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The Cranks Bible: A Timeless Collection of Vegetarian Recipes by Nadine Abensur

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  • Celeriac soup with bouillabaisse seasonings and rouile

    • veronicafrance on December 23, 2016

      This is a truly fantastic soup. It might seem a faff, but the result is worth it.

  • Borscht with accessories

  • Carrots braised with cumin, saffron and garlic

    • veronicafrance on February 19, 2016

      I was disappointed with this; I've had much better spiced Moroccan carrots. I didn't have Nadine's pretty carrots with tops, so I cut the large ones I had into chunky batons. Even so, they took longer than her suggested 20 minutes to reach even al dente state, and the sauce didn't reduce as I'd expected. It was OK, and would have been improved with better carrots, but I probably won't bother with it again. Served with the rice and broad bean pilaff.

  • Moussaka

    • taufiq_erinn on July 12, 2015

      This is such a tasty dish, every time. Once you get over the ingredients list (which goes over two pages on the side note), you realise how quick and easy you can do each of the steps. This has become a staple in our house, and it makes at least 6 generous serves.

  • Soft polenta with broccoli

    • k.a.g on June 17, 2013

      This is the best recipe for polenta that I know - be generous with the 'mix-ins' and you won't look back. I have served it with the broccoli several times (delicious) but I also don't hesitate to pull it into service as part of many other meals - it was perfect with lamb shanks tonight (sorry, vegetarians). One thing though: I can only assume the 'serves 4' is a typo. I used half the recipe to serve 4 tonight and there is still plenty left over to enjoy as olive-oil fried slices tomorrow. Yum.

  • Spinach gnocchi with a rich tomato sauce

    • taufiq_erinn on July 12, 2015

      Delicious dish! As with all of Nadine's recipes I've attempted, if you follow her instructions completely you end up with a fabulous and tasty meal. I made the mistake of buying actual english spinach, and spent a good hour getting the grit out of it before being able to start cooking - I think next time I'll just use baby spinach.

  • Puy lentils with winter roasted vegetables

    • veronicafrance on April 15, 2012

      Simple to do, and very adaptable -- good if you get a veggie box because you can use pretty much whatever suitable veg you have. There's a summer variation in the book, with grilled vegetables. Non-vegetarians can add mergues or saucisse de Toulouse to the lentils.

  • Chickpea salad with coriander, sunblushed tomatoes and haloumi

    • Camillafh on August 23, 2012

      used cherry tomatoes mixed in with the salad instead of sun blushed (didn't have sun blushed to hand) & mint instead of parsley (all I had) and lime instead of lemon (all I had) and still tasted divine. Used half recipe for just over one main course lunch portion.

  • Biryani

    • veronicafrance on March 23, 2013

      Naughty Nadine uses yoghurt and lime zest in the method which are not mentioned in the ingredient list, so you need to add these to your shopping list. Nadine Abensur is one of my favourite vegetarian cookbook authors, and she doesn't disappoint here. Like many of her recipes, it's rather elaborate, but in its favour, you can prepare rice and curry in advance and put them together half an hour before the meal. You could vary the vegetables too. Good for feeding a crowd. I'll certainly make it again.

  • Broad bean pilaff with raisins and almonds

    • veronicafrance on May 13, 2012

      This was a bit bland, but would be fine as an accompaniment to spicier dishes, as Nadine Abensur suggests. Don't stint on the coriander. Some grated lemon zest would be good too. I jazzed it up with a glug of fino sherry added at the end. Oh, and I added some bacon, just because I had some to use up, and broad beans without bacon just didn't seem right.

  • Paella

    • monicahorridge on April 17, 2012

      this is really yummy. when prepping I thought it may end up being boring lumps of carrot...but everything in it ended up tasting amazing. and really easy to make. highly recommend!

  • Lemon drizzle cake

    • veronicafrance on March 18, 2016

      This makes a massive cake. It really does take well over an hour to cook through. I'd advise looking at it after 45 minutes and covering with foil if the top is starting to burn. Test right in the middle with a skewer to avoid undercooked centre. Untypically for lemon drizzle, Nadine tells you to heat the glaze to dissolve the sugar before pouring it over. I didn't do this, because the crackly top with undissolved sugar is part of the point. Lovely lemony flavour and (very) moist crumb.

  • Roasted plums with orange water and crystallised-ginger crème fraîche

    • veronicafrance on October 01, 2016

      Really delicious and so quick to do. Effort vs results 10/10. Orange flower water isn't something I have in the cupboard, but using Cointreau instead of brandy I considered it wasn't necessary. As the recipe specified stem ginger syrup, I used the stem ginger from the jar rather than crystallised ginger. Used Greek yoghurt instead of cream.

  • Marmalade and slivered-almond muffins

    • veronicafrance on March 11, 2016

      Like Nadine, I had jars of ageing marmalade to use up. These are not bad; they rose less than expected, but were still light. I liked the fact they weren't too sweet, unlike most muffins; there's no sugar except what's provided by the marmalade, and my home-made marmalade is of the bitter orange variety. The crisp almond top was a nice contrast too. Could be varied by using other types of marmalade/jam; cherry would be good.

  • Goat's cheese, olive and sunblushed-tomato muffins

    • k.a.g on June 16, 2013

      I bake a lot, and rarely do my baked goods disappear as quickly as these. There is something addictive about them, and they are wonderful to eat, jam-packed as they are with the good stuff. I also find them easy to make (no machinery required, just a bit of chopping, which you can do the day before if that makes life easier). I multiply the recipe by 1.5 and this makes the perfect amount for 12 generous muffins. One caution - they seem to stick terribly to standard muffin papers (the cheese, perhaps?) which wastes a lot of muffin, so last time I used squares of baking paper roughly lining the muffin tins. As well as being perfectly non-stick this also made the end product look great!

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  • Tin and Thyme

    ...written with the home cook in mind and a number of tips are peppered throughout. I particularly like the way the book is organised...

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  • ISBN 10 0752859005
  • ISBN 13 9780752859002
  • Published May 06 2004
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 480
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Orion Publishing Co
  • Imprint Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )

Publishers Text

THE CRANKS BIBLE is the definitive classic collection of Nadine Abensur's recipes for Cranks. Drawing on a breadth of knowledge of meat-free cooking, Nadine creates over 200 recipes in tune with today's style for lighter, healthier eating. There are anecdotes about the most important ingredients used, as well as handy tips on cooking techniques and how to find and buy the freshest produce. THE CRANKS BIBLE is packed with tasty treats and thematic ideas, from Spinach Soup and Mile High Pie to Fresh Fig and Port Sorbet. Above all, this book is about good cooking for the 21st century, and about eating healthily and well - and enjoying the process of making mouth-watering food.

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