Picture of Vegan Egg
Vegans won't eat or use animal products -- so the whole idea of a vegan egg is oxymoronic, a contradiction of terms, an impossibility, right?


I will show you in this instructable how to cook up a vegan sunny-side up egg which contains no animal products. It looks like an egg, it feels like an egg, but no bird ever laid eyes on this baby.

This is not the easiest recipe to follow. It requires a fair amount of specialized and hard to find ingredients, but once you've gathered everything you need and you've practiced a few times it's fairly quick, very tasty (it's a desert), and super fun to serve. This is extreme gastronomy, cooking for the concept, deconstructing the age old question of (which comes first) the chicken or the egg to replace it with the more fundamental question: what is an egg?

Step 1: Ingredients and materials

Picture of Ingredients and materials
The main ingredients are mangos, coconut milk and sugar, with a little bit of rice flour. Coconut milk is sold in 16oz cans and you can buy it either sweetened or unsweetened, low fat or regular. I used the unsweetened full fat variety it should work with any kind (just don't add extra sugar if you buy the sweetened variety).

You will also need calcium lactate and sodium alginate (to give your egg yolk the right shape and texture) and agar agar for the egg white. Sodium alginate and agar are extracted from seaweed, and calcium lactate, despite its name, is NOT made from milk (it is made by reacting lactic acid with calcium carbonate. Lactic acid, in turn is made with sugar, water and chalk). This desert is 100% vegan fun.

For tools you will need a hand blender and a small slotted spoon.

Although you might be able to find the ingredients locally and individually, it is much easier to buy a kit online. Think Geek carries a kit made by moleculeR which is fairly expensive but has very pretty packaging, and it's convenient because you'll get a good sample of ingredients and all the specialized tools too. It is from their DVD that I got the idea for this recipe: they give instructions for a reconstructed egg, but they didn't take the concept to its logical conclusion, they didn't make it vegan. Their egg white is made with regular milk, and doesn't taste as good as this version. Another online vendor is The Spice House which carries all three "molecular" ingredients, sodium alginate, calcium lactate and agar
kevinchin765 months ago

Looks amazing... imagine the look if have bacon and egg made this way ; ) Do you make Bacon too ?

belsey (author)  kevinchin765 months ago
Never tried fake bacon, but it would be fun to try...
belsey (author)  Mastros3 years ago
I'm really sorry it you feel I tricked you into looking at my instructable, and even worse that you felt reading just the intro was a waste of time -- however if you'd gone on to read step two you might have understood that a vegan egg is one that is made with non-animal ingredients (coconut milk, mango, seaweed and calcium). A real egg is by definition not vegan, so a vegan egg must be made with alternate ingredients... the title accurately describes the "instructable."
kevinvw belsey3 years ago
Great article. I loved it. I was only a bit disappointed because I thought (for a brief moment) that it was going to be about how to "make" a real egg without a chicken. Kind of like the challenge that PETA put out to scientists to "grow" beef without a cow.

Thanks for you hard work!

I believe that currently they are able to grow meat in a labratory on a petri dish, no animals, no nothing. and it's exactly the same thing. I don't know if i can find the webpage again tho, just do some research, it's about to happen

bajablue belsey3 years ago
Maybe you should title this

The Vegan Anti-Egg

or: The Great Vegan Egg Impostor.

or: The Best Egg Impostor Ever! ;-D

lol... I personally think the title is fine as-is and this Ible is first-rate.

I am a vegan and enjoy faux meat alternatives. I grew up eating all of those foods and it is a comfort being able to enjoy the same dishes, cruelty-free. Thanks for the awesome instructable, belsey.

And Mastros: You are not the only person in the world. Others enjoy reading these kinds of tutorials. Just because you are not seasoned with common terms does not mean you get to decide how the titles should read and how things should be constructed. Vegan options are in high demand and cruelty-free groups are growing.

