Cook From Your Favorite Book–Part 2

So, it’s been a little while since I posted part one.  Part one had a link to all the the wonderful cook books that have provided sources of inspiration. In this post you will find photos of some the delicious dishes we shared and links to the recipes. I need to add some other words to my vocabulary because “delicious” does not always do these dishes justice!  Tempting, mouth-watering, delectable…. I wish I could fully convey to you to colors, the tastes, the textures, the aromas that we are treated to each month.  Cooking and eating without meat does NOT mean bland, boring or tasteless.  If you are in the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry, I invite you to join us and see for yourself. Some of the most talented and creative vegan-vegetarian-plant based-raw home chefs attend these gatherings. It is a true feast of the senses and the spirit.

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The Coconut-Lemon Bundt Cake recipe can be found here. It is from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Oat flour was substituted for the all purpose flour used in the original recipe.  The Chickpea and Eggplant Kibeh can be found here.  Note the following changes to the original recipe: The fine bulgur was increased to 3/4 cups and the cumin was increased to 1/2 teaspoon. The sesame sauce was made by thinning hummus with meyer lemon juice instead of soy milk. Mushrooms were also added. Additional recipes can be found below.

Sweet & Sour Broccoli

Stir Fried Kale

Chewy Cherry Charger Balls

If you don’t see your recipe here…fell free to email it to me and I will add it. Enjoy!

July Gathering and…..Exciting News!

First, the “Exciting News!”

I had such grandiose plans when I started this blog a year or so ago.  As my blogging friends out there know, researching and writing posts could easily be a full time job. So, this blog sort of fell by the wayside and became somewhat neglected. That is about to change! The news? Well, we now have a fantastic writer who will be contributing new posts on a regular basis. She is a creative writer, an inspired photographer and shares my passion for great, wholesome and nutritious foods. We are blessed that she has offered her talents and her time. With her contributions, this blog may begin to live up to the vision I had when it was first conceived. Great things are in store for this blog. So Welcome MMH! Welcome.

Now, on to the food….Our monthly gatherings continue to grow. We welcomed new faces this month as well as some who returned after a short hiatus. The food…well, that goes without saying. None of the additives, preservatives, colorings, etc., but ALL of the flavor. Without meat of course. There are some creative cooks out there and the caliber of food that shows up month after month continues to inspire. My favorite this month…a tough call, but I loved the Tu-no Salad. Enjoy the pictures, try the recipes and we hope to see you next month!

The Raw Curried Cabbage Salad recipe can be found here. The Tu-no Salad recipe can be found here, and the recipe for the Bliss Balls can be found by searching this blog–they were included in an earlier post.

May Gathering & Recipes

The most popular posts are by far the ones where I post recipes.  Why is that?  Well, I think because of the role that food plays in our lives. Yes it nourishes us, but more than that, most people enjoy coming together over a good meal–breaking bread, if you will, while sharing stories and uniting over the things we have in common.  And that is why we gather each month. To come together with old friends, welcome new friends and to enjoy great food that does nourish our bodies, but also our hearts and spirits. If you happen to live in the Hilton Head/Beaufort/Savannah area, or will be visiting, we invite you to join us.

In May we gathered at The Preserve around the pool.We were honored to have Cheryl McCarthy of Ageless Acupuncture as our guest speaker. Not only is she a dear friend, she is a bright light with a remarkable story and a wealth of knowledge.

Cheryl McCarthy of Ageless Acupuncture speaking to the group about the benefits of acupuncture.

Cheryl treats emotional, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, neurological and other conditions. If you are in the South Carolina/Georgia lowcountry and would like more information, send me a message and I will pass it on to Cheryl.

The food again this month was outstanding. I’m running out of adjectives to describe the great food. One stand out for me was the Three Sisters Farm Arugula & Sorrel Pesto. I loved the peppery bite from the arugula and it was just so fresh tasting. I think that may have been my first introduction to sorrel as well. But there were many other fantastic dishes.  Eating without meat is never boring!…at least not with this group!

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In addition to the recipes posted, there were Almond and Pecan cookies; Squash with chickpeas and marinated with basil, mint, dill, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil…; Roma tomatoes with mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh basil…; and an amazing Chocolate-Almond Biscotti based off of the Chocolate-Hazelnut Biscotti found from Veganomicon. You can find that recipe here.

Enjoy and we hope to see you soon!

Recipes from our Return To Roots Gathering

February’s gathering was a great one. We were joined by the dynamic and engaging Executive Chef Cathryn Matthes from Delisheee Yo. If you aren’t familiar, Delisheee Yo is located on Hilton Head. She began as a yogurt/smoothie shop but has quickly expanded to include lunch, Super Food snacks, and organic juices.  They also make and sell their own Kombucha. We were treated to a spring roll demonstration and taste test and a short how-to of making Kombucha. We are hoping to have her back this month for an actual Kombucha demonstration.

Chef Cathryn demonstrating making vegetarian spring rolls:

Kombucha (yum!)

Now to the recipes…The food was amazing as usual. But with a packed house, we had quite the vegan and vegetarian spread. I won’t have all of the recipes here, but if you see something that you are interested in, post it in the comments and I will try to track down the recipe.

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Other recipes:

Adrienne’s Cucumber Salad
Solyanka (Vegetable Casserole)

No-Bake Vegan Chia Cheesecake

Happy Cooking!  Next meeting 3/24/12–Look for flyer this week!

Kinfolk

When I think of Kinfolk, I think of those closest to me:  my family–those of us connected by blood, as well as those of us connected by some common bond or shared experience. My kin. My peeps. My community. The people I choose to surround myself with because of some commonality.  Kinfolk. It is also the name of a community of artists, a magazine and a blog with the mission of  “encouraging a natural approach to spending time with friends and family”. The members of this group all have a shard interest in small gatherings.  We all gather, and often over a meal, a glass of wine, a cup of coffee.  Food, I believe, is a great unifier.  Food brings people together and is able to transcend many barriers.  Kinfolk has a manifesto.  I think it is beautifully presented and I couldn’t agree more with its message. What do you think?

If you have a bit of hunger….for like minded people, for knowledge, for community, for shared experiences, for great vegetarian and/or vegan food, we come together once a month.  Eating Without Meat of the Lowcountry.

To Nourish and Sustain Us…

As much as anything, it is our beliefs that shape us and give form to our lives.  Our beliefs determine the choices we make, the roads we take and the options we leave behind.

It seems so simple….we eat.  But what?  The answer to that may partially be dictated by our beliefs about food:  What is food? Where does it come from? Do ingredients matter? Does how something is raised matter? Does the distance from its origin to the plate matter?  Does what you eat affect your health? There are many more questions, and all of it is food for thought, literally. But beyond our individual beliefs, our food choices are also influenced by our culture, our family, our friends and our lifestyle. No matter what the factors are in our lives, I believe that when it comes to what we feed our body, we should do so mindfully.

It is my hope that through this blog, people who have similar beliefs about food can connect.  That like-minded people can come together and be supported and affirmed.  But also, it is my hope that this can be a place of learning and sharing.  The name of this blog, is Eating Without Meat of the Lowcountry.  We are a group that meets once a month for food, community and sharing. Some of us are vegetarians, some are vegan, some have adopted a plant-based diet, and some are somewhere in between. The one thing that unites us, is mindful eating, for our health, our planet and/or our beliefs.  We hope you join us.

Jaime