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pinksprklybarefoot 12:35 PM 06-11-2008
I am making a vegan meal when we stay at my DF's sister's father's (confusing, I know) house this weekend. For a fishing trip (Planned by DF when he was omni, for still omni DSD). His sister's father has cancer, and he just couldn't bring himself to cancel the trip.

DF did, however, explain that we have a few more dietary restrictions than the last time we visited (DS and I were vegetarian), and he offered us up to cook dinner for them.

DF wants falafel (since it is Father's Day weekend, I let him choose). So I'll do the little falafel balls in pita, have lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and tzatziki on the side. DF is thinking about making hummus. But it feels like the meal needs a little more?

Ideas?

I wouldn't scoff at dessert suggestions, either.

elspethshimon's Avatar elspethshimon 12:41 PM 06-11-2008
I always serve falafel with fatoush
pinksprklybarefoot 12:43 PM 06-11-2008
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I always serve falafel with fatoush
What is that?
elspethshimon's Avatar elspethshimon 02:28 PM 06-11-2008
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What is that?
It's a middle eastern salad. Chopped veggies (I always go sans lettuce): green, yellow, and red peppers, red or green onions, tomatoes, etc. Dressed with: 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon sumac. If I have it on hand, I'll add fresh mint and some chopped parsley.
pinksprklybarefoot 02:35 PM 06-11-2008
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It's a middle eastern salad.
That sounds yum! Thanks!
frog's Avatar frog 02:36 PM 06-11-2008
Rice pilaf would work, too.
catnip's Avatar catnip 02:39 PM 06-11-2008
Tabbouleh? And watermelon! Sliced cucumbers. Dolmas - TJ's has inexpensive jarred dolmas that are vegan and awesome. Baba Ganoush is great, too, but more effort.
hmkrueger's Avatar hmkrueger 07:22 PM 06-11-2008
Tabbouli, lentil soup or lentil salad?, Israeli za'atar salad, olives, roasted veggies (peppers, eggplant, onion, tomatoes) or veggie kebabs, and/or stuffed red peppers.

dessert could be figs, dates, nuts, yogurt, halvah, baklava, almond shortbread

That's kind of sweeping through the Mediterranean, Middle East, and a little North African :P
applejuice's Avatar applejuice 07:23 PM 06-11-2008
pita bread and hummus.
LavenderMae's Avatar LavenderMae 07:35 PM 06-11-2008
Tahini salad , tabbouli, hummus and pita.
mama_y_sol's Avatar mama_y_sol 09:13 PM 06-11-2008
couscous,

tabbouli,

tomato salad,

lentil pilaf
pinksprklybarefoot 10:26 PM 06-11-2008
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dessert could be figs, dates, nuts, yogurt, halvah, baklava, almond shortbread
baklava would be exciting! But... do I have to make it with honey?

ATM, for the rest of the meal, I am leaning towards doing some sort of couscous pilaf (couscous, wheat berries, dried apricots, pistachios, zucchini, flat-leaf parsley and mint) and a tomato-cucumber salad with a garlic-tahini dressing. We'll probably have DF's hummus, and for dessert, if the baklava idea doesn't pan out, I was thinking mango tart involving cardamom?

All of these replies are really helpful!
mama_y_sol's Avatar mama_y_sol 10:31 PM 06-11-2008
sounds great!



What time should I arrive?
catnip's Avatar catnip 11:15 PM 06-11-2008
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baklava would be exciting! But... do I have to make it with honey?
You would lose some flavor notes without the honey, but it has been done. Maybe add some rose or neroli water and vanilla in a sugar syrup?
I-Love-Alaska's Avatar I-Love-Alaska 11:15 PM 06-11-2008
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sounds great!



What time should I arrive?
I'm with mana_y_sol!! ::
pinksprklybarefoot 11:19 PM 06-11-2008
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What time should I arrive?
Oh, about 7 PM in The Middle of Nowhere, MN.

I googled "vegan baklava" and found a ton of hits. So I'm set!

Thanks for the help, everyone! You ladies are awesome.
CurlyMint's Avatar CurlyMint 11:24 PM 06-11-2008
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baklava would be exciting! But... do I have to make it with honey?

ATM, for the rest of the meal, I am leaning towards doing some sort of couscous pilaf (couscous, wheat berries, dried apricots, pistachios, zucchini, flat-leaf parsley and mint) and a tomato-cucumber salad with a garlic-tahini dressing. We'll probably have DF's hummus, and for dessert, if the baklava idea doesn't pan out, I was thinking mango tart involving cardamom?

All of these replies are really helpful!
Sounds so yummy, I love this type of food in summer. We eat falafel with a side of sweet style couscous and a thrown together cuc salad. I use a bit of cinnamon, raisins, dried apricots, almonds, and other spices in my couscous. Sort of like this, but made with vegan ingredients, and I wouldn't use so much oil or agave (honey sub for me).

http://www.ochef.com/r214.htm


Watermelon mixed with some fresh mint for dessert, man that sounds so good right now.
pinksprklybarefoot 11:36 PM 06-11-2008
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Sounds so yummy, I love this type of food in summer. We eat falafel with a side of sweet style couscous and a thrown together cuc salad. I use a bit of cinnamon, raisins, dried apricots, almonds, and other spices in my couscous. Sort of like this, but made with vegan ingredients, and I wouldn't use so much oil or agave (honey sub for me).

http://www.ochef.com/r214.htm


Watermelon mixed with some fresh mint for dessert, man that sounds so good right now.
That looks really yummy!

I have a giant watermelon sitting in my car... I really am thinking about throwing some lime juice and mint on it. Yum.
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