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/* Dinner History */
= Favorites =
These are some of our favorites from the last twosix+ years of cooking, if you're looking for an incredible vegan dinner, try these first!
* [ spiced lentil soup]
= Dinner History =
* 2020-01-21 [ mexican quinoa stew] 4x and hackbread with nutmeg and "mexican" garlic bread. The stew was good, very filling, and a nice level of space (with only 6 of the 8 jalapeños, but they were big ones). The mexican garlic bread was basically onion + jalapeños + garlic + vegan margarine, worked really well, spicy, tasted great! There was also Cardimom Buns for dessert, delicious!
* 2020-01-14 [ cheesy vegan potato broccoli casserole] 2x with 1/4 of [ vegan cheese] to replace the Daiya. I forgot the salt, but otherwise it was great, a lot of work to thinly slice things, but satisfying in the end. Also, hackbread with tandoori masala, it was surprisingly good! And vanilla chai fudge, with some rampant off-recipe substitutions, it came out fascinating (with granulated sugar crystals!) but overwhelmingly sweet, just like fudge usually is :-)
* 2020-01-07 [ Spicy Sichuan Noodles] 2x and [ Kung Pao Cauliflower] 2x (but with Broccoli). Both excellent, the noodles were indeed SUPER spicy, atoic even :-), would make them again, easy and awesome flavor. The stirfry, great as well, nice and fresh.
* apparently there was a saving problem with an edit I made, and we lost 2 weeks of data. Plus we missed, Christmas, of course.
* 2019-12-17 [ jerk sweet potato and black bean curry] a favorite repeat, 2x. Plus hack bread and [ gourmet twinkies] (!) The curry was amazing, as always - this one was a little sweeter than usual, probably because I didn't measure the sugar, just dumped some hard lumps we had in. The "twinkies" were super fun to make, and good, but I think not as similar to twinkies as we were hoping they would be. We didn't have any cake flour (and therefore used white flour) so they were a bit heavier / chewier than the real recipe would have been, but even so, I don't think they were very close to twinkies... fun though :-)
* 2019-12-10 [ lemon and walnut linguine with roasted broccoli] 3x plus bread and chocolate chip cookies. 3x wasn't nearly enough, we ran out of food for the first time at the new space! It was good, VERY lemon.
* 2019-12-03 [ Vegan Tom Yum Soup] 8x, plus hackbread with cinnamon. We used this plastic bottle of Tom Yum paste, rather than making the flavor from scratch as this recipe does - worked out awesome, one of the best tasting dinners in awhile, AND it actually tasted like Tom Yum soup, despite the lack of fish paste. Would make again for sure - in fact, we only used half the container, so will HAVE to make again soon :-). [ Oatmeal Lemon Bars] for dessert as there was little flour and a lot of oats (and a lemon) in the lab
* 2019-11-26 [ Butternut squash curry with spinach] (remembered to include the curry this time) served with rice. Nothing added/removed from the recipe but I want to see if the dish still works without the crushed tomatoes. Also want to see if baking/browning the squash before adding to the curry would add more to its flavor but the combination of squash and spinach does go well with the rice. [ Molasses cookies] for dessert.
* 2019-11-19 [ Pumpkin soup with cashew creme]. Added some mushrooms but forgot to include the curry powder while cooking so it became just "pumpkin soup". The cashew creme didn't seem to do much besides provide a visual aesthetic. There was a comment about how it had some chicken flavor which had me worried whether I used a chicken bullion cube (instead of a vegetable cube) but hopefully the chicken flavor came from the mushrooms. [ Pumpkin crinkle cookies] for dessert, had a slight soapy taste so reduce the amount of baking soda
* 2019-11-12 [ pumpkin mac and cheese] 2x, but I baked it with breadcrumbs like in [ this previous recipe] plus [ vegan pumpkin bread] and [ pumpkin chocolate chip cookies]. The mac was OK - easy to make, but kinda plain, even though I also added the spices from the second recipe too. The hunt for a good vegan mac and cheese recipe sadly continues. The bread and cookies (with icing!) were great though! All together it still only used about half the pumpkin puree from a pumpkin though - we still have 2 pots in the fridge...
* 2019-11-05 [ easy vegan potato soup] 3x, made a full pot! It got an enormous number of compliments, more than any dish I can remember. I personally though it was medocre though. I added some extra spices at the end - some garam masala for earthiness, some nutritional yeast flakes for more creamy, some pepper, and some garlic powder. Plus lots of salt. Would make again - with a food processor it's not so bad to make.
