I rarely cook anymore.
I had been vacillating between learning to draw, learn a bit more French than beginner, or learning to cook vegan.
I am new to the vegan lifestyle for about 4-5 months. During this time my older daughters, 16 and 18 years old have been educating me and cooking for me. Seriously, I had mostly eaten out, made sandwiches, ate fruit and vegetables raw, and eaten breakfast foods. Oh, and pasta and spaghetti sauce rounded this out. This has been going on for several years. Yes, this will be a new experience for me.
Thankfully, there are some wonderful vegan chefs out there.
Before becoming vegan my favourite foods were eggs, cheese, yogurt, milk. Giving these up was going to be tough, or so I thought. With the encouragement of my daughters and their passion for cooking all things vegan I did not lift a finger to prepare my own meals.
Well, this is going to change. At least until this challenge is over. I let the girls know and I am certain that they will be my face to face mentors as well as critics (I hope encouraging ones).
Besides trying to learn some interesting recipes I will look to include in my package of learning to expand my knowledge of veganism and learn a little bit about some famous vegan chefs.
Below are the four high calibre New York vegan chef's that plied their culinary arts at James Beard House just over a month ago:
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0Ay4-8lHu4
For my learning challenge I am going to choose a recipe(s) for each of the chef's (from their websites or source site, with supplementation where needed) - Chloe Coscarelli, Adam Sobel, Daphne Cheng, and Jay Astafa - to re-create.
Pineapple Guacamole w/salsa fresca and vegan sour cream
Websites used - guacamole, salsa fresca, vegan sour cream.
Getting to know Chloe:
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsC_8tk3MmE
Ancho Chili Black Bean Potato Skins w/cilantro lime tofu sour cream (14:35 - 26:46)
Retrieved from https://youtu.be/bZBZqk3x_4w
Food trucks, anyone?? Look who's in the driver's seat - Adam Sobel!!
Retrieved from https://youtu.be/uKn25joddz4
Banana Sweet Potato Chia Mousse
This recipe has no finished representative photo. I will do my best to plate it well.
Daphne Cheng in 3 parts
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TFyvMCXF_w
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15rfwd07z60
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8XX1QNVVtU
Or...I can resort to my former self:
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK2kglH3JSY
Retrieved from http://www.vegan-magazine.com/2015/10/02/vegan-chef-jay-astafa-demonstrates-how-to-make-vegan-mozzarella/
How going vegan changed Jay Astafa's life:
Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDukEi8Mrqw
Now that I have introduced the chefs and their recipes, I will attempt to replicate the exact sampling of the expertise they are willing to share.