Gyoza, potstickers or dumplings are super easy to make at home. They are perfect as a stand alone snack or as the starter to an asian inspired meal. The gyoza skins can be found in your local asian supermarket in the freezer section. Here is an authentically seasoned gyoza recipe, although you could get creative with the fillings.
Heat a large wok or skillet with the sesame and sunflower oils, add the seeds followed by all the chopped veg and the garlic and ginger. Stir fry everything together, adding an occasional splash of water until the leeks are soft and the mushrooms just beginning to brown. Season with the tamari and black pepper and set the pan aside to cool.
Place a good teaspoon of the mixture in the centre of the gyoza skin. Wet one side of the skin with water close to the edge and then bring the two side together, pressing firmly around the edges. As you make the gyoza remember to keep them covered with cling film or a slightly damp cloth, as the pastry will dry out too quickly.
The bamboo steamer baskets are the best for steaming, the dumplings will take around 10 minutes to cook. It’s optional, but the gyoza can then be deep fried or pan fried on each side until crispy.
You are invited to attend a Vegan Peasant Catering demonstration hosted by VegFest UK, with professional chef Adrian G. Smith. The demo on Saturday May 24th from 1pm will take place in the Cookery Demos Room.
During the session, Adrian will demonstrate how to wow your guests with visually stunning canapés that will make anyone think you’re a natural. It’s all in the clever construction, colour and flavour combinations. Make sure to stay until the end, to taste the samples!
A bit about the food
Vegan food is an under-served niche dinning experience that’s set to rise. Here’s a sampling of our most popular canapés from our most recent menu.
Spicy Wada, Chilli Pickled Mango & Lime on Pepper Papads
Artichoke, Slow Roasted Garlic & Halkidiki Olive on Focaccini
Roasted Cherry Tomato & Red Onion Marmalade Tatin
Farinata Crostini, Roasted Sweet Pepper, Avocado Aioli, Micro Basil
Roasted Aubergine Caviar with Sweet Lemon Zest & Sage Crisp Crostini
Cream Cheese, Pink Grapefruit & Chive on Buckwheat Blini
Medjool Dates with Cashew Cream
Chocolate Brownie & Pink Sea Salt
Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake
Adrian’s experience spans 25 years working in some of the best restaurants and hotels in Brighton such as the award winning Terre á Terre restaurant.
VegfestUK organise Europe’s BIGGEST vegetarian and vegan festivals. A celebration of all things vegan! Music, food, bodycare, stalls, campaigns, entertainment, excitement, passion and bouncing with plant based positive energy!
Cookery Demo Location: The Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5LL
For further information please contact diana@veganpeasantcatering .com
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About Vegan Peasant Catering
Vegan Peasant Catering is a London based event catering company based. Whenever possible, Vegan Peasant Catering sources organic, fair trade, seasonal and local ingredients. We pride ourselves on being able to delight your veg and non-veg guests a like. We specialise in creating the most beautiful and delicious canapés and bowl foods that are 100% plant-based, sustainable, ethical and inclusive.
Above is a lovely photo of the frutti di bosco our Saporous Suppers attendees enjoyed last month. The dessert was the most decadent item of the evening. It was so sinful you’d swear there was butter and cream in it. Next month’s dinner is sure to be a crowd pleaser too. Join us on Saturday March 22nd, meet some interesting people and eat some of the best contemporary food in London.
March 29th – 30th Vegan Peasant Catering will be attending VegFest Brighton, taking place at the Hove Centre. We’ll be sharing a booth with the lovely guys of Fry’s Vegetarian. If you’re planning to attend or live in the area do stop by and say hi.
Head Chef Adrian will also be conducting a demo; you can read more about it here.
See you there!
Around the World with FGV
Thanks to everyone who came out for the Caribbean night hosted by FGV on Friday.
Judging by the clean plates that came back I’d say that a good time was had by all.
Pics coming soon!
…Next Friday is Brazilian night with Vanessa of Essential Vegan.
Food Blogger Connect (#FBC14)
6th – 8th of June 2014 is the world’s leading international food blogging conference in London.
Vegan Peasant Catering will be attending the #FBC14 StrEAT Party on Friday & Saturday. It’s an opportunity for us to showcase our food to travel, food, lifestyle and tech bloggers coming from across the UK and the world. Other traders returning this year will be African Volcano, Terra Rossa, Coconut Chilli and Grand Luchito.
