Cooking The Books: Thug Kitchen Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Thug Kitchen roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with coriander and salsa

I’m really glad I bought Thug Kitchen because some of the recipes just absolutely blew my mind. However, quite a few didn’t, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag.  And the swearing is just plain annoying.

It’s an american vegan cookbook and there is swearing on every page which feels a bit desperate and gimmicky.  However some of the food is epic, so I got over my irritation.

The biggest revelations for me were roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos and roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with coriander and salsa – these recipes alone were worth the price of the book.  A taste sensation.

However I regret attempting any of their healthy cakes – they were really average compared to the other delicious ‘virtuous’ cakes I’ve been making lately in my attempt to give up ice-cream.

So here’s the lowdown on what we cooked.

Favourites

  1. Roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos.  I will be cooking these again.  It was like having a flavour and texture party in my mouth.
  2. Smoky black-eyed peas with roasted sweet potatoes and collards.  I thought this looked like quite a boring recipe.  I was very wrong.  It packed a punch and tasted fantastic.
  3. Ginger sesame marinaded tofu and creamy peanut slaw.  Who needs meat or diary when you have marinaded tofu and peanut coleslaw.  Really interesting combo.
  4. Roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with coriander and salsa.  I felt like I died and gone to heaven.  Everyone needs to try this dish.
Thug Kitchen Roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos
Roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos
Thug Kitchen smoky black-eyed peas with roasted sweet potatoes and collards
Smoky black-eyed peas with roasted sweet potatoes and collards
Thug Kitchen Ginger sesame marinaded tofu and creamy peanut slaw
Ginger sesame marinaded tofu and creamy peanut slaw
Thug Kitchen roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with coriander and salsa
Roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with coriander and salsa

The More Average

  1. 5 spice fried rice with sweet potatoes.  Actually this was pretty tasty, it just wasn’t up there with the cauliflower tacos.
  2. Maple oat banana bread.  This was quite nice, a little dry, but a bit of peanut butter spread on top perked it up.
  3. Blueberry and walnut scones.  Now I’m really into my healthy cakes so I was a bit disappointed that there was white sugar in this recipe.  However all the other ingredients were healthy, but unfortunately I was just a bit indifferent to the flavour.
  4. White bean and red lentil burgers and root veggie fries.  The burgers were just too dry.  The fries were good though.
Thug Kitchen 5 spice fried rice with sweet potatoes
5 spice fried rice with sweet potatoes
Thug Kitchen Maple oat banana bread
Maple oat banana bread
Thug Kitchen Blueberry and Walnut scones
Blueberry and walnut scones
Thug Kitchen White bean and red lentil burgers and root veggie fries
White bean and red lentil burgers and root veggie fries

I would definitely recommend this book, but don’t cook the cakes and stick to the mexican style dishes as that’s what they seem to be best at.  I am definitely keen to return to Thug Kitchen, because there’s clearly some magic going on with many of the recipes – the cauliflower tacos and brocilli burritos are two of the best things I’ve eaten this year.

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