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Tourniquet Tourniquet VIC Posts: 24
1 6 Nov 2011
I'm a uni student and I'm going back home soon. Usually when I go home I really enjoy cooking food for others because 1. I'm a good cook and 2. I love to feed people. I usually cook them their meals and stuff and then make my own meal, because they're meat lovers.

This time I'm going to start experimenting with the vegan recipes I've been looking at, I was going to not tell them what was in the food, serve it up and see how I go. What do you think? Have you used vegan recipes to feed omnivores and if so how did they react? Did you tell them before you gave them the food or after? Do you think it seems preachy? I don't want to 'convert people' or whatever, I just want to experiment with cooking new recipes and seeing how people react to them.

Do you use meat and dairy in food if you're feeding others or are you a strict, I only cook without these products sort of person? I personally never want to cook with meat or anything ever again...
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xAshlee xAshlee TAS Posts: 722
2 6 Nov 2011
I live alone but i have on a few occasions had family visit and had to feed them.

I think its fine to just use vegan stuff (as long as they have no soy allergies or anything) if you dont make a big deal but just be like 'oh yeh i used vegan , its way healthier' or something.

I cooked my brother a mince & bean burrrito (vegie mince) and he said it tasted no diff!

I've mad my sis vegan spagetti w/ vegan mince too and she liked, and countless other things like sausage rolls etc............... always goes down well!
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Gracie Maree Gracie Maree NSW Posts: 88
3 6 Nov 2011
Cooking for others is great!
Personally I only cook vegan food (and only vegetarian back before I was vegan),  I don't tell them it's vegan because usually it's irrelevant, unless of corse they ask. And they probably suspect it to be vegan anyway.

Unless it's cupcakes, muffins, birthday cakes, I always mention it's egg and milk free because everyone loves cakes and are usually surprised to learn they are vegan  laugh
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Beemo Beemo United States Posts: 1259
4 6 Nov 2011
I only cook vegan food for both me and others. I enjoy cooking so I cook most of the meals at home. They know the food is vegan and they don't have a problem with eating it, they actually really really enjoy it. Mum constantly asks me to make salt n' pepper tofu tongue
I don't stop them from eating meat or dairy though, if they want it they can make it themselves as I don't feel comfortable cooking with those products and they understand that.

Veganising old favourite recipes always goes down a treat with non-vegans. Spaghetti bolognaise, fried rice, shepherds pie, lasagne, sweet and sour 'chicken', noodle stir-fry, hamburgers,  baked dinners...all of these recipes are traditionally made with meat but can easily be made vegan. But also don't be afraid to try new recipes ecstatic

Here are some great sites:
http://likeavegan.com.au/
http://vegandad.blogspot.com/
http://thecompassionatecook.blogspot.com/
http://blissfullyvegan.wordpress.com/
http://veganyumyum.com/
http://www.manifestvegan.com/
http://www.theppk.com/recipes/
http://mouthwateringvegan.com/
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Tourniquet Tourniquet VIC Posts: 24
5 6 Nov 2011
I fricking love you guys, you're all so helpful.
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Cow Hugger Cow Hugger SA Posts: 346
6 6 Nov 2011
I LOVE LOVE COOKING FOR OTHERS!!
i get so many requests (mainly from omni's) to come over for dinner!
they usually are so keen to try vegan food, especially like abbie said, the popular meat favourites.
if i were you, i would tell them after they eat it, because they are used to you making them meat dishes and then it will come as a good surprise when they find out it's totally vegan ;D

i usually serve omnivores stirfry with vegan "chicken", lasagna or pizza.
and they aren't going to be mad that you fed them vegan food :p
i wouldn't cook anything non vegan for anyone, if they want to make it they can, but i'm not touching it!
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Shahna Lammajamma Shahna Lammajamma QLD Posts: 56
7 6 Nov 2011
Abbiesaurus said:
I only cook vegan food for both me and others. I enjoy cooking so I cook most of the meals at home. They know the food is vegan and they don't have a problem with eating it, they actually really really enjoy it. Mum constantly asks me to make salt n' pepper tofu tongue
I don't stop them from eating meat or dairy though, if they want it they can make it themselves as I don't feel comfortable cooking with those products and they understand that.

Veganising old favourite recipes always goes down a treat with non-vegans. Spaghetti bolognaise, fried rice, shepherds pie, lasagne, sweet and sour 'chicken', noodle stir-fry, hamburgers,  baked dinners...all of these recipes are traditionally made with meat but can easily be made vegan. But also don't be afraid to try new recipes ecstatic

Here are some great sites:
http://likeavegan.com.au/
http://vegandad.blogspot.com/
http://thecompassionatecook.blogspot.com/
http://blissfullyvegan.wordpress.com/
http://veganyumyum.com/
http://www.manifestvegan.com/
http://www.theppk.com/recipes/
http://mouthwateringvegan.com/
Thank you for puttin up those websites, got some inspiration for meals to make, going to go on a cooking rampage now  ecstatic
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xMISSMONSTERx xMISSMONSTERx WA Posts: 2582
8 6 Nov 2011
I love cooking for others! Cooking brightens my day.

I routinely cook dinners for myself and my partner, on weekends he usually has friends over who all ask me to make them something vegan, I usually do breakfasts, lunches and dinners for them, they LOVE it!

I also bake vegan treats for all my work colleagues, noone turns their nose up at the fact that they're vegan, it usually just makes them more curious about how on earth it can taste so good, they're usually very baffled and wonder what I'm using in place of egg and butter.

My blog is thecompassionatecook.blogspot.com, which... is listed above! xD horray!
All my recipes are omnivore tested and approved happy

I'd never compromise my beliefs and cook someone something meat or dairy based, that's just not who I am. If they want it, they can cook it. And definitely not in my kitchen, or with my crockery!!!
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Glen Glen VIC Posts: 337
9 6 Nov 2011
Cook it up, serve it up, don't tell them what they're eating until someone actually asks, AFTER they've said "hey this tastes awesome".

My mum is lactose intolerant and we'd often cook up vegetarian or vegan stuff at Christmas and replace cheese with Tofutti, milk with soy milk, and my old man wouldn't even bat an eyelid... and he's one of those sorts who thinks it's not worth eating something unless there's meat in it.
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Nobody Nobody QLD Posts: 593
10 6 Nov 2011
Yeah, don't say it's vegan til after they've eaten it.

Short story: I made a carrot cake with Tofutti cream cheese frosting for one of my sister's on her birthday this year. She eats alot of vegetarian meals so she's cool with vegan food.
While I was at her place, our dad dropped by. He thinks vegetarians and vegans are unhealthy and crazy. He didn't know I became vegan this year.
I gave him a slice of cake, he ate it, said it was nice, then I casually said, "yeah, it is quite nice. I love a good vegan cake".
He just stared at me... with a look of horror on his face as though I had poisoned him...
and I just smiled. happy

I only cook vegan food. If my husband wants a meat meal, he has to buy it and cook. I don't want anything to do with it.
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