Whoa, when I tried to write this post it took me a while to even find the button to write a new post. Has it been that long? I have been cooking a fair amount but on Monday I let my mother take over the vegan dinner duties.
She invited G and his parents to dinner and she came up with a wonderful, seasonal, mostly locally-sourced (!) all-vegan menu (her first [deliberately] all-vegan meal!) I didn't even really help, except to stir some quinoa, as I was running errands in the city all day. You've seen the celebrations G's family can throw. I think my mom stood her own.
Cicero and Seneca helped set the table:
G's parents arrived with some dolmas and hot peppers and G himself arrived with back-up olives. We put those out with some hummus (Greg, it was Athenos original,) and sliced bread. Plus wine and/or champagne for whoever wanted.
We then adjourned to eat.
I'm sorry I didn't get separate photos of each dish because everything was wonderful, BUT, clockwise from the top: grilled summer squash, quinoa with black beans, an awesome carrot salad with cilantro, apple, sesame oil, and sesame seeds, and a tomato and raw corn salad. So good, and so fresh. The tomatoes and corn were from the farmer's market, maybe the squash was too?
I may have mentioned this before, but G's dad is diabetic (though he will eat anything.) Not sure if my mother knew that but I think this was all appropriate for him. Also, note the protein without the presence of fake meat! Beans and ancient grains all the way. All really delicious.
For dessert, my mother made an apricot and blueberry fruit salad, also sourced from the farmer's market!
She poured a little almond extract on top and it was incredible. G kept
giving me his blueberries (whatever, dude) which went perfectly with the
extra dessert I brought - vegan brownies and carrot cake from local
Ridgewood bakery, Rudy's.
The carrot cake is a new addition to Rudy's vegan offerings and I am SO happy it was there. I love, love carrot cake (there used to be a bakery across the street from Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx where I ran track meets in High School and to reward myself for the 5+ mile runs, I'd scarf a huge piece of carrot cake afterward...mmmmm) and both these offerings were fantastic. G was really happy with them. They aren't greasy or too sweet or anything.
G also brought along non-vegan chocolate-covered espresso beans, which probably went well with everything else.
All-important water between multiple glasses of really tasty wine.
So thanks, Ken and Gerri for coming over, thanks to my folks for hosting, thanks G for being wonderful, thanks Cicero and Seneca for not knocking over any wine glasses. Cheers to families and friends and vegan food.
Nice job, mom!! (N.B. She and I went to a Mets game the next night and she even ordered a vegan hot dog! However, she didn't like it. The quinoa was definitely a better choice than fake meat.)