Friday, 27 July 2012
Vegan party food
So, a couple of friends were celebrating their Civil Partnership, and I volunteered to help out with the catering. Another chap had also volunteered, and he got all the meaty options. So I was tasked with 2 veggie mains, and a couple of salads. There was also the possibility that there were some vegan, some lactose intolerant and some gluten sensitive guests - so I decided on making my contribution completely vegan and gluten free.
Vegan moussaka - first I cooked up 1.5kgs of lentils... this is a lot of lentils! I really only needed 1kg. Then I parboiled 7.5 kg peeled potatoes... that's a lot of potatoes! I really only needed about 5kg. Anyway - the recipe - sautee chopped onions and garlic - infact 2 lots simultaneously, for the 2 bottom layers. Heat 3 litres of soya milk with bay leaves and an onion. To the onions and garlic add i) chopped celery, drained lentils, mint, cumin, a bit of chili and seasoning, squirts of lemon juice ii) mediterranean herbs, chopped peppers, aubergines, courgettes and tins of tomatoes. Cook the bottom layers for about 20-30 minutes. Make a bechamel type sauce with olive oil and gluten free flour, and the drained soya milk, grate in a little nutmeg. Chop potatoes into slices. Layer up - starting with about 3cms lentil mixture, 2 cms vegetable mixture, bechamel sauce and potato slices - drizzle with olive oil - bake for about 45 minutes.
Potato salad - boiled 5kg new potatoes - when cooked drain and stir in olive oil, chives and parsley and seasoning while still warm.
Potato, mushroom and chickpea spicy casserole - sautee onions and garlic in olive oil, with chopped celery and carrot, with a spice mix (chili, cumin, black pepper, cayenne, oregano) - add chopped potatoes (4kg), loads of mushrooms and vegetable stock and tins of chopped tomatoes - simmer for an hour. Add drained tins of chickpeas, check seasoning. Simmer a bit longer.
Also made tomato, red onion, radish salad with baslamic dressing
Other people's guests were the victims, and I did not hear any complaints. There was shed loads of delicious food, including lots and lots of pork products (pastrami, roast pork, pulled pork, hams, sausages....) but even so, amazingly 2 enormous pots of moussaka, nearly 8 litres of casserole and 4 very large salads were pretty much demolished. Whoever made the cakes also did a fantastic job.
And congratulations to the happy couple - it was a great night - with some fantastic entertainment - Samba dancing and some singing as well as the scoffing.