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Monday, September 1, 2008

Weekend Goodies

For the first weekend after school started, what better way to celebrate and relax than enjoying some yummy food?! Last night, we had a pot luck and bonfire...perfect for commemorating the end of summer! Here are some of the things people brought (and almost everything was vegan! what good friends!):

A green bean and almond salad:

Fresh Watermelon...in lovely ball form:
Vegan Rice Krispie Treats:
And homemade sausages!! These were soooo awesome!!
Here is Sarah making up the brats...she based them on Julie Hasson's recipe, which is apparently super-easy! and tasty! Sarah is an awesome cook!!And here's the Picnic Potato Salad I made, with three different kinds of potatoes-purple, new, and sweet:
Picnic Potato Salad (makes about 4 qts.)
1 lb. new potatoes, diced
1/2 lb. purple Peruvian potatoes, diced
1/2 lb. sweet potatoes, diced
3 carrots, shredded
1 cup peas
1 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup Vegenaise
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp dill
In a large pot of salted water, boil the potatoes until just tender...but don't overcook! please!
Drain potatoes and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process. Set aside to cool.
Combine all of the vegetables and cooled potatoes in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, combine the lemon juice, mustard, veganaise, and spices. Pour dressing over potato-veggie mix and gently stir to coat everything evenly. Chill for 30 minutes or so before serving.
For the bonfire, Steve and I bought some Sweet & Sara marshmallows...in toasted coconut flavor! These made AMAZING s'mores!!! I am now obsessed.
For our Sunday morning breakfast tradition, a bunch of us met up at the awesome Cafe Berlin...seriously the best breakfast in town! There are tons of vegan options, they use local veggies, and the staff is wonderful. What's not to love??
I had the Mediterranean Breakfast--a favorite for sure!!
It's a big plate of tofu scrambled with scallions, parsley, and spinach...with a mound of their homemade hummus, homemade (delicious) pita bread, local cherry tomatoes, and kalamata olives. This is worth getting up early for!

Have a good Labor Day! :)

2 comments:

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

Yum, so many veggies! I still have to make those sausages, but I've done similar ones that are baked instead of steamed. They were from Vegan Vittles & even meat eaters enjoyed them!

bittersweetblog said...

Ah, vegan marshmallows are my achillies' heel! Especially those coconut ones... Drool!