Vine and Dine with The Vegan Table: Tempeh Eggplant Pot Pies

For the next book, we’re tackling The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick Goudreau. When Liz and I were tossing around recipes, I realized I hadn’t made a single thing from this book. There are so many great sounding recipes, that I was surprised. We opted for the Eggplant Tempeh Pot Pies with a side of Garlic-Glazed Green Beans for our first Cookalong. As before, Liz and Matthew are joining in on the fun so be sure to check out her post. Don’t miss Kim and Fred’s review. Fred and Jim are so photogenic!

I’m not a big fan of eggplant so I was pleasantly surprised when it practically disappeared in the dish. The biscuit topping was a great compliment, but I somehow ended up with a lot more biscuit than filling. If you have the book, you’ll see how different mine looks. The Garlic-Glazed Green Beans on the side were an absolute knock-out and I’ll make them again and again with slight variations. I reduced the maple syrup dramatically because I’m not a fan of sweet vegetables and didn’t add in the optional ingredients. The simple technique really makes the flavor of these burst. That method may be just what makes the double fried green beans at the Single Pebble so wonderful.

Just to give you a little preface to his comments, the area of the Rhone where Chateau Neuf du Pape wines are made happens to have been the summering place of the Popes, way back when. As a side note, it has the most strict regulations in France for governing grape growing and wine making. Thirteen different varietals are grown here that can be combined as the winemaker sees fit to create a CDP wine.

Here’s Jim on the wine, sporting not only a smile but a brand new t-shirt!

2004 Vieux Donjon, Chateauneuf du Pape. Believed to be unfiltered and vegan. Our emails were not responded to. $45.00 when we got it years ago, $55.00 now on-line.

So; Popes. Those guys know how to live right? All that money, no birth control. Lent. Occasional prime rib during Lent. Cool dresses. Funny hats. And great wine.

I once thought it would be cool to be President, have the Government shut down around me screaming “NO JIM NO”, maybe have something cool misnamed after me, like “JimCare”, and then quote Cee Lo Green and hit the wine cellar. But it might be even cooler to have been a Popey guy. I could command at whim, people would respond or go to hell, and I could still hit the wine cellar while revising Matthew ’cause, you know, too many direct quotes there. Maybe I’d say my church is a wine cellar, and upon this cellar I shall build my church. I would walk the secret halls and view artwork liberated from their rightful owners by angry Germans in the 40’s. I would laugh and cry at my own hypocrisy.

Then I would summer in the South of France, have a bunch of Chateaus and the best grapes around. Best winemakers. Best wine facilities. I would be happy again. I like that part of the story.

But hey, you don’t have to be a Pope anymore to hit some of that CDP. Free market economies and plutocracy rules, people. So boom, we brought out the big guns and hit the 2004 (arguably one of the 278.6 best years ever in France… but wait… Wine Spectator [Dictator] just added last years vintage to to the best of list! 279.6 best years! Yay!) Vieux Donjon CDP. I believe the 2005 was # 3 on wine dictator’s list… hotter year, bigger fruit. The 2004 hit #31 on the top 100 and rated it a 94.

Well, even a blind Dictatorial pig finds a truffle every now and then. Even if the truffle doesn’t advertise. That said, this wine had great acidic balance, it was big but lean, no flab or mega-anything to it, with a bright, spicy bottom, and bold, dark fruit that handled the fennel and garlic easily. The wine kinda danced through and around the flavors of the Tempeh Pot Pie; it was probably a lot higher class than we needed to go but the food and the drinkers didn’t suffer a bit for the decision. Really a knockout. Frankly, one of the best bottles we’ve had in a while. 2004 was a classic year, sandwiched between 03 and 05, and hunt them down, they’re worth it.

So Jim has managed recently to bring up politics and religion on my happy little blog. Well, not really religion but his major dislike for hypocrisy particularly in hierarchies. I’m wondering what’s next!

And if you’ve hung in with us this long, it’s time to announce the winner of Carla’s new book, Vegan Bake Sale! Congratulations to Amymarie, #48. Please send me your mailing address and I’ll get this wonderful book in the mail to you.

Coming soon: Food Network Friday and another book contest.

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  1. Posted April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I too found the biscuit to be a bit over the top! I am posting my review and will add Fred’s comments later. He got out of the house without doing his homework! :)

  2. Posted April 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Haha! Jim’s funny! JimCare! Love it.

    As for the casserole, there’s nothing wrong with too much biscuit. Wow…that sounds dirty, but you know what I mean.

  3. Posted April 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I have to admit when I read his write up, and saw JimCare, I immediately thought of that Jim Kerr from the Simple Minds! Then I got it…..he’s a funny guy, alright.

  4. Posted April 21, 2011 at 2:03 am | Permalink

    I haven’t made that recipe yet, but I love “The Vegan Table.” It looks delicious!

    I just LOL’d at Bianca’s biscuit comment. But I agree with her. I can’t imagine ever having too much biscuit! :)

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