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Topic: The Vegetarian Gene?! + Polenta Pancakes w/ Avocado  (Read 3455 times)
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« on: February 04, 2009 02:48:03 PM »

I am just joking really, but the large percentage of vegetarians on both sides of my family does make me wonder! I was wondering if you guys had anything to say!

My sister, my mum and I are all vegetarians, and have been for 11 or so years now. On my mothers side, her elder sister is vege and her middle sister was (but I think this had more to do with being a raging hippy in the 70s)

On my dad's side, one of my Aunts is a vegetarian (and a great sewer too! we get along fantastic!) Her two girls insist they would like to give up meat, but she won't let them until they develop a taste for eating things like tofu, lentils, chickpeas etc.

My boyfriend is super supportive and his family, especially his mum, loves it! They only have meat 2-3 times a week.

So all in all, I've never really had any problems with 'support'.

Anyway, a recipe for you all. This is one my mum loves and I make it for her and I want to spoil her (or I need to earn brownie points). It's from "The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook" which doesn't seem to have an author, but is published by Murdoch Books, it's a great recipe book, everyone should have it!

Mexican Polenta Pancakes with Avocado


1/3 cup yellow polenta
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk (i always just use milk)
2 eggs
30g (1 oz) butter, melted
vegetable oil
2/3 cup sour cream, for serving

Avocado Filling

1 large ripe avocado (you may need a little more)
8 spring onions (you probably don't need this many)
2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teapsoon chilli sauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Sift polenta, flour, baking powder salt and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Place buttermilk, eggs and butter in a jug; beat to combine. Add to dry ingredients. Beat until liquid is incorporated and batter is free of lumps. Set aside, covered with plastic wrap, 20 mins.
2. To make avocado filling: Cut avocado in half lengthways, remove flesh and place in bowl, mash with fork. Add half spring onions. Stir in tomatoes, chilli sauce, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Mix well & chill for 20mins.
3 Brush small frying pan with oil. When hot, pour in enough batter to thinly cover base of pan. Cook over medium heat until the underside is golden. Turn pancake, & cook other side. Transfer to a plate, cover with tea-towel to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. Spoon some avocado onto one half of pancake and fold other half over. Serve with sour cream sprinkled with remaining spring onions.
4. Enjoy

It may (or may not ) look like this:


« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009 03:15:47 PM »

This looks delicious! Polenta is a favourite in my household, so I may have to bring this recipe in Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009 03:18:50 PM »

hmm my sister and i are the only veggies in my family...my dad is kinda in to it.... my mum, well i think shes getting used to it..(lol after about 12 years between the two of us)

 but um NOMNOM! they look delicious!

so adding them to the list of recipes to try!

i also really love the composition of the picture as well! the plates are really pretty

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009 03:24:27 PM »

wow looks really tasty! now i'm really hungry tho... Roll Eyes

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009 03:33:19 PM »

I'd give you lots of brownie points for this - it looks soooooo good!!!

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009 10:42:47 PM »

Wow, these look delicious!
Will definatly need to try one day!
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009 12:47:53 AM »

First off, the polenta pancakes look delicious!  Thanks for posting the recipe!

As far as the Veggie gene goes, it is possible that it's a trait or a taste that has been passed on to you through your family.  There's also something to be said about good food that is also good for you.  Good eating habits, I've found, can be contageous.  Out of my entire family, I am the only vegetarian and at first this was baffling to my family members who are far more meat than potatos kind of people.  Gradually, once they realized I wasn't starving myself by living on lettuce and carrots, they got curious and now a few of them are actually cutting down on the meat in their own diets.

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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009 09:40:31 PM »

I am bookmarking this!  Pancakes and Avocado....my favorite things  haha.

About the gene...I think I'm the only vegetarian in my family...haha. 
A couple Christmas' ago my Aunt's parents came up from the South (I live in CT, I forget where exactly they live)  but, her mother made a meat lasagna probably had 4 or 5 different kinds of meats in it.  She was so proud.  After all the food was passed around and I didn't have any lasagna on my plate, she asked me if I tried any.  I tried telling her I'm a vegetarian...but before I could finish talking, she was whispering to her husband "she's a what?"  "you mean to tell me she doesn't eat meat??" "well, how does the girl live? What does she eat?"  Luckily she didn't press the issue further, I'm not sure what I would have said to her at that point, but I think I'll always find her reaction really humorous!

People are funny.

One time I was talking to a guy who came into the store I work at, and we started talking about how I'm a vegetarian, and he asked me, "So, I don't get it.  Do you crave carrots?"
I love it.
Well....I guess in a way......I have to eat something, and meat isn't food to me....so....yeah, I guess I crave carrots sometimes?

Ok, enough of my ramble...good night!  Thanks for the recipe!
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2009 03:41:22 PM »

that looks delicious.
How do you think it would be with Soymilk instead? Some recipes are funny and if you substitute it doesn't always taste good.

I doubt there is a vegetarian gene. haha...My parents freaked out more when  said I wanted to be a veggie than they did when I said I was an atheist.... NO ONE in my family is or ever was vegetarian. ha...
wow....living in the deep south can be fun sometimes.
I am upset too. My boyfriend's sister wanted to try being vegetarian for a while but her mom refused and got mad. Their mother loves me and has never had a problem with me, but it really bothers me that she wouldn't let her at least try it.
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2009 02:15:52 PM »

Those pancakes look amazing. I'm definitely making some for my dinner one day this week.

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