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If a vegan friend visited you today, what could you make for them?

 
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Dale Hodgins wrote:The idea of being a vegetarian or vegan is beyond the experience of most people here.


Same here, Dale. We took a friend out for a meal, asked if there was anything without meat. Yes came the reply, roasted artichokes. Perfect. It arrived covered in fried iberian ham. But you said it was just vegetables - we told you he doesn't  eat meat! That isn't meat,  came the reply. That's jamon.
Meat and potatoes only here locally. There are the odd thing, a small dish of mushrooms but they are fried on the grill with all the meat.  The way to go vegetarian here is to grow it yourself.
 
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Marmite & cheese on toast or a bland caesar salad
 
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Jason Manning wrote:Marmite & cheese on toast or a bland caesar salad



I was just thinking how lovely both of these are, when I realised that cheese is a no no and ceasar dressing has anchovies. So to adapt, marmite on toast with a bowl of lettuce. Wow, really hard when one is not vegan or even vegetarian oneself.  I have a best friend of 55 years who has a severe nut and fish alergy. Whenever I cook for her I have to run the menu past my husband as it is so easy to make mistakes with ingredients. Its how I found out about ceasar dressing!
 
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Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:

Jason Manning wrote:Marmite & cheese on toast or a bland caesar salad



I was just thinking how lovely both of these are, when I realised that cheese is a no no and ceasar dressing has anchovies. So to adapt, marmite on toast with a bowl of lettuce. Wow, really hard when one is not vegan or even vegetarian oneself.  I have a best friend of 55 years who has a severe nut and fish alergy. Whenever I cook for her I have to run the menu past my husband as it is so easy to make mistakes with ingredients. Its how I found out about ceasar dressing!



Vegan cheese?

Add Marmite to the caesar dressing instead of the anchovies?
 
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Given that caesar dressing typically includes egg, cheese and anchovies, it wouldn't be my first choice for a vegan salad dressing.

I'm having to adapt some meals for my now vegan kid. I have to say it's a pain. Most of the time, I do the traditional meat, starch, vegetable and have at least one that she can eat. And often, I take her portions out first and then finish everyone else's with butter, cheese etc.  There is very little I eat that doesn't contain at least butter.
 
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I've got three boxes of plums and no time to process them so I've just been eating them with everything. After digging dirt in the rain all day yesterday, my dinner was buckwheat crepes with sliced plums wrapped inside. They were divine - and not just cause I was starving :D

Crepes were just buckwheat flour, water, baking soda, and vinegar. Plums were an unknown japanese variety from some urban foraging. Black and plummy.
 
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Stacy Witscher wrote:Given that caesar dressing typically includes egg, cheese and anchovies, it wouldn't be my first choice for a vegan salad dressing.



Blended cashews, nutritional yeast, and citric acid powder are the classic vegan parmesan substitute. Marmite, as was mentioned, and miso can make pretty good anchovy stand-ins. Egg is just an emulsifier, and there are all kinds of things you can substitute for that.

If you're determined to have a caesar dressing, it can be done :)
 
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Jan White - I have been playing around with blended cashews for her. My main issue is that our diets conflict. I add eggs and dairy to almost everything, because I'm diabetic and it helps keep my blood sugar in check. And while there are things like cashews and avocado that are good for adding fat, they don't grow here. So that doesn't align with my locavore ideas.
 
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Stacy Witscher wrote:Jan White - I have been playing around with blended cashews for her. My main issue is that our diets conflict. I add eggs and dairy to almost everything, because I'm diabetic and it helps keep my blood sugar in check. And while there are things like cashews and avocado that are good for adding fat, they don't grow here. So that doesn't align with my locavore ideas.



Yeah, I don't bother with vegan substitutes much. there are so many delicious, naturally vegan foods - like buckwheat crepes and plums!

Not sure where you are, but there must be some local fats.  Walnuts, hazelnuts, sunflower, poppy, flax, and evening primrose seeds are the fats I grow or forage.  I have to admit I still buy tahini and avocados, though :o
 
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Today my lunch was steamed bok choy and corn on boiled chickpeas with a miso, walnut, rice wine vinegar sauce.
 
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Burra Maluca wrote:What could you come up with?



Even though I don't have any vegan relatives or friends, there's a few dishes that could be made from what I keep in the pantry: as a back up to fresh herbs and vegetables, there's always an assortment of dried herbs/spices, along with rice paper sheets, tortillas, poppadoms, pasta, rice noodles, tinned tomatoes/corn/beetroot/fruit, packets of jelly/junket powder, several types of lentils, dried and canned beans, dried chick peas, couscous, oatmeal, etc. So:

1. Indian dhal (curry) made from the pulses
2. Vietnamese rice paper rolls, along with dipping sauces (though, without the mandatory fish sauce it's blasphemy!)
3. Faux Mexican tortillas
4. Faux Italian dishes - salsa, meatless bolognese sauce, etc
5. Ukrainian/Russian borscht
6. North African flavoured dishes (couscous, chakhchoura, hummus, etc)
7. Herb dips
8. Faux Western meatloaf - oatmeal
9. Desserts: jelly, junket, tinned fruit, oatmeal biscuits/cakes (being careful of enzymes used such as rennet, etc)

There's probably a lot more that can be made, but that's just after 10 minutes of rumination (pun intended)!
 
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