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.
- Roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos. I will be cooking these again. It was like having a flavour and texture party in my mouth.
- 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.
- Ginger sesame marinaded tofu and creamy peanut slaw. Who needs meat or diary when you have marinaded tofu and peanut coleslaw. Really interesting combo.
- 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.
The More Average
- 5 spice fried rice with sweet potatoes. Actually this was pretty tasty, it just wasn’t up there with the cauliflower tacos.
- Maple oat banana bread. This was quite nice, a little dry, but a bit of peanut butter spread on top perked it up.
- 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.
- White bean and red lentil burgers and root veggie fries. The burgers were just too dry. The fries were good though.
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.