Happy Tuesday everyone!
I hope you’re all having a terrific 2014 thus far. Any great surprises? New beginnings? Long overdue endings? Adventures on the horizon or just in the rearview mirror. I’m trying to keep my eyes on tomorrow as 2014 continues to bring an avalanche of awesome new opportunities my way. I am sorry I’m finding less time to write here – but if you’re patient I promise my time away will more than payoff for us all. I have many exciting announcements to share.
But today I’m checking in to tell you about something exciting someone else had created. Allison, of the incredible confection company, Allison’s Gourmet has released an amazing eBook full of hearty, healthful vegan recipes. The comfort-food focus of this collection is perfect for this time of year, when we’re all bundled up against the polar vortex, hoping for a second helping of something to warm us up from the inside out. And I admit, it was a bit of surprise to scroll through the pages of Allison’s ebook and find so many satisfying, savoury options. I did expect Allison to delight us all with her desserts…and she does, but this collection is clearly more about the comfort-food everyone is craving. The book contains 10 specially selected and absolutely perfected recipes. If you’ve been a fan of Allison’s award-winning articles in VegNews – then this recipe will deliver on all of your expectations.
The added brilliance of this book is that it delivers all the decadence we desire without relying on gluten, soy, cane sugar or, of course, any animal products. Instead it celebrates the incredible flavour and versatility of whole-foods.
- Magic Mac ‘n Cheese
- Save the Tuna Melts
- Meltable American-Style Cheese Slices
- Home-style Chickpea Veggie Pot Pie
- Clam-free Chowder
- Vegan Egg Salad
- Beet Burgers
- Caesar Salad
- Chocolate Salted-Caramel Pudding Parfaits
- Chocolate-Glazed Fudge Cupcakes
And as a special treat, our favourite Nicole did all of the breathtaking photography. Pair enticing recipes with Nicole’s eye for making food look its best and you’ve got all the inspiration you need for an amazing menu of nourishing meals. I had heard great raves from Nicole about the delicious task of testing and styling Allison’s recipes. She encouraged me to give the beet burgers a go, once I got my copy of Comfortably Yum.
And I’m so glad she did. The toothsome texture of these burgers is unbelievable. They bake up well, and hold together like so few vegetable burgers can. I pan seared a few on the weekend and served them alongside some spicy sweet potato fries. It was so satisfying to bite into a big burger, full of flavour. I can’t wait to bring these out again during BBQ season – I have no doubt they’ll be a hit.
These burgers are just an example of how well crafted these recipes are. Allison’s pastry and chocolate work may have made her a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to reliable, undeniably delicious recipes. I was really impressed by the different textures and ingredients Allison uses to get the ideal balance of flavour or just the right texture in the end. This book offers a very inventive approach to some of our most classic comfort foods.
As we get close to that day of love – I thought I could share a little sweetness with all of you. So, I have a copy of Comfortably Yum to share with one special reader. Just leave a message below before February 15th.
In case you’re looking for something sweet for your love, I strongly suggest you stop over at A Dash of Compassion to try Nicole’s recipe for Maca Mint Truffles. The recipes is part of our most recent eBook – Edible Gifts. You can pick up a copy, full of wonderful, homemade gift ideas for spreading your love to friends and family on days like February 14th and every other day that deserves a special moment (that’s all of them, people).
So, with that, xoxoxo to you all.
I will be back again next week with another exciting review – and perhaps some news. Stay turned my friends.
Update – Lucky Sue is the winner of a copy of Comfortably Yum.