As much as we loved wandering around for free food samples, Chris and I figured we should check out at least one of the six speakers at Mad City Vegan Fest. Conveniently, we picked the Vegan Food Made Easy cooking demo with Dama Wells-Foster of Sol D’Licious which included samples of the food she made. We’re sneaky like that.
Dama demo’d four recipes in 45+ minutes which was a little hectic but at the end of it, I could appreciate that prep did not take long for any of the dishes. Sometimes people think that vegan food has to contain 46 ingredients and take 3 hours to prepare, but that is not the case! She made tofu scramble, a vegan burger, mock tuna salad and chocolate mousse.
I was most intrigued by the Chocolate Mousse that had an avocado base and may have been too excited about trying it to take a picture… I’ve heard many people mention avocado mousse/pudding before but had never tried it. While I found the cinnamon flavor a little heavy for my liking (it’s supposed to mask the avocado flavor), the texture was lovely and I could taste the cocoa in it. I can’t wait to make it at home! And by make it at home, I mean ask Chris to make it. (I promise I do the cleaning!)
Adding dulse to the mock tuna salad gives it a mildly fishy taste because it’s an algae, but it’s not overpowering. I’m glad they served it on a cracker because otherwise it was one big mushy lump. These little bites would make for an easy dish at a party, though, and like I mentioned, prep is speedy!
These were the other speaker topics:
- How Eating at Every Vegan Restaurant in the U.S. Changed a Young Woman’s Life by Kristin Lajeunesse
- Farmed Animals Have Feelings, Too by Lorri Houston
- Vegan Nutrition: What Does the Science Say? by Jack Norris
- Fictions, Facts and Food Choices by Robert Grillo
- Plant-Based and Powerful: What We Know About Vegan Athletes by Matt Ruscigno