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Vegan Meetup Group: Oktoberfest

 

Vegan MoFo 2011 - Vegan Month of FoodMy weekend festivities included a Vegan Meetup Group Oktoberfest party at Linda and Rob’s house. The theme was German food, and many people brought vegan variations of German dishes. I was impressed again by the creativity and culinary talents of our group. I just barely managed to photograph most of the selections before they disappeared.

bierocks - German meat pies

Bierocks – German “meat” pies

 

apple cake

Apple cake

 

hummus

It’s not German, but it wouldn’t be a Vegan Meetup without hummus.

 

soups

It must be getting colder outside. We had two soups: squash and potato leek. Also pictured is a delicious apple torte in the lower left corner.

 

salads

Salads and sides: roasted beets (top left), bread, greens and seitan (right), and fruit salad with walnuts.

 

energy balls

Linda and Josie made energy balls. I don’t recall what they’re made of, but they include dates and sesame seeds and are rolled in coconut. Sold.

 

german chocolate cake

Speaking of coconut, this German chocolate cake was spectacular, in both size and taste. I couldn’t finish a slice, it was so rich.

 

dinner plate

Several items not pictured above made it to my plate, including macaroni and cheese with caramelized onions, a seitan bratwurst, and sauerkraut.

 

C-U Vegan Meetup, August Edition: Brunch

August’s Meetup for the C-U Vegan Meetup Group featured the most underrated meal of the day: brunch. Our small group gathered at Jason’s house to admire his staghorn fern (vegan taxidermy!), discuss how it gets watered, contemplate restroom fixtures and the people who love them, and enjoy some delicious vegan brunch dishes.

vegan chorizo scramble

Amber scrambled up a delicious combination of Soyrizo, tofu “eggs”, potatoes, peppers, and onions. I could eat this every day.

raspberries and cucumbers

Dana found a great sale on red raspberries and shared the bounty, along with some cucumbers from her CSA.

masala spiced donut bites

Dana also made Masala Spiced Donut Bites from Meet the Shannons. She did not disclose the calories per bite, which she actually dared to calculate. They’re baked, but rolled in melted Earth Balance and spiced sugar, resulting in deliciousness.

Amelia's coffee cake

Amelia baked a delicious coffee cake, filled with cinnamon streusel and walnuts. It contains yogurt, and was extra rich and tasty.

vegan diner herbed sausage patties

Amelia and Chase also brought delicious Herbed Breakfast Sausage Patties The recipe is from Vegan Diner, and the author, Julie Hasson, is a genius with seitan. I need to make these at home NOW since I found vegan English muffins last week. Veg McMuffin, anyone?

I missed getting photos for my own Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, but Dana managed to get great photos of some other yummy dishes, including baked french toast, tofu scramble, carrot and raisin muffins, tofu frittata, homemade tomato bagels topped with Parma!, roasted potatoes, and vegan egg rolls.

And on top of all this goodness, this weekend I found the scribbled-on-a-post-it recipe I made for Seitan Gyros! So now I just need to find some sumac and give it a little tweak, then unleash it upon the world. I’m contemplating shaping it into a big cone and steaming it that way for a little more authenticity.

 

Vegan Meetup Group: Salads in the Park

refreshing white teaLinda and Rob hosted the Champaign-Urbana Vegan Meetup Group last night at Davidson Park next to their home. It was a nice setting with enjoyable company, an abundance of great food, and slacklining.

I had about 30 seconds to snap some pictures from the time the dishes were unveiled until the feasting commenced. As usual, several dishes showed up later after we had filled our plates, so my apologies to those whose dishes did not get photographed. My favorite not pictured here was a zucchini bread topped with vegan cheese, made by Amelia.

Linda brewed some fragrant white tea in a nifty jar. White tea is great on ice. I think it would taste great over some chunks of frozen fruit.

channa masala and rice

Linda and Rob also made channa masala, with black tea, and no tomatoes. Interesting, and some of the best channa masala I’ve ever had.

tempeh saladThis is a tempeh/garbanzo bean “mock chicken-or-the-egg” salad from Kathryn, a long-time vegetarian, now vegan. She has forgotten what chicken or tuna salad is supposed to taste like. I don’t think that matters, it just tastes like good food to me.

slaw with daikon radishes Dana made a slaw with kohlrabi and daikon radishes. Way to use that CSA produce, Dana. She also brought the sought-after peanut butter cups, which proved too elusive for me to photograph. Or maybe I was too busy eating one.

broccoli salad with grapesI was too full to try this broccoli salad with grapes. It looks like there’s broccoli, celery, carrots, and grapes in here, with a vegan mayonnaise dressing. I see this salad all the time with raisins, but this grape idea has potential.

corn frittersKatie whipped up some delicious gluten-free corn fritters, with a top-notch presentation! I think the black bean spread on the right is also hers. The ceramic bowl containing it is adorable, with its little pocket for the spreader. Aww! Don’t you think these would make a great savory breakfast?

confetti ramen salad with hemp oil dressing closeup

I contributed a Confetti Ramen Slaw with Hemp Dressing.

Other offerings included Jason’s green beans with chili sauce, bread from Pekara, and delicious dessert bars from Robin, which turned out to be strawberry chickpea blondies, I think. (I may have found the recipe.)