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So, whenever I get a chance to cook for anyone I cook what I eat - vegan! Staff meals at the restaurant I work at, friends, family...I love showing them that vegan food can be incredibly delicious.<br><br>
So tonight, I was visiting my parents and took care of dinner. It was spaghetti squash "pasta" with sauteed mushrooms and spinach, with a creamy cashew sauce. I made more spaghetti squash than I intended, so I joking sent my mom a text (they were out at a church service) saying that I hoped she loved spaghetti squash because I'd made a huge heaping bowl of it!<br><br>
...she sent a text back that she didn't like spaghetti squash, but that it was ok because they had leftover roast. Needless to say, I was making a D: face and panicking a bit.<br><br>
I convinced her to try what I made, and she loved it! My dad even got thirds, and it makes me laugh to remember when I went vegetarian in high school and he'd scold me at dinner for not having meat on my plate. How times change.<br><br>
Have any of you guys had anything go wrong when you're cooking vegan for people? To me, it feels worse than a mistake making a "normal" meal, because I think that they're going "See, vegan food is awful." Thankfully this one turned out well - in the future I should probably double check that everyone likes the veggies I do.
 

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We can’t blame that’s the initial reaction of people, even your own family, when you started to shun the usual thing you do. They will even think you’re weird or goin’ out of your mind. I did try it once and thankfully didn’t get any criticism. LOL
 

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Have any of you guys had anything go wrong when you're cooking vegan for people? To me, it feels worse than a mistake making a "normal" meal, because I think that they're going "See, vegan food is awful." Thankfully this one turned out well - in the future I should probably double check that everyone likes the veggies I do.</div>
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that's my fear. that the one dish i chose to serve turns out bad and makes someone think all vegan food is bad or weird
 

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Yesterday I made pumpkin cupcakes with "cream cheese buttercream" frosting. I brought them to my grandfathers birthday party.<br>
All of my relatives went crazy over them and all 24 of them disappeared in minutes! They became the subject of conversation at the table for a couple minutes.<br><br>
It was then that I came out with it- telling them that they were vegan, and that the frosting was made with tofu! The looks on their faces was absolutely priceless. They were super impressed!<br><br>
I definitely won people over with that one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> My family and friends have been giving me such a hard time with me and my family going vegan, it was a nice small victory!
 

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I rarely cook for nonvegans because I simply can't take the criticism. There's always someone who has to complain. It drives me crazy. Even if the criticism is only 0.001% I still have a hard time with it.<br><br>
My husband on the otherhand actually enjoys trying new recipes and feeding other people tasty vegan food. Any criticism he gets for it just rolls off his back. his reaction is usually just something like "well, those people are stupid." and he can get away with declaring himself smarter than critical nonvegans because he went to MIT and is a genius.<br><br>
On the flip side, I can leaflet without social anxiety or worries about mean nonvegans. He gets more emotional and doesn't like leafleting. All in all we make a good pair.
 

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I tend to make baked goods - everyone enjoys cookies.
 

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Mollycakes - do you have a recipe for that icing? Sounds awesome!<br><br><br>
I just came home to find my dad eating his lunch - out of all the leftovers, he was eating the spaghetti squash with cashew sauce! Win.
 

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that's my fear. that the one dish i chose to serve turns out bad and makes someone think all vegan food is bad or weird</div>
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Yep. I hate spagetti squash!<br>
I'm always surprised when omnis like the vegan dishes I personally don't really like!
 

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I'm not bothered about the non-vegans, it's cooking for the 'already vegan and much better at it than me' crowd that ****s with my head. :p
 