You may have heard about our collaboration, Around the World with FGV. It’s a dinner hosted by Fat Gay Vegan showcasing four vegan chefs in the month of March. The first dinner takes place on the 7th March. Head Chef Adrian Smith of Vegan Peasant Catering will be preparing one of our most popular dinners, a Caribbean inspired supper. On the 14th Vanessa of Essential Vegan will cook a Brazilian dinner, on the 21st Jhenn of Vegan Ronin will cook a Japanese dinner and on the 28th Kip of Messy Vegetarian Cook will cook a Thai meal. I envy the dinners who brought season tickets and will be dinning at all four events. It’s got to be the tastiest bargain around.
Back in 2010 we ran a successful monthly dinner series for about two years. It came to an end when Greens & Beans, a veggie restaurant and Dru yoga studio based in Euston decided to convert the space downstairs into a flat. We ran the Caribbean inspired supper at least two or three times, as it was our most popular. If you were able to snatch a ticket to Around the World with FGV before it sold out you are in for a treat.
If you missed out on this opportunity to book this dinner we have started a new dinner series, Saporous Suppers. You can join our twitter page or sign up for our newsletter to hear about upcoming events. Our next dinner takes place on the 22nd March.
London’s best vegan supper club is back! In the form of Saporous Suppers and will be held on 7th February at 7:30PM in Dalston. The location will remain a secret to all but those attending.
Some of you may remember the monthly supper club series we ran two years ago at a café in Drummond Street. Sadly this collaboration ended when the proprietors decided to renovate the space into a one bedroom flat.
Supperclub Vegan Peasant
To start we would like to run these events monthly, but if there is enough demand we we’d like to make them weekly.
This month’s menu has a fusion theme with ingredients from Italian, Central American and Cuban. Some times we focus on a particular country, but who’s to say where one food tradition ends and another begins. With every menu that we create our aim is to attentively cater to your taste buds by making sure you experience a balanced meal that’s full of flavour.
Start time is 7.30pm and Tickets are £35 each. Ticket numbers are limited and are on a first come first served basis and will not be available on the night. Booking closes three days before the event date. Be sure to book early.
We are a London-based start-up event catering company. Our goal is to bring sustainable make from scratch food to your table. We specialize in 100 plant-based cuisine, which is organic where possible, local, fair-trade and vegan. Because we specialize in pure vegetarian foods we can offer you real choices and not just an option. We pride ourselves on being able to please vegans, vegetarians, non-vegetarians and flexitarians too.
We are kick-starting the new year with the launch of Saporous Suppers. The first supper takes place on the last Saturday of the month. And if all goes well might become a twice monthly event in the future. We’ve been meaning to start a new dinner series for some time now. So we hope you’ll join us.
Vegan Peasant Catering supplied me with the most delicious dinner for 30 people over the weekend. The food not only looked very appetising but also tasted delicious. It was a well-balanced meal and was full of all the best nutrients. If you were a meat eater, you definitely would not have missed the meat. I would love to repeat the evening and I look forward to having you back in our home for another occasion.
Viscountess Cowdray, Party Celebration, December 2013
Diana and Adrian prepared and served delicious canapés for our wedding party in August. They were very open to creating a bespoke menu for us since the guest list included a number of varying food preferences. We talked about quite a few options over the weeks leading up to the event, but when I heard they make their own homemade kimchi, there was no going back.
One of my favourite aspects of Vegan Peasant Catering is that they do not attempt to mimic the ‘usual suspects’ in their menu. VPC does not retrofit dishes to make them vegan, Diana and Adrian can apply an incredibly creative hand to coming up with unique and tasty concoctions that just happen to be animal product-free and often gluten-free as well.
Although, I come from a mostly vegetarian culture, even vegan food is a stretch for some members of my family. However, they were all extremely impressed with the quality, flavours and presentation of the canapés. My mom even asked me to get the recipes so she could try them out next time she hosts a party! There is no doubt in my mind. I would recommend Vegan Peasant Catering to friends, family and colleagues for their special events.
Nisha Kapadia Bhesania, Wedding Hertfordshire, 4th August 2013
A big thank-you to you and Adrian for wonderful dishes at our event that showed off the food that we grow. Visitors loved it and I hope that your food has inspired people to try out some new recipes and ingredients.
Who knows, one day we might even persuade the chicken-hunting boys to try something new! After all, when you’re young, you should have a sense of adventure 🙂