Over the past few years, the culinary world has seen itself catering to an increasing number of vegans. The trend is no longer restricted to obscure restaurants and many places now serve vegan variants of many of the foods on their menu. This simply means, there are a larger number of vegans today.
If you’re throwing a New Year party, it’s likely some of your guests will be vegans too. Adding vegan dishes to the menu might seem a little challenging during the festive season. In Australia, meats reign supreme and most foods have some or the other form of meat in them. But it doesn’t really have to be that way.
All you need are a few ingredient swaps and a wee bit of preparation to ensure your vegan guests are as satiated as the rest of the guests at your New Year party. Here are some pointers that will help you serve vegan foods to your guests this new year.
#1 Remember That Vegan And Gluten-Free Aren’t The Same Thing
Most vegans will have faced situations at restaurants where they’ve asked for vegan food and have been told there are plenty of gluten-free dishes on the menu. Vegan and gluten-free are entirely different and if you want to serve up some vegan food – think dairy-free, meat-free foods.
#2 Don’t Cheat Your Guests
If you end up using duck fact to cook your potatoes or have slathered your peas with regular butter, and realise this only later, don’t try to pass these foods off as vegan. While fudging these facts is immoral, most hard-core vegans will be able to tell the difference very easily. Aside from this, seasoned vegetarians and vegans tend to develop sensitivities to various animal products. You don’t want your guests developing allergies after eating your party food, do you?
#3 Hummus Is The Way To Go
The Internet is chock-a-block with vegan recipes, some of which can be very easy to rustle up. But if you are in a last-minute rush and don’t have the time to check which dressings, sauces, dips or butters you can serve, simply buy some great quality hummus or blend some at home; it’s the safest option to keep your vegan guests happy. Alternatively, you can serve some freshly-made guacamole too.
#4 The Booze Will Need A Going Over As Well
Many wines have ingredients such as gelatine, egg whites and a fish bladder extract in them. These products are often used in the winemaking process to filter the impurities. But today, it’s easy to find vegan wines on the market and this will be mentioned on the label. If you are still unsure, you can check the Barnivore website. It’s a fantastic vegan beer, liquor and wine guide.
#5 Find Food Substitutes
These days, you’ll find vegan substitutes for almost all food items including juicy steaks. You can easily find vegan-friendly replacements for some of the foods at the dinner table. Add a few soy or nut-based cheeses to the cheese platter along with the standard dairy-based cheeses. Most supermarkets stock vegan custards, ice-creams and gravies. Patisseries have vegan goodies too or you can simply check online for some basic vegan recipes.
You can consider adding some mock meats, maple syrup, agave and brown sugar to the table as well. Add veggie salads and sides in addition to all these foods and you won’t find your vegan guests unhappy or feeling neglected at your New Year’s party this year.
At Ganache Patisserie, you will find fantastic breads and delicious croissants, layer cakes, cupcakes, pastries, sourdough and other baked goods for everyday consumption as well as for the holidays. We also have a wide variety of cupcakes for you to indulge in. Come; explore our scrumptious world of goodies.
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