This is a pretty action-packed post. First, I am excited to announce that I am one of the participants in the Big Vegan Virtual Potluck. On Tuesday, October 18th, I (along with others) will post photos and one of the breakfast recipes from Big Vegan. On October 25th, other participants will be posting some of the soup, salad, or small plate recipes, and then on November 1st, I will post both a main course and a dessert recipe. I've seen the virtual "menu" for all the participants and believe me when I say that you are in for some big treats!
I recently had the pleasure of meeting the author, Robin Asbell, whose other cookbooks include The New Whole Grains Cookbook and New Vegetarian, when she taught a Vegan Sauces class at Natural Gourmet. I've written about several classes I've taken before at Natural Gourmet (here, here, and here) but Robin's class was my favorite so far. She was a fun and knowledgeable instructor, and her recipes were all umami-packed and absolutely delicious. Here is a sample of some of the recipes we made that evening (all of the recipes we made can be found in Big Vegan):
Guatemalan Pumpkin Seed Simmer Sauce, with Yucca on a Bed of Quinoa
White Wine & Herb Reduction Sauce over White Bean Crostini
Chinese Sesame Sauce & Quick Seasonal Stirfry over Rice
Bengali Curry Simmer Sauce with Tofu & Brown Rice
Porcini Mushroom Pasta Sauce over Whole Wheat Penne
Creamy Corn & Basil Soup (the creamy soup base is a vegan Bechamel Sauce)
A sample of all the dishes we made in class - also including a Red Wine Reduction over Millet-Cauliflower Puree, and Steamed French Beans with Hollandaise
My other exciting news is that along with this Virtual Potluck I am offering my first ever giveaway! That's right, you can win your own free copy of Big Vegan! Winner will be chosen at random on November 1st. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment to this post (please make sure to include your email so I can contact you!), answering the question: What's your favorite VEGAN main dish to make for the holidays?