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Desert Vegan Box Set 2 in 1: 150+ Ice Cream Vegan and Chocolate Vegan Recipes by Sam KumaDesert Vegan Box Set 2 in 1: 150+ Ice Cream Vegan and Chocolate Vegan Recipes by Sam Kuma

My favorite part of a meal is desert.  When I go to a restaurant, I ask to see the desert menu before I order dinner.  That way I know if I need to save room for desert.  LOL!  In fact, neither my husband, Bill nor I can eat as much as we use to.  When dining out, we often share a main dish and sometimes desert.  At home, I cook full recipes and we eat the leftovers.  We always have vegan deserts on hand, either ones I make or buy already made.  So, I am always happy to try out more desert recipes.

The Vegan Desert Box Set is two desert books.  One is vegan ice cream recipes and the other is vegan chocolate recipes.

Vegan Ice Cream Book

In the Vegan Ice Cream book, not all the recipes are actually ice cream.  It starts out with slush and shaved ice recipes, and then moves on to sorbets, and then ice cream recipes.   Some of the recipes call for an ice cream maker, which I don’t have.  I have made vegan ice cream without one using a special technique with good success so I used that with the recipes I tried.

All the fruit based sorbet recipes I tried worked fine and were quite delicious.  I made both the Lemon and Berry Sorbets. The Chocolate Sorbet was too icy but perhaps the result would have been better with an ice cream maker. I also made the Soft Serve Ice Cream that doesn’t call for an ice cream maker.  It was delicious but not very original.  There are a lot of frozen banana recipes out there. They are a vegan staple when it comes to desert and this is the first recipe I learned when I went vegan over 25 years ago.  There were some really good ideas for ice cream flavors and I look forward to trying more of the ice cream recipes.

There were also some ice Cream topping recipes like a berry sauce and hot fudge. The Peanut Butter Hot Fudge was really good.  It is rich so use sparingly.  Chocolate and peanut butter together is a favorite of mine!

Chocolate Vegan Book

The Chocolate Vegan Recipe Book is not just deserts, in fact, it starts with breakfast.  I don’t eat a big breakfast very often.  I usually just have a super-foods cereal mixed with my home made vegan yogurt and a handful of dried cranberries on top.  I follow that with a glass of my home made kombucha (a fermented healthy drink).  However, about once a month I make a brunch on the weekend for Bill and I.  Sometimes we invite friends over too.  This weekend I made the Chocolate French Toast.  French toast is my favorite comfort food and the cocoa powder and peanut butter made this French toast extra rich and flavorful.

I also made the Raspberry Hot Chocolate.  It’s been unusually cold here the last couple weeks so that really hit the spot.  I haven’t had time to make any of the cakes, cookies, etc but am looking forward to trying some of those recipes as well!

I give the Vegan Boxed Set books 4/5 stars.

I received the ebook version for my review.

About Sam Kuma

Sam Kuma is passionate about sharing his culinary experience to the world. His work involves modernization of healthy diet plans. He is good at vegan, ketogenic, paleo, dash and several ethnic cuisines. His main focus is to make healthy diets like vegan and ketogenic mainstream by producing delicious, appetizing recipes. In his first two books regarding Vegan recipes, he has produced delicious Vegan Chocolate meals, Vegan Desserts, Vegan Ice Creams, Vegan Burgers and Sandwiches. #veganweightloss

Buy Desert Vegan Box Set 2 in 1: 150+ Ice Cream Vegan and Chocolate Vegan Recipes by Sam Kuma 


Any Sharp Pro: Knife Sharpener- Review

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 5, 2016
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Any Sharp Pro: Knife SharpenerAny Sharp Pro: Knife Sharpener

Last year I bought a knife sharpener that didn’t seem to work.  I then searched around on the internet for a professional person to sharpen my best kitchen knife.  It seems that not many places sharpen knives any more.  I found a couple of places but none were conveniently located and they wanted me to leave my knife with them for several days.  I do have other knives but this is the one I use all the time.  That is one of the reasons it got dull.

One day I received an email asking if I wanted to try the Any Sharp Pro.  I wasn’t too optimistic but I figured I had nothing to lose. 

The Any Sharp Pro attaches to your counter and stays snug until you release it.  All you do to sharpen your knife is to drag it through the sharpener blades.  After the first time I dragged my knife through, I saw tiny metal shards.  I took that as a positive sign.  I put my knife through it 4 times and tried cutting a tomato.  The knife had improved dramatically.  Then I did it four more times and it became a perfectly sharp knife once again.  Just like magic and so easy!  They do say that it works with wide tooth serrated knives as well.  They require a much lighter touch.  I tried to sharpen mine but no matter how much I tried, I couldn’t get the serrated blade to go through the sharpener.

I give the Any Sharp Pro 5 out of 5 stars for straight edged knives.  Before I received it, I thought I was going to have to throw my knife away and buy a new one.  I spent $150 on the knife so, I wasn’t too pleased.  The Any Sharp Pro sells for $19-$22.  To me, it’s a no brainier, keep the knife and buy the Any Sharp Pro to save it! 

My superstitious mom has always told me never to give anyone a knife as a gift.  It’s bad luck.  However, I think the Any Sharp Pro would make the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook!  It comes in a large variety of colors.

You can find out more about the Any Knife Pro on their website:  http://www.anysharp.com/.  It is also available on Amazon.

I received the Any Sharp Pro for my honest opinion.

Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook by Ziggy Marley

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on November 27, 2016
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Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook by Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook by Ziggy Marley

I have always liked Ziggy Marley’s music so when I saw that he also had a cookbook out, I was curious.  It was presented in an email to me with an offer for a free copy.  Part of the pitch said it has “many vegan and vegetarian recipes.  Normally, I will only accept cookbooks that are vegan or at least vegetarian but I made an exception for this one.

The book is beautiful with colorful ingredients and photos of many of the dishes.  Just look at the cover to get a glimpse of the beauty! However, I was disappointed that there were not as many vegan and vegetarian recipes as I was lead to believe.  I know some people consider fish to be vegetarian however; real vegetarians will tell you that “if it can stare back at you, it’s not vegetarian.”  Since this book has many fish recipes, I think that is where the confusion came from.

That said, there are a few veggie recipes and there are some that can be tweaked to become vegetarian or even vegan, if you know how.  My favorite recipe is the Coconut Curry Squash Soup.  It was already vegan, so no tweaking required. It was so flavorful that I have already made it twice.  The lental Soup was good as was the Tofu In Coconut Carrot Curry. There are also some nice salad and smoothie recipes.

Seeing photos of some of the fish and chicken dishes were a bit off putting to me but I did know the risk I was taking accepting this cookbook so I certainly can’t take points off for that.  Over all, it is a solid cookbook with some good recipes.  It would be especially good for someone transitioning to vegetarian.

I received the colorful hardcover book for my honest opinion.


About Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley and Family Cookbook by Ziggy Marley

Throughout the course of his three-decade career, Ziggy Marley has built a music legacy both alongside his siblings with Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers (ten albums) and as a solo artist (six albums to date). As of 2016, Marley’s music has garnered seven Grammy Awards and an Emmy; the humanitarian, singer, songwriter, and producer continually progresses at every turn.

In 2012, he launched Ziggy Marley Organics, which includes a line of GMO-free coconut oils and hempseed snacks. Deeply committed to charity work, Ziggy leads U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), his nonprofit organization that focuses on uplifting children’s lives through education around the world. He is also the author of the children’s book “I Love You Too,” published by Akashic Books/Tuff Gong Worldwide.