This will be more of a recap of my food club festivities than of the whole day. First half of the day was like any other – Baby V arrives, takes her nap, Jane and I work on making some food for the party, we all play (outside today, yay!), eat lunch, Baby V goes home, Jane takes her nap.
Then I dropped Jane off at a member of my babysitting co-op’s house so I could get ready for the dinner. She had never met them before but was so enthralled with their swing set at the older kids she didn’t even look at me when I said goodbye.
Totally lucked out on the weather today – first beautiful day here since …. Oct.? So we had drinks and appetizers outside while the kids played:
I knew the weather would be nice and everyone in MN has been waiting for it for so long, I decided to go with a picnic theme for the dinner.
Appetizer: Lemon White Bean Dip With Herbs. I chose this because chives were already coming up in our garden. That was the only herb I used in the dip and it was delicious. Much smoother and thicker than my regular hummus.
Pinwheel Wraps with Chickpea “Chicken” Salad. Everyone really loved this, including Nathan. They all agreed if there was one thing I should bring to a picnic in the future, this was it.
Creamy Dill Dijon Potato Salad from Healthy Happy Life. This was much more tangy and dill flavored from the fresh herbs than any “normal” potato salad from grocery store delis. I loved it, but Nathan didn’t. I wouldn’t recommend bringing it to a picnic especially as a vegan because people would not expect this from potato salad and will think it is weird vegan food.
Hasselback Tofu also from Healthy Happy Life. I thought maybe it would sway me to love tofu, but it still tasted just like bland tofu smothered with BBQ sauce. I still only merely accept tofu.
Fruity Quinoa Salad. I made a few changes, using less dried fruit and only raisins, and subbing toasted almonds for pecans. But the combo of everything was delicious, and the toasted seame oil really made the dish. You can get it for cheap at Trader Joe’s.
I also made a sort of fruity green salad with romaine, spinach, clementine oranges, avocado, carrots, and Annie’s raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
Dessert was Lemon Coconut Pie. It was good, I added toasted coconut to the top, but think it could’ve used more lemon zest. The texture was more jello like than creamy.
And so we entered into the 3rd year of food club, it was a great day and late night (Nathan went out to a going away party after Jane went to bed), but I was lucky he let me sleep in on Saturday.
We did lots of playing outside this weekend, here’s one of Jane in the little (4T) shorts I got suckered into buying her at Target:
Happy summer everyone.