Again, I think this was a great tutorial, and I'm sorry that others decide that their personal opinions need to get in the way of how a person should write a recipe. Keep them coming because I will continue reading.
Instructables is a community for people to share, learn and have fun, and a place to be diplomatic.
I came here specifically because the title was "Vegan Egg". I knew the minute I saw it, there would be no egg involved, and it would probably be some sort of ingenious non egg replica. I'm not vegan, either.

It's an amazingly well written instructable. It is clear, with great pictures, and shows exactly how a vegan would reconstruct an egg with the limitations of their eating style. Even to the point of adding nutritional additions. This happens to be one of the better written instructables that I have seen put together.

Did people get mad at Picasso when the image of a woman he painted was not what he expected? Everyone knows his style of art is not photo realistic, so there was no trick. Just another interpretation.

You might have not expected what you found, but a waste of time? No. This could have been, for you, an interesting article that showed how vegans and vegetarians work around the limitations they live by. Sometimes in a fascinatingly artistic manner using very cool ingredients. You could have learned that it is common for vegans and vegetarians to use names like "vegan mayonaise", "veggie bacon", or "veggie or vegan" anything to denote a meatless work around.

It's never a waste of time to learn things.
troseph Mastros3 years ago
Thanks. I completely agree.
Ijsbeer Mastros3 years ago
I think that the title, Vegan Egg, made it quite clear that it was the vegan equivalent of an egg. Anyone who eats (or is familiar with) vegan/vegetarian food will be used to things being reffered to as like this, e.g vegetarian bacon. We all know that it's not actually bacon, or in this case, an egg, but an equivalent that looks like/tastes like/can be used to replace the original product (bacon, egg, cheese etc.). And anyone who knows what vegan means would know thta this is not a real egg. I'm only replying to you because I'm home sick, and I feel like asting some time.

I think you're being a bit silly really. Have a nice day.
Akin Yildiz11 months ago

wow this is amazing.. thank you for sharing, i can't wait to show my wife :) one of the reasons of me going vegan was that I found out what an egg really is. it's not a fertilized egg, because there are no roosters around to mate with the mother.. yea, it was pretty nasty to figure out that I had been eating chicken period for 25 years, every morning, can't get more disgusting than that probably..!

phsycis1 year ago

mahhh mahhh tasted gewdd in murrr bellay

phsycis1 year ago

mahhh mahhh tasted gewdd in murrr bellay

theegghead1 year ago

THIS IS AWESOME! This looks like a great and healthy desert dish!

MAudette851 year ago
funny enough I was gonna try this then I scrolled down and saw some guys comment about slipping yogurt and mango together and im so down for that. that actually sounds amazingly delish. thank kid.
For the "egg" white - did you use agar flakes or agar powder? This looks super delicious BTW - definitely am going to give it a try :)
belsey (author)  SLCVeganista2 years ago
Agar powder
edsobo3 years ago
Thanks for the awesome 'Ible!
ailnn3 years ago
I was posting on an older site and now, I see, the same arguments are go still going on two years later. So I'm re-posting here.

Just found this site and was delighted to find this recipe. What I don't understand is why people are criticizing others for looking for recipes which mimic meat. I was told by my doctor to go on a vegan diet to prevent heart disease. I'm learning a lot but so many are critical of these foods. Why are you even looking and COMMENTING on such a site? Remember the old adage of MYOB. You look for your foods and I'll look for mine. I promise I'll never comment on your choices, even if it consists of cockroaches. I expect the same from you.
Yeah, why bother, unless your intension is taking the mickey (this in deference of the "be nice" comment policy) out of the chicken or the vegans, why go to all that bother?
Stop being so upset already! Move on with your food choice of life and choose another instructable to look at. Please!
lynnhowlyn3 years ago
Very creative!

Here's a question I've wondered about for a long time: Do vegans breast feed their children?
Years ago I did know one vegan who decided to feed her baby soy formula instead of breastmilk to keep him away from dairy. That being said, there are extremists in any group and I have no doubt that she was one.
That's a really bad idea btw. Babies die of malnutrition on that method.
Actually, my 10 month old child had to have soy milk, as per his pediatrician's instructions. He was not able to digest milk- that's what kept my child alive...and yes, he was breast fed up until 10 months. He's is a healthy 27 years old now
Yes, but your baby was breast-fed for 10 months. I'm referring to things like this:

Hmm. I wonder. Do carnivores eat theirs?

