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 Post subject: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:32 am 
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I'm going away with two other families in a couple of months for a week, there will be six adults and six kids, all omni apart from me. One of the families I've never met before.

I'm pretty sure they're all nice and vegan-friendly but probably clueless.

We're driving down to the cottage, which is in the countryside, so nothing frozen but I can take some essentials to pad out whatever basics we can buy locally.

We'll be cooking together so I'll need to have substitutes for whatever meat stuff they're having. I don't want them to think we
- just eat the crappy side dishes
- only eat fake meat
- have to cook completely weird separate meals
- have to bring a huge box of weird ingredients just to survive a week in the country

I want them to be jealous of my meal!

So I thought I'd take:
Soy milk
A couple of blocks of tofu (to make scrambles when they have eggy breakfasts)
Emergency burger mix (which I'd rather not use)
Nooch
Spices (just a few essentials)
An omni-friendly cookbook for them to admire and to encourage the odd fully vegan meal- maybe AFR

Any other ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:47 am 
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maybe some dry beans as emergency backup? Soaking beans always has a homely touch to it, they will be in awe at your cooking skills.


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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:06 am 
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Cans of beans. I think it's a great idea to bring AFR.

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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:42 am 
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Bring a bag of vegan chocolate chips and make Isa's chocolate chip cookie recipe (the one made with oil) at some point.


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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
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a falafel mix or chickpeas & tahini and whatever you need to make falafel, they are so easy to make. Make a killer tahini dressing and take it with you, or make it there. They can be panfried or baked in the oven/toaster oven. Who doesn't like falafels?
Bring lemons, a squeeze on your food makes everything taste better, and for drinks or a quick lemonade (lemons, water and whatever sweetener you need).


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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:33 am 
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I'd bring some good vegan snack options for throughout the day. If there are kids present there is gonna be some snacking! Maybe a good jar of peanut butter, for toast in the morning or with bananas for a pick me up.


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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 10:35 am 
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Definitely some kind of puddingy thing would be my suggestion; nothing says "inferior vegan option" more than just having fruit when everyone else has chocolate cake!

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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:40 pm 
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I'm thinking I'll take a bag of VWG as an all purpose binder, so I can make things like the chickpea cutlets from veganomicon if they're all having lamb chops or something. If I make the gravy then I can just sub those in....

Was thinking also that I could offer to cook first night (everyone else is flying in so we're the only one who can bring stuff), but what could I cook- I'd have to drive about five hours with three small children and then cook for six adults and six kids... Maybe a ratatouille (made the day before?) but what if they hate aubergine and there would have to be something else for kids.

Or maybe a bunch of pizzas- make the dough the night before and the sauces, just out together when we get there... But they might freak out at lack of mozerella (I wouldn't risk the cashew stuff...)

Or...?


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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:28 pm 
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What about a big batch of rice and bean taco/burrito things? You can put out a whack of toppings and let everyone fill as they like. Salsa makes everything delicious, IMO, and you'd really only be cooking up rice and beans, for the rest it's just a case of cutting lettuce and tomatoes and avocado.

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 Post subject: Re: Omni Holiday Survival Kit
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:02 pm 
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That's an awesome plan


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