Our expert says:
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I think it is wonderful that you are going to do your own catering and that you are prepared to accommodate a variety of different eating patterns. The vegans I know make the most wonderful salads with every type of vegetable, fruit, bean sprouts and nuts. If you do a Search on the Internet for vegan recipes, you will find hundreds, if not thousands of tasty recipes. Keep in mind that most vegans are allowed to eat herbs and spices of plant origin (garlic, onions, parsley, thyme, rosemary, etc) which can be added to bland dishes to make them tastier. Vegan like eating fresh raw fruit, so make pretty skewers with a variety of fruits as listed, so that you have a nice mix of colours and texture. You can also check on the Internet for vegan dessert recipes. The same applies to your diabetic guests. They can for example eat diabetic jelly which you can buy at most supermarkets or health shops. There are excellent diabetic recipe books available in SA, such as 'South African Cookbook for Food Allergies & Food Intolerance" by Hilda Lategan. Contact Hilda Lategan, who is also a dietitian, on (012) 546-6410) or send her an e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org . The book on diabetes which I reviewed a week ago, namely "The Complete Nutritional Solution to Diabetes" by another SA dietitian, called Ria Catsicas, also has delicious recipes for diabetic meals and desserts.
I hope that you will get some inspiration from the multitude of really excellent recipes that are available on the Internet and in the above mentioned books.
Wishing you a most successful and happy wedding.
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