Really, if you're seriously troubled by this question, you could try investigating what sort of reasons peole have for chosing a vegan diet. If you're still preplexed, you could go out on a limb and actually talk to a vegan...
I'd say it's a valid question considering the fringe vegans who won't feed their pets meat products or eat things like honey (even naturally collected.) And what if lynn doesn't know any vegans in real life so decided to pose the question in a safe environment? There was also no mention of being troubled or confused by the notion, just that it was something wondered.

As you know, there exist vegans who choose the diet for activism, or other reasons exclusive of health interests. Obviously growing infants need the nutrients breast milk can provide, but it's not hard to imagine someone who does not think that through, regardless of their diet. The only way I find this question "dumb" is that it presumes that people do anything categorically.
Sorry, the sarcasm wasn't called for.

I didn't mean to imply that anyone is stupid. I found the question disrespectful but that could just be how I read it.

PlanetVegan seems to have provided a much better answer to the question (above)
I do think the carnivore's comment was clever... and I have definitely heard the breastfeeding question and others like it.. although, the question does illustrate a lack of understanding about veganism, I don't think it's usually meant as disrespectful.. But, for the record, there are a great many people who are aggressive in their questioning of vegans and vegetarians, they may not be the majority, but when those people ask about breastfeeding they are not asking out of curiosity, they are just being snide.. My point is, I can see how this sort of thing can cause a vegan to assume that the question was meant to be rude.. even when it wasn't..
oh, and for those vegans that don't eat even wild collected honey.. I do have a question.. how can one justify eating fruit, even organic and local, that requires the use of owned, honey producing bees, but vilify the honey as slavery..? that I have been wondering for a while..

I would pose that same question to honey-free vegans, but I've never had the chance to speak to one directly!
belsey (author)  wilderness3 years ago
If you ever had a fish tank, and the fish survived long enough to reproduce, you would know that yes, carnivores eat their own babies. All the time, and in great quantities.
:) thanks for pointing this out.

It just illustrates the point I wanted to make, really - namely that creatures vary. Fish (pescavores?) may eat their babies; so do captive pigs (omnivores) and wild rabbits (mainly herbivorous) but very few humans do, even among those who live on a predominantly meat diet (This is who I was refering to - technically I should have written omnivores).

Treating any group of people as a homogenous and alien entity rather than a loose collection of approachable individuals is problematic.
Apart from being misleading, it helps reinforce barriers and perpetuate ignorance.

But my comment was not really relevant, as Lynn probably thought you were a vegan, in which case my criticism is completely misplaced.

I responded rhetorically because I'm so used to hearing that kind of question from people who think they are being clever.

So - sorry again!
actually, it's not so stupid of him. breast feeding means milk, and they don't drink milk. and he didn't say he's troubled by it, just that he's been wondering about it.

To anwer you question lynnhowlyn: I think they do. as far as i know they don't drink animal milk because they feel we 'steal' it from the animals, and gthe calves are taken away right after birth (or something like that). since it's their own baby, it wouldn't steal anything, so i could think of no reason why they wouldn't.
Err... how on earth is breastfeeding a child cruel to animals? That's like saying, do environmentalists grow plants, the two are not related.
Its not about not drinking any milk AT ALL. It's about not drinking milk from other animals.
Only the females, who have babies.^^

