fun with vegan dips & pates, pastries & piesLast update: 11.03.13 First posted: 11.03.13 by Hilary in What's Cooking In Tod?
February 18th brought a heavy snowfall, but those who managed to battle through on their sledges had a fun afternoon with dips & pates.
We prepared a carrot and cashew loaf which doubles up as a nice,
caraway flavoured, sandwich spread, a lentil and walnut pate and a spicy red bean pate.
We then made a smoked tofu pate, a really quick and easy dish to dip into or spread on biscuits / toast.
Next we moved on to making some very simple dips, including a tapenade with sundried tomatoes, olives and capers, and a hummus.The group were surprised to see how quick and easy it is to make vegan mayonnaise and to this we added a variety of flavourings and also some smoked tofu to give an ‘egg’ mayo sandwich filling.
What we produced wasn’t quite so easy to carry home as usual, so we sat around and munched our way through everything we’d made, dipping with crudites and spreading on oat cakes, rye bread and mini poppadoms. Hopefully, this session will be repeated in the summer for those who missed it.
March 7th and no snow but it was National Pie Week ! and a full house this time, a lovely combination of regulars with some very welcome new faces.
We used 3 types of vegan pastry; Jus-Rol puff pastry, Jus-Rol croissant dough and home made shortcrust.
Sue made a very neat job of a sosmix, stuffing and apple plait, brushed with soya cream, which browned beautifully in the oven.
Shirley and Catrin got stuck into shortcrust pasty making and produced a whole range of very interesting shapes and sizes.
We used a Leek and Potato and a Curried Veg filling.
Lynda made some pretty pizza bites with the puff pastry, tomatoes, olives and cheese,
while Elizabeth spread tapenade and cheese onto puff pastry,
rolled up the edges towards the centre and made some giant Palmiers ! Jade and Catrin popped open the tube of croissant dough and proceeded to make 12 ‘dogs in
blankets’, wrapping sausages and cheese into tiny parcels.
A veritable vegan feast
and this time, plastic boxes were filled with tasty supper time nibbles to take home
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