Collective Cooking - 26.01.09

posted Mar 4, 2009, 3:32 PM by Manuel Lombardi   [ updated Mar 5, 2009, 1:27 PM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net ]
Last week's cooking session was dedicated to carnival food, being the day after Mardi Gras. Typical Mardi Gras foods are: fried stuff and pancakes. A sort of vegetarian shephard pie completed the dinner.

Vegan fried vegetables
How to make a crunchy fried crust on our vegetables without using eggs or milk?
simple: with sparkling dry white wine (in other words sekt or prosecco) and flour! The mix (the "batter") should be thick enough, so don't make it too liquid.
We cut various vegetables (aubergines, potatoes, broccoli, onions, mushrooms), then dip them in the mix, then deep fried for 2-3 minutes in boiling oil. Some (toilet) paper helped us absorbing the oil in excess, then a bit of salt on top. Apparently, they were gnam gnam really good!

Pancakes
Made a mix with milk, eggs and flour. It had to be liquid, but thick enough to make a "string" if poured from a spoon. "Gras" means "FAT", so we choosed to cooked pancakes with butter and put butter, sugar and cinnamon powder in them.

Vegetarian Shephard Pie
various vegetables cut and put in a large oven pan, covered with mashed potatoes and baked until a crust is formed on top. Well, I have to ask the correct recipe for this...

And tonight (4 march)?
Tonight french dinner, but I will let the french girls talk about it....

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