belsey (author)  lynnhowlyn3 years ago
You know, I've asked myself the same question (I'm not vegan by the way). My guess is that they would... They're not the type to prevent calves from nursing, so why deprive their own babies? One of the reasons to be vegan is to reduce livestock production which is so much more costly to the environment than crops. There are probably in the world some vegans who choose not to have children to reduce their environmental impact, but for those who become parents, a mother's breast milk, as I understand it, does not contradict their values.
It's completely fine for a vegan to breastfeed her children, as the basis of the vegan animal rights ethical position rests on the premise that it is wrong to take from, and/or cause unnecessary harm to, other beings, human or non, without their consent. This ideal holds true whether we are referring to another being's liberty, labour, secretions, or their very lives. In the case of the breastfeeding mother, that is a completely consensual act, and therefore meets the criteria. :)
JuJuBe11153 years ago
If you are vegetarian or vegan, fine. But answer me this; if the food is really so good, why does it keep pretending to be something else? I like tofu, but I hate when tofu is doctored to be supposedly just like beef or some other meat. Faux turkey, Fakon, veggie burgers, etc. There are so many creative things that can be done with veggie/vegan ingredients that don't involve cheap imitation. I mean, I can make a bowl of rice that tastes exactly like buttered toast, but that doesn't make it a good idea. My chicken doesn't pretend to be tofu, and tofu is too good to pretend to be chicken.

That said, this does sound like it would taste good.
Clearly, JuJuBe1115, you are a purist. Eggs must not only taste like eggs, they must BE eggs. Tofu must be tofu.

Therefore chicken must be chicken. Maple Syrup 'should' taste like tree-sap. Ice-cream aught to look and taste like all of its ingredients, (including seaweed. ??), and sausages should taste like intestines, gristle and fat.

Why are pseudo meats disturbing to you : ))

Since cake doesn't taste like eggs, why shouldn't tofu be used as an ingredient in something else?

( I'm a vegetarian and find tofu, by itself, pretty revolting, actually. But psuedo sausage is great with egg-free pancakes).
word. tofu needs a lot of help to be "good" in my opinion as well.. I also don't really like it, and am not convinced that it is really that healthy.. It is a giant mono-cultured crop that has naturally occurring chemicals that can affect hormones, tastes like nothing, and has a texture like.. ugh.. yea, it needs love, but can be very good.. but, as a vegetarian i usually just find protein elsewhere, rice and beans, a little cheese, etc..

