I didn’t mean to serve milk to my vegan friends. My boyfriend and I threw our third dinner party recently. Bill likes to serve healthy food to the unsuspecting. I like to serve vegan food to anyone. This party was a treat because four of the six guests were vegan. Two of which inspired me to go vegan. I knew they all would appreciate a vegan menu.
- Red wine: For the health benefits, of course.
- Moroccan Tomato Soup: Don’t let the unusual combination of tomatoes and peanut butter hinder you. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It’s a spicy soup but it’s easy to tone down the heat. You can make it milder by eliminating most if not all of the hot sauce, chili powder and cayenne. For the party, I used only a hint of cayenne and then placed a bottle of hot sauce on the table.
- A “Christine” Salad: Since I make a salad almost everyday, this has become my specialty. The ingredients vary but this particular salad contained mixed greens, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, walnuts, cranberries and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
- Biryani: An Indian vegetable rice dish from the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day.
- Naan: An Indian flat bread.
- Apple Crisp: Compliments of Fran.
- Fudgy balls: This variation was made with carob powder, almond butter, dates and dried cranberries. I rolled some balls in coconut, a few in ground flaxseed and some I left naked.
Back to the unwanted guest. After we cleaned up Sunday morning, we sat down for brunch. I was enjoying leftovers of Biryani and naan. While chewing on a bite of naan, I asked if there was sugar in the bread. We actively avoid it and this bread tasted sweet. Bill jumps up to check the packaging, mumbles something in the kitchen, runs back into the dining room and snaps the naan off my plate.
“You can’t eat that,” he says. “It has milk in it.”
Sigh. Never take your eye off the ball. Always read the ingredients, especially on products you haven’t bought before. Thankfully none of my friends are members of the “vegan police” and all were forgiving of my error when I emailed them the following Monday.