Thiw weekend we had dinner with some wonderful new friends at their house. They were very sweet and made an all-vegan meal, which was very tasty as well. The husband is another guitar builder, like Musty, and is also Swiss. It was a great time!
Here you can see the Euro influence - instead of plopping everything on the plate at once, it was served one course at a time.
I'm sorry for this silly picture, but this asparagus that they made was worth picturing! It was roasted asparagus, served with AMAZING wild mushrooms that they had foraged themselves! As most of you know, I am not much of a mushroom fan - but these were so delicious. There were 3 or 4 different types of mushrooms in there, but one of them was called "candy caps" - they smell like maple syrup while they are cooking! mmm! What's not to like about that??
What's in there??
Wow! Butternut Squash and Leeks in parchment packets. This recipe that they used was from the Greens cookbook, and it was delicious! Easily vegan as long as you use Earth Balance instead of butter. It was garlic, salt, sage leaves, squash and leeks. Sounds simple, but it was fantastic and filling - especially when served with brown rice.
Finally, we ended dinner with a nice salad - lettuce and arugula from their garden. The dressing was a very nice avocadoy-lemon concoction. Mm!
What next? Dessert, of course!! I got to bring dessert, which I always love to do. I love love love making dessert for other people. Our friend was trying to cut back on sugar, so I turned to the ever-wonderful "Great Good Desserts Naturally" by Fran Costigan - I love that book!
Ahhhh... Look at that yumminess! I looked around in the cookbook and made the "Cookie Crust" and the "Hint of Lemon Custard Cream" and then topped it with some artfully arranged strawberries, mango and kiwis. MMM!!!!! I *definitely* recommend this delicious tart! It's very low in sugar (no refined sugar) and absolutely great. The custard used kuzu and agar and had a perfect creamy texture - not too jelled and not too liquidy. And a great lemony flavor. The crust was also wheat-free, with oats, walnuts, coconut, maple syrup... Great!
It's so pretty, I decided to include two pictures!
Here's a funny little picture of my lunch the other day - a burrito in a sprouted wheat tortilla, a bag of sugar snap peas with farmy market goodness & an OJ. I was eating outside on our little so-called patio, thus the un-kitcheny backdrop.
Here's tonight's dinner... an OLD favorite of ours, which I haven't made in a long time - Garlic Parsely Pasta (Pasta Aglio i Olio con Prezzemelo) - an Italian staple food, and absolutely delicious. You can see that we had it with roasted asparagus and sauteed chard, to justify such a starchy indulgence. It's so simple:
Ingredients:3/4 lb pasta (I used whole wheat spag)
5 -6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp olive oil
pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 - 2/3 cup chopped up flat leaf parseley
Prepare:First, get your water boiling. If you are not salt-adverse, add some salt to the water for extra tastiness & authenticity. Get everything else cut up and ready to go.
Once you put your noodles in, heat up the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and saute for a few minutes.
Add the hot pepper flakes and cook for a minute or so. Then add the salt, and cook until about half of the garlicky bits are golden. Remove from heat.
When the noodles are ready, add on some flax oil to keep the noodles slippery and to give yourself some omega3 goodness. Add the garlic-salt mixture, and the chopped parseley. Stir up and EAT!
Lastly a little roasted butternut squash soup that I ad-libbed. Musty loves butternut squash, but somehow doesn't like it in soups. So, I get it all to myself. Fine by me!