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Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:46 am UTC
by siloguist
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!

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 12:46 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
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)

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
by Zohar
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.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:15 pm UTC
by siloguist
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:

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:50 am UTC
by Bakemaster
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.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:31 am UTC
by Liri
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.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:09 pm UTC
by Bakemaster

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:27 am UTC
by dubsola
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.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
by Bakemaster
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.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
by Ginger
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?

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
by Angua
Red onions, chilli flakes and a bit of salt with lemon juice and olive oil. Spices up pretty much any salad.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
by Ginger
Thanks you Angua. <3 Your suggestions they sound... delicious and tasty. Bookmarked, A++ Response, shall try next time I eat salads.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
by Quercus
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.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Mon May 07, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
by Zohar
Funnily enough, I'm posting here again for the same reason I started this thread - we're having friends over for a Eurovision party. This year it's hosted in Portugal (they won last year with a very mediocre song), so I'm going to make Portuguese egg custard tarts, but I'd like to make at least one more foody food. The problem's I'm vegetarian and they don't seem to have a ton of traditional savory vegetarian recipes. The ones I found all seem to be different kinds of soup, and it will be pretty warm.

Does anyone have experience with Portuguese food and can suggest ideas?

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 12:24 am UTC
by PAstrychef
I found this linkhttps://www.pinterest.com/pin/68117013084783834/ with some things that looked interesting, especially the multi colored vegetable tortas.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 1:02 am UTC
by Nath
Caldo Verde, if you swap in some vegetarian sausage substitute. Açorda.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 1:05 am UTC
by PAstrychef
Hi Nath! What’s cooking?

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 1:07 am UTC
by poxic
Hey, it's Nath. Hello.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:19 am UTC
by Nath
Hello! I guess I absent-mindedly left lurker mode.

What's cooking (as of last night) is summer truffle pasta and vignarola.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 4:50 am UTC
by dubsola
Zohar wrote:Portuguese egg custard tarts

I love these! Are they hard to make?

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
by Zohar
They were a bit pesky when I made them - making puff pastry dough and all that. The custard itself was super easy to make, just a ton of eggs. And then it's a bit more work because you're individually assembling them. I suspect if you buy premade puff pastry dough it would be much easier.

And PAstry, those tarts look really pretty, maybe I'll make one of those!

Nath, I'd rather avoid a soup because I think it will be too warm.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 09, 2018 1:40 am UTC
by dubsola
I will never make puff pastry. Store bought is fine + I'm not a baker. Sorry PAstryChef.

Also, seconding the 'Wow those tarts look amazing!'

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:50 am UTC
by Thesh
I just remembered I could buy wonton wrappers and just make dumplings whenever I want. Any ideas for something vegan I can make with black beans?

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:00 am UTC
by sardia
Thesh wrote:I just remembered I could buy wonton wrappers and just make dumplings whenever I want. Any ideas for something vegan I can make with black beans?

Queso dip nachos? Pressure cook beans https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/201 ... ecipe.html
Then make nacho cheese.

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/201 ... d-lab.html lay down single layer of chips . add beans to each chip. Repeat with each ingredient.
Add pickled jalapenos-onions-carrot. Add cilantro. Maybe some green onion. Broil until crispy. Top with guac and a squeeze of lime. Top with crema if you feel extra decadent.
Option 2. Make black beans. Eat. It's good by itself.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:06 pm UTC
by Thesh
No offense, but you are terrible at being helpful.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:53 pm UTC
by CelticNot
Assuming you're looking for a conflation of wontons and black beans, I did find this recipe. Can't speak to taste (I'm not much of a bean person myself), but it should be vegan-compatible?

This one too, omitting the sour cream.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:21 am UTC
by Sungura
I know I can google this but curious if anyone here has attempted / has a recipe for / knows already made sauce: the chick fil a polynesian sauce
If you know already made thats actually better as im lazy about sauces.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:36 am UTC
by sardia
Sungura wrote:I know I can google this but curious if anyone here has attempted / has a recipe for / knows already made sauce: the chick fil a polynesian sauce
If you know already made thats actually better as im lazy about sauces.

