Get out the WIAW party hats – and scarves! Fall has truly arrived and I’m no longer in denial. The upside is getting to wear one of my favourite knitted dresses again and lighting scented candles for a cozy atmosphere. And speaking of those I could totally use the onset of the season to go shopping for some more of both 🙂 … But you came here for the food so food it is.
Finally another What I ate Wednesday that follows a theme [unintentionally but I like it]: Cooking the
books blogs. When I set my goal of trying at least four new recipes a week I knew what was going to happen. Despite picking up several new vegan cookbooks from the library – already disregarding those I own – I didn’t have more than a glance at the recipes. Half-heartedly pondering some I might try but then … going back to the blogs. But as this means I’m still sticking with my goal which I feel is falling into good habits. Thanks for inspring some good habits, meals and lots of foodie fun, Jenn!
Yet another aspect of the blog world I enjoy are the many creative recipes right at my hand. No hours of searching that one recipe you’d meant to try – only to find it was from a book you had to return already or left at your parents’ [and keep forgetting to take back with you …]. Granted, having a bazillion blogs and even more recipes to choose from doesn’t make things easier right away. But chosing recipes based on what I have on hand and some other criteria makes it a little easier. If it was Sarah peeking into my pantry or me intuitively intuitively knowing she’d be of help: her creamy squash casserole came right in time. Actually, I made it the very day she posted the recipe. But as it was dark outside already I had to use flash [shudder] and so I naturally needed to have it again to show you a nicer picture. Obviously ;).Do you remember when I said kabocha stew was my go to when being unable to decide on a new recipe? In my defense I needed to use up some ingredients like edamame that had been sitting in my freezer for … a long time. And it was good.
With cauliflower on offer and craving for comfort food I finally tried Davida’s Cauliflower Gratin. I’d been eyeing it for a while but roasting the cauliflower required planning ahead – something I’m not that good at … As you’ll notice in the pictures I was once again not able to stick with the recipe as written. Not only did I add some bok choy on its last legs but I also subbed crunchy amaranth for the chip/breadcrumb topping as I had neither on hand. And you really can’t go wrong with some amaranth crunch.
Potato gratin was a classic at our house when I grew up and eating this cauliflower version brought back childhood memories. Especially since I had it with some green beans from my mum’s garden. From its short ingredient list and simple preparation you might not expect it but this dish was so rich, cheesy and just … amazing.
The reason I enjoy using other bloggers’ recipes is the chance to get in contact with the recipe creator, give feedback and let others know when I enjoyed a dish. Not something you’d be easily able to do when trying a cookbook recipe – unless it’s one written by a blogger. Because I know that – at least for myself – I’m likelier to try a dish many others are recommending. Is it just me feeling that way?
Not trying to use this as a shameless plugin but as part of the goal was to create some recipes myself and because I like a sweet ending to WIAW posts here’s my Fig & Kabocha Casserole once more. Can you say even more puffed amaranth?! I apparently like it :).
Happiness inducing today: Some silver linings on the horizon of job search. Not putting too much hope into it yet but still.
What is your preferred source of recipes: cookbooks or blogs? Why?
Which is the last blog recipe you tried?
Are there any fall favourites you’re especially looking forward to? For me it’s not just the dress and candles but walks/hikes through the woods, too. Hopefully happening soon when at my parents’ again.