Help! I have a vegan friend visiting!
Posted by pvibe311 at 02/13/2012
Hello everyone. I will be honest, I am not a vegan or strict vegetarian. I am looking for some advice/help answering a question. I have a good friend coming later this spring to visit me and she is vegan. I want to make sure she is comfortable here, especially with cooking/food. My question is cooking for a vegan similar to cooking for someone who is glutten free? I only ask since I have another friend who is glutten free and she cannot use any utensils/cooking pots that have had wheat products in them. So, is this similar for vegans? No animal products on cooking items? Again, i want to make sure she is comfortable here for her stay and I want to surprize her =). I will get seperate cooking items for her if necessary. please let me know if you can help or recommend what to do.
If she doesn't have allergies, most vegans I know would be fine with just giving the pan or spatula a cleaning after it touched meat and before it touched their dish. It's really a personal preference. There are some vegans who are very particular about it and others who can roll with having their veggie burger fried on a grill that just fried a meat (dead animal carcass) patty.
I think the key is just being respectful of the other person's preferences, and I can already tell you have that down. :)
There's so many good vegan recipe websites. Here's just one of em: http://www.thebloomingplatter.com
So if she has a nice salad and everybody else on the table is devouring their rare steaks, it might be that she loses her appetite.
Also, be aware that there are many products that contain animal ingredients (gelatine in gummy bears etc. comes to mind) that might not be immediately obvious to someone who is not used to cooking vegan. When you buy foodstuffs, read the small print. If you see any non-vegan ingredients (there's lots of lists available on the internet, e.g. http://www.veganwolf.com/animal_ingredients.htm ), do not buy it.
It's disappointing if you proudly present a bag of potato chips and she can not join you because it contains whey or something else.