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23rd February 2023 - David Wolves-Den
Dinner Party Dining - Course Two - Vegan Feast
Karl's Vegan Feast
Today's class is a Vegan delight.
Of course this class would happen to coincide with a bizarre nationwide shortage of cauliflowers. My Local Fucking Supermarket™ even limited sales of its grape-sized cauliflowers to three per customer!
Also, WTF is vegan cream?

Attention Vegans:
Morning everyone
Hope you all had a good break?
Please see ingredients for Thursday

I'll provide the rest.

Vegan Delights
Roast Cauliflower Steak
Roast cauliflower is suprisingly delicious!
Cauliflower Purée
A nutty purée.
Vegan Cream Sauce
A contradiction in terms.
Green Beans with Almonds
Another fine nutty side dish.
Vegan Fondant Potato
Like regular fondants. But vegan!

Roast Cauliflower Steak
main veg vegan
WTF is vegan butter. Isn't that just what we humans call margarine?

Serves 1 Vegan per Steak

Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
Peel and halve the onion or shallot.
Cut thick slices from the centre of a decent-sized cauliflower.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and fry the cut side of the onion until caramelized. Set aside.
Put in the cauliflower slices and brown both sides.
Add (vegan) butter, garlic and a few sprigs of thyme and baste the cauliflower with the frying flavoured butter until well coated and beginning to cook.
If the frying pan is oven-proof put the pan with the onion into the oven, otherwise decant the pan contents and the onion to a baking tray and bake until the cauliflower (and the onion) is softened and cooked through. I don't remember exactly how long this took - 20 minutes?
Sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs or toasted pine nuts for extra crunch.
Even with vegan butter.

Cauliflower Purée
side veg vegan
Cut the cauliflower into florets or pieces and poach in enough almond milk to cover until the cauliflower is softened and cooked through, allowing the milk to reduce in the process.
Purée in a blender, adding only as much of the milk as necessary, to a smooth paste.
Pretty good. There might have been a squeeze of lemon juice in there too to give it a bit of zing?
Alternatively a grating of nutmeg or a dash of chilli or other powdered spice might work, depending on the accompaniments.

Vegan Cream Sauce
sauce veg vegan
It seems that there are many things called vegan cream. I used one by Alpro made with soya.
They mostly consist of a ground vegetable matter blended with gum to give it some of the appearance and consistency of dairy cream.

In a small pan sweat garlic and thyme leaves in white wine until the wine is reduced.
Add the vegan cream and bubble gently over a low heat until the mixture is amalgamated and thickened.
Freshen with a squeeze of lemon juice, or a grating of lemon zest.

Grean Beans with Almonds
side veg vegan
Trim your beans, and simmer them in boiling salted water for a minute, so they're cooked still retain some bite. Drain.
Toast the almond flakes a little in dry frying pan to bring out their flavour.
Dress the beans with the almonds.
Good beans. You might add a drizzle of oil of some kind.

Vegan Fondant Potato
staple veg vegan
WTF is vegan butter? Oh wait, I already did that.

These are pretty much identical to regular fondant potatoes. And equally delicious.

Peel and cut your potato into attractive fondant shapes - barrels, cubes, etc.
Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan and fry to colour all the potato surfaces.
Add vegan butter and some garlic and thyme and baste the potato with the foaming flavoured butter.
Add vegetable stock to reach the top of the potato and place in an oven for 30 minutes or until the potato is softened.