Monday, 27 January 2014
Book Review - Isa Does it!
The introductory sections explain the theme of the recipes (easy to make, easy to find ingredients, and as quick as possible while still being tasty), look at equipment, ingredients, and swapping for allergens, as well as how to be organised while cooking and a pictorial guide to cutting tofu. This last one is interesting, as describing how to get the shapes needed is not always easy - but I'm not entirely convinced it is necessary. There is a lot of good, and relevant, information int he introduction and you should read it so you're aligned with whats going to follow.
The recipes I tried -
Page 46 Roasted Potato and Fennel Soup
I love fennel, and this soup was lovely. I left it quite chunky, and it really was a meal in a bowl. Thickened overnight so I had to thin with water the next day.
Page 85 Falafel Burgers
This one is a little more time consuming and you really have to start it the next day. It does take longer than the time stated but it is worth it, as we both enjoyed this recipe a lot. It was a little crumbly for me so I added some water to help it hold together. Most likely from my using GF breadcrumbs.
Page 110 Ancho-Lentil Tacos
H enjoyed this more than I did. I found the spices a little harsh and in need of some balance when eaten by itself. I found this less so once the guacamole and other fixings where included. It may also have been my spices. Worth making.
Page 142 White Wine Risotto
OK, but not our favourite. We both found it to be a little on the sour side - there is lots of wine, and then lemon juice too. May have been the wine I was cooking with. I also found the finished risotto too loose for my preference so I cooked for longer, and then my rice was over done. This is just a preference thing and not the recipe! Second day I reheated and added a bunch of nutritional yeast and found I enjoyed it more.
Page 179 Everyday Pad Thai
Tasty. Though I'm not convinced broccoli belongs in pad thai. Will make the sauce and noodles part again for sure.
Page 192 Miso Tahini Dressing
Only make the sauce part of this recipe, but it was very good. A little salty (from the miso) but tasty. Very simple too.
Page 201 Hummus
Only made the hummus not the rest. Nice version with the olives added, so not your traditional.
Page 216 Chandra Malai Kofta
Loved the sauce - rich and mild but very tasty. The kofta balls were also good, but my favourite part was the sauce.
Page 233 Pepes Secret Guacamole
Very nice. Interesting with the orange juice not lime. My little guacamole lover liked it so a winner all over.
Recommended? For sure. There are lots more recipes in the book which I would have liked to have tried. Have you tried any from this one? any favourites?