January 6th, 2010

Vegan Candied Ginger Recipes

Hello vegan cooks!

I am getting married soon, and for my favors I am giving a jar of candied ginger and a favorite recipe of mine. The problem? My absolutely wonderful friend who is a vegan will be in attendance, and I definitely don't want to give her a recipe that she has no use for.

I did a search from the community info page and found a couple of recipes for cookies and things, but she a personal trainer and generally doesn't eat baked desserts like that. Can any of you help me with a fairly easy recipe that involves candied ginger, that isn't a baked good? I know that's kind of tricky, but I'm hoping someone will have some kind of ingenious idea.

(Oh, and yes, I checked to make sure the candied ginger was vegan.)

daikon? jicama? water chestnuts?

This afternoon I found myself in the Asian supermarket with money to burn, so I stocked up on sriracha (naturally) and bought some veggies I don't normally buy. I've eaten them, but I've never tried to cook with them.

I can figure out what to do with fresh water chestnuts and the mystery green called gai lan. (Although I was surprised to find raw water chestnuts so sweet! My favorite Chinese place uses fresh water chestnuts, and they don't seem sweet when cooked.)

But I don't know what to do with daikon besides kimchi and Asian slaw, neither of which is happening tonight, and I don't know what to do with jicama besides eat it raw, which isn't so appealing in winter.

Ideas? Suggestions? Recipes? I'm thinking of a curry with sweet basil paste and coconut milk, or a stir fry with lots of fresh ginger. Would I regret putting daikon or jicama into either of those?

Thanks all.

Nutella recipe

I absolutely can't describe how much I missed the flavour of this.

Ingredients:
125 g sugar
125 g powdered walnuts
a half glass of coconut milk
300 g dark chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla flavour

Mix the sugar and the coconut milk and cook it till the sugar fully disintegrated. Add the other ingredients and cook it; the chocolate has to melt. Mix everything. This spread can also be done in the microwave. It will be brushable when it is cooled off.
I know, it's odd that I used walnuts and it still tastes like Nutella; but I think you can also use hazelnuts. I also added some rum flavour.

gluten free soy free vegan foods?

We're having a get together soon, and new people will be attending. These new people are not vegan, but they do dairy free, gluten free, and soy free diets. Now *my* family is most certainly vegan, so all of the food here will be vegan as well.

Main issue : The new family has several children as well. Like most children, they enjoy bland or sweet foods, nothing spicy or too challenging. I have no idea where to start! The only things I can think of are hummus and peanut butter, and things to dip into them, and maybe potato or squash soup (made with rice milk I guess?). That's fine for appetizer foods, but I need meal foods as well.

Does anyone have any ideas for kid friendly vegan soy free gluten free foods?