i was a little nervous going into this little dinner party, because i am certainly NOT an experienced vegan chef. would my guests think the idea was half-baked, or the food lacking in a certain je ne sais quoi?
i’m happy to say that at least from my perspective, it seems like things turned out great, and i had such a fun time! and i think the guests did too . . . see for yourself!
we started some appetizers: angela’s spinach artichoke dip, served with chunks of hearty whole wheat sourdough from whole foods (vegan – i checked!)
one crow . . .
josh just watched and played with our [borrowed] dog:
baked mushroom risotto with caramelized onions + roasted butternut squash salad
the great thing about this risotto recipe is that unlike most risottos, it’s not a stovestop stir-fest! you actually bake it in a dutch oven, and therefore it takes much less attention — perfect for a dinner party. it turned out quite well — perhaps not as creamy as some risottos i have made, but then again there was no actual CREAM in it, which is often an ingredient in non-vegan versions.
later, we moved onto dessert. i was actually the most nervous about this, because the chocolate ganache was made out of silken tofu — would it taste weird?! would it have a gelatinous texture?!
i should have known to just trust mama pea. she clearly knows what she is doing!
after dessert, much talking and laughing ensued (although no more yoga). eventually both major deegan and josh ended up like this:
such a fun night! thank you, C & L & S & L for a great evening!
vegan week: day 6
i’m not going to post everything i ate yesterday — there was nothing new or exciting, and i think you all are probably tired of seeing pictures of every morsel that passes my lips. but i promise i stuck with the program! just one day to go . . . stay tuned, as tomorrow i will share my thoughts on the experience as well as any future plans.
busy day today
workout: the aforementioned yoga class (not a super-intense one — a beginner/intermediate flow) + 42 minute run (from whole foods –> estes community trail and back! it was a lovely route and quite convenient, although MY IPOD IS MISSING which is sort of sad.)