Vegan dinner with friends (+giveaway winners announced)

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine flew by again… funny how that happens every.single.time. It was actually full of really fun stuff, starting with a dinner with friends on Friday night. I cooked!

Josh and Melissa were over for dinner. You’ve probably seen them on the blog before but I have to give them a shout out anyway. Josh is the blogger behind Lost In the Beer Aisle and Melissa is the founder of Ecolissa (remember it?). They’re both vegetarian (Melissa is vegan) so I challenged myself to cook an all vegan dinner. Actually, it wasn’t even that hard. I cooked real food, like I always do.

Scenes from my kitchen…

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On the menu:

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We started with some Azerbaijani dip – naturally vegan! Smile

Here is a preview of what Josh was drinking – you’ll have to check out his blog if you want to know whether it’s any good Winking smile

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Melissa and I were drinking organic Riesling she brought over. It was perfect with the slightly spicy dish I made.

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This red curry recipe had great reviews on allrecipes.com but it seems like everyone made modifications to it (which by the way is a major pet peeve of mine… if you had to modify it to death to make it taste good, guess what – the recipe is probably not 5 stars!! anyways… we won’t get cranky tonight :lol: ).

I (obviously) subbed tofu for chicken, used light coconut milk, doubled the amount of veggies and included broccoli and bamboo shoots as well. It tasted off for a while until I just kept on adding more and more red curry paste (I used at least 5T by the end). A whole lime’s worth of juice seemed to finally make the flavors pop. It still wasn’t spicy enough for me but Adam talked me out of dumping the whole jar of thai curry paste into the pot. What can I say, I like things spicy Winking smile

Dessert needed almost no modification.

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I am certain you’ve seen Mama Pea’s dough balls all over the blogosphere. Yes? I’ve been drooling over them ever since the Foodbuzz festival (I think she veganized Annie the Baker’s recipe the day after the trip!). My dough was DRY – like powdery dry. I hoped it would stick together in the freezer but no luck. I added about 1/4 cup of water to the dough and worked it with my hands until it seemed to cooperate a bit better and I was able to shape it into dough balls. 10 minutes later came out these lovely pillows.

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Peanut buttery perfection. This whole plate was gone by the end of the night. We won’t name names but someone at the table consumed 8 cookies. Maybe even more than one person. Yup, that good. Smile

It was such a fun night!! We didn’t even realize that we talked until past 1am and that is way past this old lady’s bed time. Melissa even informed me that no one wears nude stockings anymore. Is that true???? Disappointed smile I felt like one of those people that still wear things that were “in” when they were young. Wow, now I really sound old. Haha. Anyways, we made plans to talk fashion and beer again, very soon.

And the next morning, I had to pretend like a late night and drinking did not happen because this slave driver my sister was at my house bright and early ready to run.

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I was NOT as excited to run outside. In the cold. Between mounds of snow.

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But it was amazing!!! It was actually a gorgeous day out and I did a 4+ mile loop around the river with my sister and she took off for one more finishing 9 miles for the first time (she’s training for the NYC half marathon!). It sure set the right tone for the rest of the day. Oh yes, it was one good weekend full of more good eats and even shopping (thanks parents!!).

Ok, I’m off to pack for my business trip to NY. Melissa, I bought new tights so hopefully I won’t get laughed at in NY. :lol:

Ooh, before I forget – the winners of the Now Eat This cookbook giveaway are #15 and #79. Congrats ladies! Please email your addresses to elina@healthyandsane.com and I’ll make sure you get your cookbooks asap. Smile

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