Monday, April 30, 2007

The Great Vegan Dinner Party

On the weekend we had some friends over for dinner and play some guitar. I meant to take a lot more photos than I did, but here are a couple.

The appetizer was Ben's Black Bean Salsa from How it all Vegan.
Aside from corn and beans etc, the more interesting ingredients are lime juice, garlic, and cilantro.
I should have stirred all this together before taking the photo, it looks like corn overload in this shot.

The main course was African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew from Vegan Planet served with basamati rice. I totally missed getting a photo of the stew, or any photos of the group of us sitting down to dinner.

We also had two salads which I won't explain in much detail.

Dessert was a Carrot Cake. Basically it's carrots and raisins, various spices and water simmered for a while in a frying pan, then some flour and baking soda is added and the whole thing is baked for an hour.
There is also an icing made by blending tofu, lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla and a bit more in a blender until it's all whipped up nicely.

The last dessert, or rather the end of the night "let's set something on fire" moment, was when Annalise put some pears into a frying pan, poured in some Goldschlager, and set it all on fire.
You don't see any flames in this shot, but trust me, there was indeed a fire in that frying pan at one point.

So we ate and talked about the health care system and how bad our backs were because we're old and ride bikes too much. We (the boys) drank beer. And we played some music together because four of the six of us could play guitar, and most of us could sing, and we dug up the chords for I'll Fly Away and had some fun massacring this classic.

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