The work of going through all of my nearly three years worth of posts and adding the relevant ones to the newly created “Recipes: Almost Vegetarian, Vegetarian and Vegan” category is finished. The archives are duly cataloged, and it should be simpler for those looking for straight up vegetarian or vegan recipes or non-vegetarian recipes that can be easily adapted to a vegetarian lifestyle to find what they want.
I realized as I looked at the finished categories that I actually had more vegetarian or vegetarian friendly recipes than I thought I did. In fact, this category contains more recipes than any other single category on this blog.
I really think it was worthwhile for me to go through my archives like this, not only because I made them easier for readers to search, but also because I noticed quite a few trends in my cooking and writing interests.
First of all–I bake a lot of pies and cookies, but not many cakes. That is in large part because while I like cake, I like pie better, as do both Zak and Morganna. And cookies–well, they were the first of my specialties–I used to play at making them as a toddler, and by the time I was fourteen I was in charge of the Christmas cookie baking in my parents’ house.
Besides, cookies are fun.
I also noticed that I have a lot of baking recipes in general, but not much in the way of yeast bread recipes. Which is weird, because I love to bake bread–I just haven’t done much bread baking in about three years, in large part because I have lived near good bakeries all through the time I have been writing this blog. So–well, there we are. I learned that if I don’t have to bake bread to have good bread, I won’t bake it. I will buy it instead and support my local bakers.
I also seem to like to make breakfast foods. There are recipes for pancakes, French toast, scones, German baked pancakes and waffles on my blog. I feel like I should have a breakfast food category. But then, I would have to go through the entire blog again, which might become a mite bit tiresome.
I have done a lot of bean recipes, but not nearly as many as I would like. That is because while Morganna and Kat and I could eat beans until the world ends, Zak is not as fond of them as we are. So, that slows us down a little bit in the bean department.
And there are not as many soup recipes as there ought to be. I love soup, but Zak is seldom content to eat soup as a meal. It is part of a meal in his universe. This is a drag for me, because I grew up with soup being a great one dish meal, meant to be filling and delicious.
Oh, well. I will have to make more soups, anyway, because at work, we are going to have a soup of the day from now on. Granted, another cook, Dennis, is in charge of the soup, but I will still probably be making some of them. (We joked about turning Dennis into “Salaam’s Soup Nazi,” but I think he is too soft-spoken and nice to really hold that title. We’ll have to come up with a better one for him that suits his personality better.)
So, what does the future hold for this category?
Well, I think that I will be doing some more bean and lentil dishes, certainly, because I am very fond of them. And, maybe some more tofu, as I love it as well. Seitan, too, perhaps, but absolutely no tempeh. I cannot stand the smell of it or the flavor–I think it is because I am allergic to many kinds of molds, and mold is part of what makes tempeh, well, tempeh.
There will likely be more vegan recipes–in large part, because I do cook so many Asian foods–but there will likely not be any vegan baked goods.
This is because I have never had a truly wonderful vegan baked good. I have had some which were acceptable or not bad, but I don;t see any reason to post recipes that are only acceptable or not bad here. I will only share the best stuff here. I am stubborn that way. I see no reason to promote cardboardy cookies, overly chewy cakes or gummy, heavy muffins here. Now, if I -do- find vegan baking recipes that turn out stuff that is just as good as the butter and egg filled usual suspects, I will certainly share them, and gladly.
But, really, I have eaten (and baked–for vegan clients) a lot of vegan cookies, brownies, pies, cakes and muffins, and I have yet to truly embrace any of them.
For me, butter and eggs are inseparable from the concept of excellent baking.
I don’t know what all else, but if anyone has any requests or ideas, do not hesitate to share them with me, and I will see what I can do to help you.
Oh–one more thing–someone asked if I could have a clickable list of whatever recipes are in each category when you click on the category.
Well, I can ask my in-house-techie, but I suspect the answer is at least going to be “No the now.”
In other words, “Not yet.”
With the implied, “Maybe never, because I have no idea how to code such a thing.”
Besides, he is working on the priority of updating the software and installing a plug in that allows readers to have a printer-friendly version of a post ocme up–that way you can print out my recipes and take them into the kitchen without a bunch of excess crap being printed out and wasting huge amounts of your paper.
No need to kill extra trees all in the name of some recipes from my blog.
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