So much fun in February!

It’s a toss-up between the great friends, the delicious food and the wonderful demos. We had so much fun at Thought-Design we will be there again on 3/19 with all new demos/chefs. Get ready for a delicious time. In case you weren’t there–or just want to relive it–below is a sampling of the lovely location, the food and the fun.

Before the party started, Roger Gilles perfects his dish…
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The demos went on all evening…
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I snapped this photo before the food was snatched up!

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Roger got everyone to sing Happy Birthday to me with Jeremy’s raw chocolate cake.

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Many thanks to our dishwashers, Walter and Evan, who took a break from studying economics and physics at GVSU to work for tips and make all our lives easier.

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And to Diane Cisler who has proposed doing a beginner’s demo next month–here she instructs on the difference between a pan and a spoon.

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There were only three beings who didn’t love that we were at Thought-Deisgn and not our home. As you can see, the companion animals are not pleased.

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And now, what you’ve all been waiting for–recipes are either in separate posts (scroll down) or here in the attached pdf…2- 2014 Recipes

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Mindy’s Pistachio Halva Bites

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Pistachio Halva Bitess
From Mindy Miner

The recipe is from a book by Douglas McNish called Raw, Quick & Delicious. I made one modification because I can’t find bulk sesame seeds anywhere close by and it’s too expensive to use the bottled version. Also, I doubled the recipe for last night’s crowd. Here goes…

1/2 cup whole raw pistachios (I bought shelled ones)
1 cup raw sesame seeds, divided (I used 3/4 cup raw, sliced almonds and enough sesame seeds to roll the balls in)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla

1. Process pistachios (and almonds, if using) in a food processor until roughly chopped. Transfer to a bowl.
2. In food processor process tahini, agave and vanilla until smooth. Add to nut mixture and stir until it forms a large smooth ball.
3. Using a tablespoon, scoop up about 15 equal portions. Roll each portions in the palm of your hand and then in raw sesame seeds.
4. Place balls on plate or baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days.

Enjoy!

Vegan Gruyere and Beet Carpaccio

Below, find the fun sort of things I do in my classes

Oh, Miyoko! Our supper club guests were swooning over your version of vegan gruyere… I demoed it, but all the credit goes to you. I will add that if you want to make this exactly like what you tasted at Thought-Design, folks, use 2 T of South River Chickpea miso and you’ll need to learn to make rejuvelac, too. It’s not so pretty, but it is tasty!

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So if you want something really pretty and really delicious, try the roasted beet carpaccio I brought. I garnished it with beluga lentils (you can use du puy!) and an almond ricotta. I put the overlapping flower shapes on squares of wax paper and then composed the salad on site. Voila!

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Here’s how you do it…
Salt-roasted Beet Carpaccio with horseradish ricotta and French lentils
(serves 4-6)

Beets
Ingredients:
1 box Kosher salt
3 medium beets, rinsed

Method:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Put a layer of salt, ¼ inch deep in a loaf pan. Place clean beets on salt. Do not let them touch.
Pour salt over beets until covered.
Roast in oven for about an hour. Remove pan from oven and let sit until cool.
Peel off skins and slice beets thin with a mandoline. Place them in an overlapping flower pattern on wax paper to keep until ready to assemble.

Lentils
Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup du puy lentils, rinsed and drained
1 veggie
bouillon cube (preferably no MSG)

Method:
Put all ingredients into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil and quickly lower to barely a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes and remove from heat. Let cool 15 minutes.

Horseradish Ricotta
Ingredients:
1 cup whole, blanched almonds, soaked for 4-6 hours or overnight
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp. horseradish, or to taste
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ tsp. sea salt
Several grinds fresh pepper

Place all ingredients in food processor and run until it has reached a consistency you like. You will probably have to stop and clean the sides with a spatula a few times.

To assemble:
Lay each beet ‘flower’ on a salad plate. Spread ¼ cup ricotta in the center and sprinkle with drained lentils. Garnish with sunflower shoots of flat-leaf Italian parsley.

Morgan’s maple-roasted almond butter

Morgan Doane shared a quick and easy–and delicious–way to make maple-roasted almond butter at our February supper club. Check out the directions below!

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Maple-roasted Almond Butter
16 oz. raw almonds
2-3 T maple syrup
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix raw almonds together with maple syrup and pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes, pulling the sheet our every five minutes to stir. Allow to cool slightly—not too cool or they will be hard to handle. Pour almonds into the food processor and begin to process. This can take a long time (10-20 minutes) depending on the size of your processor and your motor. Stop every so often to scrape down the sides with a spatula. The almonds will go through many stages, including coarse sand, sticky dry mass, clumping mass and finally smooth butter. When is begins to move from clumping together to smooth butter, add the cinnamon and salt. Process until fully incorporated.

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Geoff Fields’ Mushroom Poblano Gumbo

Well, I was tempted to call it ‘Yumbo,’ but that’s so corny and Geoff is so serious!

