A post worth of deliciousness. We were invited to a weekly neighborhood party for the first time last night. Since we just got back from a trip, I have yet to go to the grocery store and yet I really wanted to make some good food for our first time to the party.
Benefit of my supposed “freezer foodie” prowess, I had at the ready – frozen garbanzo beans, strawberries, and sausage (not pictured) plus in my well-stocked pantry I had chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate powder, sugar, and canola oil plus eggs and a rosé in my fridge plus some lemons on the counter.
It was the host’s birthday. My friend that invited me was bringing a tasty red velvet cake as that is the host’s favorite cake, however my friend currently needs to be dairy and wheat free.
I offered to make a cake for her. Alas when it came time to make the cake, I realized that my vegan chocolate cake recipe is not dairy free and my flourless chocolate cake recipe is not dairy free – yikes!
For good measure, I also whipped up some of my favorite raspberry sauce made with strawberries instead as well, I had them on hand.
2c raspberries (or other berries of your choice)
1/4 c sugar (or a bit less with blueberries and strawberries)
1/4 c water
Put it all in a pot over medium heat and cook until berries start to break down. Either allow to cool and then puree in blender or pull out your immersion blender and smooth it out in the pan (loving the all in one pan for easy clean-up).
I also made some hummus to take over with our favorite corn chips (not pictured) from Gracias a Dios, because there is just something better about blessed corn chips. I modified Alton Brown’s hummus recipe to be more garlicky this time and it is a change I will keep.
If you have not yet tried your hand at making your own beans, I highly recommend trying it.
1) it is super simple, especially if you make in a crockpot or pressure cooker (I love the Fagor All-in-One)
2) it is so much less expensive, both in time and costs as you can make a huge batch and then freeze them in useable portion sizes.
Finished off bringing a bottle of wine from the winery that I visited when I studied abroad in Spain. Thinking that reunion trip to Spain is sounding mighty good.
Feeling so very grateful that our friends invited us to their street’s block party last night. Living in Phoenix is made even better knowing there is a party every Wednesday where you don’t have to make a full dinner just bring some things to share. Brilliant idea.
Hello to many more happy hump days.