Sunday, March 27, 2011
Vegan Potluck Brunch Adventures (In Which I Am Uncharacteristically Social)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for such a great afternoon, ladies. Let's do it again some time.