Monday, December 01, 2008

A Test-y Sunday Dinner and Great Cake!

I wasn’t feeling quite 100 percent Sunday, so I relied on Urban Vegan’s test recipes for our dinner. (Thanks for all of your get-well wishes!) And of course there is still this:



What should be 3 feet of lighting on my kitchen ceiling. Someday…..

The testers arrived, quite serious and hungry.


We had:

The most fabulous Hearty Adzuki Bean Soup


Mini Rice Croquettes with a super delicious Wasabi Miso Dipping Sauce


A refreshing Jicama Salad



And fantastic Balsamic Roasted Vegetables


Here is our table full of yummies. I found it interesting to see the soup bowls with varying degrees of DIY garnish.



I made myself a nice plate to go with my soup.



I sometimes wish I had the time to write a cookbook, but it’s much more fun to test and eat and let someone else do all the work. We will all certainly enjoy The Urban Vegan: 250 Street-Smart, Animal-Free Recipes when it’s released!


Now for cake! I must have been out of my mind sick to have waited an entire day to cut into the Daring Bakers Caramel Cake. It is totally delicious and so moist. The crumb is tight, yet the texture is light. And we all really really liked the frosting, which we don’t normally like, and even dipped into the frosting shot I made! Look how lovely.



That’s it for Sunday dinner. See you again soon.

26 comments:

Gina said...

Your plate is so colorful, I love it! That cake looks totally fabulous, I don't know how you restrained yourself for a whole day!!

Vegetation said...

Hope you're feeling better now! The food all looks incredible! And you must have been sick to leave that cake until the last minute :P YUM!

Virginia said...

that looks so good! especially the rice balls, the roasted veggies, and the cake!

VeggieGirl said...

Great photos and FOOOOD!!! Holy yum.

Hope you're feeling 100% well now, Diann!!

shellyfish said...

Everything sounds so good! Isn't being a tester fun? I love it! And I know I'd love a slice of your cake!

jessy said...

wow, wow, WOW! what a spread of gloriousness! that's awesome, Diann! sorry your lights still aren't fixed. grrrrrrrrrr. but you've got some yummy foods go'n on, indeed! and your cake looks perfect and moist and tasty and awesome! hooray for such a yummy success! glad you're feeling a bit better - and i hope you're back to 100% fast! :D

Ricki said...

Glad you're better! And that food looks terrific. Can't wait to try those croquettes! Of course the cake is my favorite item in the meal. . . or, maybe, I'd just make IT the meal!

Vegan_Noodle said...

THank goodness we can rely on other bloggers to help us plan our meals sometimes! UV's book sounds like it will be a winner!

Urban Vegan said...

Thanks for testing all these recipes. Diann. Your photos look lovely as always. And I sure hope you're better and that your kitchen is back in shape soon.

You want to write a cookbook but don't have time? Don't wait --there's never enough time.(I can say this b/c 12-hour days have been the norm for me for far too long.)

Go for it, lady! The gluten-free folks would be thrilled to bits if you did. And I would be, too! XO

Adriana said...

This is Sunday dinner? I'm coming over!

Hannah said...

Man, this is gonna be such a great cookbook... Everything looks delicious!

allularpunk said...

that all looks wonderful. so, so wonderful.

Melody Polakow said...

Everything looks great! That cake looks perfect.

I can't wait for UV's book!

Andrea said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. I can't believe you were able to bake such a perfect-looking cake with 102 fever. Yikes.

I used to love aduki beans but seem to have forgotten all about them. And the croquettes and roasted vegetables look so good. What a feast.

River said...

I love the Mini Rice Croquettes! That is a PERFECT slice of cake!
If you ever do write a cookbook I'll be one of the first ones to buy it!

Robyn said...

Hi! I had to come over and visit since you left such a lovely comment on my site. I have to tell you that I am NOT a vegan (or vegetarian, for that matter), but:
1. Your recipes and photos are TO DIE FOR and
2. I have some very sweet friends who ARE vegans and as soon as I finish this comment I am promptly going to send them emails telling them about your site!

Who knew vegan could be so yummy? (OK OK, LOTS of people, including yourself, I know...just not me!)
I'll be back for sure!
~Robyn

Erica said...

Diann, I would not only buy your cookbook, I would buy a copy of it for my mom.

hello to Chase as well :)

Joanna said...

those croquettes and dipping sauce look great! i would gobble those little suckers up in a heartbeat.

that cake looks even better though!!! i don't know how you waited a day.

happyherbivore.com said...

I want to test~!!

Sanja said...

I just love how your dishes are always so colorful!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Wow, what a feast! Hope you're feeling better, m'dear!

Bianca said...

Can I come over for Sunday dinner? I could so find some room in my belly for those croquettes and cake!

VeganCowGirl said...

those croquettes look fantastic! You are amazing. The cake looks great.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Jicama! Roasted vegetables! You lucky lady. Making other people's recipes is always so fun, because the flavors are a surprise! Sometimes I get bored with my own creations because often a lot of them taste the same, like I can predict the flavors!

The adzuki bean soup looks beautiful and tasty -- I wish I could take a bite of that right now. I've never had that kind of bean before!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

P.S. I hope you feel 100% again very soon!

Meg Wolff said...

Looks like a wonderful feast. I would like to be amongst the "testers", lucky dudes!