Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vegan Blogger Potluck

This past Saturday Shawn and I were invited to a Los Angeles vegan blogger potluck organized by Your Vegan Mom and Hugger Food. Although I'd been to a number of the blogs present, I hadn't met any of the bloggers in real life. It made me quite nervous to make food for a bunch of strangers, let alone a group of vegans who write about food on the internet!

I decided to make mini-paninis filled with portobellos, spinach and white bean spread. I sauteed the portobellos in wine and olive oil with a sprig of fresh rosemary for about half an hour till they were soft.

The white bean spread was a bit of an experiment. I looked over some recipes but didn't really bother to follow any of them. I also didn't bother to write down what I actually did but here's the basic idea.

1 can white beans, drained
4 large cloves of roasted garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until fairly smooth.

To assemble the paninis:

Cut a baguette style loaf of french bread into 1/2 inch slices. Spread one half of each panini with vegenaise and the other with the white bean spread. Put the sauteed mushrooms and spinach on one half of the bread and then the other half on top. Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and follow the directions for your panini maker. You could also toast these and I'm sure they would come out quite well.

The potluck was really quite fun. Everyone was super nice and it was great to hear the scoop about different vegan places around town. More importantly, the food was great. It's not often that you get to go to a party and just enjoy all the food.

Before I ate anything, I got to enjoy some lovely pear and ginger cocktails crafted by Your Vegan Mom. They were a touch sweet but definitely not sugary, which I believe is ideal for a fruit based cocktail. Yum!


Foodeater of To Live and Eat in LA brought some Thai appetizers made fresh. Some of the descriptions of these were quite comical, but everyone seemed to love them. I had some of one of the rice rolls filled with banana and beans which was delicious.

I made a small sampling plate of some of the dippable fare. Here you can see the potato-parsnip latkes with applesauce from Hugger Food, pate with toast from Liz at Yo Soy, vegan Doritos with spinach dip from Quarrygirl and baked ravioli with marinara from Lex at Vegan-LA.

Jenn from Veganize It, Don't Criticize It made a brisket that was really rather good as well. She of course also brought some of her notorious twinkies filled with jelly.

Kevin from the The Vegan Collection brought cinnamon rolls. I've been dying to make some for a couple of weeks now, but haven't had the time so I was quite pleased to have these. There were even more delicious desserts, such as Quarrygirl's chocolate chip cheesecake and Hugger Food's twice spiced ginger cookies.

I really had such a great time going this event and cannot wait till there is another. It was so nice to meet everyone and munch on all the treats.

It's going to be a busy couple of weeks with the holidays coming up so this may be the last post for awhile (hopefully not the last of the year). I have a number of projects in the works but they'll have to wait to be revealed as they will ruin some gift surprises. Till then...

3 comments:

Vegyogini said...

What a beautiful post! It was so great to meet you in person and I'm dying to have another potluck ASAP. :)

Foodeater said...

Great photos, it was so nice to meet you guys. And ssssshhhhh, don't tell anyone... I loved everything there but your mini-paninis were my favorite! You have no idea the willpower it took for me to only stop at having 2 :)

JennShaggy said...

Those sandwiches were so. damn. good.
Thank you so much :)
I think I'm going to try putting one of my Twinkies in the toaster oven and see what happens. Why have just toast?