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Monday, April 29, 2013

the GLUTEN-free and VEGAN fascists....

As a vegan I know all too well that when the dinner invitation comes it goes like this:
"Gary, why don't you guys come over for dinner?  You are SO AWESOME.  We can drink cheapo jug vino and gossip about everybody!"
And I have to reply "We are difficult guests, no meat, no dairy, we are vegan!" and you hear back
"Oh.  We were going to roast a pig and grill some steaks. I guess you are not so awesome after all."
And I reply "Wait wait, we can bring our own twigs and lawn clippings to eat!" but they have already hung up the phone.....

The wife will say "Good manners is making other people comfortable" and that is why I REALLY DO bring my own food when I am invited to other people's houses...unless they specifically tell me they are cooking vegan, I pack an apple and pb and j in the car....  that way I have good manners and do not make my hosts uncomfortable by making them cook up a big stew pot of lawn clippings and twigs.

Conversely, when people come over here, I explain how I cook but that my cooking KICKS ASS and any carnivore, locavore or dinosaur will be happy here...and happily stuffed!

BUT, you and I know, there is a new guest type out there these days:  THE GLUTEN-FREE guest, and I want to have good manners and treat them well and make them comfortable. Plus, truly, compared to white flour, oat flour has wonderful nutritional elements and I like trying recipes using it: it has iron, fiber, protein and cholesterol fighting properties.  White flour is crap!  (I still use it though, with as much multi-grain as possible, but that is not the subject of this post)

SO, I wondered if I could make my SUPER tasty multigrain vegan pancakes with oat flour, a simple substitution.  NO.  No I could not. Tasty but very crumbly.  So I rewrote the thing on Sunday and made them this am.  I took out sugar and used molasses (sticky!) and made and added egg replacer (sticky! for cohesion!) out of one TBS ground flax seed and 2 TBS water stirred together. ***

HOT DAMN they were good! Sort of hearty like buckwheat pancakes, you know?

In other news, we seem to do ALL of our eating outside when it is nice...Sunday was NICE, 70s nice!

I was making a bunch of vases last week and this one sorta modestly snuck in and I was like
"HOLY CATS, perfect!"  As a potter, you do so many steps on some items, they can surprise you when they all come together and are suddenly...beautiful!

(vase by Gary Rith)

Gary's oat flour vegan AND gluten-free pancakes!  makes 6 wee pancakes
-in a small bowl mix one TBS ground flax seed and 2 TBS water
-in a mixing bowl put in and stir together 1/2 cup oat flour, 1 1/4 Tbs baking powder and a dash of salt
-add to the flour mix: 1 Tbs molasses, 1 1/4 Tbs oil, 1/2 cup soy milk and your egg flax egg replacer
-I added 1/2 cup bluberries
-do not let it be thin--add a little more flour if you have  to for a good, thickish batter
-fry them like any pancake!


trash said...

Oh! I love that vase. Very 1930s English.. Love, love, love it.

smartcat said...

WOW! That's quite a vase.....elegant!

Our summer reunion parties are always pot-luck so we don't have a problem with vegans; gluten-frees.

I wonder which is harder, being vegan or trying to convince people that Yes, I really am allergic to chocolate.

Barbara Rogers said...

Whow, vase is slamming! Food is such fun to share...thanks.

Busy Bee Suz said...

You are fast on your feet when it comes to changing out items in your cooking....I admire that.
I'm with the Missus; Good manners IS making other people comfortable. She is so smart!
So, how do lawn clippings and twigs taste??? Ewwww.....LOL!!!!

bartster said...

twigs and lawn clippings. hee hee.
The style of writing in this post is delightful---locavore (what IS that) dinosaur.....

The pancakes sound delish!

Anonymous said...

GREAT vase!
I adore how you describe the whole dinner invitation debacle. But seriously, you are very gracious to BYO food. I know I've accommodated vegan and vegetarian, but I don't know that I've ever cooked a completely gluten-free meal. Not that I'm aware of, any way.

smalltownme said...

You are a very gracious guest and host.

Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen said...

This made me laugh so hard. I love this post! We had a big party for some of my hubby's work folks and I asked in advance about any food issues, preferences, allergies, etc. I made several vegetarian items upon request (that's easy for me) only to find that one person had a nut allergy that no one had told me about. ARRRRRRGH! I was afraid I was going to kill a guest. I've been passing along your recipes to a few vegan friends so I'll pass this along to the GF folks!

Barbara Martin said...

Lovely vase, though I do really love that elephant mug your wife has in her hand.

I made a copy of your pancake recipe to try later.

Lori Buff said...

I know the feeling, I'm always afraid of starving to death at a dinner party. Maybe I should learn from you and bring my own lawn clippings to dinner, just in case I need them.

Mustang Sally said...

This totally cracked me up. I'm a vegetarian in a very meat-centric country and I can so relate. I've had so many bad experiences getting invited to dinner and then being fed chicken, fish, pork "the other white meat", etc. because "vegetarians eat chicken right?" that I am now VERY specific about what I can and cannot eat. I hate to be a diva but both parties are generally happier in the end. Humor is a great technique. I must remember the twigs and lawn clippings suggestion.

~ Sil in Corea said...

There are so many delish foods made from twigs and lawn clippings! And, you, Gary, are a master chef!

That vase is amazing! Perfect balance and symmetry. YaY! |o/

Emily SIL said...

Everyone seems happy about the pancakes...except for Spike.

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