September 10th, 2010

How do you say picky eater in German?

Hey all- I've begun working as an au pair in Austria, which, so far, is good. There's one problem however- the kids I'm cooking for are kind of picky eaters. For background, their dad is omni, they're omni, their mom is mostly vegan (I blew her mind by making pancakes without eggs), but is completely and totally supportive of my veganism (which is an awesome change after living in Bosnia for 3 months). Anyway, long story short, I'm trying to cook meals for the kids that are at least vegetarian (so hopefully I don't have to make them a meal, and myself one), and that incorporate more veggies.

To give you an idea of what they will eat, the last week I've been here, they've eaten pizza (cheese and pepperoni), some raw carrots/tomatoes/peppers, dumplings (with egg and cheese) and strawberry sauce, donner, grilled meat, cucumber salad (but this was like pulling teeth with a few), curry with beef, the aforementioned pancakes and a lot of yogurt and musli. They will raw fruit.

Today, we made apple scones together (which was a big treat, since they're only allowed to have proper sweets on Saturdays), and I'm making veggie burgers and pasta with a vegan alfredo sauce (they've never had alfredo, so hopefully they like it? If not...). I guess my main difficulty is that a lot of comfort food for me growing up is nonexistent for them- mac n' cheese, burritos, grilled cheese, and the like.

Really, any ideas you could give me, vegan, vegetarian or otherwise would be appreciated.

PS- As for what's available, well, a fair amount of soy products (soy milk, soy pudding) and some tofus, but I haven't found faux-meat (outside of veggie burgers) or seitan or tempeh...
  • Current Location: austria
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Crockpot Curry Pumpkin Soup

My partner and I received a crockpot about a month ago at our wedding shower. We've tried a few things and most have been just meh (ratatouille) to just ok (black bean enchiladas). My grandmother gave me a pumpkin a few weeks ago and I had been dying to use it in a crockpot recipe. Well, with some google magic I came across this recipe. I made some changes to make it vegan and to spice it up a bit. I took out the cream and added beans to make it creamy.

1 small pumpkin, medium to large chunks
1 can of white beans
4 cups of vegetable broth
2 cups of water
1/2 white onion
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 inch of ginger, peeled and grated
1 Tbsp white sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Add pumpkin, beans, vegetable, spices and sugar into the crockpot. Add water and broth. Stir. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.

Carefully use an immersible blender to blend. If you don't have one of those (like I do), carefully ladle the soup into a food processor or blender. Be very careful when handling hot liquids. Put back in the crockpot and let sit on low/warm for 1 hour.

Seriously, this is by far one of the best soups ever. Like restaurant quality good. I wish I took pics but after waiting so long, I just wanted to eat!