* 2019-10-22 [ thai green curry] 4x and [ thai pineapple fried rice] 2x (no eggs). The curry ended up positively *atomic* due to me adding just a random amount of green curry paste from my huge container; it was otherwise unremarkable. The pineapple fried rice was *wonderful*, this recipe actually causes the pineapple to be awesome due to frying it for a long time. Work, for sure, but would make again in a heart beat, totally great.
* 2019-10-15 [ white bean soup] 3x with [ beer bread] and [ rice krispie treat turkey]. The beer bread, disaster, it didn't rise at all, and so was super dense. Our resisdent beer brewing expert says that probably there was a preservative (or similar) chemical in the beer which resulted in the early death of all yeast. Need to check ingredient labels in the future. The soup, great, and easy to make too, would make again. The "turkey": hilarious, and fun to make too. Happy Thanksgiving!
* 2019-10-08 [ butternet squash linguine] 2x a favorite repeat, this time without the fried sage, since the store doesn't sell sage. Added some roasted tomatoes as recommended. It was great as usual! Plus garlic rosemary bread.
* 2019-09-10 [ borscht] 3x a repeat with cumin bread from the bread machine. The soup was awesome, as usual, and the cumin bread, divine.
* 2019-09-03 [ vegetarian chili] 2x and bread. It was actually really excellent, would make again. We used real tomatoes (as opposed to canned), plus a jar of strained tomatoes, but otherwise exactly as written.
* 2019-08-27 [ parkers split pea soup] 2x a favorite repeat, it was amazingly delicious as usual. Plus bread from the farmers market that I made into double garlic bread and fresh bread from the bread maker - we actually had left over bread for the first time ever!
* 2019-08-20 [ gazpacho] 2x a favorite repeat. Amazingly good (as always), it seems especially sharp this time, maybe the onions were a bit too big?
* 2019-08-13 [ spicy lentil soup] 2x a favorite repeat. Plus bread. Somehow it wasn't quite as good this time as I remember, not sure what was different? I used fresh (good smelling) tomatoes too. Anyway still good, just not incredible this time...
* 2019-08-06 [ vegan mac and cheese] 3x. It's mediocre, so the quest for an actually awesome vegan mac and cheese continues... Also, Will brought in some experimental birthday cake, which was heavy but still tasty, we gave him some suggestions on how to make it better.
* 2019-07-31 [ vichyssoise soup] 3x plus bread from the farmers market. Didn't get it completely cold before serving, but it was delicious. I did have to adulterate a bit to add flavor - added garlic powder and lots of nutritional yeast flakes, as well as additional salt.
* 2019-07-24 [ vegan red pepper curry bowl] 3x. Unique and good tasting! Even 3x didn't make very much though, only fed about 8 people - it'd be hard to scale up further though since the oven already had all four trays... and pepper's are expensive!
* 2019-07-09 [ currie sweet potato soup] 4x with 1/3 [ korma paste] as below. And some awesome bred from the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market. Great as usual.
* 2019-07-02 [ mediterranean baked sweet potatoes] an old favorite, 2x. Plus watermelon and bread in the bread maker. First actual open house at the new space, with members of the public coming by and getting tours! The potatoes were amazing, as usual for this recipe. And it feels nice to be fully back in action, though we still have an enormous amount of setup to do!
* 2019-06-26 [ cold noodle bowl with sriracha peanut sauce] 2x and [ vegan raspberry crumble bars] also double and fresh squeezed lemonaide. Very far off recipe for the noodle bowl - the store does not stock hoisin sauce, or snap peas, or sesame oil, or peanuts (only in shell). So I subbed a lot, but it worked out, tasted great. The crumble bars also great, but it was a lot of work! Lemonaide wonderful, would make on a hot day again for sure.
* 2019-06-18 [ gazpacho] a repeat 2x and [ brownies]. The gazpacho was awesome, as always. The brownies, "healthy" since I had to use whole wheat flour. Lol.
* 2019-06-11 [ thai green curry] 3x with 3 cups of plain brown rice. Accidentally shredded the carrots instead of slicing them, as a result it was more sweet and carrot-y, but still good - a bit bland really, maybe more curry paste next time...
* 2019-06-04 [ butternut squash soup] 2x, because the super market didn't have any split peas! I wanted to start with the same recipe as we ended :-). It was good.
