Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mea Culpa and book review



blueberry lemon scones with lemon sauce from Vegan Lunch Box

Wow... I've never let a blog post get so delayed! As some of you might remember from my last post, I promised a review of the new edition of Vegan Lunch Box, oh, about a week ago. The only possible explanation I can offer is that my life has been a bit insane lately. I've been traveling between Syracuse, New York City, and Northern Virginia and all the mileage I've been logging has been having a toll on my brain. My move to England is less than 4 days away (!!!) and I still have so much to do. However, in the midst of packing, trying to see friends and family one last time, and living in places other than my house, I've still been managing to get plenty of cooking and eating done, including many yummy recipes from this book. So on to the review!

As I'm sure is the case with many vegan bloggers, Jennifer McCann's Vegan Lunch Box was the first vegan blog that I found. It was pretty much my introduction to the blogging world, and I will not forget the excitement of those early times, as we in an increasingly larger and more besotted audience awaited the moment each day when Jennifer would post that day's lunchbox. Her son, Shmoo was the lucky recepient and evaluator for each day's cute and elaborate lunch. There was just something so fascinating about seeing how this mom managed to send her son off to school with a new, exciting, and healthy vegan lunch every day.

However, when the Lunch Box book came out, I have to admit that I never got around to buying it. The food looked great, but I wondered if recipes for a young child would translate to our adult palates. Well, I was thrilled when I was given the chance to review this book. The recipes are endlessly sophisticated and just as good for grown-ups as they are for kids. In fact, the world would be a better place if all adults were as adventerous in their eating as little Shmoo is! The book gives plenty of tips and tricks for how to make dishes with plenty of healthy ingredients. So far my favorite recipes have been the split pea alecha (an Ethiopian stew similar to, but less spicy than, wat) and the lentil-brown rice balls. (Lentils and brown rice are one of my favorite combinations!) I also made a dessert that my whole family enjoyed- blueberry scones which I served with lemon sauce, another recipe from the book. (pictured above) The scones were winners, made with 1/2 whole wheat flour, bursting with blueberries and the zing of lemon. The sauce was wonderful- it thickened to almost a lemon curd consistency- the recipe made a lot, so we used some on toast too!

This book has so many recipes that I want to try. Sometimes, I want more spices and heat in my dishes, but those things are relatively simple to add. If I had a kid, this book represents how I would want them to eat- healthy and full of variety, but with plenty of yumminess and fun as well.

I promise this blog is not going anywhere! We are fast approaching another VeganMoFo, and so you'll be getting daily or near-daily updates from England (as well as plenty of catch-up posts) soon!


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15 comments:

Vegyogini said...

Travel safely, Bazu and Daiku! I'll be waiting with baited breath for your blog posts from abroad.

BTW, you're quite right that the Vegan Lunch Box blog was the first I'd ever read. What a wonderful world it opened. :)

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh wow, so close! Safe travels to you & I hope I can come visit!

John Plummer said...

Travel safely! I look forward to the updates from the UK

Catherine said...

Save travels! Can't wait to hear how the Revolution continues in England!

P.S. Now I'm craving Ethiopian food!!

VeggieGirl said...

"As I'm sure is the case with many vegan bloggers, Jennifer McCann's Vegan Lunch Box was the first vegan blog that I found." Mine too, Bazu!!!

Have a lovely trip; and I look forward to your next post, as always :0)

Courtney said...

Oh my goodness! Good luck with the move--I think you have a good excuse for not posting!! Have a safe trip!

Courtney

tofufreak said...

yay for vegan lunch box!

good luck with your move! hope everything goes well. looking forward to seeing your MoFo posts!

the little one said...

Best of luck with your travels! While a crazy time, this all must be so exciting! I'll look forward to your post from good ole England.

Vegan_Noodle said...

OMg you're leaving in two days now!! You must be running around like crazy and super excited!!

I will have to try those recipes you recommended from VLB. My fave so far has been the tofu fish sticks...

Karyn said...

I can't wait to see your UK posts! Hmmm, catch-up photos? Am I going to see silly photographs of me stuffing my face at Great Sage? ;-)

Theresa said...

Good luck with your final packing and safe travels as you head across the Atlantic! I look forward to hearing about your vegan adventures in England!

KathyF said...

You'll have lots to blog about once you get over here! Good luck with your trip.

Erin said...

I don't think I knew you were MOVING to England! Safe travels!

Jackie said...

I have nominated you for the BFF (Blogging Friends Forever) award, details on my blog post.

I will pop back later to do a catch up as I have quite a few posts to read having got behind again in my visits with so much going on offline.

Liz² said...

I forgot about the Mofo! oh boy, this could get crazy... :D