Thursday, November 6, 2014

Vegan Without Borders Giveaway!

Oh, Robin Robertson! What a cookbook force you are!

One of my first vegan cookbooks, Vegan Planet, was an epic tome by Robin, and it has 400 recipes! And yet, she has still managed to put out book after book after book with hundreds more recipes. Hell, in the past few months, I've received three Robin books to review. I don't know how she does it, but I'm glad she does.

Her latest work, Vegan Without Borders, is a full-color collection of recipes from across the globe. There are chapters on Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, India, and Asia. And many of those are broken further down by country — Italy, France, Spain, the U.S., China, Thailand, Vietnam, etc. I can't afford to travel outside of the U.S., but I feel like this book can at least help me pretend. The best part about traveling is the eating part anyway.

So many recipes called my name — chickpea salad-stuffed Fattoush Wraps from the Middle East, Pissaladiere (caramelized onion tart) from France, Baked Eggplant Fries from Greece, Butternut Mac & Cheese from the U.S., Chimichurri-Grilled Vegetables from South America, and Kofta Meatballs from India.

After much deliberation, I finally settled on Africa and Robin's recipe for Vegetable Tagine.


Isn't it beautiful? Tagine is a traditional Moroccan stew made in a clay pot. But this recipe requires no special pot. It's loaded with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, kale, bell pepper, onion, carrot, tomatoes, and (my personal fave) green olives. There's a touch of sweetness from the dried dates and apricots, and there's a ton of flavor, thanks to ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, smoked paprika, and cayenne.

I also attempted to make Robin's recipe for Injera, that awesome African spongy bread. It's notoriously difficult to make. The teff flour mixture has to ferment for several days. I'd always been too intimidated to even try making it, but Robin's recipe looked simple enough. Sadly, I believe either my yeast had gone bad or my hot water wasn't hot enough. And my injera was a fail. I don't blame the recipe though. There's some magic to injera-making, and I just didn't have it.

But the tagine came together in a breeze. And Robin's publisher has generously allowed me to reprint her recipe here. But first, a giveaway! Leave a comment at the end of this post letting me know which country's cuisine you favor the most. Be sure and leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll close out the giveaway on Tuesday night (November 11th). Good luck!

Here's the gorgeous picture of Vegetable Tagine and Injera from the book.

Vegetable Tagine
Serves 4 to 6

Fragrant spices and dried fruits are key to this Moroccan stew traditionally made in a pot by the same name. Tagine pots are typically made of clay, often painted or glazed. It has a flat circular base and a large cone-shaped cover that is designed to circulate the condensation. A Dutch oven or other large covered pot may be used instead. Serve the tagine over couscous or rice accompanied by a smal bowl of Harissa Sauce for those who like it spicy hot.

1 tablespoon olive oil or ¼ cup water
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne
6 cups chopped kale (thick stems removed and discarded)
1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups vegetable broth
⅓ cup dried apricots, halved or quartered
3 pitted dates, halved
½ cup frozen peas, thawed
⅓ cup pitted green olives, halved lengthwise
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley

Heat the oil or water in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, sweet potato, bell pepper, and garlic. Cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, paprika, salt, and cayenne. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds to bring out the flavors. Add the kale, chickpeas, tomatoes and their juice, and broth. Bring to a boil, then decrease the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.

While the tagine is cooking, soak the apricots for 30 minutes in hot water. Drain, cut in half, and add to the pot, along with the dates, peas, olives, and lemon zest. Cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the lemon juice and cilantro, then taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed.

From Robin Robertson's Vegan Without Borders: Easy Everyday Meals from Around the World,
by Robin Robertson/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC.

68 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thailand! (fireworkboi@gmail.com)

Raia said...

I loooove Indian food! Luckily a lot of their meals are plant based, the spice blends they use are amazing.

Hoping this contest is open to Canadians, Raia_k@hotmail.com

Jan Scholl said...

I love Indian and Korean a lot. But there is something about Ethiopian and their ingenious way with spices that I could never tire of. We have a grand eatery in the Detroit area that I could just park myself at and never leave. But it's a long drive. I need to play with some food ideas I think.

panda vegan said...

Indian food! Would love more recipes for it!

AlwaysJoy said...

I love Chinese food but don't really know how to make anything other than fake fried rice... joy.clark@gmail.com

Sojii said...

Anything Asian, but probably Thai food is my ultimate crush if I was pushed, specifically the southern thai food. fingers crossed! (sarah.ogorman@gmail.com)

Shannon said...

Right now, my favorite is Vietnamese food. The cuisine at Vietnam already heavily emphasizes vegetables and fresh ingredients so it's very easy for a vegan to enjoy!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

I favor Japan's cuisine the most. Fresh, gorgeous food (especially vegetable dishes). EMS591@aol.com

Tamara said...

I love Indian food, but often find the long list of ingredients daunting. Mexican food is easy to make and delicious!
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charj said...

Middle Eastern cuisine is definitely one of my favorites.

Ben said...

Having traveled there and tasted it first-hand, Ethiopian cuisine is by far my favorite.

Cindy Hammond said...

That's such a hard decision to make... Indian, Thai and authentic chinese have to be at the top of the list.
Thanks so much!
c-chamm@start.ca

allison mccutcheon said...

Definitely Mexican but I love Thai flavors too!

Rebekah loves broccoli said...

Thai for sure!

Sarah Kate said...

Difficult to decide but Indian food is probably my favorite.

Karen said...

I get tired of most cuisines after a while, but I can always, without fail, find an appetite for Mexican!!

