Vegan MoFo 1: Cauliflower Steak with Peppercorn Sauce and Creamed Spinach with Almond Crunch Topping

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I didn’t make it in time to sign up for Vegan MoFo but I am so up for the challenge, so here goes post number 3 this week . . . cauliflower steak with peppercorn sauce and creamed spinach. 

I’ve seen some cauliflower steak ideas floating around on the internet and loved the idea. I really had to put my spin on it and continue riding this Italian wave of inspiration I’ve had lately so I thought what better than filetto al pepe verde (filet with green peppercorn sauce), a typical second course dish. This was something I used to order out, pre-vegetarian/vegan days and I remember the peppery spiciness and creamy smoothness of this sauce was purely fantastic indulgence. This time round though, it now has a different steak to smother but with all the same spice and creaminess as before. Continue reading

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Farmer’s Market Potato Salad

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Summer finally feels like it is in full swing here in Italy. It took awhile to get here and we had some ups and downs, but I guess it has decided to show up and act like a real summer fling should, hot and ephemeral in its delivery, but good while they last.

And what feels more like summer than a BBQ and all the staple sides that go with it?! And potato salad is at the top of the list for bbq sides in my book. I used to love seeing my dad out in the backyard barbecuing up some burgers, boiling some fresh picked sweet corn and the then dreaded potato salad. The burgers of my childhood have been replaced with friendlier ones that I don’t need to grill the be jesus out of to make sure they are dead and the store bought potato salad has been swapped out with this healthier version, that certainly has less than a thousand calories and cholesterol to match as the old version did. 

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