* 2019-02-12 [ split pea soup] 2x, a repeat. Last dinner before the move to hacklab 3.0, it was good as usual.
* 2019-02-05 [ easy vegan fried rice] 4x and [ spice thai peanut sauce over roasted sweet potatoes] favorite repeat, 6x. The sweet potatoes awesome as usual, so delicious! The rice, also quite good, though I made the tofu my way, so not sure about their way... but fried rice takes so much longer than any other kind of rice, it's essentially 3x the work...
* 2019-01-22 [ vegan hamburger helper] 4x and garlic bread and hackbread. The hamburger helper was actually quite tasty and filling, I was a bit leery of the raw onion added at the end, but it added a nice crunch! And the vegan cheeze-wiz was not actually cheese flavored, but was nice and creamy and really worked well.
* 2019-01-15 [ Coconut Red Curry with Chickpeas] 4x and [ Nourishing Ayurvedic Kitchari] 3x. The curry was good, very atomic thanks to an entire large container of red paste. The ayervedic rice, bland as it was supposed to be! Oranges were deeply on sale, so we made [ cucumber orange carrot juice], which was odd, but really cooling and so great with the curry.
* 2019-01-09 [ general tso's chickpeas] a favorite repeat, 4x, which was only about 2/3 of the pot, but it was great as usual and perfect for a quieter night. Also, [ yaki onigiri] rice balls, 3x. There were but plain themselves, but with the Teriyaki sauce, delicious! Super labor intensive though, must be several minutes of work EACH, so it really doesn't scale. The sauce, of course we couldn't get mirin, so we subbed in dry sherry + brown sugar, but didn't have enough sherry either, so subbed red wine vinegar for about 1/2; people tell me the vinegar really gave the teriyaki a sweet & sour flavor which was awesome, so I'd say unintentional genius :-)
* 2019-01-01 [ carrot and ginger rice] a repeat 3x and [ simple vegetable dumplings] 2x and more dough from [ baozi] recipe from last time. The mushroom dumpling filling was actually great, way better than the lentil thing from last time. The rice, good, but wasn't a great combo with the dumplings, I think some kind of green veggies would have been better. Dumplings are fun, but also so much work, it was good it was a quiet week (new years day!).
* 2018-12-18 two old standby's this week: [ parkers split pea soup] 3x and [ golden roasted curry mustard potatoes] 2x. Both were great again; the soup, we left it chunky this time instead of immersion blending it. The potatoes, larger chunks than usual, which was interesting - as always, potatoes totally went quickly, I wish we could do more, but this really does fill the oven...
* 2018-05-08 [ spicy vegan potato curry] 2x (with extra veggies) and [ lemon brown rice] 3x plus [ chocolate chip marshmallow cookies] and bread from the bread maker. The curry was spicy for sure, but a bit bland until we added extra cumin, some garam masala and some lemon juice to brighten it up. The cookies, somehow failed to set timer, when we got them out, the marshmallows had actually melted into the dough, I think saving the cookies from burning, but also disappointing us! Delicious anyway. The rice, subtle but excellent, comboed well.
* 2018-04-10 [ vegetarian chili] 4x but only 3x on the tomatoes and beans plus [ vegan corn bread], which we made twice. The chili, added mushrooms, and had to sub swiss chard instead of celery, plus we added some apple cider vinegar to brighten it up. After all that, it was actually great - for a chili. Too spicy by half though, 4 jalapeño's was too many, I think 2 would have been sufficient. The corn bread, amazing, incredible, would make again for sure! We also had bread in the bread maker again, great as always.
* 2018-04-03 [[EwansSoups |Ewans Carrot Soup]] 1x a repeat and [ Parker's Split Pea Soup] 3x a repeat and [ simple whole wheat bread] except with sugar water instead of honey. The pea soup was great, would make again. The carrot soup was a bit watery (probably my mistake), but tasty enough once we got the sugar in and added some lemon juice. The bread, we couldn't find the loaf tins, so we made it in pots and in cupcake tins, and it was AMAZING, I'd make the "cup breads" or "breadlets" again any time, handy and delicious, plus it reduced the baking time! Also made a loaf of white bread in the bread machine and turned that info garlic rosemark bread, which was delicious as always. Finally, Joseph brought ingredients for [ smores egg rolls], delicious but oh-so-unhealthy!
