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Re: Recipe requests

Postby siloguist » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:46 am UTC

I have to admit, I'm not the greatest cook who ever walked the planet, so I thought I'd consult the culinary oracle here!
A friend of mine is vegan, but as someone who tends to have meat and/or cheese in 99% of my main meals I'm at a bit of a loss for what to cook for them. Does anyone have any preferred vegan meals? Ideally something quite hearty to deal with the autumnal weather. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Recipe requests

Postby PAstrychef » Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:46 pm UTC

Baked stuffed squash. I like to use acorn squash, one per person, or maybe 1/2 per person if the squash are huge. Stuff with cooked grains-rice, bulgar, barley, etc., mixed with sautéed mushrooms, onions, garlic and maybe chopped tomato. I sometimes add nuts and dried apricots.
You can use whatever flavor profile you like in the filling. Soy, garlic and ginger=Asia, lemon and herbs=France, cumin, sage and chili=Tex-Mex and so on.
Also look up the vegan death metal chef videos. Good things to cook, with an interesting viewpoint thrown in.
(For those non vegan meals, add some cheese to the filling)
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Zohar » Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:03 pm UTC

You can easily make a big filling chili, and Indian cuisine has many hot stew-y vegan (or easy-to-vegan) dishes, like chana masala, dahl, etc.
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby siloguist » Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:15 pm UTC

PAstrychef wrote:Baked stuffed squash. I like to use acorn squash, one per person, or maybe 1/2 per person if the squash are huge. Stuff with cooked grains-rice, bulgar, barley, etc., mixed with sautéed mushrooms, onions, garlic and maybe chopped tomato. I sometimes add nuts and dried apricots.
You can use whatever flavor profile you like in the filling. Soy, garlic and ginger=Asia, lemon and herbs=France, cumin, sage and chili=Tex-Mex and so on.
Also look up the vegan death metal chef videos. Good things to cook, with an interesting viewpoint thrown in.
(For those non vegan meals, add some cheese to the filling)

That sounds mighty fine, thanks for the suggestion! Very versatile too. This vegan black metal chef guy is quality too :lol:

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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:50 am UTC

I need a kick-ass recipe for spicy eggplant, must have infinite umami and be SAUCY. The lady who cooks at my favorite Med. buffet won't give hers.
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Liri » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:31 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I need a kick-ass recipe for spicy eggplant, must have infinite umami and be SAUCY. The lady who cooks at my favorite Med. buffet won't give hers.

I had a ratatouille a few nights ago that was absolutely heavenly. Hell of savory with some definite spice. I can try to find the recipe.
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Bakemaster » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:09 pm UTC

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Re: Recipe requests

Postby dubsola » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:27 am UTC

This one looks good: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/oct/10/aubergine-recipes-turkish-imam-bayildi-hungkar-begendi-roast-with-tarator-yotam-ottolenghi. Haven't tried it, but I have eaten eggplant in Turkish restaurants before, and they know what they're doing, and I've eaten Ottolenghi recipes before, and he knows what he's doing, so, it'll probably work.

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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Bakemaster » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:50 pm UTC

The serious eats one was okay but I yearn for the exact recipe at this restaurant. The harissa I used relied on cumin, which seemed like the wrong direction to take.

You know what *really* excites me, though, is the "Hünkar begendi" in dubsola's link above... That looks heavenly.
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Ginger » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:26 pm UTC

Anyone know re: ways to spice up salads or other vegan dishes w/o ANY ANIMAL products so they don't just taste like watery leaves?
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Angua » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:49 pm UTC

Red onions, chilli flakes and a bit of salt with lemon juice and olive oil. Spices up pretty much any salad.
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Ginger » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:57 pm UTC

Thanks you Angua. <3 Your suggestions they sound... delicious and tasty. Bookmarked, A++ Response, shall try next time I eat salads.
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Re: Recipe requests

Postby Quercus » Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:05 pm UTC

Ginger wrote:Thanks you Angua. <3 Your suggestions they sound... delicious and tasty. Bookmarked, A++ Response, shall try next time I eat salads.


Classic vinaigrette is entirely vegan and definitely spices up a salad (at least in the metaphorical sense of "spice"). Wine or cider vinegar, olive oil, crushed garlic, a little mustard, salt and pepper.

As for other food, nutritional yeast flakes are pretty much a miracle ingredient for satisfying vegan flavor, also soy sauce and dried mushrooms for umami (buy soy sauce from Asian grocery stores for massive savings). My main advice though would be to read about flavor balancing if you don't know about it already, because that equips you to come up with your own satisfying seasoning mixes with whatever you happen to have on hand. This article is a good place to start (not vegan specific, but a lot of the suggestions don't include animal products)

https://lifehacker.com/learn-to-make-an ... 1477864259

All of the applies to general cooking, but I've found its way more important in vegan cooking, because it's more often "ensemble" cooking, without a single stand-out component, like many meat dishes tend to have.


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