Sunday, June 24, 2012

Vegan Feast Menu

On Friday night we had a vegan feast! I had one of my dear friends over for dinner. There was a clear agenda (she knew too- I don't want you thinking I was hijacking her), I wanted to show her it was more than possible to make yummy, healthy vegan food. I want so much to help her make good choices and live a long healthy life. It kills me to see her so unhealthy but hey, you can lead a horse to water right? so...

My mission:

1. To get my darling friend to eat healthy vegan food.
2. For her to like at least something!
3. To satisfy her (so she wouldn't get junk food on the way home)
4. To show that it is easy to cook yummy healthy food.
5. To convince her to start exercising (aiming for a 30 min daily walk)

I'll post some of the recipes soon but here's a sneak peak at my kitchen table after I finished making the chocolate course.. yummm (please excuse my pink curly straw cup)
From left to right you've got 1. Chocolate, nut, apricot truffles, 2. Chocolate coated dried apricots, 3. Chocolate coated grapes, 4. Chocolate coated dates stuffed with almond butter and 5. Chocolate mousse tarts. Now I know it looks like a lot but I was working on the assumption that she would be taking a bite of each and finding maybe one she liked... and of course making extras for my darling husband's bottomless stomach!
Vegan Feast Menu
Watermelon Juice, Orange & Grapefruit Juice, Apple Juice 
Coke Zevia, Organic Natural Coke

Pea, chili & corriander hummus
Moroccan pumpkin dip
Moroccan lentil dip
Rice cakes

Butternut Pumpkin Soup with roast pumpkin seeds
Apple, celery, walnut, spinach, lettuce salad with Apple Cider Vinegar dressing

Smoked Tofu steak burgers
Roast corn on the cob
Broccoli & peas cooked in stock
Oven roast fries

Raspberry & Apple crumble with coyo (coconut yoghurt)

Chocolate Course
Dates stuffed with almond butter coated in chocolate
Chocolate dipped dried apricots
Chocolate coated grapes
Almond, walnut, apricot vanilla truffles coated in chocolate
Chocolate mousse tarts 
(tart shell same mixture as truffles filled with choc tofu mousse & coated in chocolate)

Afters (just in case)
Apple leather bar
Emma & Toms bar (nut and fruit)
So- did I achieve my mission goals?
1. To get my darling friend to eat healthy vegan food.
She was so good! She tried everything. Even if she didn't like them she tried them, that's all I could have hoped for. I was so happy.
2. For her to like at least something!
Pea & Coriander Hummus Dip, Pumpkin Soup, Oven fries, Broccoli, Chocolate covered apricot, almond & walnut truffles, Chocolate covered grapes & apricots all went down well!
3. To satisfy her (so she wouldn't get junk food on the way home!)
As she left she was so full that junk food wasn't even an option. We didn't even get to 'afters' because we'd all had enough but talked about them as snacks to have incase the urge for junk is too much. 
4. To show that it is easy to cook yummy healthy food.
I think I managed to show her that these meal options were quick, easy and yum. I know the pumpkin soup was a winner and will get made. 
5. To convince her to start exercising (aiming for a 30 min daily walk)
I got her to agree that it was a good idea and has amazing health benefits.. so I'm calling that a win- now we just have to see if it actually happens... *fingers crossed*

I had a lovely time and really enjoyed cooking for the people I love. I know some people find it hard to put themselves in that situation (both cooks and guests) but it worked out wonderfully. After the disastrous christmas endeavour it was really quite refreshing to have a good experience cooking for omnivores. I will never stop trying to share my food with others & I hope you do too! food crosses all boundaries and unites people, it shouldn't become a source of friction rather spread love- make it about what you DO eat not what you don't and enjoy yourselves :)
I hope you're all well, happy and enjoying some yummy food!
All the best,

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  1. wow what a delicious feast!! Those sound so delicious! i love that there was a chocolate course! :)

  2. Sounds like a feast indeed! It sounds incredible! Your friend is lucky to have been spoiled by such an amazing meal ;) That is great that you achieved your goals and that she liked some of the vegan food. The menu looks amazing, I'm bookmarking it because I want to try and make some of these dishes! Dates stuffed with almond butter and coated in chocolate sound amazing!

  3. Sounds like an epic win, and a delicious feast! Great menu, and great effort trying to improve the diet and health of your friend.

    I've just nominated you for a blog award, so feel free to play along :)

  4. Yum! I would kill to have someone cook me up a feast like that!

  5. I'd love to have a friend who would cook all this just so I could try something new. How long did it take you to make?

  6. Thanks everyone I really appreciate all of your comments :)

    xvavaveganx- I'll post the stuffed dates, they're so simple but were definitely my favourite!

    Theresa- Thank you!!!! I'll definitely play along. Now I just have to think of a random fact...

    Joey- I think it took about 4hrs all up, including all the dishes in between cooking different the things.

    & If any of you are ever in Melbourne drop by and you'll all have a friend who will cook you up a feast! xxx


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