Yesterday was the first meeting of our Cookbook Club, a gathering of friends where we each bring a different dish from a chosen cookbook so we can sample and compare. Our first choice was easy, Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson, aka 101 Cookbooks.
I’ll just go ahead and tell you I liked everything. Heidi’s book is very focused on vegetarian foods that aren’t necessarily healthy (there is no shying away from butter and cheeses in this book) but aren’t trying to be vegetarian versions of meat foods. She explains very clearly the how and why of each recipe (I finally get soaking and cooking beans). Our collective criticism? Some of the ingredients can be difficult to find, even in health conscious, food focused Seattle. Though because of this conversation, half of us learned about Big John’s PFI, an imports store in SoDo.
My favorite of the afternoon I somehow didn’t end up with a picture of, it was the Black Tea Spring Rolls. They are filled with mushrooms and smokey tea leaves and the flavor is interesting and comforting and I wanted to eat more until I burst. update: You can see a picture of these taken by Maggi (thanks Maggi!) here. In fact, she is an amazing photographer so just go look at her pictures instead.
Beluga Lentil Crostini, with goat cheese and chives, we couldn’t stop eating these.
Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts, this picture was taken just before they were sprinkled with cheese that melted fetchingly.
Gnocchi alla Romana with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, these were delicious, and not shown was the accompanying spicy tomato sauce.
Straw and Hay Fettuccini Tangle, made with asparagus and spinach pesto, amazing.
Otsu, this was very satisfying to eat.
Sweet Potato Spoon Bread, so very yummy.
Giant Crusty and Creamy White Beans, this is the one I made and I’ll be making it again.
Raspberry Curd Swirl Cake, served with whipped cream. This had a delicious crusty top and we were impressed how well the whole wheat flour turned out a fluffy cake.
Thin Mint Cookies, really great, I nabbed one of these before we officially started eating.
Next up, Falling Cloudberries!