Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kale and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Kale and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad


My tasting partner and I have resolved to lose the few pounds we added during the holidays (the chocolate desserts, the glasses of wine), so back to filling and nutritional salads for us at dinner.  This kale and quinoa tabbouleh salad, from Food52 and changed slightly, meets those criteria.  And it's vegan, dairy free and gluten free.  The addition of kale and quinoa amps up the traditional tabbouleh (a parsley and couscous or bulgur salad) with the oil and lemon dressing that is so refreshing and filling.  I served this salad with hummus, carrots and naan on the side   

recipe after the jump 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Vegetarian Pho (fuh) Soup

       
Vegetarian Pho
 A couple of weeks ago I had a 24 hour gastrointestinal virus and after I recovered, I only felt like eating plain starches, like plain spaghetti and rice noodles.  I found this recipe while looking for something different to do with rice noodles and a Pho vegan soup sounded like the perfect dish.  Pho is the national soup of Vietnam.  It is a bowl of rice noodles, fresh herbs, and bean sprouts swimming in a fragrant broth. The anise seed gives the broth a depth of flavor with a hint of licorice, while the ginger adds a kick of heat.  The broth is a bit time consuming, but the fragrance while the broth simmers is heavenly and well worth the effort.  My tasting partner thought I ought to make a large batch of the broth and freeze it in order to have a soup base ready at a moments notice.  I just might do that.

recipe after the jump

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flour-less Chocolate Cake


Years ago, when my tasting partner and I were first married, we were visiting family in Northern California and we went dessert tasting.  It was there that I first tasted a flour-less chocolate cake and was obsessed with making one.  This was before the internet, so I would scour every dessert cookbook I could find for the elusive flour-less chocolate cake.  After a couple of months, I found a recipe and have enjoyed it for years.  It is not vegan and it is not completely flour-less, having 2 tablespoons of flour.  Recently, my sister was in town and she follows a gluten free diet and I wanted to serve a chocolate cake for her final night in town celebration, so I looked for a ‘flour-less chocolate cake’ and this time, with the help of the internet, I found a delicious cake, dense, moist and rich.  I topped the cake with a chocolate ganache for additional chocolate decadence.  One key point, I used good semisweet chocolate from Scharffen Berger.  With this much chocolate it is important to use a quality chocolate.  My tasting partner and sister both had seconds and were considering thirds.
recipe after the jump