Monday, February 15, 2010

Vegan Brunch

When I was given Isa Chandra-Moskowitz's Vegan Brunch as a gift, I never thought I'd use it. I thought, "how often do I really eat brunch?" Well, once a week as it turns out, especially since I delved into this book and started having fun trying out new recipes. I wanted to share some of the results I've had.

I opened the book looking for new ideas for my scrambled tofu. Not only did I find new ideas, but I ended up making omelettes instead!

I made Tofu Omelettes stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and collard greens. Moskowitz offers many other combinations for filling your omelettes as well. I also added a little daiya cheese to mine towards the end of the cooking, and voila beautiful omelettes. They were quick and easy to make, and the results were delicious.

Like some of her other books, Isa Chandra-Moskowitz walks you through each recipe, giving tips along the way. If a recipe looks like too many steps, she directs you to what you can make the night before.

When I made the Lemon-Cashew stuffed Crepes with the Berry Sauce, I prepared the crepe batter the night before, and soaked the cashews. In the morning I could let the berry sauce cook while I prepared the crepes.

Making crepes was a new experience for me, but I felt less intimidated using this book as my guide, and I was pretty happy with the results.

The Tofu Benny was probably my favourite to make so far because it looked and tasted so impressive, and was really easy to make. I marinated the tofu overnight as suggested, and then cooked it the next morning while I made the faux-hollandaise sauce. I opted to serve the Tofu Benny atop the Diner Home Fries as opposed to the English Muffin simply because I had potatoes on hand, and no English muffins (if I wanted to make my own English muffins she also has a recipe for these as well!) This is by far my favourite recipe so far. The hollandaise sauce is the best! It is so flavourful and rich.

Other recipes I'd recommend from this book are the Bakery Style Berry Muffins, the Brazilian French Toast, and the Swiss Chard Frittata.

There is a wide range of recipes, and if you enjoy brunch or have wanted to enjoy brunch, this is definitely a fun book to have on hand to try something new, or try a new spin on something you've made before.


  1. Great review! Nice to have the examples and details. The food looks amazing!

  2. Your photos are beautiful, and making me hungry...

  3. Vegan Brunch is one of my favourite books! I use it all the time. Breakfast-for-dinner is always a big hit in our house!

  4. I was a tester for the book, and usually after testing I don't revisit a book but move on, and this is one book that has bucked the trend, with me making things from it all the time. A real favourite in our house is the Caramelised Vidalia Onion Quiche!!!