At times like these I am glad I am Vegan, but this is some kind of answer you can give to your friends who eat meat for its ‘taste’.
My boyfriend Hugo is having quite a hard time with vegan cooking. He declared to me that he ‘quits’ after his third attempt at a vegan recipe went ‘wrong’ this morning. This was the vegan pancakes he made me this morning, which I thought we quite good though he said they lacked the ‘fluffiness’ that pancakes are supposed to have.
The devil seems to be in the eggs. Earlier in the week he also failed at his attempt at making vegan mayonnaise for our sweet potato fries, following a recipe that looked something like this (I think he may have put everything in the food processor like he does for regular mayo and didn’t add the oil drop by drop so that may be where he went wrong). He also really failed at his very sweet attempt at making me a vegan flan for dessert this evening. The picture below does not show how liquid it turned out. It was more like soup! I didn’t even finish my small bowl.
The tricky thing about eggs it seems, is that they are a remarkable ingredient that performs many different tasks depending on the recipe. PETA’s website explains this, offers more than ten possible replacement foods, and even goes on to say that for certain recipes, like angel food-cake, its best to try something else. I’d have to agree. While I admire my boyfriends attempt at trying to make some delicious treats, I am afraid it comes down to the same problem I had with Chuch, the fake meat thai restaurant I went to this weekend in Montreal, that for me vegan cooking isn’t about trying to recreate the foods you ate while you were an omnivore, but discovering newer, healthier tasty vegan recipes for you to enjoy. I think I can live in a world without mayonnaise and creme brulé. Couldn’t you?