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Re: Things that are things.

Postby JamishT » Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:16 am

I went to a wedding today. The couple was/is poor, of course, so they wanted a potluck, which is fine. However, they are also vegan, so I tried to make something. It involved macaroni, "ground beef", "bacon", cheese, and tomato stuff. I was hoping to make like cheeseburger pasta or something. BUT NO, IT WAS GROSS. I thought about taking it anyway, I even brought it to the wedding, but left it in my car, because gross. Before leaving I dumped it in some woods next to the parking area.

Also, I saw some old friends who didn't recognize me, and I didn't feel like reviving a friendship for an afternoon.

Also also, instead of trying various foods that didn't have the help of animals, two friends and I went to Taco Bell. It was great!
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby SandTea » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:45 am

Anytime there is a "vegan" obligation for potluck, just make it spicy as hell. It makes people think that you prepared your 'signature dish' or to just not eat it. "Here is my special spicy boiled cabbage recipe" I have said, only losing about 5 bucks (and potential repeat invites) while also being able to still drink all the wine. :twisted:

There are some really tasty meat alternatives but they are like "whole foods" expensive.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby NathanLoiselle » Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:32 pm

I like this super special meat alternative. It's called ham burger. It's made out of ham and we all know that pigs aren't made of meat. They're made of tofu. I will fight you if you say I'm wrong.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby DoglovingJim » Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:24 am

I don't believe in meat alternatives, since if you're not eating meat then you will starve to death because there is no alternative. Think about it, every peasant who was eating grass prior to the French revolution is dead now.

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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Tuli » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:55 am

If you need to make a vegan/vegetarian meal, there's no reason to bother with expensive and usually nasty 'meat alternatives' when you can just look up some Indian recipes. They are delicious.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby IamNotCreepy » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:28 pm

On a side note, I understand doing a potluck for a wedding because food is expensive, but putting the additional burden of doing a vegan potluck is too much.

I would probably either have just offered to donate money to someone more familiar with vegan cuisine, or just not gone all together.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby jbobsully11 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:48 pm

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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Malfeasinator » Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:34 am

JamishT wrote:I went to a wedding today. The couple was/is poor, of course, so they wanted a potluck, which is fine. However, they are also vegan, so I tried to make something. It involved macaroni, "ground beef", "bacon", cheese, and tomato stuff. I was hoping to make like cheeseburger pasta or something. BUT NO, IT WAS GROSS. I thought about taking it anyway, I even brought it to the wedding, but left it in my car, because gross. Before leaving I dumped it in some woods next to the parking area.

Also, I saw some old friends who didn't recognize me, and I didn't feel like reviving a friendship for an afternoon.

Also also, instead of trying various foods that didn't have the help of animals, two friends and I went to Taco Bell. It was great!


Dude, I brought a bag of oranges to a potluck once. It wasn't vegan or anything, just a regular pot luck. The oranges were from trees in our backyard at the time.

At least you put effort into it.

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I know a restaurant that has a food challenge that looks similar to the thing you've pictured. You also have to eat fries. They have a wall of fame and shame. I always wanted to try it, but I think I'd really have to get back into weightlifting again to crush that amount of food.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Absentia » Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:58 pm

How to tell if you're a nerd: I spent the weekend binge watching a series on Netflix, but it was Ken Burns's 14-hour documentary on Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Now I have that damn piano tune stuck in my head.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby cmsellers » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:47 pm

If it's a vegetarian potluck then things would be easy: I usually bring desserts to potlucks anyways and almost any dessert I'd bring to a potluck is vegetarian already. I do make pie crusts with half leaf lard/half-butter, but that's still an easy fix. Plus my most popular pie is black-bottomed key lime, which doesn't even use a proper pie crust.

Veganism gets a lot harder: even with desserts you have to change the fat out for a similar one and may need to find an egg substitute. So I'd probably pick a dessert with no egg where I was confident that olive oil, canola oil, or Crisco could substitute for butter, or else I'd just fry up some eggplant. I could make rice-stuffed peppers or grape leaves, but those are a lot of work and I'd resent whoever was making be bring a vegan dish, so I'm probably not going to go above and beyond for them. Especially since the best stuffed peppers are made with cheese and the best stuffed grape leaves have meat.

Incidentally, vegan/vegetarian food is best when it's not pretending to be something it's not. Eggplant and tofu skins are delicious, tofurkey and boca burgers and go fuck themselves. I do like Bacos, but I've always thought of then as something entirely distinct from bacon; if I considered them a bacon substitute I'd hate them.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby JamishT » Tue May 01, 2018 6:33 am

Absentia wrote:How to tell if you're a nerd: I spent the weekend binge watching a series on Netflix, but it was Ken Burns's 14-hour documentary on Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Now I have that damn piano tune stuck in my head.


Ooh, I need to watch that.

Am I more of a nerd if I keep nearly making references to NPR, MarketPlace, and/or Survivor podcasts in regular conversation?
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby A Combustible Lemon » Wed May 02, 2018 10:36 am

Tuli wrote:If you need to make a vegan/vegetarian meal, there's no reason to bother with expensive and usually nasty 'meat alternatives' when you can just look up some Indian recipes. They are delicious.


...vegan... naan?

it's maida and water, what the fuck?
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby IamNotCreepy » Wed May 02, 2018 3:09 pm

A Combustible Lemon wrote:
Tuli wrote:If you need to make a vegan/vegetarian meal, there's no reason to bother with expensive and usually nasty 'meat alternatives' when you can just look up some Indian recipes. They are delicious.


...vegan... naan?

it's maida and water, what the fuck?


Doing a quick search shows a lot of naan recipes that include butter, milk, yogurt, or eggs.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby A Combustible Lemon » Wed May 02, 2018 6:00 pm

But that's fucking weird. Indian food does not use milk or eggs in anything made with flour, that's a western thing. And butter isn't used to cook Naan, it's just a topping that's there to make it taste better.

I've been all over the North and the South. Naan is maida and flour mixed with water and put into a tandoor.
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Re: Things that are things.

Postby Anglerphobe » Fri May 04, 2018 7:23 pm

One evening about two weeks ago I was out running near my home and I ended up behind another jogger. I was going slightly faster than him, so I passed him. A little while later, I became aware of someone stepping in my footprints right behind me, and it turned out to be the guy I had overtaken a few minutes earlier, back for revenge. He was going quickly now and about to come level with me, so I increased by speed to stay ahead of him.
So began the game. Shortly after that he came up on me again and I had to go even faster. He crossed the road at one point and was running alongside me, but I managed to cut him off going uphill. After about ten minutes we were both sprinting hell for leather down the road, eyeing each other in our peripheral vision and trying to second guess the other's moves. I managed to stay ahead all the way back until he eventually gave up and turned off on a different path. I got home exhausted from basically sprinting all the way back from the midpoint of my run. The next week it happened again, but I lost just as narrowly as I had won the first time.
This evening, we passed each other going in different directions, and both kind of smirked. I was about to wheel around and run past him, but the adult in me won out.
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