Part of the answer is convenience.. A burger is convenient to eat, so instead make one out of black beans.. Much of the answer is more complicated.. As a vegetarian chef I think about this stuff alot.. Making the veg food imitate meat food is also primarily a western concept, Asian and Indian food have used tofu, tempeh, paneer, jackfruit, and seitan for a very very long time for their own merits, not solely to imitate meat dishes. I think the most important facet of this though is that meat has been used as a protein source and carrier of flavors in western cuisine. BBQ chicken is seasoned so it doesn't taste like chicken, it tastes like BBQ smoky, spicy, salty, sweet.. In culinary creations the 5 tastes are the important factor.. Bacon is added to a sandwich, not because it is bacon made form pork, but because it brings specific textural and flavor qualities.. The easiest way to create a vegetarian sandwich that also incorporates those flavors and textures is to spend some time with some tempeh. Most vegans and vegetarians don't primarily eat imitation meats, and although many do, the selection of imitations is more for people experimenting with vegetarian diets for health or other reasons. All that said, there are vegetarians, myself included, who enjoy some fake meat sometimes.. not all the time.. it's not necessary, but I do enjoy many of the meat flavors that I grew up with. It tastes good to me, but I have made my choice for my own health, and for the respect I feel something that died so I may eat deserves but lacks in the modern industrial food machine.. I watched Earthlings and that was the last straw.. I couldn't continue to eat animals that MAY have been treated so inhumanely.. Which brings me to a point about imitating food.. The American diet is absolutely full of imitated flavors.. in our sodas, candies, fruit juices, just about anything processed.. even our meats.. is that sausage actually smoky, or artificially? Is that gum a watermelon, or watermelon flavored? It isn't unique to vegetarian food, but rather, modern, industrialized food are inherently artificial and imitative, so it isn't surprising to find this same concept in vegetarian foods trying to imitate meat.. heh, i mean, seriously, all the "pink slime" articles in the newspapers lately should illustrate quite clearly that even "meat" seeks to imitate meat...
belsey (author)  JuJuBe11153 years ago
The whole point of this exercise was to make something which is not what it appears to be. I wasn't trying to make an egg. I wanted to make something which looked and felt exactly like an egg but which wasn't an egg. A vegetarian or vegan shouldn't use this as an egg substitute because it's a desert... it's a culinary joke.
I can get that. It would be a cute prank for April Fools, serving up "eggs" to those savory-breakfast lovers.
belsey (author)  JuJuBe11153 years ago
It's in this year's April Fool's Challenge
I totally "got" your idea, and applaude your creation. I find, though, that any subject matter that pertains to ethical issues or deep founded beliefs (whether or not humans "should" eat meat) are greatly debated and often ridiculed. You did good, keep it up!
I totally "got" your idea, and applaude your creation. I find, though, that any subject matter that pertains to ethical issues or deep founded beliefs (whether or not humans "should" eat meat) are greatly debated and often ridiculed. You did good, keep it up!
I am vegan and shun the fake meat etc products. I guess they are just to make it easier to transition from a meat, egg, milk diet to one that is very different. It is like moving to another country...at first you don't understand anyone, you don't know where to shop and you end up confused and homesick...we all have to make our choices but we all have that right...we also have the right to be happy with what we do and not have to explain ourselves away constantly to people hell bent on making us revert to eating meat etc. to make themselves feel comfortable about their choices. Get over it guys...we are all in this together and we get to choose.
kevinvw3 years ago
But, can you come up with a recipe for Kosher Pork? :)
kosher pork? no problem... tempeh bacon.. tofu ham.. jackfruit carnitas... :)
newberries3 years ago
If you want an egg, eat an egg...a local, organic free-range egg!
I love the idea of a mancoconegg very much! And I love this thread and quickly want to add my fife cents worth. I'm not vegan or vegetarian, but love vegan and vegetarian food. I often cook for my friends the majority of which seem to be vegan or vegetarian. Most of the time they just appreciate my cooking, but sometimes challenge me about meat/dairy/egg/honey eating. Normally, there's no arguing with vegans because they're often a tad on the self-righteous side, so I stay well clear because no doubt they do save a lot of animals from being exploited. One thing though: Eating vegan is a thing that only fairly well-to-do and fairly well educated people can keep up. I have yet to meet a working class vegan on a low income (students excluded). For the ovo-lacto-honey vegetarians I have the following: Even if you eat organic free-range eggs - the male day-old chicks go into a blender, irrespective of their status as organic. The calves born to keep cows lactating have a similar fate - the male ones go to the works or are reared to become beef, irrespective of their organic, grass-fed status. And commercial beekeepers (as well as some hobbyists) squash countless bees "by accident" and intentionally kill the queen as soon as she is "spent". So what's a vegetarian to do: Go vegan? Or maybe become aware of the terrible impact of modern agri-businesses - not just for animals, but also for the earth as a whole. And then make a choice. Here's my disclaimer: This was not meant to tread on anyone's toes. I'm just adding to a really good discussion.
theque SabineT3 years ago
I disagree that only well-to-do folk can truly keep up veganism.. My girlfriend and I are both vegan, and we are what could be considered working class (I make only 14k a year). However it does require good education on nutrition.. People say that eating vegan is expensive, though I know first hand it is do-able, as we eat vegan and 90% organic for ~$300 a month...
lucky you then... where i live whole wheat flour is 2-3 times the price of regular flour, forget organic/vegan food! not that i want to be vegan, but i do want to eat healthy. you have to be well off to eat health food, almost no one does it.
SabineT theque3 years ago
It's really cool that you're able to do that. Here in New Zealand, organic food is so expensive! If we didn't have a huge organic garden, chooks for eggs, bees for honey, a kind dairy farmer for raw milk, and two dozen fruit trees we would not be able to get away with eating well at all - vegan or no. One thing though: Having little money doesn't make you working class. My brother, who, like me, comes from a very working class background, makes loads of money. But I bet with all his dosh he wouldn't be able to eat as well as I do, because he just doesn't know what to eat if it's not meat and three veg. I on the other hand make less than 14k a year, but because of all the things I've mentioned above I eat like a queen or three :-) Anyway, good on you for commenting. It's much appreciated.

