested- on a bed of greens (escarole), with some brown rice and lentils, topped with a few caramelized onions. Both Daiku and I loved this, and there was enough dressing for us to play with for the next few days.



Here's a tester for Joni's upcoming book, which will feature 101 (!!) vegan burger recipes, plus all the necessary buns, condiments, and toppings to go with them. She will have sections for gluten-free, soy-free, and high-protein burgers, in addition to regular recipes, and I look forward to testing many more. Here you see some sweet potato chipotle burgers, served on a whole wheat bun with some lettuce. I kept the toppings simple because this burger was packed with flavor! The chipotle heat was a bit intense for me, but that didn't stop me from going back for more!

And now, I want to share two vegan food gifts that I have received from fellow bloggers recently- definitely a huge perk, if you ask me!



Here, we have these delicious chocolate/strawberry pinwheels from Susie (Susie Tofu Monster for those on the PPK). She is a seriously talented chef! If you haven't checked out her new blog, Parsnip Parsimony, I recommend that you get over there, stat. Two words should suffice: vegan. challah. 'Nuff said.



And here we have some cookies from the always lovely Celine. Imagine my surprise on a cold day to look at my front door and see a box of cookies sitting there- the perfect reward after a punishing day of library research. Celine sent oreo cookie cookies and pistachio-rosewater cookies, which were so good, Daiku and I may have fought over them a little. Daiku ended up taking half to work with him, to be sure I didn't finish them all in one day! (I put the rose-colored crane next to the rosewater cookie, and the chocolate crane next to the oreo cookie one, for ease of identification!)

To all the bloggers out there who make life just a little more delicious by giving me new recipes to test, or by sending me sweet surprises in the mail, THANK YOU!
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17 comments:

vko said...

Yum to those the recipes you are testing- love that green in Melody's goddess dressing.

Love that origami for identification and love the food styling outdoors.

And sweet little surprises are the best- like my tea...thank you!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, exciting! I love when I see that people are sending each other baked goods; it's SO cool!

Mihl said...

Lucky tester, you!
All the people you test for are really talented and I am so looking forward to their books.

PASSIONATE BAKER....and beyond. said...

Lucky u Bazu...what a blissful existence! I wish u were closer here; would've mailed you some cookies too! Agree with melisser-it is cool to see people sending each other baked goods!! Have a great holiday season!!

urban vegan said...

I seriously beleive vegans are the most talented cooks in the world..

And you, my gear, are the vegan social butterfly!

Ashasarala said...

Aww... I want cookies to show up on my doorstep! :*(

Mikaela said...

Oh, I love your little origami birds :)

VeggieGirl said...

my goodness, between Melody's Goddess Dressing, Joni's vegan-burgers, and Susie's chocolate/strawberry pinwheels, I am quite awestruck by all the recipe-testing you've been up to!! Everyone looks and sounds incredible!!

Ah yes, Celine AND her cookies are always lovely, and able to brighten up any day :0)

aTxVegn said...

The testers look good! I need to test some more of Joni's burgers.

The cookie gift looks so yummy - lucky you!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

sweet potato chipotle burgers??? man, i can't wait to see that recipe!

Bridget said...

What!! 101 vegan burgers!! I am SO going to get that when it comes out.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

What a happy post! It makes me love the blogging community even more, and cookies.

the little one said...

At first I was thinking, "Oh, Bazu is just the luckiest vegan in the world getting to test all those recipes. I want to be just like her." Then, I realized, nah, I want to be a vegan taster instead of a vegan tester. Wish I could get that job! I just want to sit down and taste all the delicious things y'all make.

Theresa said...

Aw, how lucky to test out vegan recipes, and especially to have cookies show up at your house!

Johanna3 said...

the food looks fantastic, i need to taste more of the burger from joni, so much to try so little time :)

Melody Polakow said...

Everything looks great! Those cookies .. oh boy!

Loved your last post about your beloved spatula. I have a metal spatula that was my mom's that I will never replace. I call it "my lucky spatula"..

dreamy said...

It all looks so great! yum yum :d