R.I.P Cory Monteith – Though personally, I was never a Glee fan, I appreciated his multiple talents, and know his loss will be greatly felt by many.
So a couple of weeks ago, Aimee Hughes contacted me. A blogger from The Sexy Vegan Kitchen, she had released a new cookbook and asked me to review it! So I have decided to make 3 or 4 (depending on my time) recipes from her cookbook before giving it an overall review! :)
The name of Aimee’s fantastic cookbook is The Sexy Vegan Kitchen: Culinary Adventures In Love & Sex, and just like the title tells us, she does mix together the euphoric nature of sex with the deliciousness of her recipes to create a completely foodgasmic experiences, just begging you to read it and make its recipes!
In a couple of recipes time, I shall tell you a little about what this book offers, the way it allows you to heal your skills in your love life and health life – But shhhh, … Spoilers… (If you understand this reference to Doctor Who, you and I are already best friends by the way, not optional )
Enjoy the foodgasmic journey Aimee takes us on!
Recipe #1: Wistful Walnut-Pear Salad
Today: Sweetly Raw Banana Pudding With Rose Water
I have this thing for banana. Though I have a rule that I will not eat more than one per day, bananas just make me happy.
When they are slightly ripe, not too yellow, no spots preferably but then again, not bordering on green. The perfect banana is only ever found in Winter as well, the banana which brings out my inner monkey. No really, those evolutionary links are pretty strong for me, I wish I still had a tail sometimes ;)
Anyway… if I haven’t scared you enough already and you are still here… I threw away all my love for the perfect banana in this post. Yeah, I do that sometimes. Because you NEED, see I am stressing the NEED part, uber-ribe, uber-spotty, uber-summer bananas for this pudding, otherwise I shall laugh and call you cute in a condescending fashion :)
Being currently in Winter, I decided to keep 2 bananas aside at least for a week, snarling like a rabid dog if someone attempted to eat them… it is the only way in this dog-eat-dog world right? :P – But all my foaming was totally worth it.
Because I got to make and eat one very delicious pudding as a result!
Haha that’s cute, no you really don’t :D – With the right mixture of nuts and the right ripeness of a banana, you can whiz up (with no heating, barely any measuring) a nice big sundae glass full of nutty-banana pudding.
Topping it with rose water simply felt… natural, right, meant-to-be. :) It added a fragrancy and just exotified the entire dessert to a new level, adding a freshness as well!
Enjoy it yourselves – Vous ne regretterez rien, je vous promesse - You will regret nothing, I promise you :)
- I ran out of cashews so had to use raw almonds but I am sure they just added a different nutty flavour, though I have heard cashews have a greater fat content which would add more creaminess to the pudding
- Used cinnamon to sprinkle on top instead of cardamon (which I couldn’t find in the pantry ;) – use allspice, nutmeg, anything you would put in a banana bread (Aimee says spices are sexy players!)
- There are surprise crunchy moments where you may have missed a nut to blend but I like that, it adds texture to the smooth pudding :)
- You know how you can make banana soft serve? Well, freeze this pudding up for those extra summery days and voila, you got that ice cream!
- This is such a guilt free treat, I would even recommend pouring some maple syrup, honey or agave (for the truly vegan) on top because you still won’t feel even a bit guilty ;)
- Add in a touch of orange juice or lemon (fresh) to ensure if you are keeping the pudding, it doesn’t turn brownish AND to add an extra flavour kick :D
Recipe #3 Rating: 3.5/5
Book Review: The Sexy Vegan Kitchen: Culinary Adventures In Love & Sex
Overall, I found this book to be a winner. When it can give me a guilt-free dessert, a smoothie I have been making everyday since trying it first, and a salad which is so refreshing that everyone in my family enjoyed it, how could this book being anything but?
Shall we review their ratings?
- Wistful Walnut-Pear Salad: 4/5
- Sweet & Innocent Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie: 4.5/5
- Sweetly Raw Banana Pudding w/ Rose Water: 3.5/5
Good scores right? A total of 12/15 and that is only with 3 recipes, from 3 categories from The Sexy Vegan Kitchen - I could have spent my whole holidays making treats from this book alone, considering it has so many recipes from over 5 different food categories :D
I also like how she makes food erotic, I mean, Aimee literally combines sex and food to make for a foodgasmic read :) – Though quite adult oriented, it does give the cookbook a really cool theme to go by – I also liked how she explains all the facts behind each ‘sexy players’ and the trash behind the ‘villains’ – it gives an informative aspect which is so important! Know your ingredients :D
If this book contained photos, it would have been quite nice, and I will not say that some of the ingredients are hard to come across, especially if you are not following vegan practices on a daily basis, but the majority of dishes are not complex and have healthy, tasty and fast results :)
Thanks Aimee for letting me review your cookbook and share these delicious recipes! If you want to buy and get a closer insight into the foodgasmic experience from more of her recipes, be sure to:
- Visit her blog: http://theglobalvegan.blogspot.com.au
- Buy her book for only $7.19 at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sexy-Vegan-Kitchen-Adventures/dp/1489548661