Btw: I agree with narf7, lets all just appreciate what we have. But this shouldn't mean we can't have a good discussion like this. I'm always interested in other people's opinions, and I principally never try to "convert" anyone.

And finally: belsey - I still love the idea to be able to serve an "egg" to my unsuspecting vegan friends. I can almost hear them mumble, "oh, well, hmm, I don't think I can eat this, you know, I'm vegan, you forgot, didn't you?" Ha, gotcha!
narf7 SabineT3 years ago
Very valid point and just like the monks who walk backwards and use brushes to remove their footprints, we are all going to squash a few bugs (and eat some to be honest if we are vegan in our salads :) lets all just get over what everyone else is eating and be happy with our lot!
I think it's just plain cool! Lots of fun! Like a cake made with tomato soup, or 7UP pound cake, or a carrot turned into a racing car with olives for wheels etc. Thanks besley for sharing this fun recipe!
Over at "Delish" there's a fun Sauerkraut Cupcake recipe :0)
phreddy3 years ago
Hey, I am a vegan. Don't care a monkey's about animals just doing it so that I don't get a load of chorestoral from meat products. Don't want to help cancer get me. Had it in a kidney, lost the kidney and I'm cured.
Don't care about people eating meat, smoking, taking drugs etc etc. You make your own choices.

My help to the environment is minimal, doubt that it makes any difference. Looking forward to that egg when I first saw it, looks great but I'd prefer to eat the whole fruit, leave the coconut milk.
Why does everything have to be a fight on the Internet? This obviously is a parody-type dessert. If you have questions or want to debate veganism vs carnivorism do it elsewhere like a blog or in real life; Instructables is not designed for this kind of behavior and bashing!

I have no judgement for either side but when it comes to the INSTRUCTABLE I think it's fantastic!!! :) I'd definitely make this if I didn't hate coconut. As a non-vegan I could probably make a sloppy version using yogurt and a slice of mango hahaha :)
mkarlsson13 years ago
I like the idea of making food look like something else, it's very Heston Blumenthal and he is amazing.

Good work
valkgurl3 years ago
Ummmm---This is- as has just been mentioned--and THANK YOU to the poster of that comment---that this is a REALLY WELL DONE and yes clever use of materials to make a "Trompe l'oiel" (sp?) EGG.

When you go to the store near Easter and see a CANDY EGG---do you SERIOUSLY think that this is some sort of REAL egg from a REAL bird that some one somehow cleverly made into CANDY???


Meanwhile the self righteous vegans amongst the tribe seem to not be able to figure out that by "stealing" and using the FRUIT of a plant--which may or may not have a conciousness as we understand it--you are DEPRIVING that plant species of it's REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS. That apple or coconut or soy bean holds the germ plasm of the NEXT GENERATION of that plant species ---


And no doubt didn't bother to compost the resulting results.

Just sayin.

Loved the Faux Oeuf

Please post more!!!!!!!!!
Curosity3 years ago
I've been pleased with a vegan deviled egg recipe, I found online, using tofu, beans, veganaise and the traditional deviled egg fixings. The secret ingredent is Kala Namek, a sulfur infused salt mined primarily in india. The salt is identical to egg flavor. I'd like to see the two recipes meshed. Just a sprinkle could take your practical joke to another level.
doroben3 years ago
I’ve just read through all the posts, and I couldn’t find anyone who answered the eternal question....which came first, the chicken or the egg?.
I believe it was the egg. Dinosaurs were laying eggs long before feathers ever appeared.
Any one else got a different reasoning?
By the way, love your 'egg', very inventive and rather cute.
Think I'll stick with the real ones though, so much easier to crack a shell.
Star Raven3 years ago
All this 'vegan' debate...and all belsey wanted to do was show everyone how they came up with a neat lil treat that looked like an egg. There are actual restaurants that have chefs that do the same thing...'french fries' that are really pastry, 'Cake' that is really a savory dish, a 'cigar' that is really a dish meant to be eaten as a desert or savory meal... I highly doubt that this was meant to spiral off into this vegan, breastfeeding, blah blah debate...mmm tasty, creative, cute desert!
marshgre3 years ago
I don't want to start a fight here but I've always wondered how vegans square the eating of plants when most commercially produced plant based food requires farming insects, namely bees.

