Long ago, I received Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone as a gift. It became one of my essential go-to cookbooks. So I was particularly excited to hear about Deborah Madison’s new book In My Kitchen. Because this is a brand, new publication, I have not included the recipe – trust me, you will want to purchase this book.
This new cookbook is also an excellent source of vegetarian recipes and cooking. In writing the book, Deborah Madison explains that some of the included recipes have changed because it is easier to obtain “unusual” ingredients.
That was somewhat true tonight, as we sampled Tomato and Roasted Cauliflower Curry with Paneer. As a curry dish, some of the ingredients – ghee, garam masala, paneer – are found of course in Indian markets, but they also can often be picked up in regular food stores.
The end product was a warming, vegetarian curry based in tomato sauce. The
combination of spices, onions, garlic not only made for a delicious meat-free meal, it filled our home with a beautiful, spicy aroma.
Recipe downloaded from Mollie Katzen’s website; originally published in Vegetable Heaven.
We’re in for a string of 90-plus degree days here in New England. A chilled soup seemed like something that might be light and tasty in the heat and humidity of early September. Be sure to clean the leeks thoroughly!
- 2 fist-sized russet potatoes (about 1 lb), peeled and cut into cubes
- 5 cups water or broth (I used water)
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups chopped leeks, well cleaned
- 1 TBSP minced garlic
- 2 pounds fresh spinach, cleaned, stemmed, and chopped
- 1/2 cup minced fresh dill
- small handful fresh basil leaves
- small handful fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- white pepper to taste
- minced fresh mint for garnish (optional)
- Place the potatoes, water or broth, and salt in a soup pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer very slowly for about 20 minutes. Add the leeks, garlic, and spinach during the last 5 minutes or so.
- Use a food processor or hand blender to puree the soup with all its solids, adding fresh herbs along the way. You will need to do this in several batches if using a food processor or countertop blender. Puree until very smooth.
- Transfer to a container, cover tightly and chill.
- Stir in the buttermilk just before serving, and add white pepper to taste. Top each serving with some minced fresh mint, if desired.
Yield: 6 servings