Dave and I like beer, and we like food, and we like having people over for beer and food, so we threw an Octoberfest Party! I prepared by going to the party store, because I love the party store.
Steins, pint glasses and Das Boot, all lined up and ready for use.
My baby mug, with my first beer of the day.
Food table – Ignore the meat!
Rye bread and two kinds of mustard, spicy and sweet.
Regular sauerkraut, jalapeno sauerkraut, pickles and beets.
Tofurkey beer brats, grilled. I bought a lot of the cute flag picks, so they went in everything throughout the day.
Trader Joe’s Pumpernickel Pretzels, which I am obsessed with.
German-ish potato salad. I wasn’t going to make a vegan potato salad since Dave was making the “regular” kind with bacon, but he had some extra cooked potatoes so I tossed them with oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and celery seed.
Delicious braised red cabbage, which my friends Wayne and Raelene brought.
Black Forest Brownies. I used the brownie recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, and the cherry sauce recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I added a bit of almond extract to both the brownies and sauce, because almonds and cherries are awesome together.
Pretty Fall-time flower arrangement.
I actually didn’t anticipate that this much of our feast would be vegan. This was one tasty plate of German food! I forgot to get an individual picture of the Lowenbrau Coleslaw, which is on the upper right of the plate.
After stuffing our bellies, we had a pretzel making session! We had mixed up a double recipe of this Bavarian Pretzel recipe, and it rose while we were eating. Everyone got a shot at making their own pretzel, while I reminded them how the process went, because by then we had all had a few beers. “No! Boil it, ten seconds on each side, THEN salt, THEN the oven. Stop throwing flour at the cat!” Pretzel making is serious business.
Whenever we make soft pretzels, Dave wants to make them as giant as possible, and these are the two he made. They were pretty giant! We boiled them in a wok instead of a pan, just so Dave could make them giant.
Our friend Matt made this precious pretzel, which reminded me of the Volkswagen logo.
Dave’s cousin Daniel made this pretzel which looks like…I won’t say…
Fantastic piles of pretzels! They turned out really well, and were some of the best pretzels I’ve ever tasted!
Sadly, as usual, I didn’t get any good people pictures. I gotta get better at that. I have one picture of Dave in his finest German beer drinking outfit, but he’d probably kill me if I posted it 😉