I’ve been cooking quite a bit from Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz lately. It’s such a great cookbook– awesome recipes and gorgeous photos mean I sit there flipping through it over and over all brainwashed like.
I couldn’t go past the Roasted Yellow Beet Salad with Warm Maple-Mustard Dressing, seeing as I bought a bunch of golden beetroot from the Coburg Farmers Market a few days before. The beets are roasted, so there’s no fussing there. The dressing is a simple maple mustard combo and instead of the pecans I went for the tempeh option. The tempeh was marinated in tamari, liquid smoke, thyme and red wine vinegar. I’m really not a big fan of tempeh so I made sure I came close to incinerating it in the cast iron pan. I like tempeh bacon but it has to to very thin and very very super burnt. For my salad greens I used baby spinach (I would have preferred a salad mix including rocket/arugula). I liked the simple dressing but I have to confess I’m not really a beetroot fan so I wouldn’t make this for myself. I would probably make a big bowl if I was having people over but I’d use the pecans instead of tempeh:
The Tofu Mushroom Stroganoff was super easy to make. A cashew-broth base is added to mushrooms, onions, garlic and tofu that have been cooked with some tomato paste, thyme and white wine. I bought this wholemeal fettucine in Aldi and I found it a bit too heavy so next time I’ll use a different pasta. DeeW liked the sauce but not the ‘bits’. Husband doesn’t like anything with a cashew base and Arthur won’t eat mushrooms. This would have made a simple, tasty family meal if only the fussypants humans element were removed:
I’ve been looking for a good quinoa recipe lately and the Smoky Incan Stew was perfect. I finally got to open my little wee can of chipotles in adobe sauce. This photo was taken the day after I made the stew, so you can see I could have done with a little more liquid but I’m a chunky-stew girl so this was just right for me:
To finish off the tempeh I had in the fridge, I made the Tempeh Orzilla. This is another simple, easy to make recipe with a saucy part made with broth, white wine, onion, garlic and sundried tomatoes. For the tempeh crumbles, I chopped them as finely as possible and burnt them as much as possible so they were crispy. Unfortunately though I had to admit defeat: like leggings-as-pants, tempeh is just not for me. As much as I love the taste of various marinades and dressing, there’s still the texture to deal with. So long tempeh (though I really want to try chickpea tempeh):
The cookbook photo of the Cast Iron Stir Fry recipe results in a fair bit of drooling. The sauce is made mostly with tamari, hoi sin and mirin. Super simple and really delicious. Instead of rice I used soba noodles and I left out the avocado and peanut sprinkle-over bit at the end:
For breakfast one day, I made the Coconut French Toast. It’s your basic French toast recipe but you dip the soaked bread slices in coconut before cooking. Arthur and I loved these but DeeW refused to try any as she’s not big on French toast and thinks toast should come out of a toaster (“that’s why it’s called toast”):
The Marbled Banana Bread has been made a few times. This time, I did the marbling myself. Arthur and DeeW tend to go a little overboard so the batter goes beyond the marbled stage in to the fully mixed stage:
Arthur and DeeW had friends over so I made the Jumbo Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies. Guess what, these friends hate raisins so I had to eat their share. WAAAAAH:
I finally got around to making the Strawberry and Cream Bread Pudding. I threw in some mixed frozen berries as I didn’t have enough strawberries. Plus it was the Fourth of July so I put in a little red, white and blue for my American readers. This pudding is super easy to make and involves briefly soaking some bread in a mixture of coconut milk, a non dairy milk (I used soy), cinnamon, vanilla and lemon juice. I made half of the optional icing recipe. Everybody loved this, except Husband who really dislikes coconut in desserts (but he eats coconut based Thai curries). Naturally, I valiantly ate his share:
I really love Isa Does It and count it as a top notch favourite. Isa’s recipes are straightforward, entertaining and delicious. There’s no stop-yerrrr-fussin-boy fussiness about any of the recipes I’ve looked at and there are so many more dishes I still want to make. Aaand now you all have the voice of Toni Childs stuck in your brains.
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