Our Verdict: Bosh!

Maureen: This was awful.

Kirstin: You can’t say that. Well, you can say that.

Maureen: It might not be awful, but because there was so much push back from the get go in this family, it was awful here. But perhaps it was doomed to fail.

Kirstin: I had no idea that vegetables took so long so prepare.

Maureen: You knew about it, but you just forgot about it. Prep time with vegetarian recipes is always a killer because everything needs peeling or chopping, or a combination of the two.

Kirstin: They’re not very good at time management when writing the recipes, either.

Maureen: I don’t think the recipes were that well written. The instructions for how to make a risotto, albeit one that didn’t use butter or parmesan, were appalling if not downright incorrect. Though perhaps it’s impossible to make a good vegan risotto since you can’t use butter or parmesan. Did you have anything that you really liked?

Kirstin: Ella really liked the tofu and I really liked the spicy rice I made. I was not expecting it to be as yummy as it was. It was really interesting. It was amazing.

Maureen: Let’s not forget, they are Internet superstars. So maybe I’m missing something, but really, it just wan’t really good.

Kirstin: The instructions were terrible sometimes. If you’re frying something, you can’t chop something up at the same time. Everything must be prepared beforehand. That’s just how it works. You can’t chop while you’re cooking. This book was alright, but would I use it again? Maybe one or two recipes.

Maureen: My family was right. As predicted, this one is going straight to the charity shop.

Kirstin: For the Bosh boys, the flavours weren’t that impressive. For Anna Jones, the flavours were great every time. I’m sure there are better vegan books out there.

Maureen: And don’t forget the fluorescent orange.

Kirstin: How could I?

 

“Bosh!”
Overall Grade (A- F):  D (Maureen) C (Kirstin)
Best recipes: Maureen: I’m not sure I’ve got one to recommend, which tells you everything you need to know.  Kirstin: The spicy rice was delicious.
Grade for Photography (A-F):  B. It was alright.
Any disasters? Yes. Oh, the guacamole. It’s already vegan, don’t change the recipe so it turns into this disgusting green gloop.
Bookshelf or Charity Shop Donation? Kirstin: Very low rotation bookshelf. Maureen: Charity shop for sure. Sorry, Bosh bros.                                                                                               Would You Give This Book to a Friend?: Maureen: Absolutely not. Kirstin: Nope.

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Our Verdict: Bosh!

“Guacamole” from “Bosh”

There’s been considerable pushback (read: open revolt) at this house for a month of vegan recipes, so I figured one workaround in continuing to test the book without testing my family’s patience would be to make food that I know they already like.

Enter guacamole.

However, what I didn’t count on was making Bosh! guacamole. Stupidly, I figured all guacamole recipes are more or less the same, with some minor tweaks here or there. I rarely use a recipe anymore, given that guacamole is so simple I have it memorised.

For the record, my don’t-bother-to-look-it-up guacamole recipe is: Mash up two avocados, Chop up 1/2 a red onion very finely; Deseed and chop up a tomato; Add maldon sea salt; For heat, either add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce or half a chilli (depending on what’s to hand); Throw in some chopped coriander (if there’s some lurking in the frig); Mix all together; Add enough lime juice so it’s the consistency you want. Eat immediately. Remember to share.

The Bosh Bros. recipe is not a million miles away from this one until you get to the part that says: add one tablespoon of olive oil. Yes, you read that right: OLIVE OIL IN GUACAMOLE.

Why, Bosh Bros, WHY? HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY RUIN GUACAMOLE? A LEGIT VEGAN RECIPE THAT DOESN’T NEED TWEAKING??? (Apologies for the shouting, but I am irate.)

Needless to say, the guacamole was disgusting. It turns out there’s a reason that no guacamole recipe I ever read added olive oil: because it doesn’t work. Look at the picture above. Have you studied it? Does that look like any guacamole you’ve ever had? Or any guacamole you’d want to eat? No and No.

This recipe did little to convince my family that veganism was something worth doing. I did try to point out to them that guacamole is vegan already, to which they retorted that maybe there’s something wrong with this cookbook. They may have a point.

Back to the Bosh drawing board.

“Guacamole” from “Bosh”

“Quick Puttanesca Spaghetti” from “Bosh!”

Maureen: Meat free Monday! This is from the new cookbook.

Andrew (18): What’s the new cookbook all about?

Maureen (cautiously): It’s by two guys with beards. They’re obviously hipsters.

Nicholas (14, Suspiciously): But what’s it ABOUT? That doesn’t tell us anything.

Maureen: It’s all about healthy eating.

Andrew: And?

Maureen: OK. It’s vegetarian. [The table erupts with displeasure.]

Nicholas: A whole month of eating vegetarian? NO WAY.

Tim: I’m predicting this right now: you’re going to make maybe two things, we’re not going to like them, and then this book is going to the charity shop.

Maureen: We don’t know that. Maybe there will be lots of good things in there. This looks nice. Hang on, I have to take a picture before I put some parmesan cheese on it.

Tim: That’s not very vegan of you.

Nicholas: Wait a minute. Not only is it vegetarian, but it’s VEGAN? This gets worse and worse.

Maureen: How very open minded of all of you. Come on, we have to give it at try. It’s the whole point of the blog. This spaghetti is nice.

Andrew: Sure, it’s fine, but it’s better with cheese on it.

Maureen: I forgot how much chopping is involved with vegetarian meals. I’m definitely going to have to factor that into my prep schedule.

Tim: Sure, this spaghetti is good, but I’m still sure this cookbook will be off to the charity shop by the end of the month.

Maureen: We’ll see.

“Quick Puttanesca Spaghetti” from “Bosh!”

Bosh! Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Maureen: You were right about this cookbook. It’s very orange.

Kirstin: It’s very fluoresecent, which means we’re getting old, because we remember fluoresence the first time around, back when it was fashionable.

Maureen: So a month of vegetarian meals, then. I think I’m going to neglect to tell my family.

Kirstin: But it’s a good thing to do a vegan book. We wanted to do a vegan book because we should all be eating less meat and this is one way to do that.

Maureen: Even though it’s a vegan book, I can already tell you that I’ll be using butter. I couldn’t live without it, and it’s unlikely I’ll be using coconut oil again, but we’ll see.

Kirstin: We’ve done vegan books before.

Maureen: Yes, it’s been mixed results at best with the previous vegan books. But we’re willing to have another go. The recipes do look good though. There’s a lot of things I’d like to try. But I know I’m not going to be a vegan by the end of this month.

Kirstin: No, me neither.

 

 

Bosh! Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby