Because today I am making dishes so we can have edible leftovers tomorrow. Although the leftovers from the raw vegan tofu spread yesterday were plentiful, it was decided on the way home in the car that LIsa’s Hotscakes and hot water soup might be preferable.
I generally only have meat once a day – often in egg form so usually do fine with vegetarian. If nothing else bread & butter (or margarine if its no dairy) and salad or fruit. Grilled mushroom or eggplant – so many ways to create satisfying food.
But this catered affair was beyond odd and I am sure very expensive.
The salads were sad – and only green tomatoes . There were three options and I went with the vegan Caesar (no I do not understand how a Caesar salad is vegan with no parmesan, anchovies or egg). It was by far best option and the tofu was minimal. Although they had bitter kale mixed in with the romaine at least the dressing was most olive oil with garlic, pepper and other spices and you put it one yourself so could go light. The other salads used coconut oil based dressings and well – then everything tastes like coconut.
The rolls were like rocks. Hence how we thought of Green Acres. The soup – vegan consume – well water with ketchup would have had more taste. We thought heating it may have improved things. there was a pepper mill – I think we emptied it.
No potatoes – heck not even mash cauliflower. NO STUFFING! But the worst part – NO Cranberries. I mean what could be easier than cranberry relish which is basically vegan by nature.
The not really gravy looked like a can of that jellied cranberry that had been found in the back of pantry and had gone bad. I am a super slow eater – so I managed to make my salad and soup last so long that everyone was done with the main course.
For the young ones there were a couple fully cooked dishes. The kids said the mac & not cheese had an odd taste and texture -well they could not even tell it was pasta. The fries were beets that were julienned and baked. This is where sweet potatoes would have made a lot more sense. Their texture is much closer to a potato than other root veggies if you are supposedly making a dish kids will like.
The mac & not cheese and a few other items were to go home with the kids. They snuck the dishes into the refrigerator in the back and got in the car before anyone noticed.
Wow, that is some menu. Sounds like it was good, but not my cup of tea. I am old fashioned and I do like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, peas in cream sauce…yes I’m into the sides. LOL Thank you for this wonderful menu. It makes me think of keeping it simple and traditional at home. I love vegan, but I enjoy some traditional meals much more. Oh Mt.Laurel what fun you had.