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Vegan food suggestions? 
2nd-Nov-2012 07:51 pm
Farin Urlaub
I'm going to a vegan potluck and I'm not sure what to bring. I'm vegetarian but not vegan myself. I was going to make curried rice but I remembered I have to take the food there on the bus so I'd better go with something cold. But both my go-to cold salad recipes contain honey, and I'm not sure if I could substitute something else easily. One thing I do want to avoid is pasta salad, mostly because I don't really like very many kinds of that myself. I'd also rather avoid "fake meat" if possible, mostly because I really only like that hot. (Though I guess I could bring something I don't like, since other people might like it.) Any suggestions?
6th-Nov-2012 01:14 am (UTC)
A nice couscous might suffice, or a cold rice salad. Nothing wrong with a vegetable medley either, hot or cold.
6th-Nov-2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Couscous sounds great.

I also remembered that I have a good tabouli recipe, but I can get couscous more easily so I might go with that. Thanks!
6th-Nov-2012 09:30 am (UTC)
I make couscous the way I used to make tabouli in college!

-pile of dried couscous
-chopped cucumber
-chopped tomato
-chopped mint leaves
-handful of oregano
-juice of two or three lemons
-few spoons of olive oil
-salt and pepper

Left in the fridge overnight. :-)

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Also, how about hummus?

Put in the blender:

-can of chickpeas
-juice of a lemon or two
-few spoons olive oil
-tahini (last night I used almond butter because my tahini jar was empty)
-two or three garlic cloves

Vegans love hummus. Here's a Gary Rhodes recipe I saw in a magazine.

I've made it twice, once following the recipe, and once using my own ratios. It was good both ways.

All the best!
6th-Nov-2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Those both sound great.
6th-Nov-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
My go-to when I can't bring something hot is to bring some dessert. I have a few recipes here that transport well: http://veggiemightee.blogspot.com/p/recipe-index.html (Particularly the dump cake and the mandel brate.)

But as for your honey problem, in most recipes you can just swap it for agave syrup.
6th-Nov-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
I saw agave syrup in the store and thought of that! I don't really need the rest of the bottle right now so I didn't buy it but I'll definitely remember it for the future.

And I think I will probably be making that mandel brate. It looks delicious and I like that it takes oil instead of margarine. The only problem will be not eating the whole loaf myself. Thank you so much!
6th-Nov-2012 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ah, you won't regret it if you make that! I don't know if you've ever had mandel brate before, but the texture is halfway between a cookie and a biscotti, but it's easier to make than either. It's scrumptious!
6th-Nov-2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I am Jewish so I have had it now and then, but this recipe looks much better than the commercial stuff I've had.

I just have one question: I know not all sugar is vegan, and I think my local supermarket only sells brands that aren't. Do you think the recipe will work with the less processed stuff that I can find in the health food store? I'll have to go there anyway for the flax seed, so I can just use that if it will work. Otherwise I may be stuck.

Edited at 2012-11-06 11:48 pm (UTC)
7th-Nov-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Most supermarkets do sell organic sugar, which is vegan. But yes, demerara sugar or raw sugar will work - the color of the cookie will just be a little more golden brown.
7th-Nov-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'll look for that in the supermarket. They may sell it and I didn't realize it since I don't buy sugar often. But anyway now I know, and thanks again.
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