I love exploring culture through food, and I love preparing life-affirming food that is absolutely delicious. The following ethnic cuisines and dishes reflect just that.
Ghanaian (from Ghana, West Africa): red-red (spicy black-eyed peas, palm-oil) served with rice and plantains, efo riro (okra and/or spinach with palm oil) served with white yams and plantains, spicy vegetable peanut stew served with couscous and plantains
Indian: curried potato/cauliflower and peas, curried okra and mushrooms, samosas, dal, apricot chutney, basmati rice, mango lassi, naan, rice pudding
Italian: eggplant parmesan, sausage lasagna, vegetable lasagna, fettuccine with Italian “sausage” sauce, spaghetti with marinara and mixed vegetables, variety of pizzas, orange red-onion salad, Italian butternut squash soup
West Indian: peas and rice, curried tofu with mixed vegetables, curried seitan with mixed vegetables, “beef” patties made with seitan or tofu, channa, callaloo
Mexican: spicy tofu tamales, spicy black bean tamales, yellow rice, roasted vegetable quesadillas, black bean and corn quesadillas, tofu tacos, black bean tacos; Vita’s award winning three-bean chili, “chicken” tortilla soup, mango salsa with avocado and black beans, jicama/mango salsa, traditional tomato salsa
Soul Food: macaroni and “cheese,” greens, garlicky kale, fried green tomatoes, cumin-spiced potato salad, collard green wontons, dressing, orange-glazed sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, creamed corn, corn bread, gluten free sweet potato pie
Sandwiches: barbecue tofu, avocado/sprout sandwiches, and veggie-burgers, hummus pitas
Other Vegan Soups: corn chowder, black bean, chicken and dumplings
Breakfast: plain pancakes, blueberry pancakes, banana nut pancakes, sweet potato muffins, stewed apples, grits, scrambled tofu, kale/Italian “sausage” quiche, quiche with spinach and red, yellow and orange peppers, a variety of other quiches, cinnamon rolls, brandy buns, angel flake biscuits
Desserts: blue berry cobbler, peach cobbler, gluten free sweet potato pie, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate loaf cakes with strawberry syrup, peanut butter cookies; sorbets, including peach, strawberry, mango, grapefruit, pomegranate, hibiscus, and pear
Drinks: hibiscus tea (made with dried hibiscus flowers, fresh ginger root, and lemon), strawberry lemonade, lavender lemonade, ginger lemonade, lemonade mimosas, hibiscus mimosas, orange juice mimosas
Other: I welcome the opportunity to create a vegan version of any dish you love!!