Posted by happycowgirl at 02/13/12 22:24:22Just by posting this I can already tell you're a wonderful friend. As for your question of whether u need to get separate cooking items for her, I'd say that depends on if she has an allergy or not. People go vegan for different reasons - many for animal rights concerns, many for overall health improvement, some for environmental concerns, some because they have dairy and/or other food allergies.
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. :)
Posted by VeganSally at 02/15/12 16:17:44If you're not sure what she likes, you can't go wrong with having some oatmeal on hand for breakfasts. Some nuts, different kinds of fruits. Fresh veggies. Pasta. Vegans do most cooking in olive oil instead of butter.
There's so many good vegan recipe websites. Here's just one of em: http://www.thebloomingplatter.com
Posted by hrefna at 02/20/12 09:04:16I don't think you need to get separate cooking utensils for her, just clean the ones you have really well so there is no meat/dairy residue on them. Be aware that she may not eat honey (some vegans do, some don't, it's a hot button issue!) so you might want to get some maple syrup in instead. I hope you have a great time with your friend! She is lucky to have an understanding friend like you. Here are a couple of my favourite vegan recipe sites:
Posted by AndyT at 02/24/12 04:14:10Also, please note that most vegans do not enjoy the looks and smell of animal products very much.
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.