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#1 Old 07-19-2013, 07:06 AM
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I am looking for recipes for the finest Vegan cooking costs of ingredients are NOT an issue. I want to show off the finest vegan food going to people who think that a tin of tomato over pasta (AKA squatters slops) is th eheight of our cuisine.

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I love looking at regional food. Books that cull the best traditional or adapted vegetarian dishes from different cultures and countries. I think if your after a 'wow' factor thinking a bit outside the usual would be good. I love Indian, Chinese and Italian dishes for example, but really they're cuisines that most people are already pretty familiar with. However take this this Lebanese salad I found yesterday: http://justeatlove.com/2013/01/28/eggplant-almond-salad-with-a-minted-tahini-dressing/ it may not be haute cuisine but I suspect that for many people that would be something actually quite interesting. I'd pick a cuisine (or more than one) from a part of the globe that you feel is just a bit different and hit Amazon. Of course if your guests are extremely well travelled or serious gormands, that strategy may not be very useful! But it's an idea :)


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thanks icken. I live in the far east so I already use lots of local products. I do a lot of indian cooking and some chinese. Also Morrocan.

Its the sort of stuff you would find in an expensive London or Manhattan restaurant that I am after
 

The Aubergine/Almond salad looks excellent-Thanks for the link.
 

Edit  - I have everything iin the fridge already (other than honey which I will use a susbstitute and I have the mint growing in the garden Ill try it on Monday .

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#4 Old 07-19-2013, 09:36 AM
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I get inspiration for fancy vegan food by looking at menus from high end vegan restaurants. Tal Ronnen is an accomplished chef: http://www.talronnen.com/. His new restaurant is Crossroads in LA, check out the menu: http://www.crossroadskitchen.com/Menus.aspx
Millennium is a very popular high end restaurant with vegan food: http://www.millenniumrestaurant.com/restaurant/index.html

I would browse menus like these for inspiration, then look for recipes for individual components.
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The vegan restaurant around here has a dish that I almost spit out when I first tasted it because I was not expecting it to be so damn good. I got the inside track from the owner on how they make their almond breaded seitan steak served on spinach (with some tpe of vinegrette on it) with a side of mashed cauliflower. The seitan was made with wheat gluten, miso, spices, and a little bit of tofu to give it a nice texture, and was broiled until well cooked (after having been boiled for the seitan to actually be seitan). Sorry I don't have amounts, they told me to try it out and see (ie they don't want the specific recipe getting out). If you are comfortable making seitan and working with miso, tamari and spices, you should be able to make a killer meal out of it.

Here is that places menu for some more ideas: http://www.barharborvegetarian.com/Seasonal_Menus.html
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Checking out the menus of high-end vegan restaurants is a good idea. I myself prefer gourmet asian cuisine (specifically japanese and indian). I should google around and find some top-end restaurants to scope their menus.

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