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!)
we were all having a grand old time talking about the day's events, and i mentioned the yoga class i had attended. and then this happened . . .
one crow . . .
the real yogis (stevo and liv are actually yoga instructors!), giving me a headstand tutorial:
which they followed up with a dazzling display of DOUBLE SCORPION! i can't believe this went undocumented! so impressive.
josh just watched and played with our [borrowed] dog:
and after working up an appetite with those inversions, dinner was served!
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!
two of the men even went for seconds! i would call that a success.
after dessert, much talking and laughing ensued (although no more yoga). eventually both major deegan and josh ended up like this:
i guess that means the party's over, huh?
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
time to get cracking!
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.)