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 Post subject: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:21 pm 
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Claire has kindly offered to host at her place in Logan Square. What time works best for everyone?

We have a few ideas for themes:
a) Regional (we'll need to pick a region!)
b) Pantry cleaning
c) Picnic theme, using in-season produce

Cast your vote for your favorite theme! Of course, whichever ones we don't use this time can be themes for future potlucks.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 7:51 am 
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Does 1 sound ok?

The most exciting to me would be regional- maybe middle eastern or North African?

I would be up for any of the themes though - although certainly my own garden is less exciting than it will be in even another month- I would love to do an in-season produce theme, but maybe it would be more fun later in the summer?


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 9:19 am 
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Regional is definitely the most exciting theme to me too. I agree that a seasonal theme will be better a little later. I'd be happy with any region, but I love both of Clair's suggestions. 1 is fine by me.


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Well... I *am* very obsessed with making everything from Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen at the moment, so I like that regional suggestion.


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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2015 9:46 pm 
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Zomg, an Indian theme would be so so so much fun!!!


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1pm sounds perfect!

An Indian theme would be fine with me. I rarely experiment with other cuisines, so any regional theme will be an adventure for me!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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Indian also sounds good to me! Should we plan on that?


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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I think we should plan on Indian! Unless there are any objections? :)

I'm excited, I've already put a couple of vegan Indian cookbooks on hold at the library!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:05 pm 
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Yay! This Indian theme is going to be sooooooo much fun! Claire, since you are hosting, can you cook up a big pot of basmati rice? We really can't do Indain without that, and rice doesn't reheat great, so it makes the most sense for that to be cooked on location.

Pepperpot, and anyone else who isn't familiar with Indian cooking, if you have V'con, there are some good Indian recipes in there:
5-Minute Mango Chutney is easy and delicious
Tamarind Lentils are very nice and also pretty easy
I have not made the Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions and Spiced Pitta Chips, but I've heard others rave about them.
Other V'con Indian recipes I have not yet tried but look really good:
Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Fresh Dill Basmati Rice with Chard and Chickpeas
Pumpkin Saag
Poppy Seed-Cornmeal Roti

VEW also has some Indian recipes, so if you have that, it could be a good place to look too.
If you need specialty ingredients, head to Devon Ave. Patel Brothers' grocery store will have everything you need.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:55 pm 
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Oh, yes, please. Indian potluck sounds fantastic, and 1pm is great!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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Samosa Stuffed Baked Potatoes have been on my to-do list for a while.

...but I think I'm gonna stick with Richa's book for the potluck, because I think I know juuuuuust what to make. This is gonna be so fun.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 9:02 am 
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Can you tell us what you are planning on making Holie? It will help me narrow down what I want to make!
Those samosa stuffed potatoes have been on my to-make list forever too, but I'll probably cook out of Dakshin Vegetarian Cuisine From South India. Technically a lacto-vegetarian book, but most recipes are veganized simply by using oil instead of ghee.


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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 9:07 am 
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There's an Indian pot pie thing with biscuit on top, so probably that. I feel like that kind of dish needs to be BROUGHT somewhere, like it's made for a potluck dish.

And I'll probably make one of the "fudge" dessert bar recipes in there too. They seem relatively simple.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:43 pm 
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I was just browsing through richa's website, and wow, the spinach parathas. I want them, and I want them stuffed with cauliflower. I have a busy couple of weeks coming up, so I will have to think about if I have the time/energy to make stuffed parathas, or if I should stick with more of a pot o curry type dish, but so far that's what I'm thinking.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 9:37 pm 
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I may make condiments--a chutney and a raita, along with a coconut-cardamom candy I used to make long ago...but now can't remember how I did it, or where I got the recipe.


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This looks close to what I remember.http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/coconu ... ali-sweets


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 10:35 pm 
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Ok, I'm pretty sure I'm going to make a dumpling sambar (sambar is basically a stew/curry. In this case the dumplings are legume based.) Mr. Rhizo thinks I should make a rasam, because it's sort of our thing. Rasam is a thin yet rich and delicious broth with maybe little bits of things floating in it. I'm also thinking about making mixed vegetable (tomato, cucumber, onion) curd salad using my home made cashew-soy yogurt.

PS: Yes, MJD, make conements! That sounds perfect!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:43 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions, Rhizo! I do have V'com, so I will definitely check out those recipes!

My first thought was samosas, but I don't think I'm brave enough to attempt those. Since I've never done any Indian cooking, I'll probably look for some simple recipes to start out with. I imagine I'll also be picking up a lot of new spices soon!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:24 pm 
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Ok, I think I'm going to attempt the following:

Baked Samosa Sticks and Tamarind Date Chutney from Vegan Indian Cooking
Almond Barfi

I may change my mind, but so far I think I'm going to go with these.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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I might make this instead of the pot pie now: http://www.veganricha.com/2013/06/gobi- ... lower.html

I made it last night and it is crazy good! (I'm stuck between making something new to cross off for June challenge and making this a second time...)


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:16 am 
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Oh, wow, Hollie, that cauliflower looks amazing! I'm sure whichever you decide will be great.

Can everyone state their level of heat tolerance? I'm somewhere around too hot is never hot enough and Mr. Rhizo has an even higher heat tolerance than I do, but we do know how to tone it down so that other people can eat our food. I do want to make a spicy dish, but I want to know what others will be comfortable with.


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The hotter the better over here!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
Can everyone state their level of heat tolerance? I'm somewhere around too hot is never hot enough and Mr. Rhizo has an even higher heat tolerance than I do, but we do know how to tone it down so that other people can eat our food. I do want to make a spicy dish, but I want to know what others will be comfortable with.

I love spicy, bring it on!!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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Spicy = goooood!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago PPK Potluck on June 7th!!
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Okay, well, outta nowhere I decided on the Vegan Paneer and Spinach in Tomato Sauce (Kadhai Vegan Paneer Palak). BECAUSE, this means I get to make the vegan paneer in the back of Vegan Richa's Indian Kitchen! And either the South Indian Chickpea Flour Fudge (Mysore Pak)...OR the Fudgy Cardamom Squares (Vegan Kalakand). (It depends on my at-home almond inventory. Ha.)

I was gonna make rice to go with it, but I saw that Rhizo suggested communal rice -- should I still make some? (I love the cumin-scented rice with peas in the book -- happy to make some.) I'm gonna make the final paneer dish tomorrow late morning, so hopefully it will still be warm (though...these things always manage to taste better the next day, so...hmmm)

Claire! I'm PMing for the address!


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