An Unwanted Guest

Oh dear! Who spilled the wine?

I didn’t mean to serve milk to my vegan friends. My boyfriend and I threw our third dinner party recently. Bill likes to serve healthy food to the unsuspecting. I like to serve vegan food to anyone. This party was a treat because four of the six guests were vegan. Two of which inspired me to go vegan. I knew they all would appreciate a vegan menu.

The Menu

  • Red wine: For the health benefits, of course.
  • Moroccan Tomato Soup: Don’t let the unusual combination of tomatoes and peanut butter hinder you. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a spicy soup but it’s easy to tone down the heat. You can make it milder by eliminating most if not all of the hot sauce, chili powder and cayenne. For the party, I used only a hint of cayenne and then placed a bottle of hot sauce on the table.
  • A “Christine” Salad: Since I make a salad almost everyday, this has become my specialty. The ingredients vary but this particular salad contained mixed greens, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, walnuts, cranberries and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Biryani: An Indian vegetable rice dish from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day.
  • Naan: An Indian flat bread.
  • Apple Crisp: Compliments of Fran.
  • Fudgy balls: This variation was made with carob powder, almond butter, dates and dried cranberries. I rolled some balls in coconut, a few in ground flaxseed and some I left naked.

Back to the unwanted guest. After we cleaned up Sunday morning, we sat down for brunch. I was enjoying leftovers of Biryani and naan. While chewing on a bite of naan, I asked if there was sugar in the bread. We actively avoid it and this bread tasted sweet. Bill jumps up to check the packaging, mumbles something in the kitchen, runs back into the dining room and snaps the naan off my plate.

“You can’t eat that,” he says. “It has milk in it.”

Sigh. Never take your eye off the ball. Always read the ingredients, especially on products you haven’t bought before. Thankfully none of my friends are members of the “vegan police” and all were forgiving of my error when I emailed them the following Monday.

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6 Responses to An Unwanted Guest

  1. lindy stockton March 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    the dinner was absolutely delish…. ! and the fun and friends were amazing… you and bill are wonderful hosts!

  2. windycityvegan March 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    1 – I miss your dinner parties! (I know I told you this just the other day, but it bears repeating because I’ve been homesick).

    2 – I now have an uncontrollable urge to do a YouTube search for the vegan police scene in that movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

  3. Anonymous April 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely spread for a dinner party! If they liked the naan, you may want to try with rosemary, cheese, and peppers. Always a hit at my house :)

    Take care!
    – Chelsey

  4. Shade January 22, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Thank you for this post! I had a very similar experience happen recently with products I used to buy that were vegan, and I had read the ingredients so I knew they were okay, but the company recently changed the ingredients without any notification at all, and now all the sauces contain cheese (various spaghetti sauces I used to buy they all now contain dairy! I think it is Prego? I apologize I can’t recall the name now that I’ve banned them from buying list, I only buy organic Classico or Bertoli sauces now and only the ones not containing dairy) Needless to say the other companies lost my business and I buy a lot of spaghetti sauce (I use it in place of using canned tomato sauce/paste in recipes). I’m just glad I thought to double check before stocking up on 10-20 jars! Yikes! I had been buying and using that sauce knowing it didn’t have dairy in it for years.

    I also bought some pesto sauce recently, and some greek dressing (no where on the package did it say obviously that either contained dairy) and of course, like your situation with the naan, I didn’t think to check the ingredients until AFTER I ate it, and sure enough, both contained dairy. It seems manufacturers sneak it into everything! Even spaghetti sauces, salad dressings, and pesto that aren’t even labelled as containing cheese. Yikes! I’m so glad your friends were understanding of the situation. I do love the “vegan police” in Scott Pilgrim Verses the World. That was a hilarious movie.

    I have been telling my friends the same thing you said, you just have to do the best you can. No need to police each other as everyone makes mistakes. The point is that we are doing our best to intentionally live, purchase and consume ethical, cruelty-free, and animal-free products. Until society changes, we are bound to end up with something non-vegan from time-to-time. We just have to say, oops and be better about consistently checking the labels. It seems I don’t check when I’m in a hurry and then I end up with foods I don’t want to buy or eat. So I will make more effort to give myself more time. It’s especially important like you said when buying a new product, but it is important with old products too, to make sure they haven’t changed the recipes and that they didn’t sneak dairy into the products like what happened to me with the spaghetti sauce. :)

    • Christine January 22, 2012 at 9:51 am #

      I agree, Shade. I need to stop rushing at the grocery…well, everywhere actually! Checking product labels from time-to-time on products I have been buying is also a good idea. Thanks for reading!


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