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Mollycakes - do you have a recipe for that icing? Sounds awesome!<br><br></div>
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I took 2 sticks of softened Earths Balance vegan buttery sticks, and mixed them with a package of tofutti cream cheese- with a hand mixer. Then i slowly added 1lb of vegan confectioners sugar, until creamy and stiff. Then I added a tbsp of coconut milk and mixed it another couple seconds.<br>
It was so yummy, I was eating the frosting by the spoonful as I was piping it on the cupcakes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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I made sweet potato chili again for the family, and it was a hit...Never said anything except to the other vegetarian at the table.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AeryFairy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3042472"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I tend to make baked goods - everyone enjoys cookies.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Sugar = The great equalizer. Give people cookies and they will be happy.<br><br>
I've had a few great successes cooking vegan food for people, never really had any failures. I tend to keep it very basic and recognizable though, I serve friends things they don't consider 'weird' and probably wouldn't even think of as vegan so it's hard to slip up. When I'm serving snacks I'll make a plate of french fries or something, or veggies with Tofutti dill dip (no one has ever realized it was Tofutti until I pointed it out, so it must taste good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">) or vegan BBQ chips, crackers with hummus, tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, etc.<br><br>
Two of my favourite experiences:<br><br>
1) We had a friend staying over who is very into the punk scene. In other words, she loves beer and bacon more than anything and isn't exactly veg-friendly. She knew I was vegan but must have forgot, because when I made pasta with Yves ground round and roasted garlic tomato sauce, garlic bread with Earth balance and salad she happily devoured two servings without saying a word about it. Then when she was done she said "So, I guess you aren't vegetarian anymore? That was really good!" Turns out the ground round was convincing enough for her to have two helpings without realizing it wasn't beef, ha! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br>
2) I made a peanut butter chocolate pie for a party that had tofu as a main ingredient. A couple of the friends attending were veg*n but most were meat eaters and one of them kept making jokes about tofu eaters and how gross it was and he doesn't understand how I live. I served him a big slice of pie, didn't tell him it was made with tofu until after. The look on his face when he realized how good it was was hilarious, and he later told me that was the first time he realized how delicious food without animal products can be. Score one for the veggie people! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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Yep. I hate spagetti squash!<br>
I'm always surprised when omnis like the vegan dishes I personally don't really like!</div>
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I'm always surprised to hear people who don't like spaghetti squash, mostly because I think it just tastes like nothing. :p I use it to carry yummy sauces, haha.<br><br><br>
Also, where do you guys buy Tofutti products? I admit I'm kind of limited as to where I can shop, but I keep hearing how yummy it is and I can't find it. Makes me so sad, especially since I really miss cream cheese. I'm really hoping maybe it is somewhere I can shop and I'm just bad at finding it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Werewolf Girl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3043112"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Sugar = The great equalizer. Give people cookies and they will be happy.<br><br>
I've had a few great successes cooking vegan food for people, never really had any failures. I tend to keep it very basic and recognizable though, I serve friends things they don't consider 'weird' and probably wouldn't even think of as vegan so it's hard to slip up. When I'm serving snacks I'll make a plate of french fries or something, or veggies with Tofutti dill dip (no one has ever realized it was Tofutti until I pointed it out, so it must taste good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">) or vegan BBQ chips, crackers with hummus, tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, etc.<br><br>
Two of my favourite experiences:<br><br>
1) We had a friend staying over who is very into the punk scene. In other words, she loves beer and bacon more than anything and isn't exactly veg-friendly. She knew I was vegan but must have forgot, because when I made pasta with Yves ground round and roasted garlic tomato sauce, garlic bread with Earth balance and salad she happily devoured two servings without saying a word about it. Then when she was done she said "So, I guess you aren't vegetarian anymore? That was really good!" Turns out the ground round was convincing enough for her to have two helpings without realizing it wasn't beef, ha! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br>
2) I made a peanut butter chocolate pie for a party that had tofu as a main ingredient. A couple of the friends attending were veg*n but most were meat eaters and one of them kept making jokes about tofu eaters and how gross it was and he doesn't understand how I live. I served him a big slice of pie, didn't tell him it was made with tofu until after. The look on his face when he realized how good it was was hilarious, and he later told me that was the first time he realized how delicious food without animal products can be. Score one for the veggie people! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:"></div>
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I have a killer recipe for a chocolate pie that has tofu, and no one would ever know! It has the same consistency as cheesecake, and it's very rich and chocolately.
 

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I usually try to test things, particularly sweets, on people with standard American preferences. My preference for sweetness can be a lot different. Although this was more of the case when I was starting out than now (I can gauge pretty accurately these days). I've cooked for non-vegans more than for vegans, I think.<br><br>
With savory dishes I don't worry so much. Although some other vegans have not liked them as much on account of my tending to use quite a bit of salt.<br><br>
I'd say the biggest things I have to look out for are cilantro, which tastes like dishwashing soap to some people, and textural elements such as large pieces of onion (which some people don't like). And I'm finding that molasses is one of those polarizing elements as well.
 

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sadly my mom decides which foods she likes and doesn't like before she even tries them. And if the dish has an ingredient that she's not used to eating then she will not like it before she even tries it. I've cooked for her like 10 times and it's always the same. I'm no chef but it's pretty good food. My co-workers love everything I make though and they're always asking me for recipes.
 

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I try not to hide tofu/soy products in anything anymore when cooking for others now. Too many ppl I know have soy allergies! :-(
 

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Recipe...please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Sequoia -<br><br>
Recipe...please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"></div>
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It's super easy!<br><br>
1 package silken tofu<br>
1 package chocolate chips<br>
1 tablespoon agave<br>
1/4 cup of kahlua<br><br>
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Blend everything together until smooth, then pour into a pie crust. Refrigerate. That's it!
 
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