Five vegan dishes to help you celebrate asparagus season! »
"You see, Rodya, to my thinking, the great thing for getting on in the world is always to keep to the seasons; if you don’t insist on having asparagus in January, you keep your money in your purse."
-Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
Like any normal person, I didn’t like asparagus as a child. But in my old age, I’m a big fan! And not only is it yummy, it’s a good source of calcium, iron, riboflavin, potassium, dietary fiber, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6. Yowza! I hear it’s also high in antioxidants. You go, asparagus!
So I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I got to the Carroll Gardens Green Market yesterday and saw bunches of asparagus at my favorite farm stand! It’s asparagus season again! Huzzah! I got me a nice little bunch.
Once I got it home, I boiled it quick-like and dipped it in some Just Mayo and I called it a day. But I want to make something super cool next week! So I looked up some recipes and thought I’d share them with you guys.
Well look at this! SO PRETTY. It’s an asparagus and beetroot tartlet from Flavour Photos! And according to the blog, asparagus season (in the UK) starts on Shakespeare’s bday! How lovely.
Next, for something super hearty, we have a lovely asparagus portobello risotto from our favorite food genius Vegan Yack Attack!
Here we have kale, asparagus, and chickpea pesto from Munchin with Munchkin. I could eat this maybe every day? I accept that challenge!
Finally, if you need any tips picking the best asparagus bunch, our omni BFF Jerry James Stone has made this lovely video for you:
So these are all the recipes I want to try! How about you guys?! Any recommendations for me?
Have you made Vegan Yack Attack’s Roasted Cauliflower Tomato Soup yet? It is FANTASTIC. Even though Jackie and I are friends IRL, and she’s aware my enthusiasm knows no bounds, I think she may have gotten weirded out by how obsessed I became with this recipe. OH WELL! I love it, my mom loves it, my dad and grandma love it. I made it about twice a week for a while, no joke! My mom wistfully mentioned it recently and I haven’t been able to shake my hankering for it. Hey, Jackie, hey! I’m like, officially the president of this soup’s fan club, right?
Vegan Yack Attack releases vegan pumpkin-themed e-cookbook! »
For those of you who don’t follow Jackie Sobon’s amazing blog, Vegan Yack Attack (um, get on it!!), she released her first e-book, The Great Vegan Pumpkin eBook, along with a sneak peek recipe for a DOUBLE PUMPKIN BEER FLOAT! There’s plenty more where that came from in her book. 20 recipes based around this spectacular squash (who, besides zucchini-loving Jenny Bradley, doesn’t love pumpkin!?!) Remember that time you ate so much pumpkin you thought you’d never eat it again? NEITHER DO I BECAUSE THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN! Just in time for the holidays, all your pumpkin-loving, vegan dreams can come true.
I might be a little biased, since Jackie is a dear friend of mine (no accident that I surround myself with great vegan cooks, let’s get fat and happy!), but her recipes are always creative and really easy to follow. I had the (tasty) pleasure of trying one of the Biscoff Cream Cheese-Frosted Spiced Cupcakes, while she was testing recipes for her book, and HOLY BISCOFF, BATMAN, it was good.
So clickity-click through and buy her book today! It’s $7, but she’s offering a special $1-off coupon (coupon code at the bottom of her blog post). And happy pumpkin eating!
And, just because I can never pass up an opportunity for a bad pun, here goes it, “What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter?”
Give up!? It’s, “Pumpkin Pi!!”
Vegan Yack Attack is out of control with her Thai curry cauliflower with coconut lime aioli. Jackie says she was inspired by buffalo cauliflower, and took it in this glorious direction. Goddamn, girl! Something so savory, sour, and spicy is sure to wake up your tastebuds, which may have been taking a long winter’s nap. Bring the sun out in your kitchen!
Chocolate Sriracha ice cream from that genius Vegan Yack Attack! Quarrygirl, this one is FOR YOU… maybe you can eat this as a dessert to a giant pretzel and giant beer? Also, Morrissey is playing in the background and you’re cuddling a bulldog and on a flight to London and DAMN I KNOW A LOT ABOUT YOU.
Don’t look behind you
Get ready for the Super Bowl (JK, you know what I’m watching) with Vegan Yack Attack’s Squash Queso Dip! I want this almost as much as I want the Eagles in the Super Bowl. Watch the video below or check out the site for the recipe!
Can’t see the video? Watch it on Vegansaurus.com!
Tomato Basil Soup with Focaccia Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from totally awesome blog, Vegan Yack Attack! I think dipping bread in soup is one of the finest activities in the world. Promote that bread to a focaccia grilled cheese? BLAMMO! You’re living the life! You know, THEE life.
Tomato soup and grilled cheese is the ideal winter snack. And it makes me feel like I’m some sort of frontier settler like the American Girl doll I had, Kirsten (I always wanted Samantha though). Boy! What a hustle the American Girl dolls were. My doll’s clothes used to cost more than mine! I was driven to stealing money from my brother’s giant plastic Coca-cola bottle coin bank to buy those expensive doll dresses. I was a junkie! But then my brother caught me one day and it was so embarrassing. We had an American Girl intervention.
Cocoa pancakes with strawberry and cream topping from Vegan Yack Attack! This is my new favorite blog because that logo is off the chain. I also enjoy this picture because it reminds me of a painting I did in 7th grade—I was totes avant garde.