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Koffee Klatch: (Umami—adding satisfying "flavorfulness"­ to vegan recipes)

This month's theme: oooh, umami!

Umami, the "fifth taste," (along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty), is derived from the Japanese word for "deliciousness." Umami has also been called a secret weapon in the vegan arsenal, adding deep flavors and complexity to recipes.

Vegan foods high in umami include sea vegetables (kombu, nori, etc.), mushrooms, nutritional yeast, olives, tomatoes (ripe, sun-dried), tamari, sauerkraut and other fermented foods, vinegar (balsamic, umeboshi), miso, carmelized onions … and the list goes on.

People who have a hard time sticking to vegan diets because they find themselves craving "protein" may in actuality be craving umami.

If you have a favorite "umami" brunch dish, you're encouraged to bring it!

We'll have info (and recipes) on hand re: jazzing up our cooking with umami. You're welcome to add yours if you have 'em!

Getting connected and promoting community in a friendly, informal atmosphere—10 a.m. to noon, every second Sunday. Whether you are an SVS member or representing another organization, or yourself, please join us. Everyone is invited.

We want to give folks a place to:

  • Stop by for a few minutes or linger for a while;
  • Mingle with old friends and new supporters over coffee, tea, and vegan pastries;
  • Talk about what they're up to (bring flyers, handbills, petitions, opinions, bright ideas).

We'd also like to hear your ideas on future SVS activities, so tell us:

  • What you'd like to see SVS doing in the coming year,
  • Of other groups we can work with on common goals.

—you get the drift. Please bring kuestions, komments, and kriticisms, along with your kaffeine kravings.

You bring: vegan "brunchies";

We supply: koffee (de-kaf included) and a selection of teas;

Optional, but encouraged: bring a bag or box of fresh produce from a farmer's market, your local grocery store, or your garden. After schmoozing and finding out what's up in our community, a volunteer will deliver what we've collected to Food Not Bombs—a group that has been feeding vegan food to the homeless at César Chávez Plaza every Sunday for over 20 years.

See you at the Grange Hall!

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