Plenty of vegans around the country are super pleased right now because we have just been bombarded with vegan chef amazingness. All in the form of Vegan Black Metal Chef, Terry Hope Romero and Isa Chandra Moskowitz. In fact, some interstate vegans are super pleased enough that they traveled to Melbourne for tonight’s vegan cooking demonstration and Q&A, held at the Corner Hotel in Richmond.
I rocked up on my own and because I was way early, I decided to get a meal there at the Corner Hotel. To be honest nothing on their online menu really appealed to me but I grabbed a menu from the bar anyway. I’m so glad I did (I had been thinking of walking around a bit to find something), because there was this fantastic vegan menu for the night (I think it was just for tonight, that’s what I overheard someone saying).
Straight away, one meal jumped out at me: the roast vegetable soba bowl. The description to me seemed like they were making Isa’s exact recipe from Isa Does It. This really appealed to me because I have made it before but mixed up ingredients and it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. Purely my fault of course. Anyway, I figured that if this indeed was Isa’s recipe, then I best try it because it was made by a real live proper chef person. The other options were a black eyed pea burger with mango salsa and wedges; vegan Southern style fried chicken and a vegan shepherd’s pie.
You guys. I am SO GLAD I chose this. The dressing sauce was fantastic and I think… I think I now love the miso-tahini combination. I neverrrr thought I’d be saying that, not this year at least. Previously, the miso-tahini combination kinda brought on the vommies a little. As soon as I go and buy some cauliflower, I’ll be making this following Isa Does It exactly:
After hanging out taking my time reading newspapers and stuff, I noticed people going up to Isa and Terry to sign their books. Isa and Terry were a few tables away and I talked myself out of asking them to sign. Because having social anxiety can really suck. But I had taken along Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, hoping to get them signed for DeeW and Arthur respectively seeing as they looove those books. When I finally did go up, Terry wasn’t there but Isa kindly signed the books for my vegan cupcake lovin’ cookie scoffin’ kids. My claim to fame for the night is that I was the only person in the audience to have visited Omaha, where Isa now lives and will be opening her restaurant.
Once inside, the stage was set up for Black Metal Chef who was up first. I feel like such a dork now, because I’m not sure if I correctly remember what everyone cooked! Black Metal Chef made a spinach potato curry, followed by a dish with udon noodles, seitan, mushrooms and capsicum:
Yes, he really does cut with this:
Please forgive the crappy quality of my photos, by the way.
VBMC signed my guitar pick and took a photo with me. The photo was for Arthur, he really likes watching VBMC’s videos. Then Arthur walks around in a deep scary voice saying stuff like “Mummy… cook the tofu… be careful not to burn it…”:
Terry Hope Romero was up next, making a lovely sounding cashew dressing for her to-be-released-soon cookbook called Salad Samurai. She also cooked up some tofu which smelled amazing. I had a seat front and centre, best spot in the house:
Isa made her red pepper Mac and Cheese recipe, one I am determined to make very very soon. She also made some breaded tofu which was torture, because by that time I was getting hungry again and the divine smells weren’t helping:
I had a great night, got that ooooh lovely bass-pumping-out-of-your-chest from the live music, and of course I got to meet Isa and Black Metal Chef (not Terry, waaaah). I’d say I did pretty well!