East Meets West – Olivada Crostini Gets an Eastern Makeover

Good morning everyone, Today's inspiration for the East Meets West Project is Olivada Crostini from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Russo and Sheila Lukins, Page 4.  You'll also find a lot of information on different olive varieties in this section. This recipe is already vaishno so no challenge there.  Right?  Wrong.  We're going to kick … Continue reading East Meets West – Olivada Crostini Gets an Eastern Makeover

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Himmat’s Spiced Nuts and Reviving the East Meets West Project

Good morning everyone, Why Are You Doing This to Yourself?  What the Heck is Vaishno? That was the first and second question one of my friends asked when I told her about my vegetarian diet.  She was rather appalled at the idea of not eating meat any more, knowing how much I loves me some lamb, … Continue reading Himmat’s Spiced Nuts and Reviving the East Meets West Project

East Meets West: Salads, I Wish It Were That Easy

Good morning everyone, Today we're tackling a couple of salads and a vinaigrette dressing from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.  The three recipes, from page 162 are Mache with Baby Beets and Walnuts, Mixed Baby Lettuce Salad and Orange Raspberry Vinaigrette. These salads are already vaishno so the challenge today … Continue reading East Meets West: Salads, I Wish It Were That Easy

East Meets West: Challenge Caesar Salad

Good morning everyone, There are a few recipes from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins that I have been dreading attempting to amend to suit a vaishno diet.  These recipes have meat or fish or egg as such an important component of the dish that it's a daunting task to think … Continue reading East Meets West: Challenge Caesar Salad

East Meets West: A is for Artichokes and Asparagus

Good morning everyone, We've finally reached the vegetable section of The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.  Today we're tackling their artichoke and asparagus recipes, turning them into vaishno dishes, using ingredients that are available in our tiny northern town and adding, to some, a little South Asian flavour. There are five … Continue reading East Meets West: A is for Artichokes and Asparagus

East Meets West: Colourful Barley Provençal, Winter Barley Pilaf, Spicy Cool Tabbouleh, and Himmat’s Kasha Varnishkes

Good morning everyone, As of today we have tackled 107 recipes out of 875 - or just over 12% of The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins.  Not bad for 3 months work, I think.  Today we're on to grains - particularly barley, buckwheat and bulgur.  Those were three words I never … Continue reading East Meets West: Colourful Barley Provençal, Winter Barley Pilaf, Spicy Cool Tabbouleh, and Himmat’s Kasha Varnishkes

East Meets West: Fish … Nah, Tofu in Ginger Soy Sauce, Lemony Pesto Paneer and Nutty Basil Pesto

Good morning, It's one of those days where I'm wondering ... why have I done this to myself?  The conversation in my head goes something like this: Common Sense Me: You know that cookbook has a lot of meat recipes in it, don't you? Project Me:  Yeap, I'm aware.  It's going to be a challenge. … Continue reading East Meets West: Fish … Nah, Tofu in Ginger Soy Sauce, Lemony Pesto Paneer and Nutty Basil Pesto