Mrs. GV said...

Indian food! I could eat it every single day. (greenvegan4life@gmail.com)

jennifer said...

I prefer Indian food the most - but that's probably because I eat it the least! I do love Chinese and Japanese as well....but probably cook Italian or Mexican the most :)

Lizzie Bordello said...

Persia!

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nicole said...

This would be amazing to win!!Since going vegan its a toss up between Indian and Chinese, I'd love to explore others!!

knyquol@gmail.com

Jacky DLT said...

Japanese! I just learned how to make sushi and am inspired to learn more difficult things too. I'd rather make it myself (with proper guidance of course) than risk fish contamination in a restaurant! jackydlt at gmail dot com

girlgoesveggie said...

Omigod Indian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican ... ALL OF THE FOOD. lynsi.burton@gmail.com

veggielawyer said...

Mexican always hits the spot for me.

Terri Cole said...

I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food. I also love Robin Robertson's books! Thanks for the chance to win!

gaia at cinci dot rr dot com

Eva Nemec said...

Italian. ITALIAN. OH MY GOD ITALIAN.

I'm probably the only vegan ever that doesn't fancy indian food! Or maybe I just need a good recipe to change my ways. Hmmm....Vegan Without Borders, perhaps?!

evilnemec@yahoo.com

Chris said...

Middle Eastern food is the best!

dumbsnowflake at yahoo dot com

Simona Cattina said...

Given my Italian upbringing i can't live without Italian food! I really appreciate middle eastern food and some comforting eastern european food.

Jessica Eagle said...

I don't know if the giveaway is open to Canadian citizen too, but I'll leave my comment in case...!! Hope so :)

First, thanks for this giveaway. This cookbook seems really interesting. I like travelling throughout world wide cuisine. It is difficult to choose only one cuisine, but I would say, Asian, specifically Chinese cuisine.

Patience said...

I adore Ethiopian cuisine, though sadly there are no restaurants locally here in my small city. So a cookbook would be lovely! (patienceA AT gmail DOT com )

KathyD said...

Italy!
dempseyk@justice.com

sarahhhhhh said...

korea!

sarahhhhhh said...

korea!

Anonymous said...

Indian food and Mexican food is a close second! msvandy@gmail.com

honeysquilling said...

Mexican or Thai queenhoneyb@yahoo.com

Lydia Claire said...

Thai food and Mexican are my favorites!

Corrine Greenfield said...

Mexican is one of the favorites in our home. =)

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

Living in California, I tend to favor Mexican Cuisine. I also like Thai.
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Crissy said...

Mexican!

KateMcGrath said...

I love good African food. Can't wait to make some!

Yvonne said...

I love Indian food; and then Spanish for the days I want something different:-)

Sherry Grant said...

Definitely Indian Food. I love the spices.

Michelle Blanken said...
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Michelle Blanken said...

At the moment, my favorite cuisine is Ethiopian. I can eat so much Ethiopian food but I've never tried cooking it myself. I should get on that.

blankenmi@gmail.com

Jillian T said...

I favor Italian cooking.

Nicollette Dailey said...

I probably eat Indian food the most but I'm dying to try Ethiopian!

Susan said...

I love anything new and different! Mexican, Italian, Indian, Thai. I love fresh ingredients and tomatoes! And spices!
Yeskeya@aol.com

che said...

South American and Mexican would have to be my top choices. I love the way the different flavors blend into something wonderful. che_57@hotmail.com

Kathy Cecchetto said...

Ethnic food is delicious, and both East and West Indian are favourites of mine. Congrats on a beautiful cookbook Robin ~ you are a force to be reckoned with! Hope I win another of your lovely books.

Sara said...

What a great blog! Asian is great. So is Indian. And African. I can't pick just one!

T.M. said...

That looks delicious! I'm not really much for ethnic cooking, mostly because I don't know any recipes! This looks like a great cookbook to remedy that problem. Thanks for the chance. lockesdaydreams@aol.com

dawn kuhns said...

Ethiopian food please! Perhaps because it's nearly impossible to find in South Florida - I relentlessly seek it out when I'm traveling. I also have big love for Indian and North African flavors.
ddk1509@gmail.com

Elaine said...

I love all cuisines, but, if I have to pick only one, it would be Italian!
elaine.trautwein@gmail.com

Susan Shacket said...

I love Indian but enjoy most cuisines.

Katie said...

Mexican is my favorite but Indian isn't far behind!

Anonymous said...

Indian and Thai. It's a tie :)

Petpuls@gmail.com

peasandcompassion said...

Oh, I love Ethiopian and Indian, but I'm not picky, as long as it's vegan!

peasandcompassion said...

And that's peasandcompassion AT riseup DOT net. :D

Anonymous said...

Mexican and Italian are tied for first! cm2003_jt@hotmail.com

Grace said...

Vietnamese!

Susan said...

Thai and Japanese.

Veganopoulous said...

what a supberb looking book! I'm from Australia so possibly not eligible for the comp but I wanted to say how awesome that recipe looks.

Allison said...

Indian food all the way! I love the various spice blends used in so many of the dishes. :) (lynxette10@yahoo.com)

Rebecca said...

I'm a big fan of Indian food, I've also gotten into Persian food lately

BeccaMFerguson@aim.com

kelly g. said...

Italy!

Anonymous said...

India!

Laulswhitney@yahoo.com

Ali K said...

I love Indian food.

saralynns2 said...

I enjoy italian food as well as Thai food... they are so different it's hard to choose a favorite!

sara.drexler(at)mail.northcentral.edu