The Vegan Table

We received several nice gifts at our housewarming brunch, which I was not expecting and it kind of makes me feel bad for all the times I showed up at a housewarming party with just a bottle of wine.  One of the fabulous gifts we received was The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.  I have her other book, The Joy of Vegan Baking (also a gift), which is hit or miss.  This cookbook looks divine, so I am hoping for more consistent recipes.  It’s focus is entertaining, but the first chapter has some recipes for two.

Tonight’s two course dinner was Kale with Sesame Miso Dressing and Saffron Spiked Moroccan Stew over couscous.  I have never cooked kale this way before and I can’t believe how soft it was.  I steamed it for 5 minutes and threw it in cold water.   The dressing is phenomenal!  This was my favorite of the two recipes, but I’m expecting the leftover stew to be even more flavorful tomorrow.

I had a hard time finding saffron.  Fortunately, H is covering the Barrington hospital this week and was able to stop at a grocery store over there.  The closer you get to the city, the more likely you are to find “exotic” spices like saffron.  I don’t think he was happy with the price ($15 on sale), but I think it was worth it.  The stew is a good blend of spiciness and sweetness.  I’m looking forward to having it for lunch tomorrow after the flavors meld.

So far, so good.  I’m excited to try some more recipes from The Vegan Table and I can’t wait to host another party.

Dessert, of course, was another gingerbread martini!

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