As carnivorous as I am, I do love a good veg-only meal. It doesn’t take a culinary genius to make a prime Porterhouse steak taste marvelous. Elevating vegetables to a similar level of satisfaction impresses the heck out of me. Dynamic Dish used to do it to me every time.
I continue to enjoy the offerings at Good Life Cafe, a raw & vegan restaurant near my office in Columbia SC. The menu is quite large, with numerous items I still want to try.
A couple of weeks ago I had this mushroom stroganoff, with zucchini noodles and vegan cashew sour cream. It really was delicious and hearty. Trust.
The kale salad is fabulous, and the carrot and beet slaw tastes just like crunchy vegetable red hots, which is great for the first few bites but becomes a little dominating and perplexing (how does it taste just like the red hot candy??)
And on the home-veg-front we recently tried a few recipes from the vegetarian cookbook Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi. There’s many beautiful dishes in this book, some more involved than others. One of our initial selections was simple - caramelized endive with gruyere and bread crumbs. I wanted a bit more pop of flavor, maybe a bit more cheese, but the profile was definitely deep and hearty and satisfying. You know, like meat.