Clam chowder is one of the most popular soup recipes in New England. Clams are cute little creatures that simply exist to eat and have sex, giving them the phrase ‘happy as a clam!’. Because they have no brain, this is one creature that (like oysters) suffers from the false premise that it has no nervous system, and therefore no pain receptors. Not true, so here are nice plant-based recipes instead. Serve with crackers, for real traditionalists.
Vegan Clam Chowder (Planted and Picked) replaces the cute ‘burrowing foot’ sea creatures – they are endangered due to over-fishing and destruction of coral reefs – with marinated mushrooms, and dulse flakes and miso for a seafood taste (avoid seaweed if you have iodine or thyroid issues). Chowder often uses sweetcorn; keep corn-on-the-cob away from pets, it’s a choking hazard. Also keep these soups away as they contain toxic ingredients like mushrooms.
Vegan Clam Chowder (Crowded Kitchen) is an authentic-tasting chowder, made with mushrooms. Use shiitake or cremini, for best results. These are cooked in palm-oil-free vegan butter with miso and tamari for rich umami.
A Vegan Taste of New England
New England is a beautiful area in the northeast of the USA, known for its upmarket yet liberal people and areas. It’s interesting that although people in Texas support the death penalty more – it’s the southern states that have the higher crimes. States in this area have lower crime, and don’t support it, suggesting that the death penalty is not a deterrent in most cases.
With a beautiful coastline, alas it’s all about seafood and crabs and lobsters here, in the food department. Watching whales is popular, but sadly often from boats with lobsters in tanks, who may get eaten. Clam chowder is also very popular. Covering five states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island), the latter has Plant City, the world’s first vegan food hall founded by raw chef Matthew Kenney. Known for its four seasons (skiing is popular in winter), you may be lucky enough to spot a resident moose!
Pancakes with fruit and maple syrup is the breakfast of the day, along with all the traditional American pies – cherry, apple, and peach cobbler, along with pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Corn on the cob is also popular, as are many wines that grow locally. Many drinks and desserts are made with cranberries.