Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vegan Potluck Brunch Adventures (In Which I Am Uncharacteristically Social)

potluck brunch table

Although I usually spend Sunday afternoons at home reading the paper and getting caught up on important television watching, today I broke from that habit to attend a potluck vegan brunch hosted by Jill, creator of the excellent Vegan Backpacker blog. It was really fun to spend an afternoon talking about vegan and non-vegan-related things with a small group of Ottawa vegan ladies. It reminded me that maybe I should try being social with people I don't know very well more often.

my broccoli quiche

I made a broccoli tofu quiche from the recipe in Vegan Brunch, which is a fairly safe no-fail kind of recipe. And now that I've conquered crust, I was able to make a great flakey pastry crust for it. People who know that I write a cooking blog often tell me that they'd be too scared to cook for me. I feel like it's the other way around. If I'm cooking for people who know me from the blog I feel like I need to produce something impressive. Luckily this quiche looks and tastes great, so it is a winning potluck dish.

waffles, scones, cinnamon buns, and rice dish

The other dishes were mostly baked goods which was a-okay with me. Jill made waffles with chocolate in them (yum), Lisa, who cooks for a living at Market Organics, made some amazing spelt cinnamon buns, Laura, who bakes for a living at The Wild Oat, brought a vegan tortiere, Valerie made scones, and I can't remember who brought the great rice dish with dates and almonds. In case you can't tell from the photos, everything was delicious.

drinking chocolate

For an after-brunch treat, Krishna brought some drinking chocolate with cayenne and cinnamon to sprinkle onto it. We drank it out of tiny espresso cups and unanimously agreed it was awesome.

It was great, like I said, to be among my vegan people for an entire afternoon, especially when so many of them are also interested in cooking and trying new innovative techniques and recipes. Vegan whipped cream options were discussed extensively, which to me is the mark of any great dessert-related conversation.

Vegan Brunch Ladies

Thanks for such a great afternoon, ladies. Let's do it again some time.



VeganLisa said...

Yay vegan brunch is my very favourite Sunday agenda item. I'm glad you all got to connect over amazing food and debates about vegan whipped cream. Have you tried the new MimicCremes? Pretty amazing stuff.

foodfeud said...

This sounds pretty nice. I don't do meet-ups really either, and am incredibly awkward around people I don't know - but this gives hope to the unsociable! (Plus, food)

ciaochow said...

Love your review of our get-together! It was a great mix of foods and all was delicious. However, calling yourself "uncharacteristically social" makes it sound like you are an awkward wallflower when, in reality, you're as witty and charming in real life as you are online! Illusions be dashed.

Jill said...

Thanks for coming! I look forward to getting together more often :) I'll work on my protein powder recipe and have you ladies over for experiments in the future.

T said...

That looks like an awesome brunch feast! All the girls are lovely too. Good thing you saved the say with something savory!

Hungry Vegan Traveler said...

Everything looks so lovely and sophisticated! Gosh, I love a good potluck.

Keri - I Eat Trees said...

A vegan potluck would be so awesome!! Our co-op has a raw potluck I think I'm going to attend next month, but no baked goods there.... :( :P

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog, love the recipes, and needed to check out your brunch when I saw your pie.

How surprised was I that we live in the same city - that never happens! I love Wild Oat and appreciate the selection at Market Organics.

Pfft, small world. Also, I'm telling everyone to read your blog.