I love vegan potlucks. It’s always a lot of fun to get together with friends and community members to share food, recipes and ideas. For the first time since leaving our apartment in Buenos Aires, we had access to a well equipped kitchen and enough ingredients to make some interesting dishes for a potluck. All credit goes to our friends and travel mates, Dan and Calina, authors of the Flock Together blog, who had the idea and hosted the potluck. It turned out to be a great success, attracting 10 people and lots of great food.
Dan and Calina went all out. They made flour tortillas, salsa, refried beans, and guacamole, all from scratch. Not bad for a pescetarian and recovering omnivore :-p
John made his favourite dish, chickpea curry with lots of onions, tomatoes, and spices.
I teamed up with my new friend Clare to make vegan chocolate chip cookies. We were so excited to have access to an oven, a rare find in South America where most people cook with stand alone burners. We’d gathered a bunch of ingredients, including soy milk, flour, baking soda, ground flax seed, chocolate, nuts, dried coconut and oil. We were ready to put our own twist on Post Punk Kitchen‘s Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Somewhere between not having measuring spoons or cups, and an oven with only two settings of low or high, things went very, very wrong. The high altitude of Cusco was also working against us. After the cookie mess, I learned that depending on your altitude, you should adjust recipes by adding more flour and decreasing the amount of raising agent or baking powder. Otherwise, your cookies might turn out like ours. We ended up with one, giant, flat, cookie. It wasn’t a total loss, we cut the cookie blob into squares and everyone thought they tasted great.
We had a lot of fun at the potluck and enjoyed trying all of the different dishes. I didn’t get pictures of everything, missing the chance to snap the organic salad, guacamole and pasta salad with vegetables. If you have the chance to host or contribute to a potluck, don’t miss out. They’re always a lot of fun and a great way to try new things and meet new people.