Monday, May 12, 2008

Chickpea Patty and Asparagus

It looks like we are just about caught up here. The chickpea patties come from the Veganomicon. To be honest this cookbook has been a giant disappointment. I know so many people love this book (so please, let's just agree to disagree on this one), but I think it is just ok at best. These chickpea patties are supposed to be the best recipe in the book according to numerous blogs and reviews I have read. Although these are pretty tasty, they are not tasty enough to make up for the very unhealthy recipe. The recipe is interesting in that it combines wheat gluten with mashed chickpeas to create a sort of mock chicken fried something or other, but there is enough oil in these babies to choke a horse. I have found that many of the recipes in the Veganomicon are as bad for you as these or take way too long to cook. We did have a pear and endive salad from the book that was excellent, so it is not all bad, but given the number of other wonderful cookbooks we have, this one may end up at the bookstore. I still don't want to give up on this cookbook yet, so when we try another recipe, we'll let you know the verdict. If you are thinking about getting this cookbook I recommend that you try out some of the recipes first that are listed on the Post Punk Kitchen website. If you like those, you will probably like the rest of the book (and then you too can agree to disagree with me).

So that is the long way of saying that these chickpea patties are good, but I've had better for fewer calories. The asparagus, however, were marvelous as usual. They were roasted in the oven for about 10 minutes with just a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper on them.

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