…he might have been able to think of a dish a little more imaginative than fish on bread.
Last Saturday I downloaded, for the very reasonable sum of £1.79, a new app for my iPhone: Vegan Recipe Finder by VegWeb.com. (I found it by accident, by clicking on the “New Apps” page in the AppStore while upgrading my existing apps). Their website already has 13,000+ user submitted vegan recipes; the app – which has literally just come out – simply exposes them in a very usable form.
As it happens, I was able to try it out the very next day, when my wife decided to do a spot of cooking for a picnic we were planning later that afternoon:
Jules: Can you look up on the Internet to see if you can find any choc chip muffins?
Me: [Holding up my iPhone and grinning in a way that was quite possibly both smug and idiotic] I don’t need to go on to the Internet love, I’ve got a new app!
I fired up the app, went into “Search”, tapped “Chocolate chip muffins” in… and was rewarded with 8 different recipes. (And that was just based on the recipe title. I later clicked on “Entire Recipe” and it came up with dozens).
The first couple of recipes we browsed through weren’t right for us, because they needed ingredients we didn’t have. But then we found one where we appeared to have what seemed like all the critical ingredients. It was perhaps a bit of a risk because it was the one with the least views and no ratings. But we needn’t have worried because it turned out great.
As an aside, that’s one of the things that I think is great about this app; you have so much choice that you can find a recipe that you can cook with the ingredients you currently have to hand, rather than having to head off out to the shops.
We selected a recipe by “CrumbledCookie”.
The recipes are laid out in a nice simple way; ingredients above and instructions below.
One issue for those of us in the UK is that the recipes are American and thus use cups (a system where ingredients such as flour are measured by volume rather than weight) and Fahrenheit. But as it happens, we’d already made sure to buy a measuring jug that had cups marked on it, and converting from Fahrenheit to centigrade (or gas mark) isn’t too hard. (And as @luciddestiny remarked when I mentioned the latter issue to him, “There’s an app for that”).
We didn’t have all the ingredients. We had no idea what turbinado sugar was, so we just used regular sugar. We didn’t have almond milk, so we used regular soya milk. And we didn’t have vanilla extract, so we just left that out.
But the results were still awesome. The muffins rose up wonderfully, and had a lovely, moist, creamy gooey consistency (plus a really nice flavour) that everyone (vegans and non-vegans alike) loved. We think maybe it was the bananas that provided the extra special texture.
If you’re a vegan, I’d strongly recommend this app. The recipes look really good, it’s well-written (you can save your favourite recipes, email a recipe to someone, or send a link to a recipe to Facebook or Twitter), and it’s going to be very handy for those occasions where we’re in the supermarket, thinking on what we should buy and what we should cook.
And I can’t wait to try the vegan french toast recipe I found.