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Old 08-05-2013, 07:18 PM   #197
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I guess one can always find a 24 hr. breakfast cafe or pancake house for a cheese, tomato, or mushroom omelet - although many of those places aren't very good.
I doubt that would work for the strict vegan—the cheese will have rennet, the grill will have been used for meat and eggs aren't vegan either.

Of course, I know that many restaurants I go to are using lard and who knows what they put in Chinese food? A lot of their broth is chicken based. I almost sampled a crab cake Barb ordered yesterday, but I held back. Maybe if she'd had more than one, I'd have succumbed. If she ever orders a bagel with cream cheese and lox I'm a goner.

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Old 08-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #198
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As a strict veg I don't buy animal rennet cheese at the store but when I eat out - I gave up asking. If you fuss over that then wine and beer is out. Most finers are egg or shellfish or fish bladder based.

I don't do Chinese food. Even without lard chicken broth almost all sauces have fish sauce in them.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:05 PM   #199
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The advantage of your AS is being able to skip restaurant food and keep to your special diet.
So true. After being privy to a few episodes of Kitchen Nightmares,
the clean and shiny AS kitchen looks awfully inviting!

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Tin cans are a good thing.

Some of our favorite on the road meals are made from something fresh combined with a couple of shelf-stable items from our little pantry area.....i.e. tuna, tomatoes, black beans, corn.

We have begun cooking and enjoying farro, for a meatless, main dish alternative. Cook in water or broth, mix with sautéed onion and baby portobello mushrooms. Delicious, nutritious and guilt-free. A side of fresh spinach and dinner is served.

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Sounds delish! Maybe you should write that cookbook instead!
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:43 PM   #201
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So true. After being privy to a few episodes of Kitchen Nightmares,
the clean and shiny AS kitchen looks awfully inviting!

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Absolutely. Having our own food and being able to prepare it was a big selling point to me about an RV. We used to bring a lot of food with us, have to keep finding motels with fridges and zappers and have a big cooler and keep re-freezing the gel packs. That was a pain.

But we still love to go out to eat, but now we can look for fine dining places and eat new stuff. My wife is excellent at figuring out new recipes from such experiences. And breakfast out is fun, but finding a decent place can be a challenge. The phrase "greasy spoon" describes a lot of US breakfast places—the spoons aren't greasy, but the eggs and potatoes swim in it.

In our experience (49 states and in Canada, 10 provinces and 2 territories), Canadian restaurants are better than US ones and is one reason we enjoy our trips north. The best large restaurant chain we have found is Canada's Boston Pizza, but the US stores (Boston's) are not nearly as good because they've Americanized the food.

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Old 08-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #202
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I doubt that would work for the strict vegan—the cheese will have rennet, the grill will have been used for meat and eggs aren't vegan either.
Of course, I know that many restaurants I go to are using lard and who knows what they put in Chinese food? A lot of their broth is chicken based. I almost sampled a crab cake Barb ordered yesterday, but I held back. Maybe if she'd had more than one, I'd have succumbed. If she ever orders a bagel with cream cheese and lox I'm a goner.

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We've given up eating out..We did with Vinnie and Carli and Dan and Irene in the States ..But over here we don't do it..
Having owned my own Vegetarian Cafe and Mobile unit I used to see how filthy other units and cafes were..ours was spotless..
Before I got really finnicky..
Hans parked outside a well known sandwich shop in London
I ran in ..just in time to catch the chap behind the counter wriggling his hand down his trousers..he asked if he could help and I said yes..
"you stop scratching your nuts for a start"...needless to say I left ..
....sandwichless...
The Very Last time we went for a meal in England I asked the waitress what the stock was made of..she asked me what stock was ...gave up

Sunday...so far from home ..no choice..
Called into Costa for a Latte the girl asked me if Id like milk in it ..
then I asked for a Soya Latte and she gave me a Black Coffee...
Next Place..
We were so hungry..most places closed...cant go wrong with chips..
I asked the fryer at a takeaway what the chips were fried in..just in case they used Lard.. and he said.ta da.....a machine...
After seeing the Ramsey clip I don't feel such a kill joy
not taking a risk of some dirty dope killing me and instead munching in the Airstream..
I know where my hands have been ..its clean..its healthier and cheaper ..
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:30 PM   #203
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I know how bad restaurant kitchens can be. I try not to look. In our county the health dep't has been told not to do much by the commissioners who don't want any regulations, so eating here is risk, and I suspect it is in many parts of rural America.

We are told that something like 48,000,000 people get food borne illnesses in the US annually (3,000 deaths), but I don't know how many are from restaurants. Bags of salad fixings at supermarkets are notorious for problems.

I restrict myself mostly to Mexican, Italian and Asian restaurants. If we find a "fine dining" restaurant they usually have several veggie options. But in some places, the idea that meat isn't in a dish means you are poor, so there may be no options. And in some Italian restaurants, the only option is pasta primavera—I like that dish, but don't want to order it every time. I could ask them to hold the meat on some dishes, but I still have to pay for it and it is usually the most expensive ingredient.

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Ughh....over 150 have become ill after eating a cronut burger (a croissant-donut hybrid) at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) due to a bacterial toxin in the meat.

