And here is my token vegan recipe.
No, I'm just kidding.
I've made vegan recipes before, just not very often.
There was the vegan pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and the vegan pumpkin cupcakes and then there were salads, and rice, and beans, you know naturally vegan stuff. But mashed potatoes are not naturally vegan. They are loaded with heavy cream, cream cheese, butter and then a dollop of sour cream.
When I lived in Hawaii I made my loaded with dairy mashed potatoes and a side of vegan mashed potatoes for our friend Scott, our very own token vegan. Now, I always make vegan mashed potatoes. It tastes a bit more sophisticated and definitely lighter.
Basically I use three ingredients, potatoes, good olive oil, and sea salt. Lately I've been using smoked sea salt which gives more depth and highlights the savory flavor when the fluffy mashed potatoes hits your tongue. Mix the olive oil in with the pipping hot potatoes to obtain that cloud like texture. I wish I could give you exact measurements but this recipe is one in which I just do and taste and if it tastes good I stop but if it needs more of this or that I add more oil and salt.
On Thursday I'm making my vegan mashed potatoes recipe and then a side of the fatty loaded with dairy stuff.
We made some Tofurky last weekend and it's a hit with the vegetarian crowd. The Tofurky feast comes with a roast, gravy, wild rice, stuffing, wishstix (!), vegan chocolate cake, and a happy Torfuky Day card and coupon. Basically it's a vegan party in a box.
I eat meat and even though I don't love turkey I do eat turkey so I want to give one of my vegan readers this free Tofurky Feast. Do you want it? Will you eat it? Will you love it? If so the first person to leave me a comment telling me that they want it will get the free Tofurky Feast coupon.
I'll run to the post office and put this in the mail for you today so that you get it in time for Thursday. When I come back I'll announce the cook off winner.
By the way how was your weekend? Mine was hilarious. We went to a chili cook off / talent show. Enzo sang an impromptu "I've been working on the railroad" and the our church leaders closed the event with a repotoir that will probably stay in my head for time and all eternity.