Ok, I'm stretching it some. It would have been lovely to have dinner with Nava, but I settled for the next best thing, making dinner with Nava's recipes.
Some time ago, Nava and I got in touch with each other by e-mail. She offered doing a cookbook exchange - "what a fun idea" I thought! So, I sent her a copy of Vive, and she sent me a copy of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. But, when I got my package, that sneaky Nava also sent her Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons. I had mentioned to her that I'd heard great things about her soups, so she tucked it in the package as a surprise. What a sweetheart!
Now, I rarely (unfortunately) get to test out recipes from other author's cookbooks. I'm always so busy testing out my own recipes, and working on new cooking articles/projects, that I don't get around to trying all the other splendid recipes by other vegan cookbook authors. But, just after finishing my recipes for ED&BV, I decided to browse through Nava's recipes and choose a couple to make. This night I made Japanese Soba Noodle Soup and Scallion Pancakes, both from Vegetarian Soups for All Seasons.
The soup was very easy and quick to prepare and tasted lovely. Spinach is stirred into the soup during the last few minutes, which kept it bright and vibrant... and conveniently included some greens to the meal! Once the soup was finished, I drizzled toasted sesame oil over our individual portions... I just love that toasted sesame aroma and flavor on finished Asian-inspired meals.
The Scallion Pancakes were a fun addition - and perfect accompaniment to the soup (just as Nava suggests in her book). They were a breeze to make too, and made a large batch (half the batch would have fed our family just fine for the one meal). I omitted the scallions in about half the batter for our girls' pancakes. We served the pancakes with tamari for dipping - which just put me in the happiest place. Dipping in tamari - yum. And the girls were giddy to be eating pancakes for supper... and of course dipping in tamari as well!
This was a simple, comforting, delicious meal. Thank you Nava! Do you know that Nava has published nine vegetarian cookbooks? Holy hannah! And, her 10th cookbook - Vegan Express - will be released in February. (btw, did you know that Susan of FatFree Vegan Kitchen has done the food photography for Vegan Express). Cool, huh? There you have the inside scoop in the vegan cookbook world. :)
Now, if you want to have dinner with me, come to Earthsave Vancouver's Taste of Health. Okay, okay, we won't be having dinner... but, I will have lots of food samples! AND... the first copies of Eat, Drink & Be Vegan will be on sale! I'll be on stage Saturday the 29th, at 12 pm, and signing books after the demo. I'll post a reminder next week.
p.s. sorry my posts haven't been as frequent. I'll catch up again once these back-to-school and activities settle into routine!