Sunday, February 13, 2011

Juice, Potluck, Vinaigrette, Valentines

My new roommate who moved in has a juicer! This is the first time I've lived with one and I must say it is pretty awesome. I never thought to buy a juice before. I just wasn't a fan because I always thought it was a waste of fiber. I'd always rather have just eaten the whole fruit/veggie. However, Gwen is not into wasting food either. So! Every time we make juice together (it is a bonding experience) we have to think of something creative to do with the leftover fiber. We've made carrot-apple torte balls and each of our items for our potluck (below) pear-grape tart and carrot cake. I still don't know if I would buy one for myself. I'm not a big fan of non-essential appliances. However, I must say it fun to live with a juicer for a time!

We had our first raw potluck in Richmond last night. It was a tiny success! A few good friends came and brought the following yummy raw dishes:

Olive Tapenade over sliced Tomatoes and Avocados
Guacamole with Romaine Leaves to dip
Pear-Grape Tart with Almond Crust
Beet-Carrot Salad
and I made Carrot Cake and Cabbage Slaw

It doesn't look like a lot in that neat little list, but there were nine full-bellied people in attendance, and there are still leftovers in the fridge. I wish more people had been able to come, but I'd say it was definitely a success. I learned what a tapenade is for one!

At the hospital where I'm doing my internship right now, I can get free lunch. It is a bit scanty on vegan items besides the salad bar and occasional pasta dish, so I get a spinach salad 98% of the time. It is getting really old! So, I think I'm going to make this Fresh Herb Vinaigrette from my favorite vegan blogger and cookbook author, Joy Tienzo's, blog to bring with me to spice up my daily lunch salad! I already bring my own fork and (when I remember) plate, so people might not think I'm too much more weird by bringing my own salad dressing, right?

So, V-day is in the air. I am planning on making the bf some brownies for the special day. He doesn't like cake (who doesn't like cupcakes? I found a crazy.) and brownies are his favorite. I just so happen to have a recipe for Raw Frosted Brownies from another great blogger, Dreena Burton. Making these though might be a bit selfish. As a disclaimer, he is a guy who, when he eats something I made, might say, "This tastes healthy," as a complaint. I know he would much more appreciate the bleached flour, white sugar, chocolatey traditional brownie. I may have to make these for him and just have leftover pear-grape tart myself!

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