Dishes & Best Wishes

Oh hello. Happy new year! And all.

Do you know that lady (I use the term loosely) who should be used to patches of ice on the sidewalk because she’s from Switzerland after all, and who moved to a part of the US where there’s really not much of a winter, and who still managed to fall on a patch of ice from a spilled can of whatever, and bend her leg and ankle the way they weren’t meant to bend, and who was very grateful it happened at night? Me neither.

A copy of Annie & Dan Shannon‘s Betty Goes Vegan landed (probably more gracefully than I did) on my porch the other day, courtesy of their friendly publicist Nick, and I already made some awesome bread out of it. Twice, because you can never have too much bread. It’s completely whole wheat-y, herb-y, and full of sunflower seed-y. Perfection. I tore a huge chunk of it right when it came out of the oven, even though you’re not supposed to do that because it can make the crumb of what’s left quite gummy, plus it makes you look like you have no manners.

I’ll admit to judging some books by their cover, and I love the retro look on that one. The first thing I did when cracking it open was to head straight for the dessert section of course. You know me. The salted caramel latte cheesecake makes me wish the local Trader Joe’s still carried that awesome vegan cream cheese. The one that says This Is Not a Tub of Cream Cheese on its lid, when it really is a tub of cream cheese, although I guess that technically it isn’t a tub of cream cheese. For some reason, they just recently dropped it like a hot, vegan cream cheeseless potato…
(Funny it took me forever to post this, because for the first time in many months, I saw tubs of This Is Not a Tub of Cream Cheese there yesterday. Maybe they felt my unspoken wrath? As if. Anyway, that salted caramel latte cheesecake will happen soon.)

I can’t really say I usually go through cookbooks from cover to cover, but this one reads like an entertaining novel, and I just blue myself when I saw Arrested Development mentioned in the intro to the Baby Bluths doughnuts; for that reason, Annie’s like my new BFF without even being aware of it. Her?
I’m excited to make actual meals from that book soon. Although I’ll probably make the Baby Bluths doughnuts before anything else. Because there’s always money in the banana stand.
Okay, I think I’ve reached my daily quota of AD references. Yawn.

You can actually find the bread recipe here. I didn’t do the rectangle rolling thing and just baked the loaves free-form, the way I like them.

  • tsouni says:

    where did you get the white cup from?

  • Kim says:

    Psht, who needs legs anyway? Walking is like, so 2012.

    Happy new year, Celine!

    • Celine says:

      I’ve tried doing the headstand walking thing, but it was a catastrophe. Cat-riding isn’t too hot either. Have legs, will travel.

  • Rebecca W. says:

    I can’t wait to get Betty Goes Vegan! Dan Shannon used to be my boss’s boss. I’ve been referring to the book as “the book my old boss’s boss wrote.” I used to read their blog back when he was my boss’s boss — the Caesar salad burger is super good!

    • Celine says:

      I’ve tried to say “the book my old boss’s boss wrote” ten times fast, and ended up needing chocolate to recuperate. Don’t try this at home.

  • panda cookie says:

    Happy new year to you friend! It is good to see the blog rollin’.

  • Happy new year Celine! Sorry to hear about your spill.
    Love the grainy gooodness going on in that loaf. Another book I’ve been debating about. Makes me wonder if I really need ANOTHER cookbook….yes….yes I do.