When I was in Denver, Colorado a few years ago, my brother in law had bought me a copy of Candle Cafe. As I already had it he took me to the bookshop to exchange it. I’d never seen so many vegan cookbooks in one shop before but since my suitcase was already full of dried chillies and liquid smoke, I needed to pick a small one! I’d never heard of or seen anything about this book before, and didn’t have too much time, but a quick flick made me think it looked quite interesting.
Here I sit, 2 years later, flicking through it, thinking that some of the dishes look interesting, yet only having made one thing from it!! The dish I made was alright, but coming back to the recipe later it had absolutely no salt in it at all and was just a bit odd. I think that put me off a bit.
There aren’t any pictures, and the chapters are quite straightforward – appetizers, salads, soups and stews, side dish vegetables, pasta dishes, grain dishes, sautes and stir fries, entrees from the oven, morning meals and sandwiches and wraps. There aren’t many strange ingredients, and the recipes look interesting yet not too difficult.
Some things I’ve ticked to try in future are:
Spicy chilli beans with tempeh and dried peaches
Curried spinach with tomatoes and pureed chickpeas
Potato, courgette and olive stew with garlic, jalapenos and tomatoes
Fettucine with courgettes, roasted peppers, almonds and mint
Lasagnette with spicy greens, aduki beans and shiitake mushrooms
Corn and potato cakes with Southwest seasonings
Oven braised tempeh and new potatoes with mustard and sauerkraut