delving into the cookbook collection

i went on a bit of cookbook shopping spree on amazon uk recently. it got ugly. however, i took mr. amazon’s recommendations and decided to test out a few books i’d never heard of. i ended up ordering alice sherwood’s allergy-free cookbook, lucinda bruce-gardyne’s how to cook for food allergies, rosemarie emro’s bakin’ without eggs, and donna klein’s vegan italiano.

i haven’t had the chance to cook an awful lot from these books yet, except for the lovely gingerbread cake from rosemarie’s book. but tonight i picked a pasta recipe from vegan italiano that involved courgettes (zucchini), since i picked up a couple of fresh ones from the farmer’s market on saturday.

farfalle with courgettes, mint, and almonds

for this recipe, you again need a food processor to prepare a pesto-like sauce. i instead opted to just chop everything coarsely with a hachoir set and serve it as is. it didn’t seem to matter though as the flavours were still wonderful.


the particulars:

  • 2 small courgettes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 pound vegan farfalle, cooked according to package instructions until al dente, drained
  1. place the courgettes in a medium saucepan with salted water to cover; bring to a boil over high heat. reduce the heat to medium and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. drain.
  2. chop up the mint, almonds, and garlic, and combine with the oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. place the hot cooked pasta in a large bowl and add the sauce and courgettes. toss well to thoroughly combine. serve warm or at room temperature.

lesson learned: pasta doesn’t require tomatoes to be flavourful. the combination in this dish was immense.

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3 Comments on “delving into the cookbook collection”

  1. Larissa says:

    I wish I had a food processor. But, at the same time, they’re really bulky, take up a lot of kitchen storage space and are a bitch to clean.

    Have you thought of getting a Magic Bullet? While they can’t do EVERYTHING a food processor would do, they do a lot. And they’re MUCH easier to clean and store.

    I bought mine on

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