What I'm asking is where is the line drawn between vegetarian and vegan? I eat a largely vegetarian diet but I enjoy fish, eggs, and most dairy products. I also wear leather shoes and own a car with leather seats. But I take the time to learn where my food and the products I use come from.

Can someone enlighten me?
theque marshgre3 years ago
Every vegan has their own reasons for why they are. Im Vegan, but I personally think abstaining from honey is silly ( I also still use leather because I think it holds up better than petroleum based materials, and I dont want to support oil), and I am fully aware of the part that insects play in farming. Ive met many Vegans who share the same sentiment as I do, but ive also met Vegans who think if you eat honey, you cant call yourself a Vegan... Either way, its a matter of personal choice..
marshgre theque3 years ago
I guess then my question about pollinating insects needs to be directed to a Vegan who does not use honey as I crave a deeper understanding.

Thank You
narf7 marshgre3 years ago
Why is it that vegans have to defend themselves so much? Is it because people that choose to eat meat...fish...eggs...milk all feel somehow guilty and need to justify it? or is it because vegans tend to be very sanctimonious and self righteous and upset "normal" people? Some of us vegans are not doing it to elevate ourselves and I could care less if the rest of you eat meat...your choice. That being the case, let us do what we want to do with our lives. If our bones collapse, if we dissolve into a puddle of meatless goo it's our choice!
marshgre narf73 years ago
My question was not meant as an attack I was and still am genuinely interested in the vegan philosophy and how it is applied to daily life. I have the same curiosity about religions and cultures that also differ from mine.

I am not upset by your choices I simply wish to know how the vegan philosophy applies to blueberries for example. Blueberries are a large cash crop in my area and the commercial production of blueberries requires the pollination services of bees in numbers much larger than what would occur naturally. So beekeepers rent out their hives to blueberry farmers. The bees are loaded onto trucks and hauled from farm to farm.

Please do not mistake my curiosity for an attack.
narf7 marshgre3 years ago
Sorry if my hackles got up there. I am not one of the honeyless vegans. I am going to get some bees for pollination as I don't see the production of small farm milk, eggs and honey as anything to be shunned. We have chooks and they are happy...I am only against the ill treatment of animals to gain mass produced food crops. No problems with bees doing their thang...just sick to death of being attacked for my personal choices that I DON'T try to foist on other people. There are vegans and there are "Vegans". I can't stand sanctimonious people who use their food choices etc. to try to make other people feel bad. We should all be uniting against animal cruelty but taking things to extremes seems to be the latest thing to do and extremists don't seem to care that they are doing their cause no good whatsoever. Again, sorry if I misconstrued your query, many vegans eat honey as many "raw foodists" use maple syrup. I am only a vegan because I choose not to eat eggs or drink milk so that is the dietary genre that I fall into. I can't stand animal cruelty, but then again I can't stand cruelty on any scale so by using honey does that make me a bad vegan? If so...I am a bad vegan :o)
marshgre narf73 years ago
Thank You.

I was raised with very close connection to the food that I consumed. My parents had a small subsistence farm.

I often quip that until collage I was on a first name basis with just about everything i ate. My wife (classic city girl) was horrified by the thought of eating an animal that was given a name - she equated it to eating a pet. I'm not sure that I can draw a clear line between "pet" and "livestock" aside from the obvious cat and dog thing. We always cared for and treated our animals with respect. We did not farm for money we farmed for food.

Because of health concerns I typically don't eat meat aside from fish which further blurs the pet/livestock line for me as I'm an avid aquarist. My basic rule is that I only eat wild fish largely because I do not agree with current practices in commercial food aquaculture.

I never try to push my values or opinions on others I just seek information to enlighten myself.

