Over the past six days, I’ve shared each course of a five-course dinner I cooked for my husband’s recent birthday party. Looking at the array of photos below, would it occur to you that this is a collection of vegan, gluten-free recipes? Think of it. No cheese. No pasta. No fish or fowl. If you had asked me on my husband’s birthday last year whether I could (or would even want to) make a dinner like this, I would have answered, “no,” flatly. Now, I can barely imagine eating any other way. Well, almost barely.
|Marinated Olives with Fennel||Cucumber & Avocado Ceviche||Artichoke Velouté with Black Truffle Carpaccio|
|Roasted Asparagus w/ Grapefruit & Lemon Oil||Saffron and White Wine Braised Spring Vegetables||Strawberry Sorbet|
Yes, we are happily joining the national craze of eating in a sustainable, healthful way. In fact, just yesterday, I planted a whole pallet of seeds which means we’re joining the garden-at-home craze too. Count on a whole host of blog entries about this new adventure. When I was on the outside looking in at this fad, I thought it was a bit of overblown malarky, and, well, just a fad. Now that I’m joining in, I can feel myself transforming into an evangelist. I guess 38 per cent of Americans (the number of people who had a vegetable garden last year) can’t be wrong. Well, sometimes they can, but not this time.
I absolutely must thank Viviane Bauquet Farre for her inspiration and help on this birthday dinner project. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, you are really missing out. You can find her at food and style and please, go “Like” her facebook fan page. Viviane creates the most original and beautiful recipes. She also produces some of the highest quality cooking instructional videos on the web. See them all on StreamingGourmet.com. It took me months to figure out that her recipes are vegetarian, so they will appeal to you whether you are a vegetarian, a vegan, an omnivore or someone determined to subsist on truffles and scotch. Seriously. Thanks again, Viviane!
6 replies on “Dinner Party Recap and A new adventure”
You put out such an incredible spread. I love the combination of colors and flavors. Your husband is a lucky man!
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Thank you so much Amy for this wonderful post and the accolades. You truly touch my heart. And I agree with El, your hubby is a lucky man!
Looks delish! I recently went vegan for the environment, to end cruelty to farm animals and for my health.
I suggest the cook book The Conscious Cook to you. Full of savory dishes minus the meat/dairy. http://www.talronnen.com/cookbook/
Seeing all six dishes together is great. Terrific combination of textures and colors!