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PPK Cookbook Challenge: Yellow Rose Recipes – swell

PPK Cookbook Challenge: Yellow Rose Recipes

Kasha Varnishkes with Broiled Asparagus

Yellow Rose Recipes Kasha Varnishkes with Broiled Asparagus

A challenge was put forth over on the PPK to make three recipes (or more) from a selected cookbook over a week.  Because of the moving and such, this is actually the third week of the challenge, but my first chance to participate.  Joanna‘s cookbook Yellow Rose Recipes was the contender, and after going through the whole thing from front to back, I made the difficult decision of selecting the Cajun Baked Tofu, Texas Caviar, and Kasha Varnishkes.

The Texas Caviar is DELICIOUS.  I’ve never had any version of this bean salad before, but I don’t really plan on needing any other recipe.  Normally I play around with recipe amounts but I stuck to the ones given and it turned out perfect (and made enough for a few servings of leftovers in this two-person household).  I paired that with the Cajun Tofu, which had a tasty crust, but I think I didnt press the tofu enough due to a time crunch (the middle ended up a bit bland).  Either that, or I am just used to marinated tofu and the spicy cornmeal coating just needed that in addition for my own taste.  Still, the crust was crispy and yummy.  I’m eager to try it again, maybe adding some more spice mix.

Cajun Baked Tofu and Texas Caviar, with spinach and tomato salad, and Pink Pearl apples in the background.

Cajun Baked Tofu and Texas Caviar, with spinach and tomato salad, and Pink Pearl apples in the background.

My third recipe, the Kasha Varnishkes, was my first foray into vegan Jewish food beyond the ubiquitous (vegan) latke.  It seemed like it might be too plain, but the combination of that earthy kasha and those caramelized onions was just right!  I sprinkled on some parsley because I had some, and served it with broiled asparagus (marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper).  And I also had to use fusilli, since my co-op doesn’t carry WW farfalle like the recipe called for.  This was a simple and wonderful meal that I would definitely make again.

So if you haven’t already got your hands on this cookbook, I highly recommend it (the green-wa is amazing).  Not only are you in store for delicious treats, you are supporting a talented vegan and a great vegan business (Herbivore).  Do it!

7 Responses to “PPK Cookbook Challenge: Yellow Rose Recipes”

  1. I really liked her cajun spice mix for the tofu! Last night I added it to some sauteed spinach, which was delicious. Your Texas Caviar photo is great too.

  2. Ricki says:

    Well, you’ve convinced me! I don’t have that book yet, but certainly will. These recipes look astoundingly good! (Of course, all your photos do–!). :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    Very cool! I got that cookbook a few weeks ago and have yet to make anything from it. I’ll have to take another look at it and make something that catches my eye. Everything you’ve made looks so good and those pink pearl apples are intriguing!

  4. Nikki says:

    I just got this cookbook this past week so I am so glad to see your dishes here. Whatvisual stimulation!

  5. I really need to get that still! I intended on buying it when it came out, but didn’t have the funds. Now I’m in the middle of moving and again, short on funds. I never think about buying things I need when I do have money. It all goes to food and wine….well, maybe I’ll ask for it for my birthday!

  6. mihl says:

    I guess I need that book, everything looks so delicious!

  7. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा says:

    That pasta looks great.

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