How can you tell someone’s a vegan? Just wait, they’ll tell you.
I want to come clean with you; I used to be a vegan hater. The anger on my face was palpable when the hyper precious tree-hugging lot of unwashed individuals would stop me on a street corner to check “if I have a minute for Greenpeace.” No, no I do not. “Yeah, I’m late for a meeting,” I’d mumble as I dodged down the street. I loathed the thought of Seitan, Birkenstocks, biodiesels that run on recycled fryer oil and what in God's good name is Tofurky? I was a carnivore, and damn proud of it.
But one day something changed. I met a girl. Let's call her Kate, because that’s her real name. She had five beautiful sisters who were very “normal” vegans. How could this be? They looked like me, enjoyed the same activities as me, excluding leather they dressed like me, they ate a beautiful array of foods like me. I came to realize that my misconceptions were ill founded and sorely misguided. I didn’t hate vegans; I was just caught up in the vegan stereotypes.
My ignorance almost cost me from developing true and meaningful relationships with my thoughtful kale-slinging sisters. But after a beautiful meatless meal (that did not include aforementioned Tofurky), I was a changed man.
There are so many interesting ways to prepare and enjoy vegetables that I had been completely missing out on. As a professional chef, I’ve come to the realization that the veg is the star of the show. I let meat play the supporting part, and you should too.
In this video I do a “steak night” vegan style with a thick cut of cauliflower seared with a golden brown crust complemented by a smoky romesco sauce and charred scallions. Compassionate enough to satisfy a vegan and hearty enough to satiate a steak lover.
For the romesco sauce
For the cauliflower steak
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