“Bacon” Pasta

The last weeks I haven’t developed many recipes. For lunch and dinner, I tried recipes from my cookbooks and other food blogs instead. And, like so many times before, I realized that I don’t make many recipes from other blogs. I often save a recipe because it looks fantastic, and I have the best intention to try it, but then I forget about it again. I even have an application on my computer to save and sort them all.

I thought I would change this for Vegan MoFo, the Vegan Month of Food. Since Vegan MoFo is not only about vegan food, but also about vegan community, I want to dedicate November to other bloggers’ vegan recipes. I am going to try out a new recipe every day and review it here on the blog. I also got some suggestions from you after I wrote my last post. I’ll try to make some posts about these as well.

In my last post I mentioned steak shaped TVP, which I used as part of the flammkuchen topping. Here is a picture of the soaked and sliced steak:

Sliced soy steak (TVP)

I made another batch of “bacon” topping, cooked some pasta, and mixed it with the topping, some olive oil, and fresh parsley. It’s a really delicious and filling pasta dish!

Linguine with "bacon"

Here is a close up shot:

Caramelized onions as part of the "bacon" topping

You could also add one or two tablespoons of the smoky walnut spread, also part of the flammkuchen recipe.

I also made some cookies for a friend in Denmark. The Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar are my favourite cookies from that book. So far I have made them three times. The recipe makes a huge batch and I usually share them with my co-workers who also love them.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

The recipe calls for rolling the cookies in salted peanuts, but I usually just knead them into the batter. These cookies are a wonderful snack and I can already eat them for breakfast.

There are some great cookie recipes in Celine’s and Joni’s 500 Vegan Recipes. First I made a batch of Butterscotch Pecan Cookies, but I made them with walnuts instead of the pecans and I added the optional chocolate chips. They came out very crispy at the edges and chewy in the centre:

Butterscotch Walnut Cookies

The last batch were the Lemon Lavender Cookies, also from 500 Vegan Recipes. There texture is awesome,  I love it because it reminds me of many German cookies. They are not chewy or crispy but crumbly and a bit dry, but in a very good way.

Lemon Lavender Cookies

21 thoughts on ““Bacon” Pasta

  1. Mihl, this is too awesome! I am doing the same thing for MoFo this year! We’re going to be MoFo buddies! :D

    Man, I want those cookies! I have only made a couple of recipes from VCIYCJ, but I would like to do a whole post full of cookies from the book some time after Halloweegan.

  2. Cookie party! Now I’m craving cookies…boo. That pasta looks so good, I love the idea of doing the bacon topping for that, too.
    I’m going to have to add that Vegan Cookies book to my christmas list because that all sound so amazing!

  3. This all looks amazing, both the food and its presentation/photographing, and I love your idea for VeganMoFo. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. I haven’t done VeganMoFo for a few years, but am thinking of doing it again this year because it sounds like a nice distraction from my stressful work life. From the comment above, it seems like a lot of us could use such a thing right now. Sigh. Well, a better November to us all! :)

  4. Great idea! We’re the exact same way–we cruise everyone’s gorgeous vegan food blogs, but almost never seem to make anyone else’s recipes. If we weren’t going to be in Reykjavik (i.e. not in our normal kitchen), I would totally hop on board this excellent MoFo scheme of yours. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  5. Great idea for veganmofo! I often try out recipes, but usually from the same couple of blogs, maybe I need to expand my horizons a bit! And thanks for the flammkuchen recipe, I see that stuff all the time and it always looks so good!

  6. That pasta looks amazing! And the bacon so real—a little creepy :) I love love love the idea of cooking from other blogs–I might have to steal it and do it as well. Can’t wait for the Mofo!

  7. Seems like we’re dealing with the same problems. But I’m not going to make any promise for VeganMofo. I will be joining, but I’m having a very hard time at my job right now so I don’t know if it’s going to work out.

  8. i love the idea for vegan mofo. i have a backlog of recipes to try as well! i actually made the eggplant pistachio dip you posted about a couple weeks ago. it was yummy!

  9. I like your mofo plan a lot. I still don’t have one but am trying to think of four, one-week plans, since I don’t trust myself to stick to something for four weeks. (I have tons of recipes from blogs saved, too, but not in an organized way. What program do you use?)

  10. That pasta looks so good! I’m definitely going to try your idea of adding “bacon” to pasta sometime. I love your idea for Vegan MoFo this year. I have been trying to make more blogger recipes lately too. I am trying to come up with a theme for MoFo this year, but haven’t thought of anything yet. Either way, I can’t wait for it to start again!

  11. What a lovely idea for VeganMoFo! I might incorporate it into my own MoFo plans. :)

    And all those cookies look so delicious. I’ve been wanting to make something with lavender for a while, and those cookies look like a great option!

  12. Everything looks delicious, as always! For some reason, I still haven’t made the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar…so I’ll have to finally try it, because the look and sound really tasty.

    It’s funny, I also thought about having Vegan MoFo be all about trying out the many blogger recipes I’ve bookmarked and just never got around to making! It makes sense–there are so many things I want to try!–and sounds like a lot of fun, so I may stick with that as a theme, or perhaps do a combo of blogger and cookbook recipes (rather than the spontaneous concoctions I tend to make LOL).

  13. Yum everything looks great. I wonder if I can buy the TVP steaks in the US? I will have to look into that. What is the app for sorting recipes that you use? I really need something like that.

    1. If you can’t find them, I bet soy curls or something similar makes a great sunstitute.

      I’m afraid the application won’t be much help for you, because is in German.

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