June 2016 Cooking Challenge: Vegetarian - Page 8
Gear mentioned in this thread:
This is not yet a complete dish.
I need to decide what to do with it and then it will be dinner tonight.
I lit the baby bbq last night, becuse I wanted a nice steak.
Then I realised I still had some yellow peppers lying around, so.......
I threw them in the embers
And now is decission time:
Roasted pepper salad?
Roasted pepper soup?
Roasted pepper sauce?
<to be continued>
Roasted pepper soup:
Just because I had never had it before
The roasted peppers from my earlier post, with vege stock from half a cube, paprika powder, cumin, chili, and garlic.
To make it a bit creamy, I put an egg in there just before taking it off the fire
And then the question is: How do you make a soup look good on a picture?
Anyway, this is my attempt:
Tasty, but next time I will use the roasted pepper for topping on my burger, or as a salad (just with balsemic vinegar and olive oil)
Eggplant with Garlic and Basil
Sliced Chinese eggplant sauted in peanut oil and garlic, then braised in soy sauce, chili bean sauce, brown sugar and water.
I actually did this about a week ago, got sidetracked.
The main ingredient.
The supporting cast - chile paste, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Chinese sherry and some home made chicken stock.
The tofu was cut into bite sized bits and dusted in cornstarch:
Then into the fryer:
Ginger and garlic minced, soy sauce, sherry and chile paste mixed with it:
The deep fried tofu was placed on a rack to drain, the bowl of goodies went into a wok, brought to a simmer. Tofu added to the wok, brief stir, and dish it up.
It could have been better. The flavor was quite nice, but the texture was a bit off. I'm used to the deep fried tofu at a couple of restaurants, and theirs has a creamier inside. I think I should have used firm, not extra firm, and cooked it at a higher temp for a shorter time.
Tourte Milanese Vegetariano
I placed puff pastry in a spring form pan and then layered scrambled eggs cooked with parsley and tarragon, spinach sautéed with garlic, roasted zucchini, swiss cheese, and roasted eggplant, and then a second layer of every thing in reverse ending with the eggs. Baked it for about 75 minutes at 350.
Thanks Morning Glory. 75 min is how long it took for pastry to brown. The eggs were somewhat undercooked and I cooled them immediately to stop the cooking, and I under cooked the vegetables slightly as well.
Ok, its judgement time! This month has been such an adventure. I’m quite an experienced vegetarian cook but I’ve learned so much from all your recipes and contributions. Its a really difficult task to choose a winner.
Here are just a few of the recipes which I loved: @Planethoff's Jamaican Red Bean stew and his Vegetable Curry, @Koukouvagia's Tomato Risotto with Okra, @JAH42's Grilled leeks with Roasted Hazlenuts @chefbuba's Asparagus and Zucchini Stirfry (with oyster sauce!), @butzy's Pasta with Marscapone, @kaneohegirlinaz’s Sushi, @foody518’s Polenta cakes, with Black Beans and Mango Salsa, @French Fries Lebanese Cabbage Salad with Capriau du Maron, @Nicko's Vegetable Terrine, @Hank's Eggplant withGarlic an Basil, @Mike9's Eggplant Rollotani, @MillionsKnives Roasted Eggplant, @Captainrough's Poached egg with Avocado, @jake t buds Asparagus Risotto, Freshbaked Roasted Beet Salad. Finally a special mention for @Lagom for an intriguing and complex array of vegetarian dishes. Its great to see a professional chef taking vegetarian food so seriously in the workplace.
However, In the end I have chosen @JAH42 as the winner. Originally beguiled by the Grilled Leeks starter, I was totally seduced by the Creme Ninon Poached Egg Soup and then there was the Asparagus risotto and the Fennel Soup. This is top vegetarian cooking!
A big thank you to all who participated. Its been great fun. Over to you @JAH42!
Woohoo! First time I enter the challenge and I go and win... can only go downhill from here :)
But I really liked the challenge and hope I can come up with an equally good theme for July.
At the moment I would say vegetarian cooking is the biggest trend here in Scandinavia.
Many of the Michelin starred resturants have vegetarian dishes as the signature dishes now days.
I loved to see so varied cooking, but one dish stood out for me and that was @Planethoff falafel.
Falafel is normally something I consider cheap junkfood I eat when I dont have time for real lunch, but those wraps looked really tasty!
Regarding July's challenge, how does summer food / vacation food sound?
Finally, thanks @morning glory for hosting!
Ps. If anyone want a recipie, Just send me a PM