Veggie Buddies Meet & Eat
In May, MHVS members Constance Young,
Judi Gelardi, and Ann Rader met at the lakeside home of Colette Watz in
Pine Plains for a veggie buddy cook-out. “Together we laughed, cooked and
ate,” said Constance. Colette added “Our vegan cooking experience was
wonderful. We had a lot of fun cooking and chatting. The recipe for the
walnut loaf was delicious. I can't wait to do it again.”
The group made eight walnut loaves.
Here is the recipe.
From the video "Michel's Vegetarian
Kitchen," produced by Constance Young
This “meaty” loaf can be served cold
or hot, with or without a wine or mushroom gravy. Leftovers can be used in
sandwiches or as an appetizer. Makes a great company or holiday dinner.
(Your carnivore friends will love it and no animals need be sacrificed to
1. Grind in blender or food processor
(small amounts at a time):
1 lb. Shelled walnuts
1 lb. Whole wheat or other
whole grain bread
2. Thoroughly mix ground nuts and
bread crumbs in large bowl.
3. Sauté in a large skillet over
moderate heat, until vegetables are transparent:
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
2 large onions, chopped
stalk celery, chopped
1 cup well-drained Italian
peeled tomatoes, chopped
3/4 cup ketchup
1 package onion soup mix
bunch parsley, finely
1 Tbsp. basil
1 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. poultry seasoning
1 Tbsp. vegetarian
Worcestershire Sauce (without anchovies)
1/2 tsp. ground black
5. Mix all ingredients together. Add
to walnut mix in bowl and mix well, kneading into solid loaf.
6. Pack mixture firmly into a
well-oiled loaf pan and smooth out top.
7. Cover pan with foil. (May be
prepared to this point 24-hours in advance, and refrigerated before
8. Place loaf pan in a larger baking
pan filled with about 1-1/2 inches of hot water. Bake for 1-1/2 hours in a
375o preheated oven.
9. Remove foil and bake for another
10. Remove from oven and cool 10
minutes on a rack before unmolding. (To do this, slide a knife around the
loaf to loosen. Lay a serving plate on top of the pan and invert.) Baked
loaf can be refrigerated overnight and reheated for about 1/2 hour before
serving. Garnish with walnuts and parsley.
Introducing Veggie Buddies
• Veg curious?
Wondering about the potential
benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet
• A New Vegetarian?
In transition to a vegetarian or
vegan lifestyle, but looking for some practical help
• A Vegetarian’s Parent?
A child or other family member is
interested in being vegetarian & you need to know more
• A Voice in the Wilderness?
The only vegetarian you know is
yourself and you sure could use some company
Try Veggie Buddies
We’ll hook you up with a seasoned
Buddy to accompany you on your vegetarian journey. You’ll be matched with
a Buddy in your area who can help you with learning the issues that compel
people to choose a vegetarian lifestyle, recommend books, share recipes
and explore restaurants and convenience food options.
Experienced vegans are also needed to
help with new Veggie Buddies. The commitment is minimal, just a little
time once in a while to guide and advise a new, or potential, vegetarian
in exploring the compassionate, healthful lifestyle you already know.
To get involved in the project, call
VeggieBuddies@mhvs.org or join the
listserve by sending a blank email to