Another weekend, another excuse to invite everyone to our house for football and the fight. I’m exhausted, so I’m gonna keep this one as short as possible.
Our guests included two vegan friends (yay!) so I made sure to offer plenty.
Veggie tray with homemade ranch.
Fiesta Macaroni (except not) Bean Salad, one of my favorites from La Dolce Vegan. This was vegan AND gluten-free and nobody suspected a thing.
Cheater Baked Beans from VCON. I like to add a bit of sugar, hot sauce and liquid smoke or worcestershire.
All of these dishes were a little routine since I wanted them to be “omni-friendly”, but here was the real winner: Ricki’s Portobello Steaks. I grilled the mushrooms after marinating, sauteed some sliced red onion, added the remaining marinade and thickened with cornstarch because I’m impatient. While the reduced marinade was strongly flavored, it was delicious and I’m glad I took the extra step.
These mushrooms were huge!
Here’s my plate, with some sauce on the mushroom.
I was going to make butterscotch blondies for dessert but I ran out of time, so instead I give you two bonuses…beer and cat.
Here we have Stone Vertical Epic Ale, Anchor 2008 Christmas Ale and Piraat Ale. The Stone and the Piraat were belgians, and while they were good I don’t remember any specifics other than their high alcohol content. Belgians aren’t really my thing. The Anchor was really good. I highly recommend it, especially since it’s seasonal and you won’t be able to get it for very long. I mean, look at the bottle! It was so pretty that I felt bad opening it.
Here’s a shot of Mr. Jake on Saturday in a sun spot. I thought the shadows of the blinds and his stripes made a really nice pattern. And he actually stayed still long enough for me to get a good number of shots!
On to last week’s Laptop Lunches.
11-10 pizza & salad w/ carrot, celery & goddess dressing
Tuesday was a holiday!
11-12 cauliflower-millet mash, roasted fall veggies, celery sticks & almond butter, grapes
I took this lunch Thursday but we ended up going out, so I ate it Friday.
11-14 wheat wrap w/ hummus, grilled eggplant & zucchini, lettuce,
tomato & pickle, cucumbers w/ tahini dip, kiwi
That’s it for last week, and it for now. Bianca from Vegan Crunk tagged me for a meme that I was going to do tonight, but for whatever reason I’m too tired to think about anything, much less seven whole interesting things about myself.