* 2018-03-27 [ thai green curry] 6x a repeat and [ pineapple fried rice] 1.33x. The curry, spicy and great as usual. 6x was totally the right call - just fits, after things boil down, though with that much veggie there sure is a LOT of chopping! The rice also delicious, but we think the extra freezer frost on the frozen peas/etc added moisture, which resulted in it being a bit mushier. I liked it, but other people apparently think it should have been crisper / more "fried".
* 2018-03-06 [ cheesy vegan potato broccoli casserole] 4x and [ vegan donuts] 2x. Both excellent, would totally make the casserole again, a bit of work but not as bad as you'd think with the food processor to do all the slicing. The donuts were actually easy to make - just get the oil to the right temp. Rolling in the sugar was a bit tricky, injecting the jam surprisingly easy. [ Caster sugar] was just a few dozen seconds in the blender.
* 2017-03-14 [ sweet potato ginger and carrot soup] 3x with garlic bread. Plus [ apple pie] and [ strawberry pie] for Pi Day! The soup was good, even great actually, but we think it could have been made better with some lemon juice to brighten it up. The apple pie we've made before and is good. The strawberry pie was out of this world, incredible, would totally make again. We added 4 cloves (ground) and 1/4 tsp. nutmug to the recipe, and made two open-top pies rather than one closed pie, but otherwise, as written.
* 2017-03-07 [ roasted red pepper pasta] 8x with garlic bread, and [ chewy oatmeal raisin cookies]. The pasta was good - spicy! We added extra nutritional yeast, since it needed something. Not as good as the previous red pepper pasta, I think. The cookies are excellent, nice and chewy!
* 2017-02-28 [ roasted red pepper chickpea and spinach curry] 4x and [ indian yellow rice pilaf] 4x (without the saffron). Both repeats, both awesome, very tasty. And panters [ date [Date squares]] for dessert - totally amazing, we should make these again, best dessert in a long time! We slightly burned the rice. We also tried for aquafaba-based (chickpea water) meringues again, but they didn't turn out so well - edible but not incredible. Apparently recipes vary a LOT for that stuff, and it really matter!
* 2017-02-21 [ baked leek and sweet potato gratin] doubled and [ rutabaga chipotle soup] doubled and [ Chocolate Meringue Cookies with Peanut Butter Cream Centers]. The gratin was great - a little light on the leek (would make twice as many leeks for same scale next time), but super tasty - also, we used about 4x the breadcrumbs it calls for as well, anyway, would make again, not as much work as you'd think, and turned out well. The soup: worst thing I have ever made at hacklab. Had a very nasty bitter taste, which we attempted to fix using olive oil, sugar and salt (all three of which helped), but it wasn't sufficient to get it to even "OK", it was still basically inedible IMO - we ended up tossing 2/3 of it, though a few people did say they liked it. Not sure what the problem was, really, but perhaps subbing tofu for cream isn't a great idea? Or maybe we just got unlucky with the celery, which can sometimes be pretty bitter? The cookies, excellent, but crazy fattening. Gone in 60 seconds :-). But, lots of left over peanut butter cream, about 2x as much as a recipe actually needs - and I'm pretty sure that Panter actually doubled the cookie recipe itself, so that means the peanut butter is actually 4x what you need, which is crazy... 2 cups DID seem like a lot, and it was...
* two missed weeks, Eric was sick. Panter and Roberta did made something in the second week, I think it was a curry? I don't think anything was made in the first week.
* 2016-10-18 [ pumpkin mac and cheese] 3x and [ spicy coconut noodles] 4x and [ vegan pumpkin bread] 2x. The mac and cheese was hearty and good, also HUGE, 3x made the 2 13x9 dishes and 2 of the 9x9, all quite deep. The coconut noodles were excellent, would make again. The bread, I made 3 subs, the most important was oats instead of the whole-wheat flour, then also sunflower seeds and cashews instead of walnuts. Given that, it was delicious and perfect texture, best bread I've ever made here actually, obviously would make again, though it seems like it might be partially miraculous that it turned out so good.
