Monday, August 16, 2010

vegan feast

went to candle 79 in Manhattan for an amazingly delicious vegan dinner to celebrate Jenn's graduation from Columbia's teacher's college!
best of luck in fl, we will miss you lots and lots!!
p.s. i love you seitan.
for apps, we shared
seitan nachos, grilled seitan chimichurri, saffron-lobster mushroom ravioli
pecan encrusted seitan:
sautéed celery and pine nuts, spicy lentils, heirloom cherry tomatoes, beet reduction
caribbean jerk grilled seitan:
plantains, collard greens, black bean sauce, mango-papaya salsa, habanero-cilantro coulis
seitan piccata:
creamed spinach, grilled potato cake, oyster mushrooms, lemon-caper sauce
moroccan spiced chickpea cake:
seasonal veggies, red pepper-coconut curry, fresh apricot chutney, almonds

then the desserts were just as incredible!
fresh figs with vanilla fig ice cream and chopped pecans
tripple-layer dark chocolate tort
fresh peach crumble with ice cream

remember, the entire meal was made with no meat, eggs, or dairy!!

raw feast

I was so thrilled to be a guest at Daniel's end of the month dinner celebration, noting the end to his 'raw diet' for the month of july.
The Raw Feast was a dinner that he planned and executed summing up what he had learned and all the challenges he faced throughout a whole month of not being able to eat anything that had been cooked. even just a little bit cooked.
check him out on his amazing blog, the thirteenth diet.
Can't wait to join him in the many months ahead!!
"summer" : local heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, tomato chips, parsley sorbet

herb salad : cilantro, dill, arugula, parsley, basil, almonds

beet "ravioli": shaved beets, cashew cheese, mango + yellow pepper coulis, pistachios

tacos : dried corn tortillas, spiced black beans, truffle guacamole, sour cream

dessert : local peaches, cayenne + maple ice cream, peach chips

simple but elegant table decor under a tent in a beautiful s. philly backyard