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    Foodie Adventure!

    So, for background information, this thread is mostly because -a- I like to cook a lot and -b- I've started on a transition into becoming vegan (which, aside from the general terror of confrontation from strangers over my life choices, I'm pretty excited about). I'm not sure how many other reading this might be plant based, but I came up with the idea to share some recipes here if/when I make new recipes. Others can share if they want, or feel free to ask if there might be a way to make a certain recipe vegan friendly, but especially since I cook a lot (and, yes, often in bulk so that I can eat off of one dish for a couple days) and I find a lot of love and passion in doing it (at least for myself), I figured I'd share.

    Here's something really basic to start.

    Pancakes. I like blueberry pancakes, but you can use strawberries, blueberries, walnuts, pecans, bananas, apple and cinnamon, pineapple and coconut...

    Ingredient list:

    1 cup of flour
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1 tablespoon of cinnamon (you can keep this out if you don't like it)

    1 cup of non-dairy milk (I use vanilla soy, but any plant based milk will do)
    1 tablespoon of oil (can be vegetable, olive, or melted coconut)
    2 tablespoons of maple syrup
    1/2 tablespoon of vanilla

    1. Basically, take your powder ingredients listed (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon) and mix them in a medium bowl. Mix together well.
    2. Take your liquid ingredients and mix them in a smaller bowl (vanilla, soy milk, and oil). Mix together well.
    3. Pour your liquid ingredients into your powder ingredients and whisk them together well.
    4. Let the batter rest for about five to ten minutes. Prepare fruit during this time.
    5. Put some oil into your pan and start cooking pancakes. Add your fruit to each pancake as they are made. The best way to tell that they are ready to flip is when the edges start to have little bubbles that pop up. Have the self-control not to eat them as you go.

    I suspect that this recipe could be altered to be savory friendly. Don't include the vanilla/maple syrup/cinnamon, but then add nutritional yeast, paprika, chili powder... etc to the powder mix. Then find other mix ins like:

    peas, corn, and carrots
    spinach and tomatoes
    onions and mushrooms

    On the topic of pancakes, my fave is potato pancakes.

    2 medium spuds
    1/2 small onion or chopped chives
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    tablespoon flour

    Fine grate the onion then peel spuds and grate, sprinkle salt and flour, mix it all up and spoon into a hot fry pan. Not too hot while cooking coz you don't want to flip for 3 mins, should be golden brown.

    You can use a food processor or blender, sometimes I'll use only grated potatoes and fry. Should take about 3 mins each side depending how thick you make them.

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      thinman We have the same thing here in Vienna, Austria. Its called 'Platzki' (probably Polish). My mother used to make them and I make them once in a while. In addition to Your version, we use one egg (there goes the vegan part, I know) and a couple of cloves of garlic for every kg potatos. A pinch of marjoram is also not wrong. Mjam!


        Originally posted by Andi64 View Post
        Its called 'Platzki' (probably Polish), we use one egg
        My folks are Polish, I was born in England. We use egg but found that you don't really need any, you could use soaked ground flax as an egg substitute.

        The basic ratio is one tablespoon of flax seeds and three tablespoons of water to replace one egg. You’ll need to grind the flax seeds into a fine powder using a coffee or spice grinder (or use 2 1/2 teaspoons pre-ground), and then you simply whisk in the water until it becomes gelatinous. Optional to chill the mixture before using it. Add flax “eggs” to the recipe exactly as you would regular eggs.