Monday, December 26, 2011

Disaster's a Dish Best Not Served

I am not going to lie. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the vegan alternative just doesn't cut it. Case in point: my first attempt at vegan quiche. I was trying to come to terms with my fiance's decision to go vegan and my friends apprehension about vegan foods. I am open having known people who chose an animal product free life for decades, so I decided to host a brunch with vegan food that would please everyone. I should have gone the route of the tofu scramble that rolled in a tortilla with guacamole or salsa is mouthwatering, but I like to get fancy sometimes. So, for reasons unknown, I decided I'd make a vegan quiche.

It was a lot of work, but the end product looked great (I cheated and used a pre-made vegan whole wheat crust Whole Foods sells.) The ingredients were mouthwatering....pine nuts, red peppers, mushrooms, scallions.) I was a little nervous after I tried a small slice of the Follow Your Heart Vegan Mozarella because it was sour and not very appetizing, but I held my head high. It wasn't until we cut into it that my heart sank. The consistency was off...part pudding, part curdled. Nothing like the photo from the recipe. In hindsight, I probably didn't use the right type of tofu and not enough cornstarch or arrowroot powder. I was (or rather am) new to vegan cooking and you're going to have failures. Maybe I shouldn't have served a new recipe with ingredients I wasn't comfortable with to my unsuspecting brunch guests. Or maybe we should just do what we did ... laugh over the mimosas and gnosh on the other food.


  1. You should try Daiya mozzarella. It's MUCH better than Follow Your Heart in my opinion. And whenever I make ANYthing with it (pizza, pasta, etc), my meat-eating family LOVES it.

    Quiche is a tough thing to make vegan, though, I admit. It will never be exactly like an egg quiche...but hang in there, you will get better at it!

  2. Yes, this is a lesson I learned. I really like Daiya mozzarella, but I'm not crazy about the cheddar or pepperjack. BTW, I saw the recipe for the mac and cheese on your blog and as soon as this Engine 2 challenge I'm doing ends...I'm making it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Just so you know, there is no such thing as a "vegan quiche", just like there is no such thing as a "vegan hamburger." Oxymorons!