Vegan Ventures

Considering I have been raving about beef the past few posts it seems a bit odd to jump off the cliff into herbivorous territory. A few weeks ago at my private chef gig I was challenged to create meals for three guest vegans, two adults and one child. If my life depended on it I could definitely become vegetarian, my life would, however, have to be in grave danger. Vegan is a whole different story…no meat/fish/cheese/butter/milk? That’s pretty much everything amazing and scrumptious. Nothing that comes from an animal..this was simply crazy talk!

The two main reasons people become vegan: their health is in danger or they love animals/environment. 91312026            LoveAnimalEnglish

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Now while I totally understand these reasons I could never imagine living this life, but it was fun to pretend for the weekend. Here’s what I came up with.

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Instead of focusing on what I couldn’t use I took the approach of all the wondrous fruits and veggies I could use, it is summer after all. It is important when living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle that you are getting enough protein so beans and legumes become essential. Cuisines such as Mexican, Mediterranean, and Asian have strong flavors that can cover up not so tasty soy meats or tofu.  Try some potato tacos with beans, homemade salsa, and daiya cheese, (I was told by the father vegan it’s the best on the market), or how about delicious black bean noodle and veggie stir-fry. Salads became the star in my lunch show, a tasty panzanella (bread salad) with caramelized shallots and tomatoes received bravos from the vegan audience. I even attempted an almond milk vegan pudding to serve with fruit compote. It turned out to be a goopy disaster, but I still served it with a sheepish smile, like, hey I did the best I could. While my client looked at the soupy pudding like she couldn’t believe I had brought it to the table the vegans were quite impressed. Proof omnivores have it better, because it kinda looked like paper mache. I am determined to make that pudding work, look out for it in the near future! It doesn’t hurt to take a walk on the (un)wild side and focus your meals on plants and grains once in a while. Test your creative culinary genius and see how yummy you can make nature taste.

Here’s some ideas to get you going:

Greek Salad-romaine, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, kidney beans with lemon oregano dressing

Potato Tacos- dice yellow potatoes into cubes, cook as you would breakfast potatoes but season with cumin, cayenne, chili powder (or cheat and use pre-packed taco seasoning). Serve in corn tortillas with normal toppings, hold the sour cream and real cheese.

Coconut Rice- Cook rice according to package except instead of water use canned coconut milk, add half a jalepeno for spice.

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my life has been a very interesting journey thus far. in my quarter century crisis im and not certain of much except that i love cooking and entertaining, and pleasing people is my passion. (wait that sounded a little funny) i am goofy eccentric, and love to laugh, in fact i often laugh at the most inappropriate times. i place high value in honesty and working hard. i don’t really believe in faking it until you make it, without some base knowledge or some sort of depth to your cause. i believe in making mistakes and trying everything once as long as you bring yourself no harm and no harm to others. i am a new age hippy, my words to live by are freedom, serenity, and love. i look for signs of the world and listen. i do judge, anyone who says they do not is a liar, but i use my judgements against you to reflect back on me to see how i can better myself. i hate constraints of our society, including grammar, punctuation, and recipes. i think fast except when it comes to numbers. the culinary world has always been and shall be my safe haven and outlet. i want to inspire, teach, and learn.

One thought on “Vegan Ventures

  1. I really like this post! It’s funny and entertaining while it also encourages individuals to experiment with cooking.

    Aside from the pictures (Send them to me for the tumblr!) this was the best part for me —>> While my client looked at the soupy pudding like she couldnt believe I had brought it to the table the vegans were quite impressed.

    I laughed out loud.


    On Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM, alilmixedup

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