Hi my name is Kat and I’m a cook book-aholic. I admit it. Raise your hand if you fall into this group. Yes, I see you…there, and over there. The addiction is so strong, my heavy weighted bookshelves are begging for relief. Cook books even overflow to the laundry room, where they’re stacked high upon a bottom shelf. I cringe every time I hear or see of a new release. The urge it too powerful for me to resist, so off to Amazon I go. Pre-ordering and carefully scanning the “what’s hot list” to ensure my collection is current.
I once had an addiction to cowboy boots and well, you know how that story turned out. Fed up with a lack of vegan options, I created my own. Of course that’s not an issue with vegan cookbooks. Where once many moons ago they were far and few between, today they’re a dime a dozen (hoping that doesn’t happen with boots!). As vegans we know that deprivation is not the assumed issue with our food choice, and cook book authors galore have proven that. Who knew there could be so many spins on the classic kale salad!
To be original in the vegan cook book world is getting more difficult. If one vegan taco book wasn’t enough, we have four to choose from. Thanks to the internet, it has proven that you don’t even have to be a cook, or an author, to create a “cook book”. I get a little snippy on that issue since I have close friends that have actually gone through the painstaking process of writing a cook book. I’ll say it here: putting together a few unoriginal recipes into mouthwatering photos to create an e-Book, does not make you an author or a cook. Let’s give credit where credit is due please.
I will admit there’s something for everyone and since the intent is to get people eating vegan, then whatever vessel is used to get them there is best for the animals.
Personally, I’ve found that I seldom pull a dusty cook book from my shelf. More times than not, I get my inspiration from viewing a non-vegan cooking show or recipe. Because I’ve spent the time and resources studying how to be a vegan cook and instructor, I find it a fun challenge to re-create a non-vegan recipe. Sometimes it works out in my vegan favor and other times it fails.
The recipe I’m sharing today came from such inspiration. Simply created, but packed with flavor and a subtle kick.
I hope you enjoy it.