Wednesday, September 28, 2005

IMBB#19: I cant believe I ate Vegan!



So why are there 3 meals up there? Well I was sick of being the only lazy arsed blogger who only submits one food item, that's why! So I figured 3 is a respectable amount :) I do have one small, tiny, miniscule confession to make... they are all from the one cookbook! *gasp* But true to form I could not leave well enough alone and I did fiddle with them... maybe, just alittle.

So what book is this? Well I am very happy to say that it was written by a friend of mine :) Who is a very, lovely sweet chef name Aine Mc Ateer and the recipes are from her book Recipes to Nurture. I have been helping Aine to test recipes for her next cookbook which has been great fun, and really exciting!!!

So how did this all fall under the I tricked some one to eat Vegan context? Well it was actually 3 seperate trickeries, how good is that?

The lentil pasties we had for dinner tonight. They were great, Casey loves pasties and all I told him was that we were having Pasties for dinner ;) I served them with some rocket salad and tamarind chutney ( If this wasn't a Vegan meal some cucumber Raita would be perfect ;) ) We drank some White Shiraz with these guys which was PERFECT!!! The white Shiraz was a nice deep pink, off dry but still fruity. YUMMMMMM

Last Night we enjoyed the Creamy Corn Chowder for dinner. This soup was so thick and sweet and creamy Casey had no idea that it was Vegan. He asked if it would be ok to have another bowl with all the cream in the soup! HA! :) He had 2 HUGE bowlfuls which makes Clare a very happy girl.

The Chocolate Bliss Cake was enjoyed on the weekend as Sunday Afternoon tea with my Auntie, it was perfect! We had half a mini bundt each and were soooo satisfied but still felt great and not like we had overindulged at all. Do not be fooled, this is a moist chocolatey, nutty cake that no one would EVER belive is vegan ;)

The other important thing to note is that even though there is no dairy no meat there is also no refined carbs, no refined sugar, less saturated fat. So how do I feel after all of this food? GREAT! Better than I have in ages.

Thanks Sam for inspiring healthy tasty delicious IMBB recipes... rather than my usual efforts to outdo myself in the decadence stakes :)

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37 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey claire, everything looks great, especially those cakes!!! and we just had clam chowder over the weekend, but i'm craving for more -- perhaps i'll try a corn one this time! are the lentil pasties similar to samosas? (ooh, and look, as i'm typing this, i just saw your comment come into my gmail box. how cool is that?) 

Posted by stef

Anonymous said...

Hi Stef
That is so cool :)

Stef the cakes are so sooooo good! and sooooo easy, WAY EASIER than normal cakes!!! To get a normal cake to taste this good would be HEAPS more work! and the icing is so easy to work with. The lentil pasties are alittle similar to samosas except they are baked and not deep fried. and there is no potato 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

hi clare, your spread looks so deliciously decadent - "sinfully vegan" is just about the only way one can describe it! 

Posted by J

Anonymous said...

Hi J
Thanks :) I am quite happy with it too :) IT was sooo tasy ...mmmmmm

 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Great job, Clare!

I'm very interested in all three recipes, particularly those pasties. I think Matt would actually eat all of this! 

Posted by Stephanie

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie
thankyou sooo much!
that's GREAT NEWS :)  

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

clare, i just made corn chowder two days ago, we must be connecting at a higher level!!

Amy, i WIN 

Posted by cara

Anonymous said...

Everything looks good, Clare, particularly those pasties. But are you calling me lazy?! 

Posted by Nic

Anonymous said...

Clare-
I think you surpassed yourself on this one, young lady.
So funny Casey worrying about the cream in the sweetcorn soup.
I love sweetcorn soup but didnt have much luck with my experiements making it earlier in the summer.

thank you for taking part in IMBB #19 with such panache, style and enthusiasm!

Sam x 

Posted by sam

Anonymous said...

Wow! The food looks amazing and I can't believe you managed to trick them three times.  

Posted by boo_licious

Anonymous said...

that is the most amazing spread! im impressed that all this is vegan! i especially love the look of those lentil pasties :-) 

Posted by tanvi

Anonymous said...

mmm that chocolate bliss cake looks so yummy, i could use a bite about now ;) 

Posted by Catesa

Anonymous said...

That looks like a beautiful feast! Those lentil pastries look so tasty :)  

Posted by Nupur

Anonymous said...

I'm with Nupur on this one--those lentil pies look delicious. After the dal I made from the book she sent me, I've been on a lentil kick lately. Email me the recipe? 

Posted by Amy

Anonymous said...

Yum! Especially the chocolate bliss cake - on chocolate cravings lately ;) 

Posted by PseudoChef

Anonymous said...

Hi Cara
I had never made it before, isn't yummy?