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Seriously. This was delicious! Thank you, Geoff. Here is a man who takes his recipes very seriously. Recently, he wrote to us–

Disclaimer: I have always known enthusiasm is my strong suit, maybe to the point of excess. You have been warned…

So permit me to say that I have been working on a recipe for the PBSC next month that is, appropriately, fitting for St. Patrick’s Day. I made the second test batch tonight, and I can say beyond a moral certainty that I would eat this stuff every week. It’s the best vegan recipe in my playbook – at least judged by originality and taste – and I cannot wait to have you guys try it.

How cool is it that friends come up with this idea like “Plant Based Supper Club” so that people like me, and others, can spend a cold winter night imagining a recipe for the next get-together? My compliments to you both.

Peace, GF

So here’s the recipe in all its earthy glory…Geoffs Gumbo Recipe

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Laura Johnson’s Mushroom Potstickers

At our last supper club, we had some wonderful demos to expand our cooking repertoire. Laura Johnson, a plant-based chef from Impact Health in Holland, demonstrated how to make mushroom potstickers.

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Here’s the method for folding them:
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Thank you, Laura, for the great demo!

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Mushroom Potstickers

Mushroom filling:
2 Tbsp oil
1 8 oz container shiitake mushrooms
1 8 oz container white mushrooms
1 container portobello mushrooms (about 4 large)
1 glove garlic, pressed and let rest 10 minutes (Note: will also need an additional 1 glove for dipping sauce)
1 inch ginger root, peeled and finely minced (Note: will also need an additional 1 tsp for dipping sauce)
4 green onions (scallion) white and green separated, sliced thin
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch or arrow root
1/4 tsp five spice powder
1 package vegan wonton wrappers
2 cups mushroom broth (see below)

Slice green onion, separating white from green.
Remove stems, finely chop mushrooms and place in large bowl.
Press garlic and let rest.
Mince ginger.
Mix soy sauce, corn starch and five spice powder in small bowl.
In a large pan heat oil and add garlic, ginger and white parts of scallion.
Stir immediately to prevent burning and cook for 1 minute.
Add mushrooms, stir and cook until most of liquid is gone.
Once mushrooms are cooked, clear a space in the middle of the mushroom and add the soy sauce mixture.
Add 2 Tbsp of hot broth and allow to boiled for a few seconds before stirring mushrooms back in.
Add green parts of scallion, stir and heat for a few sends.
Remove mushroom mixture from heat and place in large bowl to cool.

Mushroom stock (from mushroom stems):
Bring 2 cups water and mushrooms stems to boil. Simmer for 30 minutes. Filter mushroom broth through coffee filter or fine sieve.

Dipping sauce:
8 Tbsp soy sauce
6 tsp rice vinegar
4 Tbsp honey
4 tsp sesame oil
4 Tbsp mushroom broth or water
1 glove garlic pressed
1 tsp ginger minced

Place all ingredients in a small pot and heat until barely simmering. Serve in small individual bowls.

Assembling Potstickers:
Get a small bowl of water to wet wrappers.
Keep wonton wrappers that you are not using covered with a damp pager towel to prevent them from drying out.
Lay one wrapper on a clean plate and dip finger in water and wet edges of wrapper. Place about 2 tsp of mushroom filling in the middle of each wrapper. Fold two opposite corners to make a triangle. Seal edges by gently pressing them together. Cover finished dumplings with a damp paper towel as you work.

Cooking Potstickers:
In a large pan add a small amount of oil, heat and arrange potstickers in a single layer.
Cook until golden brown on each side. If cooking multiple batches use a little oil between each batch to help prevent sticking.
Once golden brown on both sides, add 1/4 cup mushroom broth to pan, cover with lid and steam for several minutes until most of the broth is gone.
Carefully remove potstickers from pan (they may stick a little, hence the name) and place on a decorative plate and serve immediately.

Note: May skip browning part and just steam. May use other mushroom combinations of choice!

Recipe adapted from: http://foodiesarsenal.com/mushroom-potstickers-recipe/

Jeremy’s Super Delicious Raw Chocolate Cake

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Behold! Jeremy Kuhn of Deliciosity frosting his raw chocolate cake. During our February Supper Club, Jeremy talked us through how to make the cake and demoed his lovely frosting…

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Raw Chocolate Cake
3 c. almonds
5 c. walnuts
2 c. dates
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1 ½ c. cacao powder
2 T. coconut sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

Grind the almonds into a fine powder using a food processor. Transfer almond flour to another container. Coarsely grind walnuts. Overprocessing will release too much of the oils and eventually create a butter. Combine all ingredients in food processor, reserving the dates for last. The mixture should start to hold together. If it’s too crumbly still, add a few more dates.

Press the mixture into a 9×13 pan, lightly greased with coconut oil.
Refrigerate until ready to add frosting.

Chocolate Frosting
1 c. dates, soaked for at least an hour
2 avocados
½ c. date soak water
2/3 c. coconut sugar
¼ c. grapefruit juice
½ c. coconut oil
8oz. cacao butter ( ½ c. melted)
½ c. cacao powder
¼ c. carob powder
½ tsp. vanilla powder

Dissolve coconut sugar in grapefruit juice to create a syrup. Place jar of coconut oil in pot of hot water to melt the oil. Chop cacao butter and melt over double boiler. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Frosting will need to be placed in a refrigerator or freezer until set. This can be done before putting it on the cake, or after.