Monday, September 15, 2008

Mezze Platter!

Tonight's dinner was an amalgamation of different yummy Mediterranean-based items, aka a mezze platter! I love the idea of having a little taste of everything, to give your taste buds more of an adventure than the average meal, and it is also a great way to clean out your fridge :)
The mezze platter that Steve and I shared for dinner was awwwwwesome and consisted of: muhammara (recipe from Vegetarian Times), warm whole grain pita bread, roasted local eggplant with garlic and olive oil, local cucumber slices, chopped local tomato, soy feta from Sungeria Foods (!!!!), kalamata olives, and Vegan Dolmas from Whole Foods (they come in a jar, packed in a lemony-olive oil brine. omg.) This was wonderful, and I was so happy to have foods like dolmas that I rarely get to enjoy!

Close-up of the delicious Vegan Dolmas

Close-up of the roasted local eggplant and Sungeria Foods' soy feta

All of the goodies together on my Mezze Plate!

On another note (or two...) yesterday's tradition of meeting at Cafe Berlin for breakfast was another amazing experience! For the record, breakfast is the best meal. Anyway, since Steve and I are such regulars there, and we are pretty well-known for our food habits (crazy vegans!), the head cook there, Eli, has made us up a few specials things every once in a while. Cuz we're cool like that. Yesterday, he whipped us up a vegan version of a Slinger. This breakfast was big and savory and hearty. WOW.

For those of you who don't know, a slinger is a popular diner breakfast dish, and it originated here in St.Louis to be exact! The general idea is this: hashbrowns piled with scrambled eggs, chili, cheese, sometimes salsa or sour cream, then flanked with buttered toast. Sounds like a heart attack just waiting to happen, right?! But none of that crap would do for us!! Our customized vegan version of the St. Louis Slinger was so much better: Roasted home fry potatoes (red and sweet), scrambled tofu, veggie chili, sauteed greens and red onions, then a garnish of fresh scallions and cilantro, then flanked with whole wheat toast that was eventually slathered in organic strawberry jam. Top that off with a hot cup of organic fair trade coffee and good friends, and I'm pretty sure that breakfast will be your new favorite meal!!!

St. Louis Slinger...vegan-style!

For dessert tonight, we had the Chai Latte Cupcakes from Isa and Terry's Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World (duh.), which I topped with some Vanilla Buttercream Frosting before dusting with the cinnamon-cocoa mixture. These are especially yum when paired with some chai tea. Not to tell you what to do...but do that!!

Chai Latte Cupcake


Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Your Mezze Platter looks fantastic. I don't care that it isn't even 9 in the morning yet!

I love Cafe Berlin, I had breakfast there for the first time on Saturday before the Sustainable Living Fair. I had the Mediterranean breakfast - so good! A little sriracha on top and I was good to go.

A vegan slinger? I hail from St. Louis, how nice that sounds! I need to stop being so shy so I can make friendsies with a cook and they can make me special food!

Jane said...

I love the idea of the vegan slinger. Cafe Berlin should name the dish after one or both of you guys...maybe they could call it the "Slenger"!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

I had my first ever slinger a couple of months ago at Shangri-La in St. Louis, and it was vegan too! I don't think I needed to eat again for days....

Mihl said...

That looks so good! I love mezze platters, especially if they contain dolmas!

Happy Herbivore! said...

I have been thinking about making those chai cupcakes for my birthday! They look fantastic~!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, that platter looks delish! A Slinger, eh? I can't say I've heard of them, but they sound good!

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

Mezze is the best! Now I am dealing with a hardcore craving for dolmas. :o)