Hi Nic
thanks :) Nooooo sooo not calling you lazy, it was mearly all about how I was perceiving my own arse :)

Hi Sam
Thanks :) I think all three of those things are requirements in any event hosted by you!

Hi Boo
I am a master trickster ;)

Hi Tanvi
It is amazing, the olive oil in the pastry worked soooo well! and the taste went along perfectly with the filling :)


HI Catesa
I purposefully ensured it is dark, chocolatey and slightly bitter (85% cocoa) perfect!

Hi Nupur
They were... The tamarind chutney was sooo nice with them!!

Hi Amy
They are sooo good :) um maybe :)

Hi Pseudochef
The chocolate cake is FANTASTIC!!!! pity I didn' photograph a slice *sigh* 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so good. Any chance you can post the recipes?  

Posted by randi

Anonymous said...

Hi Randi
I don't feel comfortable posting 3 recipes on the internet from my friends cookbook.

Glad you think everything looks great! 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

in reference to your 2nd last paragraph ..
are we gonna see a newly converted vegan soon?

have i thank you for the info on kittens? if not, thank you! (-; i love dogs more but MIGHT get a burmese kitten soon 

Posted by tian

Anonymous said...

Hi Tian
ummm maybe not.... if i was I would be really strict or feel a terrible failure, I am going to makke sure I eat lost more healthy food and I will remember it doesn't have to have lots of butter and sugar to taste fantastic!

That's ok :)
I am playing fetch with Kiri right now LOL!
 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

wow whole course of vegan meals, fantabulous. the cake looked so scrummy 

Posted by babe_kl

Anonymous said...

Hi Babe_kl
Thanks :) :) 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Hi Clare, this all looks so good! Even though you ate all the items separately, I think they would make a killer meal together. I took a look at Aine's site - she's very inspirational! 

Posted by Melissa

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa
I agree, they would make a great meal together... that is what I was thinking too :)

Aine is AWESOME she is very sweet and all the recipes I have tried have been fantastic!

so glad you said hi! 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Clare.. Everything looks great! particularly the lentil patties. I would love to try that recipe. 

Posted by Indira

Anonymous said...

Hi Indira
it was all really yummy!!! and all vegertarian/vegan so perfect for you too! 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

looks great and inventive. i'm going to have to order that cookbook right away! 

Posted by rae

Anonymous said...

Hi Rae
The food is great! The cookbook is awesome, the food is sooo yummy! Try the lentil loaf with shitake gravy on her website :) 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am impressed. Maybe I should try harder...? 

Posted by Catherine

Anonymous said...

mmmm... Hey, I sure wish vegan cuisine didn't have such a negative reputation. It's SO delicious! We are omnivores so I often do vegan and vegetarian meals. My fav vegan dish is falafel with tahini "salad". I serve it with basmati rice that I cook with saffron, shallots, & raisins. I garnish the rice on the plates with toasted slivered almonds... Delicioso! 

Posted by Jo

Anonymous said...

Hi Catherine
I didn't mean to make judgements about anyone else, just my own insecurities. I am glad you think it looks good though!

Hi Jo
I agree, People often eat vegan/vegertarian with out realising ;) Yum, love felafuls, I normally serve mine with tabouli :) 

Posted by clare eats

Anonymous said...

That all sounds fantastic. Especially the pasties. (Which always gives me a giggle, since pastie doesnt mean the same thing here...LOL) And what fun to be helping out with a cookbook! I will be sure to check it out. 

Posted by Rachael

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachael
Soo.... what does Pastie mean there then?
It is very exciting! I will let everyone know more later ;) 

Posted by casey eats

Anonymous said...

So Rachel?!?!? Let's hear your tale!!! ::giggle:: 

Posted by Jo

Anonymous said...

ISN'T THE POINT OF IMBB TO SHARE THE RECIPES? In this case, I am glad to see you learned from this assignment that vegan is just healthy food, not something weird or requiring "fake" food. I am slightly appalled that some of the other bloggers appear not to eat vegetables without some meat product involved! But back to you -- your photos are too enticing not to post (Do you know that U.S. copyright laws permit you to share published recipes as long as you do not sell them?). Letting us try the recipes will likely increase the authors sales... 

Posted by M

Anonymous said...

ISN'T THE POINT OF IMBB TO SHARE THE RECIPES? In this case, I am glad to see you learned from this assignment that vegan is just healthy food, not something weird or requiring "fake" food. I am slightly appalled that some of the other bloggers appear not to eat vegetables without some meat product involved! But back to you -- your photos are too enticing not to post (Do you know that U.S. copyright laws permit you to share published recipes as long as you do not sell them?). Letting us try the recipes will likely increase the authors sales... 

Posted by M

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I didn't mean to rant twice! 

Posted by M

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