Lazy google https://www.stockpilingmoms.com/copycat ... ian-sauce/
Kinda too sweet for my tastes.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 1:17 am UTC
by Sungura
I really like baking cookies.
Mostly they are some form of chocolate. Or snickerdoodles. I make great snickerdoodles.

Anyway. I would love to hear you fav non-chocolatey / different flavoured cookie recipes. Bonus for odd ingredients that youd not think go in a cookie.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 2:53 pm UTC
by Zohar
Alex really liked oatmeal cookies, but we usually add chocolate chips to those. Macaroons are also great (and can also benefit from chocolate chips). I don't have recipes for those off-hand though.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
by Angua
My mum's melting moments. We often put half a maraschino cherry in the centre of each one, or you can put a hershey's kiss (or nothing at all!).

Spoiler:
0.5c icing sugar
0.5 c cornstarch
1c flour
3/4c soften butter

NB often double recipe

Cook at 350F (177C) until just cooked (very quick)

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
by Sungura
Angua wrote:My mum's melting moments. We often put half a maraschino cherry in the centre of each one, or you can put a hershey's kiss (or nothing at all!).

Spoiler:
0.5c icing sugar
0.5 c cornstarch
1c flour
3/4c soften butter

NB often double recipe

Cook at 350F (177C) until just cooked (very quick)

so like...surrounded by the dough to where cant see the center? or like smashed down into the center from the top?
wonder if it would work with strawberry? for those of us who cherries not a fan lol

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
by Zohar
I feel like a fresh strawberry would probably be very wet in there, so you might want to cook them a bit first, or freeze strawberry jam and use half-teaspoons.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 5:06 pm UTC
by Angua
Sungura wrote:
Angua wrote:My mum's melting moments. We often put half a maraschino cherry in the centre of each one, or you can put a hershey's kiss (or nothing at all!).

Spoiler:
0.5c icing sugar
0.5 c cornstarch
1c flour
3/4c soften butter

NB often double recipe

Cook at 350F (177C) until just cooked (very quick)

so like...surrounded by the dough to where cant see the center? or like smashed down into the center from the top?
wonder if it would work with strawberry? for those of us who cherries not a fan lol

Smashed down from top. This looks extremely similar from google
Spoiler:
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My mum thinks that as they cook so quickly that you should be fine with a strawberry if that's what you wanted to try.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 5:26 pm UTC
by freezeblade
Sungura wrote:I really like baking cookies.
Mostly they are some form of chocolate. Or snickerdoodles. I make great snickerdoodles.

Anyway. I would love to hear you fav non-chocolatey / different flavoured cookie recipes. Bonus for odd ingredients that youd not think go in a cookie.


I love ginger cookies. Here's my favorite recipe for them. http://alicemedrich.com/recipe/my-ginger-cookies/

I use dark muscovado (dark brown sugar is an ok replacement) and dark molasses (even using blackstrap, even though the recipe warns against it), as I love the flavor it imparts to the cookie.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 5:11 am UTC
by dubsola
I want a nice hearty broth, like a tonkotsu broth, but ideally one that does not require that amount of time, nor a dutch oven.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 2:28 pm UTC
by Zohar
While I haven't made it myself, dashi doesn't take too long to make.

May I ask why the time limitation? Broth freezes well and doesn't take a lot of work, just time. You could find a free afternoon, roast whatever you're going to put in it for 40 minutes, then simmer for 3 hours, let cool and freeze.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 3:05 pm UTC
by PAstrychef
Not a slow cooker, but a pressure cooker will do the job pretty fast.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Wed May 29, 2019 3:10 pm UTC
by Zohar
A pressure cooker will still probably take about an hour to build up pressure and cook things, though. Like when I make rice in my instant pot it says it's 11 minutes but really it's closer to 30 with the buildup and natural release. In that specific case it's not about speed, it's just more convenient.

Re: Recipe requests

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 12:46 am UTC
by dubsola
I ended up making a vegetable broth yesterday, and it was pretty good. It only took an hour or so. Next one I make will have some sort of meat bones in it. The time thing is it's just that I don't always know how long I'll have when I'm at home during the day. Young kids can go crazy after a little while and you have to get them out of the house. I don't really love leaving things on the stove when I'm not at home.

Also I don't have a dutch oven. I want one, but they are pricey.