22 February 2010

No Croutons Required - The Copycat Round-Up

For this month's No Croutons Required I asked you to look at restaurant menus, find a soup or salad that is suitable for vegetarians and makes you think "Mmmmmmm!" and then come up with your own recipe for it.

We only have a few recipes this month, but as you will see, they are all pretty darn great.























Sarah
The Ordinary Vegetarian
Aurora, IL

Soup
Smashed Pea and Barley Soup

Restaurant
California Pizza Kitchen
US

"My soup is an imitation of the Smashed Pea and Barley Soup at the California Pizza Kitchen . A chain restaurant in the US that is surprisingly forward thinking, with several options for vegetarians and vegans (details on their site). Their soup servings are surprisingly small unfortunately, and the small taste I had of the Smashed Pea and Barley Soup left me wanting more. Two days later I created my own."





















Johanna
Green Gourmet Giraffe
Melbourne, Australia

Soup
Parsnip Soup with Walnut Ravioli and Carrot Cream

Restaurant
David Bann
56-58 St Mary's Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1SX,
Scotland.

"Jacqueline had suggested checking out menus online at favourite restaurants. The one I first thought of was David Bann, the wonderful vegetarian restaurant I visited in November on my trip to Scotland."

"So I went back to Bann’s menu online expecting to see ‘soup of the day’. I was delighted to see a dish called ‘Walnut tortellini and parsnip soup’. It even had a description: ‘Homemade pasta filled with toasted walnut and our own cheese curd, served with a lightly spiced parsnip soup and carrot puree’. I looked no further. This sounded wonderful. This would get me out of my soup rut."

























Sayantani
A Homemaker's Diary
India

Salad
Morocco Inspired Broken Wheat Salad with Grilled Vegetable and Tofu

Restaurant
Olive Bar and Kitchen
India

"I tasted couscous salad first in Olive Bar and Kitchen and was completely hooked, so with my Moroccan theme dinner party thought of doing this my way. I wasn’t having couscous in my pantry and neither Spar Super market nor Spencer was able to supply me this. Thus I decided on broken wheat or Dalia and am glad that I did. It has come out so good that even today we made it again for dinner. This time I served it with fried tofu and poached egg, and we again fell in love with the dish. It’s a complete meal in a platter that serves you carbohydrate, protein and vegetables. It’s truly an amazing dish, which could be whipped up in 30 minutes and therefore makes it perfect for weekday’s dinner too. Guess this will make good lunch box option as well."



















Lysy
Munchkin Mail
Warwickshire, UK

Soup
Earth Cafe Redux Spinach and Lentil Soup

Restaurant
Earth Cafe
16-20 Turner Street,
Manchester
M4 1DZ
England

"Definitely the best soup I've eaten in a cafe or restaurant in years though was the spinach and lentil soup from Earth Cafe in Manchester which I already blogged about. When I tried to recreate it that time I put mushrooms in it, and made a nice soup, but not that like the original. But I have to admit that I have a cheat now. The soup was so amazing that I emailed the cafe afterwards to tell them, and to ask if I might possibly be able to have the recipe. Lovely people that they are, they estimated a recipe based on four people and sent it back to me. I don't like to reproduce it directly since they were so nice as to pass it on, but the copycat theme made me think to make a variant on it this week, based on what we had in the house. It was pretty much as good as the one I had at the cafe if memory serves correctly - thick and earthy and pleasingly green. The original recipe called for quite a lot more lentils than I used, but I made mine to eat the next day and it thickened up lots. If you're eating it straight away I'd think about adding some more."




















Jacqueline (me) - not in vote
Tinned Tomatoes
Dundee, Scotland

Salad
Salad of Watercress, Beetroot and Goat's Cheese

Restaurant
David Bann
56-58 St Mary's Street,
Edinburgh,
EH1 1SX,
Scotland.

"If I had to choose my favourite restaurant, I would choose David Bann's in Edinburgh every time without fail. I love visiting Edinburgh and it is a such a treat to eat in a vegetarian restaurant. Having said that, I would visit Bann's wherever it was. It draws you in with it's sophisticated decor and constantly changing, ecclectic menu. So, I knew immediately where to go to find a salad that would inspire me.

I took the title of this salad and kept it quite simple, leaving out the radish and green beans they had included in their dish. I am sure it is good with these added ingredients and I bet the presentation of their salad was very artisic and not thrown together like mine, but I was very pleased with my salad. Such a good mixture of flavours and textures, which makes this recipe a keeper."
















Fenris
Mitchieville
London, Ontario, Canada

Salad
Cucumber Salad

Restaurant
Korona,
Toronto,
Canada.

"This is a quick and easy salad that I ate for all the years that I patronized one of the then, many, Hungarian restaurants in Toronto. The place has since closed down, but I miss this simple salad. The Korona, a Hungarian restaurant served a delightful cucumber salad."


















Lisa (not in vote)
Lisa's Kitchen
London, Ontario, Canada

Soup
Tomato Corn Chowder

Restaurant
Under The Volcano
215 Piccadilly Street,
London,
Ontario,
ON N6A,
Canada

"My contribution to the copycat round is this tomato corn chowder that I would always order when I visited Under the Volcano here in London Ontario. Unfortunately, this delicious soup is no longer on their menu, but thankfully, I was able to get a basic idea of the ingredients thanks to my friend Mike and have come up with my own creamy version. I have made it before, but this time I was able to replicate this Mexican soup more to my liking."

Please vote for your favourite in the voting poll. If you have any problems voting, email your vote to tinnedtomatoes@googlemail.com.

The winner will be announced on the 28 February 2010.

15 comments:

  1. An excellent showing of delicious recipes Jacqueline. Way to go:D

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  2. Great round up! Some very yummy looking offerings ;0)

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  3. Great contest. That parsnip soup soup sounds amazing...I bookmarked it for later.

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  4. Thanks Lisa :)

    They all look very tasty, don't they Chele :)

    Nice toppings on that one TB :)

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  5. They all look like recipes I'd love to try! Maybe I'll attempt a copycat of my own ;). Lovely roundup!

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  6. I missed it this time.Love the copycat roundup and I love the moroccan inspired salad.Waiting for the next theme

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  7. Gorgeous round up Jacqueline! Such wonderful dishes. Lucie x

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  8. Great post, Jacqueline! And I'm really surprised that parsnip soup is winning so far! (Although the walnut ravioli sounds divine!)

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  9. Lovely post - the presentation is great - wish I could visit all these restaurants (and david bann again and again)

    And barbara I can assure you that this fancy parsnip soup was a step above the usual humble parsnip soup :-)

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  10. Now I'm craving soup! I think I will try the spinach and lentil soup first!

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  11. Thanks Ricki :)

    Never mind Sweatha, there is always Lisa's round next month :)

    Thanks Lucie, it is a short, but sweet roundup, I think :)

    That is one of my favourites Barbara, but then it is good we all like different things. I do like all of the entries this month and they are all quite different :)

    Me too Johanna, I do wish Bann's was nearer, although there is more chance of me visiting it.

    It is a beautiful coloured soup, isn't it Apples?

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  12. You're not wrong - they are all pretty darn good! But I think the one that most grabs my attention is the parsnip soup. With the walnut ravioli and carrot cream, it sounds earthily wonderful.

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  13. I vote for A Cold Vegetarian Noodle Salad (Dan Dan Noodles)! They all look great, though.

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