Monday, 14 September 2015

Surprise Vegan Eats

The prompt today gave me the chuckles 'Share something vegan (and delicious, duh) with a non-vegan'.  Well I am the non-vegan here participating in Vegan Mofo and everything I have been making this month has been vegan and pretty delicious.  But I haven't kept it all to myself.  I have been very generous with my kitchen experiments taking some of my edible creations to family and some into work and sharing with friends and colleagues, some are vegetarian, but most are omnivores.  
Here are some dishes that I have recently shared with non-vegans and non-vegetarians in my life. First up is an Ethiopian and Ertirean inspired Zigni Broth based on the more familiar D'ba Zigni.  This one has sweet potatoes and spinach. It was the first time some of them had tried an Ethiopian and Eritrean food and like me were surprised at how spicy it was.  
Next we have a vegetarian chilli.  You can't go wrong with a vegetarian chilli with family and friends, and then go and shock them further by telling them its vegan too.  I created this Chocolate Beetroot Chilli one not long ago and everyone who had a bowl full raved about not just how stunning it looked, but how fabulous it tasted too.  



Now we have these Paprika Mushroom pies, I did take one of these pies into work and it was demolished in less than half an hour; and the other went to family - all of whom are omnivores, again demolished - all that was left was crumbs.  

Its not just savoury food that I share with people in life who are either not vegetarian or vegan. Quite recently I shared some sweet bakes and sweet eats too.


For a start, I fooled my nephews and nieces with these Welsh Cakes and then told them these were vegan, they seriously could not tell the difference. 
I made these Beetroot Coconut 'Bounty' Bars last year and never got to share them with my mother, who just adores Bounty Bars.  Well I got a chance to make her some a little while back and she LOVED them, she was none the wiser that they were vegan.  
I made some vegan Coconut Creme Brulee and my husband who is vegetarian by association, enjoyed it and was most surprised when I told him it was completely vegan.  
A couple of months back, I made these Lemon Bars, bookmarked from Veganomicon and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.  My husband polished off most of them, but I did manage to steal some away from him to share with colleagues at work, who were totally amazed that these were vegan.  I told them, 'you can pretty much veganize anything, just wait for the vegan macarons and vegan meringues'. And they are waiting...rather patiently too. 
But before that, they got another vegan cake, a vegan 'Cheesecake' to be more precise.  This recipe for Green and Black  Cheesecake with Bengali Lime and Avocado came courtesy of Ms Marmite Lover aka Kerstin Rodgers via her cookbook V is for Vegan.  I got them further astounded, excited and amazed, a colleague declared me as 'genius', I responded I wish, the recipe like the Lemon Bars above come from a cookbook, not my head.  They are still stunned that I can create and re-recreate something like this at home and then share it with them.  You know what makes me smile, the knowledge that noone is going to fall out with me in a hurry.  

17 comments:

  1. I would have volunteered to be the non vegan you shared all the food with - all looks so delicious - you must be very popular when you bring along your food

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    1. :D Thanks Johanna. There are a few of us at work that take food into work, my vegetarian colleagues tend to be more excited when I bring in food, the others so so - but they try,

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  2. So much delicious food. It's nice that everyone around you liked the dishes. Your chili with beet hearts looks great. I'd be curious to see how the beet taste affects the chili overall.

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    1. Thanks Babette. Yes, I am fortunate the only people that don't like my food much are my sister in laws, but their diet is completely different to min. The beetroot flavour is there, but not overwhelming.

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    2. If I were your sister-in-law, I'd probably be jealous of your kitchen skills, but I'd definitely indulge!

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  3. I can appreciate this post after having tried several of your recipes through the years and knowing they are all good, though many are worth more than praise. I've always thought you should write your own cookbook.

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    1. Your so kind e. And I am pleased you approve. Cookery book, a few years back with encouragement from fellow bloggers I have put a book together, but nothing ever happened with it, its sitting on the virtual shelf.. who knows one day, but I am not one of those cook/chefy women who will pose looking lovingly into the camera lense holding a tray of cupcakes, its creeping into blogs too. You should read this article
      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/14/write-bestselling-cookery-book-recipes?CMP=share_btn_tw

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  4. Oh wow, these look delicious!! I'll have to try one of these out soon and share with family, since many of us are allergic to dairy and always on the look-out for non-dairy treats! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you Green Gal.
      I hope they like whichever one you decide to make

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  5. What a great seletion of goodies! I love the heart theme going on. I've never had Welsh Cakes but they look like the sort of thing I'd love. What are the little hearts on the bowl of chilli - are they beetroot?

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    1. Thank you so much.
      The little hearts on the Beetroot Chilli is actually beetroot, I used my mini heart cookie cutter - do follow the link to the recipe.

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  6. Yummy all around. And pretty, too! I'm glad everyone has been enjoying your creations so much.

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    1. Thank you so much BLD in MT, and my own waistline is not getting any slimmer!

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  7. I'd be happy to share any of those with you - particularly the creme brulee, that looks great! I made those same lemon bars from Veganomicon a while back and I remember how good they are still!

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    1. Joey, I would be more than delighted to share them with you too. The creme brulee was pretty awesome, I need to give it ago again. Those lemon bars are fab, I wonder if they would work with grapefruit or clementine?!

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  8. It is so awesome that you are making all this wonderful vegan food and then sharing with other non-vegans. That's the way to do it and you are awesome for spreading your (really!) awesome looking food!

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    1. Your so very very kind Zsu. I think there is a closet vegan in me, hence the reason I cook up lots of vegan delicious food and I always cook in bulk, so sharing is compulsory and its really lovely to get compliments from appreciative non-vegan and non-veggie colleagues. Once again, thank you - your comment/compliment has humbled me.

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