What does a chef, who is used to cooking beef tenderloin and upscale
chicken and seafood dishes, do when a customer wants an appetizer
party for 40 people of only vegan food?
Vegan, mind you, means no animal products whatsoever. No meat, fish,
eggs or dairy. No honey or gelatin or mayonnaise.
Chef Doug Rennie of Just Rennie's got excited and started experimenting.
"The person who's hosting the party went from being a meat eater to a
vegetarian to vegan," said Rennie. "Not everybody at the party is a
vegan, but she says she feels healthier and has more energy and wants
to spread the word."
From the chef's perspective, some animal products are harder to
substitute for than others. Eggs, in particular, are needed in many
preparations to stick ingredients together in their raw state (think
salmon patties) and then firm up during cooking. Xanthan gum is often
used to help with this in vegan recipes.
Other items can be replaced easily enough with soy milk, coconut milk,
almond milk or vegan products made with soy to resemble the originals
such as mayonnaise, cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, even
sausage and meat.
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