I know this is a very commonly asked thing and I did look at some of the other threads but I can't think right now.
I'm going to a shared meal on Saturday and am struggling to decide what dish to bring. We've been told:
We are hoping that everyone might be able to bring a contribution which we can all share.
I will be co-ordinating the food so I'd be grateful if you would kindly let me know whether you would prefer to bring a vegetarian main course or a pudding to feed 6 people. It is really helpful for me to know what you're planning to bring in advance so that I can ensure we don't end up with one pot of curry and 26 cheesecakes. Not necessarily a disaster now I think about it, but still...
Hopefully this will provide more than enough to feed the 25 to 30 people we are expecting. The Hall has a well-equipped, modern kitchen so we can easily heat up your dishes if required.
LCV will supply the necessary rice / pasta / breads, hot beverages and soft drinks.
I think I'll bring a main dish as I'd rather eat something deliciously savoury than eat salad and dessert, if other vegan options are poor. (I'm going to email the organiser and ask that people label whether or not each dish contains dairy, eggs, honey so at least I'll know.)
So I need a main dish that I can make without a blender or food processor, which can be prepared either in the morning or the night before, then sit in my fridge for a few hours- we are going for a walk from 2pm to 3.15pm, then having a discussion from 3.30pm before the meal. So I'll either pop back and transfer my dish from my kitchen to the event kitchen at 3.15pm or 6.15pm, whichever's more convenient.
Cookbooks I have with me:
"Appetite for Reduction"
"Another Dinner is Possible" by Isy and Mike
"The Really Useful Ultimate Student Vegetarian Cook Book" by Helen Aitken
"The Really Useful Ultimate Student Cook Book" by Silvana Franco
"Vegetarian Comfort Food" by Jennifer Warren
and I have internet access for recipes on the PPK blog etc.
Soup or stew aren't very suitable for a potluck, are they?
I really like chickpea piccata and I don't think it'd be too likely to go wrong. If I made that and a separate container of caulipots what would be the best way to reheat them?