Now I wonder how this raw food thing works..........
ashmantech3 years ago
I think you need to give it a different name. Something more whimsical. "Vegan" is so "strict vegetarian ".
belsey (author)  ashmantech3 years ago
I see what you mean... the concept of veganism seems to be much more polarizing than I'd expected... However I love the intrinsic contradiction and simplicity of "vegan egg"
narf7 belsey3 years ago
Me too...I just think that people get bogged down on their overall views of other peoples lables "Vegan"...appears to inflame and enrage normal everyday people to a degree where they will flame you for merely choosing to not eat meat whether you are opinionated or not...This is a vegan recipe. Would you all be pointing the finger of righteousness if it was Kosher? or Halal?
kuryakin3 years ago
It's an interesting recipe for those who want a substitute for breakfast. How well does this substitute for egg in other cooking recipes? For example, would this work when making bread, or a meatloaf?

Please be careful with veganism - that it can destroy one's health over time. Tofu can destroy one's thyroid and give males the dreaded 'Man Boobs'. The bones and spine can deteriorate. There is no substitute for heme and the body requires it to be healthy.

I'd suggest getting hold of 'The Vegetarian Myth', which is a great book. Ignore the first two sections and focus on the third for the health effects on the body.

For me, PETA means "People Eating Tasty Animals"
belsey (author)  kuryakin3 years ago
This wouldn't be a particularly healthy breakfast and it's definitely not an egg substitute, more like an egg simile. In terms of nutrition, this is desert, not protein. If you're looking for egg substitutes for baking, apple sauce and pureed cooked beets will work -- as you can see in my chocolate cake recipe.
wilderness3 years ago
Thanks for posting this, it's really funny!
I wonder if you could somehow scorch the edges for an authentic 'fried' look? The crispy caramelised coconut milk would probably be yummy, too.
belsey (author)  wilderness3 years ago
I did ponder that question, but couldn't think of any easy way to achieve that effect... If anybody thinks of how to do this, please post a comment!
it might be possible to caramelize some sugar around the edges with a torch.. it would be fast enough, that so long as you moved fast, you wouldn't destroy the consistency of your "egg" . the heat may wouldn't disturb the agar's properties in the white, but, probably would cause your edges to run.. if you had a very hot skillet, the perfect spatula, and a bit of luck, you could maybe actually quickly fry it.. I would definitely suggest laying down a sprinkling of sugar for this as well. The sugar would help to create a layer that would caramelize quickly, and maybe give you just the space in time you would need to get the egg out of the pan, by buying you a few seconds while the sugar crisps... could be much fun..
and much mess..
Ijsbeer belsey3 years ago
You could try frying it, I suppose. Which could turn out awful, or amazing. Or experiment with one of those fancy pants kitchen desert fire things that I've forgotten the name of (my first thought was a bunsen burner. I think that tells you quite a lot about myself..). They're a bit bunsen burner-ish, anyway. This is an awesom concept/recipe, by the way :)
quaryn belsey3 years ago
You could create some caramel sugar bits to drizzle over the edges, much like one would do for making a croquembouche tower.
nfceagles3 years ago
Love it. How fun! Thanks. Not a vegan personally, but I don't find why so many critics need to make snide remarks. Of course they breastfeed their children. Why would consentually nursing your own child violate one's conscience? I have a severely egg allergic child and amongst my community of food allergic parents we are forever looking for substitutes for the popular green eggs and ham projects teachers love to do with their classes. This could be a great solution.
Hmmm.. Pretty realistic looking, I bet you can't make a rare steak look like a carrot or a tasty pork chop look like broccoli though.
ilpug3 years ago
I'm an omnivore, and this still looks great!
jcorcoran43 years ago
Great vegan food choices make it so easy to go vegan now! Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org
BrittLiv3 years ago
When I saw the title I didn't think I'd say this, but the taste sounds amazing and it looks just stunning!
westfw3 years ago
Given that "sticky rice (coconut) with mangos" is a rather yummy desert, this looks really good!
tincanz3 years ago
hoo whee! That is quite a sight to behold. This could make a grreat addition to a "funny food" kids' party.