If for some reason you have never been to the blog Fork & Beans, you may be living under a rock. The blog’s creator, Cara, is incredible and super talented when it comes to transforming your favorite indulgences into gluten-free, vegan delights. So, when I heard that she was putting together her own cookbook, I just knew that it would turn out amazingly.
Lo and behold, I received a copy of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking to check out and it looks incredible! Her recipes paired with Celine Steen‘s photography equal some gorgeous recipes. Below, I’ve been given permission to share the delectable recipe for her Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Cracker Crust!
Fortunately for me, my dad’s birthday was earlier this week, right when I was making this cheesecake. I expedited the setting process by putting it in the freezer so that it would be ready in time for presents, which worked wonderfully. After my mom and I sang “happy birthday” to my dad, he blew out the candle and we dug in.
Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing Gena Hamshaw’sChoosing Raw a beautiful cookbook with photos from the talented Hannah Kaminsky. I remember when I started my blog, back when it was only on Tumblr, and I looked up to many awesome and successful vegan bloggers. One of the first people was Gena, and really, why wouldn’t she be? She has recipes that nourish your body but that aren’t intimidating and her narrative is supportive, informative and comforting. You will find all of her greatest attributes in this book!
One of the things that I love about the layout is that it’s broken down by ease of dishes and familiarity. This is great for the vegan-curious or new vegans out there that don’t really know where to start. There is a balanced mix of cooked vs. raw recipes, and plenty of ideas for snacks (I LOVE snacks!). Gena uses wholesome ingredients and has a variety of substitutions for you to use in dishes to make them healthier but not compromise on flavor.
I ended up making two recipes from her book, the Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad and the Mango Chia Pudding. That may seem obvious seeing as how I love curry and have made many chia puddings for this blog! Both dishes were very good and came together in no time at all. I won’t even lie when I say that I was picking recipes based on what I had on-hand, further more, I had a hard time choosing because there were a lot that used everyday ingredients! I can’t wait to try more recipes from this book and share them with friends and family.
That Curried Chickpea & Carrot Salad really hit the spot, for me, so I’m sharing the recipe with you! Pro Tip: Make a wrap using the salad with spinach, green onion and sriracha; SO GOOD. Also, because Gena and her publisher are awesome, I’m giving a copy of Choosing Raw to one lucky winner! Just go to the Rafflecopter Widget at the end of the post to enter the giveaway.
Can you believe that it’s nearly June? This year is flying by quickly and May has been a complete blur! I’m not really mad about it, although I have some goals that I gave myself that I’m having trouble reaching. Namely, writing my own cookbook! After I’m back from vacation and am done with the cookbook that I’m currently taking photos for I am gettin’ that damn proposal DONE!
Until then, it’s work, work, work, plus a little play for the next couple of months. What’s really pressing at the moment is that I’m going to Italy on Monday! I’ve only been out of the country once, and it was to go to Mexico for a couple of days when I was 16. That being said, I’m a little anxious about not knowing any Italian and traveling there with my family for two weeks, while being the only vegan. Eek! So, if you have any tips, I’d be more than happy to hear them.
For the next couple of days I’m just trying to queue up some posts so that you guys will have some reading material while I’m gone! I think that you’ll really enjoy the posts that I have planned. But, today, I’m featuring my beloved Southwestern Kale Salad. I usually make this with one of two different dressings, Creamy Avocado Cilantro or Chipotle Tahini; both are SO good. I’ll be honest, though, I’m not dead-sure about the measurements for the Chipotle Tahini Dressing, so I’m going to give it to you approximately.
This salad is vibrant with color, has many flavors and textures, plus is very nutritious. We all know what a powerhouse kale is, but add some fiber and protein from the black beans and pepitas, vitamin C from the bell pepper and healthy fats from the avocados and you have yourself a well-rounded meal!
I’m so pleased to introduce everyone to Christine Oppenheim of Veggie Fixation, today! Christine is an uber-creative, allergy-friendly, vegan chef that comes up with some amazing dishes. She puts on informative cooking classes in the Southern California Area, while also being a personal chef to many lucky people. Firstly, I have to thank her for her kind words, below; and secondly, the AWESOME recipe! (Don’t forget to check out her site for more food magic!)
I love scrolling through Vegan Yack Attack and drooling over all Jackie’s amazing photos. I mean, seriously, the girl’s got talent. Her food is super creative and her photography is gorgeous, to boot. I’m honored to be guest posting for her.
When I first met Jackie over dinner at Native Foods, I remember being almost a little awe-struck to meet a blogger I really admire.
We immediately hit it off, chatting about our vegan journeys, and, of course, our shared love for food. After all, we were at a meeting to discuss the vegan food tours we were giving throughout Los Angeles with the now defunct Urban Food Crawl.
One of the topics that came up was my dietary restrictions, and specifically, my avoidance of soy. (I can have small amounts, like tamari or miso, but my digestion doesn’t tolerate anything more than that.) A number of my clients can’t have soy, as well, so it’s always a fun challenge coming up with alternatives.
Since going soy free, one thing I’ve missed most is a good breakfast scramble. Sure, I make chickpea quiche like they are going out of style, but it’s just not the same. I tried Living Harvest tempt hemp tofu once, thinking I had found the Holy Grail. However, as delicious as it was, that product really is ever so elusive. It’s only been sighted at one Whole Foods near me and more often than not, it is sold out.
I was about to resign myself to never having a proper scramble again when I dreamed up the missing link…
It’s been a great substitute or alternative for so many other delicious things – Buffalo wings, Alfredo sauce, pizza crust – why couldn’t it stand in for tofu as well.
Turns out, it’s a perfect partner to a morning sweet potato hash. I’ll be making cauliflower scramble over and over and over. That vegan quiche may just have a run for its money.
I’m so excited to share this recipe with all you Vegan Yack Attack readers!
This is a vegan food blog, run by Jackie Sobon, that covers everything from indulgent desserts, to healthy dinners, and even raw recipes! I also write up restaurant reviews and am sort of a beer snob. You'll find that there is something for everyone, here!
If you would like me to contact me about photography jobs, testing out a recipe, review your restaurant or just have a question you'd like me to answer email me at: [email protected]!