Saturday, February 16, 2008

dinner party

I would say the dinner party was a huge success! I made mushroom/walnut patties, wrapped them in collard leaves with avocado and cherry tomatoes, and topped them with a little tangy mayo. I made Jicama "fries" and a grapefruit pecan salad. People seemed to like it!

Then, I served those cookies! Pretty much all the recipes came from Living Cuisine by Renee Loux, with some minor changes. I forgot to break out the camera till midmeal, so unfortunately there's no photo of the spread on the table. Here's the recipe for the patties (the way I made them.)

4 cups chopped portobellas
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon bragg's amino acids
1 cup soaked walnuts
1 cup soaked sunflower seeds
1 chopped onion
2 cups chopped zucchini
i cup chopped celery
1 cup fresh basil
1 cup fresh parsley
2 cloves garlic
sea salt, to taste

Marinate portobellas in oil, lemon and braggs for at least 30 minutes. Combine other ingredients in food processor (it didn't all fit in mine, I had to do it in batches!) Blend well. Add mushrooms and pulse, leaving some chunks. Mold mixture into 8-10 patties. Dehydrate at 110 for 8-12 hours, flipping an hour or so before you will eat them. Then eat them!

I drank too much wine last night (like two glasses! goodness gracious!) so I feel a little off today. We went to the farmer's market and bought lots of oranges, greens and olives. I made a tapenade/pesto and put it on some zucchini for dinner. Jess had some steamed artichokes, and I tried to make a mayo for them, but it didn't thicken, and he doesn't like it, and I can't eat it and it will go bad before I can. Oh dear. Now I have a blender full of caesar dressing like mixture that I can't even taste for seasoning to see why it doesn't taste good. One of the frustrations of being raw with a non raw partner, I guess. The mayo is actually raw, but it includes a raw egg, which I said I wouldn't be eating, so I don't want to eat it.

Oh, the chocolate I put on the cookies came out amazing! I'll post that recipe tomorrow. Like a thick ganache/frosting. The husband devoured the leftovers for breakfast.


Tommie said...

Isn't it frustrating to have big batches of stuff you can't eat? I feel your pain! I've been there, done that, and make a fraction of a new recipe to "try before I buy". Good luck with your 30 days! I did that over two and a half years ago and I'm still eating raw so watch out! It may turn into your normal lifestyle!

khem said...

Mushroom/walnut patties were delish. As were those cookies, all around magnifique. We should dinner again, sometime.