Ah ha! If you’re a vegan, I bet you know, and if you don’t, listen-up! Those who must avoid dairy and eggs, and want or need to avoid gluten, soy or nuts can find many good recipes, but do you yearn for more—maybe a meringue, a soufflé—something light and whipped and fluffy? Well, your vegan staple, beans, is your new best friend. To be exact, it’s the bean water—that liquid we generally drain off and discard. Say what?
Author Rebecca Coleman, a social media consultant
and food and travel blogger from Vancouver.
What can you do with that bean drain off? Doesn't soundparticularly appetizing does it. If you’ve recently learned you are allergic to, or simply should avoid eggs or are new to a vegan lifestyle, Aquafabulous! will be a great cookbook for you. With it’s “100+ Egg-Free Vegan Recipes Using Aquafaba” created by author Rebecca Coleman, you will find information on how to stock a vegan pantry, basic vegan recipes, those that use aquafaba to enhance their outcome, and thankfully, some to help you use your beans after making your own homemade aquafaba.
One thing I’ve noticed about vegan baking is that many results are dense, almost as if they are undercooked, or they fall apart when serving. I accepted this as a consequence of gluten-free ingredients — alternate flours made from coconut, quinoa, chickpeas are all new to me. But I’ve found out there may be a solution. An alternate egg, so to speak. Many people are turning to a plant-based diet completely avoiding animal products of any kind. “Aquafaba opens up a whole world of possibilities that were previously not available to vegan and/or those with egg and dairy allergies.”
No more eggs - use aquafaba instead!
Even if you are not a vegan, this cookbook will allow you to make a special birthday surprise Baked Alaska or Lemon Meringue Pie to celebrate with a friend who is, and would sincerely appreciate your effort. Make the dessert and gift the cookbook, too. I’m looking forward to doing exactly this for her birthday. And for me, The Coconut French Toast sounds like something fun to try—imagine—a french toast without eggs? Magic.