Well hello everyone!
I hope you’re having the most amazing fall so far. I regret that it has been awhile since my last post but wow, parenting is busy!
My daughter is now 13 months old and is running around and getting in to everything. Oh the adventures she can have with a whisk in her hand and the ring of a tart pan dangling from her wrist. I’m loving spending my days with her but there is just never enough time to sit down and write while chasing that busy body around the house.
Speaking of the past year, this week DIY Vegan turned 1! To celebrate Nicole shared the outstanding chocolate cake recipe from the book with a new frosting recipe on her blog. That chocolate cake is incredibly reliable. I have been to parties where it was served and I served it as cupcakes at Isla’s 1st birthday. It bakes up so beautifully and always gets rave reviews. I suggest you give it a go.
Okay, on to the reason I sent my husband and daughter out for a walk, a cookbook review! I know all of you are already familiar with Angela Liddon. She has been delighting the tastebuds of blog readers for years. Her first book Oh She Glows hit all the bestseller lists. Lucky for us she poured her heart into another beautiful book, Oh She Glows Every Day which debuted in September.
I was sent a review copy and dived right in. This book is perfect for my current life situation – you know, no time for complicated recipes but in need of awesome, nourishing meals. Angela’s new book hits the mark, simple, satisfying solutions for your everyday eats.
I have given this book a very thorough test run.
Some of my favourite elements:
- Lots of nut-free recipes! Isla (my daughter) has a severe peanut allergy. I can’t tell you how delighted I was to see recipes like Vanilla Super-Seed Granola, Sunflower Seed Butter and a seed-based parmesan.
- Crowd pleasing desserts that you can make ahead. Angela did not include a lot of sweets in her last book but she has made up for it with a stellar selection of desserts in her new cookbook. The Nut-Free Dream Bars alone are worth buying the book.
- Ingredient lists that don’t intimidate. When a recipe needs two pages to display the ingredients, I give up on it. I just can’t fathom having time for all that chopping or measuring. Oh She Glows Every Day keeps everything feeling manageable without skimping on flavour. I don’t know how she does it but this is why Angela has such a loyal and loving following. She’s something special.
Now, on to what I’ve tried.
Isla and I enjoyed matching bowls of Magical “Ice Cream” Smoothies. Anything with an ample amount of blueberries and she will gobble it up. This was a great treat on a busy morning.
I made a big batch of Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter. This consistency of this butter is perfect, not too dry and not too wet. It is a great staple recipe, but I saved my batch to turn into something sweet (see below).
I made a batch of Every Day Lemon-Garlic Hummus to pair with veggies and pita for an easy grazing lunch. It was garlicky but I’m not one to shy away from flavour. Isla enjoyed it too so two thumbs up.
For Isla’s birthday party (53 people showed up) I made two big bowls of the Crowd-Pleasing Caesar Salad. They were a big hit.
The biggest hit at our house so far has been the Fusilli Lentil-Mushroom Bolognese. We all LOVE this recipe. I have already added it (a few times) to our meal plan for November because it has been a few days and we’re craving it again already. I can’t believe I don’t have a picture to share but trust me, you should try this one.
A nice bowl of Soba Noodle Salad hit the spot for a weekend lunch. It came together quickly and was a nice switch up on our regular Saturday soup routine.
I made a couple of batches of the Chocolate-Dipped Vanilla Bean Macaroons to serve at Isla’s birthday party. One guest ate four of them. They are amazing! I loved that I could make them ahead and they freeze beautifully.
Finally, my personal favourite, the Nut-Free Dream Bars. I used the sunflower butter I made earlier in this rich, layered dessert. It is a show stopper! I forgot (ha ha) to serve these at the party so I found myself sneaking bites from the freezer for weeks. Oh, such wonderful weeks of sweetness.
So, that’s what I’ve tried so far. Not a disappointment in the bunch, but that is what we have all come to expect from Angela, reliable recipes. If you’re looking for ways to add some excitement to your everyday meals with a little extra nutritional boost this book is a must have. It has been a delicious addition to our regular repertoire already.
Thank you Angela!