I wonder if those taken ill will ever be able to look at any kind of hamburger again?

Anyway, tonight's vegetarian and gluten-free meal was canned Marinara sauce on spaghetti squash. A simple no-fuss dinner, but it was good.

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I have some great vegan recipes, including vegan mac & "cheese." No kidding, it is very good! Even my husband likes it, and that is saying a lot. I will post that one later, but for now here is one of my favorites for the cooler months: Basic Lentil Soup - a savory and delicious comfort food, healthy, and very easy to make. I freeze the extra portions in freezer-proof mason jars (the 16 oz. wide-mouth kind). One 16 oz. mason jar equals one decent sized portion, or two rather small portions or "side" dishes.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp good olive oil
1 large onion, peeled & chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped (I like to de-string the celery, but it's not necessary)
6 cups vegetable broth, or good water
1-1/2 cups dry lentils, rinsed and drained (I use green lentils)
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3 whole bay leaves
Sea salt to taste
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)

Preparation:

In a large pot, sautee the chopped onion, carrots and celery in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, until the onions are transparent.

Add the vegetable broth (or water), lentils, pepper, thyme, whole bay leaves and salt.

Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook until the lentils are soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Adjust water and seasonings if needed, remove the 3 bay leaves, turn off the heat, and stir in the lemon juice before serving.

Great with salad, good bread, or by all by itself.
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Here is another recipe I like a lot: Pasta with Puttanesca Sauce. For those sensitive to wheat, gluten free rice pasta works well with this recipe, but I have found some brands tend to be rubbery in texture, whereas others have a very good texture that rivals regular wheat pasta. I wish I could remember which brand is the good one! Darn, and I don't have any on hand either. This recipe makes a lot. You could halve the recipe, or make the whole thing and freeze the leftovers for another time.

Preparation time: 30 minutes; cook time 1 hour

Ingredients:

1/4 cup good olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 large (28 oz.) cans Roma plum tomatoes, broken into pieces with juice (I like the Eden Organics brand, but any brand will do just fine)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2/3 to 1 cup Kalamata (Greek) olives, depending on how much you like them, pitted and halved
2 Tbsp drained capers
1/2 tsp dried crushed basil
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
Sea salt to taste

1 pound penne or spiral pasta, cooked al dente

Preparation:

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute until soft and lightly caramelized, about 6 minutes or so. Add the garlic and cook for an additional two minutes (avoid burning the garlic). Add the tomatoes (with juice), tomato paste, Kalamata olives, capers, basil, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. Simmer until the sauce is thickened and slightly reduced, about 40 minutes. Adjust seasonings as needed, cover, and set aside. This is when I make the pasta, but it can be made ahead of time as well.

Add the cooked pasta to the pan of sauce, and toss for 1 full minute.

Good with Parmesan cheese grated on top, or plain.

Serve & enjoy!
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An easy, tasty and healthy vegetarian/vegan soup that freezes well. The red chili flakes add a spicy kick.

Tuscan Style Pinto Bean Soup with Kale

Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups dried pinto beans, rinsed and soaked overnight; then simmered for 1 hour or until tender but not falling apart. SUBSTITUTE: 2 cans pinto beans. Lightly mash a few of the beans with a fork or potato masher. Set beans aside.

2 Tbsp olive oil
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 tsp dried red chili flakes, or more to taste
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 to 1 head curly green kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped
2 cups vegetable stock plus 4-6 cups water, depending on how thick you want the soup
2 tsp or more sea salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3-4 slices of stale or lightly toasted Italian or Ciabatta bread (or bread of your choice), cut into crouton-sized pieces

Preparation:

1. Heal oil in large pot over medium heat. Toss in the celery, carrot, onion, garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to caramelize, about 10-12 minutes.
2. Add the tomatoes and continue to cook until they are slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.
3. Stir in the beans and kale; add the vegetable stock and 4-5 cups of the water. Bring to a low boil; then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the kale is tender, about 25-30 minutes. Add more water if desired.
4. Remove from heat and season with salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper. Serve hot and scatter with croutons. OPTIONAL GARNISH: Grated Parmesan cheese.
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streamin, will try that Putanesca sauce. I have another recipe for Putanesca from as an old Italian friend who shared some of his grandmother's recipes.

This video always reminds me of his grandparents' story.....

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I think it would be hard to beat an old Italian grandmother's recipe! My husband has made the Puttanesca sauce from scratch with fresh Roma tomatoes - it is outstanding. He also makes fresh pasta from scratch, and after that experience it has been difficult to go back to the dried pasta from a package. The fresh pasta may be a bit messy to make in an Airstream, but a big batch could be made ahead of time and then frozen. All of this talk is making me hungry for fresh pasta and "gravy." Thanks for sharing the video, enjoyed that very much.
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It seems every restaurant boasts about their "signature dish."

I would have to say the FaN's signature on-the-road dish is garlic-lime chicken.
It is my favourite first-night camping meal too. I marinate chicken in fresh garlic, True Lime flavour crystals, and olive oil. I pack it in a Ziploc bag, surrounded by ice packs, and place in fridge crisper. As we're going down the road, I like to dream about that night's dinner, wiggling and jiggling in its marinade. Great on stix or in a taco.

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