* 2016-10-11 For Thanksgiving: [ Butternut Squash With Whole Wheat, Wild Rice, & Onion Stuffing] 2x and [ Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn] 2x and [ Vegan Roasted-Garlic Mashed Potatoes] 3x with [ deep dish apple crumble pie] and [ apple pie by grandma ople] (a repeat) for dessert. The squash was good, not great, but very hard to make (scooping half cooked squash while it's hot? Are they insane?), and took forever, I would not make it again. Also, we couldn't even FIND wild rice, so we subbed some awesome black rice that we found. The pilaf was excellent and much easier to make; 2x made less than half a pot so if I do make it again I'd scale it up more than that - 5x would probably fill the pot. Both pies were good and lasted about 3 minutes :-). The mashed potatoes we served because you can't have thanksgiving without mashed potatoes, but actually we didn't roast the garlic, just put it in with the potatoes while boiling, which was not as good for sure. Next time I'd do it proper...
* 2016-10-04 [[EwansSoups |Ewans Carrot Soup]] (a repeat) 2x and [ Butternut Mac] 2x and garlic bread. Both good, though we had to adulterate the carrot soup quite a bit - not sure why it wasn't as good straight up as last time. 10 lbs bag of carrots was $2, so this was a super cheap recipe! The Butternut Mac was easy and flavorful, but missing something, I just have no idea what - not quite as creamy as real cheese, but that wasn't the problem.
* 2016-09-27 [ Butternut Squash and Roasted Red Pepper Soup] 3x and [ Golden Roasted Curry Mustard Potatoes] 2x, with garlic bread for the soup. Both dishes were *excellent*, would make again. The soup, should have made 4x, it would have fit, and we needed the extra - all the food gone today at 8:15! The potatoes, 2x already filled all four trays in the oven, so not really possible to make more easily. The potatoes, we used way more mustard than they called for - perhaps double, otherwise as in recipe. The soup, we fried the onions and added garlic too, I can't imagine why the recipe doesn't fry the onions!
* 2016-09-20 [ mediterranean baked sweet potatoes] doubled, a repeat and [ kale and apple salad] also doubled. The potatoes awesome as always (and as always, we used at least 3x the sauce, just double the potatoes). The salad was good, but not as good as the previous kale salad (IMO, other people loved the apple in it).
* 2014-12-09 [ Aloo Matar] Quadrupled. Pretty good, would make again. Tried to use the new wok with wok ring, but not enough heat - ultimately had to do the onions in the frying pan and the mix in a large pot, as usual. The potatoes, even though we pre-cooked them in the microwave, ended up undercooked - a little firm, but still good. Would pre-cook them a little more next time (7 min x 2 instead of 5 min x2?, maybe with stirring half-way through). Halved the paprika, as recommended in a comment - great idea, still fairly spicy!
* 2014-12-02 [ Vegan Japanese Curry] Tripled. Good. A lot of extra fluid (6 cups!!), which we just bailed out before serving.
* 2014-11-25 [[EwansSoups |Pea Soup and Carrot Soup]] by Ewan and Eric. Huge quantities of soup, but almost all of it was eaten anyway. Carrot was awesome, pea was merely great. With bread from [ Mabel's].
* 2014-11-18 [ Panang Cucumber Curry] [ Spicy Cucumber Soup] - curry is great, the soup is *super spicy*. Tripled both. Used 7 large english cucumbers total :-)
* 2014-11-04 Korma, hot and sour soup, naan bread, [ coconut barfi], homemade peasant bread, store-bought cupcakes - Chris, Alaina, Eric, Sacha, Max, Gabriel, Will
= Wishlist (future potential dinners / desserts / etc!) =
* [ apple crisp cookie cups]
* [ easy cajun jambalaya] with vegan sausages
* [ creamy pumpkin risotto with sweet and spicy pepitas] they say to make it for thanksgiving, it certainly looks rich!
* [ crazy gourmet twinkies] - should be hilariously fun to follow her recipes...
* [ honey wheat bread]
* [ vegan zucchini pizza] from scratch (cheese and bread)
* [ cauliflower soup with carrots, apples and pistachio cream]
* [ tempeh meatballs and spagetti]
* [ mexican quinoa stew]
* [ all-dressed kale chips]
* [ baked beet chips]
* [ baked leek and sweet potato gratin]
* [ roasted beet hummus]
* [ Cheesy Vegan Potato & Broccoli Casserole]
* [ Lemon and Walnut Linguine With Roasted Broccoli]
* [ west african peanut soup]
* [ Carrot and Beet Slaw with Pistachios and Raisins] - once we have a machine to julienne veggies!
* [ falafel with a twist]
* [ homemade ramen]
* [ Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread]
= Kitchen Robots=
* scale & thermometer (both liquid and oven). We borrow them from DIYbio right now, so not urgent.
* spiralizer, like [ this one]