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 Post subject: How To Impress Vegans!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:42 pm 
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I know all about the "How to Impress Omnis..." thread - but next weekend some of my BF's tennis friends are coming over and they are BOTH vegan! wooo! I really want to make a nice special dinner. The only think I know is that they don't like eggplant.

So, what are some of your favorite meals? This is on a sunday, and I don't mind putting in some time - so special project meals are great too!

What would you love if someone made it for you (uh, besides anything!)?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:50 pm 
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Homemade ravioli would be pretty awesome.

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if someone made me like a curry dish either Indian or Thai i would pee myself.

i LOVE the curry laska from AFR, BUT it is very messy to eat so i dont know if that is a good choice.

i also like the 2nd ave korma + cashew cranberry biryani from AFR.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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I would love a lasagna with cashew ricotta (Vcon) and spinach and garlic with either a marinara or alfredo sauce, I rarely take the time to assemble that for myself. Serve that with a salad and some warm bread and I just need to know what time I should show up.


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If they are not familiar with VB, I think the omelets would be awesome and a big surprise. You could fill them with spinach and cashew ricotta, make mushroom gravy on top, a side of roasted new potatoes and asparagus. Yum!

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Pizza! Isa pizza is so good, but way too fussy/expensive for everyday, but asparagus is in season now, so it's perfect. That would knock guest vegans' socks off.

The shallot fennel salad from Vcon is a nice accompaniment.

For desert, how about rhubarb strawberry crumb pie? That's my favorite recipe from VPiTS.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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I want to be fed by Amey (again)! :)

Whip out the Voluptuous Vegan, girl!

Or make some really cool ethnic spread...Japanese can be super fun because a lot of prep can be done ahead of time and it's visually stunning. Or make your birthday lasagna!


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I love your blog!

Maybe a vegan bisteeya or couscous for a Moroccan themed evening? Tea with mint and fresh fruit for dessert?

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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I am on my way and pierogi would be great. Or Ethiopian. Or anything you have on your blog. Or pierogi.

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Tiramisu!

If you're also looking for a dessert, anyway, I think that would be my choice. It's fancy and impressive and it's one of my favourite things that I never make because it just has too many components. Ravioli sounds great too, as does everything else mentioned here. Those friends are two lucky vegans!


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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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I love this thread!! I usually have so much social anxiety over cooking for my vegan friends, especially since most of them really enjoy cooking. I think multi-course meals or full spreads with a custom mocktail or cocktail pairing are really fun and impressive and have no doubt in Amey!

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I think lasagna or ravioli would rock. They're both familiar dishes to everybody and much more special than your typical pasta dish.

Also a middle-eastern mezze would be awesome. Hummus, pita, olives, tabblouleh, falafel, tomato salad, pickled radishes, grape leaves, maybe some stuffed zucchini (kusa).

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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Homemade ravioli and tiramisu for dessert sound great! But I am sure anything you go with will end up being awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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Ooooh. Ravioli. With fancy fillings like... I don't know. Fancy things!

I love meals that are lots of little dishes. Like 2 or 3 Indian dishes (a saag, a dhal, a vegetable) and then flatbreads... And even a homemade chutney or two. I would love someone to make that sort of thing for me.

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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Deep fried things impress me. Deep fry the ravioli St. Louis style!

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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Oh my gosh, you all are THE BEST! There are so many wonderful ideas in this thread! I am stoked.

Yes, I definitely want to do a multi-part dinner with the appetizers and the main and the drinks and the dessert all having some relationship to each other
(like all moroccan, or all italian, or whatever!). I hadn't even thought of Indian food, but that could be super fun too. So many great ideas to dream about. Now my gears are turning - I just needed a kick in the butt! (but keep the ideas coming in, too!)

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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jdfunks wrote:
I love this thread!! I usually have so much social anxiety over cooking for my vegan friends, especially since most of them really enjoy cooking. I think multi-course meals or full spreads with a custom mocktail or cocktail pairing are really fun and impressive and have no doubt in Amey!

Indeed! I've usually find omnis easy to impress, vegans on the other hand...those are some picky foodies.

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i would do a fancy lentil walnut mushroom pate, to eat with with garlic crostini. then make some scalloped potatoes, or mashed potatoes with gravy, some really awesome tempeh dish (smokey grilled, or picatta), some a giant kale salad, or some other green on the side. roasted asparagus?

maybe individual fruity turnovers for dessert, with homemade ice cream.

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Deep fried things impress me. Deep fry the ravioli St. Louis style!

fork yes. Deep fry everything! Deep fry that lasagna, too! Deep fry Paula Deen!


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Crust wrote:
quark wrote:
Deep fried things impress me. Deep fry the ravioli St. Louis style!

fork yes. Deep fry everything! Deep fry that lasagna, too! Deep fry Paula Deen!


Seriously. I deep fry stuff, so I know it's not actually difficult, but it still seems difficult and always produces utter deliciousness.

Then again, I live in the Midwest and grew up eating nothing but red meat, bread, and ketchup, so my idea of fine vegan dining is probably not normal.

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The main course should be something yummy, easy to make but not something you get to eat everyday, like enchiladas, lasagna, pot pie (and make extras to freeze for yourself later!)... And since the last few posts have said something about deep frying: If you want to impress ANYONE (especially vegans) make churros! And have chocolate dippin' sauce for it!


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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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haha this thread cracks me up because i have a friend who stops by the house literally to see what kind of vegan leftovers he can bum off me. He just stopped by and i sent him home with a Shiitake stuffed potato from Vegan Planet that i had made for dinner. He's always so impressed and he never even gets stuff fresh just leftovers. maybe i'll invite him for real dinner and really knock his socks off.


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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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Since I just made the Coconut-Vanilla flan from Viva Vegan(and it was delicious), I'd go with a Latin-themed dinner. I don't have any other ideas right now, but I'll look through Viva Vegan in the morning and come back with something more helpful. I've also been reading your blog forever and didn't realize you were a ppk'er. Your blog is amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: How To Impress Vegans!
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ooooh, latin is a good idea. The fellow is Peruvian apparently, so a Peruvian meal from Viva did cross my mind... but the flan could really seal the deal.

Deep fry + Amey = not gonna happen. I am freaked out by it!

also, thanks for all the blog love, everyone!

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something with crepes. like ethiopian. mmm.

like many others, i would be so excited about lasagna or ravioli.


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