Here’s to a New Year
Good lord have I been MIA!! Not for long my friends… I have so missed posting my culinary creations and I promise not to keep disappearing. No, it won’t happen everyday, but that’s simply because between my job, planning my wedding (128 days until it’s here!), training for my 3rd marathon and trying to stay sane; everyday blogging is just out of the question. So here’s the deal… I make something yummy, I post. Works for you?
I figured since this was my first post of 2011 I should make this post about how I spent my New Years Eve, so here goes! The fiance and I came back from skiing early and decided to ditch the whole NYC NYE mayhem and spent it indoors. Which meant I had a lot of work to do! I decided in the spirit of the occasion to make a whole lotta party food! First up, BBQ Seitan Skewers and Texas Bean Sliders:
I actually made my own seitan for this using the recipe for seitan cutlets in Veganomicon (aka the vegan bible). I then cut the seitan into bites, slathered then with some Asian BBQ sauce I had and broiled then for a few minutes to firm up before putting on skewers. Those little guys were tender! For the Texas Bean Sliders I used another Veganomicon recipe with a few tweaks (I’ll post the changes I made later). I opted for mini sliders with avocado & tomato slices. For the bread I cut a portuguese roll into 6 pieces and cut out some of the middle white part for thinner “bun” halves.
Alongside the burgers & skewers I decided to add in some Vegan Caesar Salad after an amazing salad I had at the lovely V-Note in NYC. I made them utensil-free by serving them in radicchio leaves with tiny pita bread crutons (rubbed with garlic). Yes, the dressing was another Veganomicon recipe!! Clearly someone got a cookbook over Christmas…
I was rushing to do so many things at once, at one point I had to be reminded that we were the only guests, so I could chill a little… It was so worth it though! As someone allergic to dairy (and a vegan 99% of the time) I def missed Caesar Salad and I loved the whole edible bowl part too!
I also made some Cauliflower-Hummus dip & veggie crudite from the wonderful tome of vegan-ness, but unfortunately those didn’t make it into the picture. Oh right and dessert? How about champagne and frozen strawberries!! I don’t know why, but I prefer when they’re frozen…