June 2nd, 2005

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Hey all -
My girlfriend posted tonight about the vegan birthday dinner we did last night...sounds like some of you wanted some recipes, so I'll give it my best shot. I'll preface this by saying I've never cooked strictly vegan before - of course, some stuff turns out to be vegan, but I've never gone into a dish with that intention. So, some of you may have better ideas for substitutions and things like that. Second, I'm terrible at writing (and following) recipes, so hopefully you get the basic idea, and obviously know your tastes better than I do.
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Hope this helps - any questions, leave a comment.

Emes Kosher Gel Contains Gelatin?

I found this article randomly while looking for other things - Very interesting lab results - and very disturbing...

from http://www.vegparadise.com/

June 1, 2005 -- Vegparadise News Bureau


Emes Kosher-Jel Flunks Gelatin Test

The Jewish word for truth is "emes" (pronounced em ess). Truth is the issue for the Seventh Day Adventist ABC Stores that have removed Emes Kosher-Jel from their shelves because they feel the company has not been honest about the ingredients in this product. For years Emes Kosher-Jel has been marketed as a vegetarian alternative to standard gelatin that is derived from animal ingredients. (See our gelatin story at http://www.vegparadise.comnews39.html)

The ingredient label for Emes Kosher-Jel lists carageenan, locust bean gum, and maltodextrin. The package indicates "Plain Parave Gelatin" that is "Unflavored - Unsweetened" Also included is the statement, "Contains no meat, no dairy products." For those who are kosher "pareve or parve" means no meat or dairy products, although it may include eggs.
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Rice Krispie Treats

I found this recipe online yesterday, tried it, and it's pretty good.
I wasn't sure if Karo was a brand name of corn syrup, but I ended up using corn syrup (mostly a light vanilla corn syrup I had, but I ran out so I also used a generous squirt of dark corn syrup). I think the recipe came out pretty tasty, but I probably could have gotten away with adding an extra cup of cereal.

PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPY TREATS

1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. white Karo syrup
1 c. smooth peanut butter
5-6 c. Rice Krispies

Heat sugar and Karo until hot. Add peanut butter and boil 1 minute. Remove from stove and add Rice Krispies. Mix well and spread into a well greased 9x13 inch pan. Cool and cut into bars.

Oh, does anyone have any pointers for getting hardened cornsyrup-peanutbutter goo out of my glass mixing bowl?

apple torte

I'm so excited with the way this turned out, I had to share it!

I wanted to veganize this recipe my mom makes. I'm quite impressed with myself. It's just as good as anything I've seen in a restaurant and almost too pretty to eat!


EDIT: this recipe has been reworked since first posted. the base didn't turn soft and it's tastes more "cheesy" with the vegan gourmet mozzarella.


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base
1 cup flour
1/2 cup margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla

filling
8oz. extra firm silken tofu (I use mori-nu)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted vegan gourmet mozzarella
1/2 tsp. vanilla


top
4-5 apples. I use macintosh
cinnamon
sugar
slivered almonds

Directions

1. Cream margarine, sugar and vanilla. Add flour. Work through with hands until the mixture is firm enough to hold shape and not crumbly. Pat down in a greased 9" springform pan. Make sure you have patted some of the dough around the side of pan. Bake for 5-7 minutes on 300F to firm.

2. In blender, combine tofu, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla and melted vegan gourmet mozzarella. Pour mixture into base.

3. Slice peeled apples and coat with cinnamon and sugar. Place on the top in a spiral. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top.

4. Bake at 450F for about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 400F and bake for 20 minutes. remove and loosen torte from the rim of pan with a knife. let cool completely before removing rim.


I might use it to make a cheezecake sometime since we don't get products like better than cream cheese here. I wouldn't spread it on a bagel or anything though. oh, and if using sweet apples you can use a little less sweetener on them..I found the top a little too sweet because of that. not that I'm complaining or anything. :)

Looking for suggestions

I decided to make some drastic lifestyle changes recently and I was hoping that I could get some suggestions. I've been vegetarian for many years but finally decided to completely cut out dairy from my diet. I also stopped consuming foods and beverages that are processed or contain any added sugar, artificial sweeteners or salt. So, right now I eat vegetables, fruit, seeds, and nuts and occasionally cook vegetables with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I drink water, Odwalla Superfood, Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness, Bolthouse Farms Perfectly Protein, plain green tea, and occasionally other fruit juices (this morning for breakfast I had about 5-6 oz of organic pomegranate juice). My favourite things to eat are either fresh green beans cooked with pressed garlic, a little EVOO and raw almonds... or 1/2 of a small avocado mixed with sliced green onion, grated carrot, a little bit of celery, and flax seeds or flax meal. I don't like to eat bread, tortillas, rice, or anything like that. (x-posted to vegetarian.)

I really like to cook but I've been cutting out so many things from my diet that I'm running out of things that seem like actual meals. I want to encourage my best friend to eat healthy as well but she doesn't like to just snack on raw vegetables. Any suggestions?

trouble with a vegan wedding in Maine

AHHHH! I never knew when i went vegan that one of my biggest challanges with veganism would be trying to put on a vegan wedding. I really need help and i don't know what to do. Are there any vegans out here who had a vegan wedding? All i can think is most vegans must just do it the smart way and have a real small gathering where them and their friends can make the food themselves. or else they live in a city/state where there are many vegan catering options.

The challange i face is that we want to have a vegan wedding in Maine (Portland, Maine) with about 75 guests. Maine isn't very veganized. We have about 4 resturants that have vegan options, and one fully vegan cafe that is very small and grassroots and doesn't do caterering. We just went to a ordinary caterer today to find out if they would do a vegan menu for us. However he seemed to give us a cold shoulder about it and said his cooks would be pissed and he could do it if he needed to but it wasn't something he normally does. GAH! in generally he had had a bad mindset about it so i decided he was a no-go.

So orgionally we wanted to do all of our own food. We were thinking, heck i can have my family make food. assign a different item to every family member and pool resources. However, one of my biggest resources (my sister with the boyfriend chief) say that i would be in WAY over my head and that it could never be done. They keep encouraging me to keep looking for caterers. Of course a caterer sounds nice, they do all the work for you. However they could fuck up and ruin out whole wedding by making it un-vegan on accident- plus it seems to be a challange in itself to find someone willing to do a vegan menu. I called / e-mailed many places but no one gets back to me. and i have a feeling i know why- i mentioned i was vegan and none of them want to do a vegan menu so they aren't getting back to me.

Anyway, what do you think we should do? I am willing to spend money, but no one wants my vegan $$. If my sister thinks i'm nuts for trying to do the food myself then she isn't going to be impressed when i start assigning items to her. My sister is awsome- don't get my wrong! but she's positive that making meals for 75 people is to much. maybe she is right. honestly what do you think?

Do you think if we slimmed down our list to about 60, got about 4 cake pans, made vegan lasagna in them, got some veggie platters from the store, some punch, chips, vegan potato salad or something- would that be to hard?