One of the things I’ve learned while blogging about my cooking adventures as a vegan, is that not all recipes are created equal.
Duh, right? That’s what I thought too.
But it turns out that for a home cook who specializes in taste, not sight, it’s not that simple.
So I thought today it’d be fun to go through some of the recipes that didn’t make the cut, mostly because they didn’t photograph well but sometimes we were too hungry to take photos before diving in and eating. Sometimes they didn’t turn out–photo wise–how I thought they would or wanted them to. So I scrapped them.
This was my attempt at a vegan quiche, not to recreate the eggy flavor of quiche, but just the essence of quiche if you will. I used cornmeal and flour, a couple vegan eggs, almond milk and chopped veggies. It was very tasty but it needed to cook a bit longer and I think I need about 30 grams more of cornmeal.
I was a little liberal with the vegan cheese on top but as you can see it wasn’t very good about melting, but don’t worry I’ll spare you my gripes about the state of vegan cheese. This time.
Then I made a delicious and simple spaghetti dish. Fresh Roma tomatoes blended with sun dried tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, piri piri and whole wheat spaghetti. It was yummy. Turns out, not so photogenic.
Spaghetti always provides an excellent excuse to indulge in a little vegan parm.
Maybe there’s something about pasta dishes, because my husband made a sort of mac & cheese pie, using these “macheroni” that are long like spaghetti but they’re hollow so when they expand after cooking they are gigantic. He tried to tame them and with the help of cumin, turmeric, smoky paprika, tofu in salty water (called saramura in Romanian) it was pretty tasty.
But not too pretty to look at.
Then there’s my go to dish when I’m lazy and hungry: fresh veggies & Asian noodles.
Tastes good, but when you add the noodles the photos are weird so enjoy this photo of the oyster mushrooms, asparagus, bell pepper and onions before they were tossed onto a bed of noodles.
Simple vegan meals are always great because they take almost no time but taste like they took a long time!
…and sometimes the chili is a tad too water-y.
With avocado for him and without for me. 😀
And then there are the photos that just don’t do a meal justice, like this vegan gnocchi with green sauce.
Though I hope you enjoyed my missteps, I hope this teaches you a valuable lesson in that you don’t have to worry if a dish isn’t pretty. Unless you have kids, then I’m told that sometimes matters.
Make taste and nutrition, not photo-worthiness, a priority.