Uh oh…I know the date above probably says it’s October 2nd, 2009. But this post is for October 1, 2009, and it’s my very first post of Vegan MoFo!
What is “Vegan MoFo” you say? Why, where have you been? And how could you not know? Vegan MoFo is only the coolest online event evah to be held in the month of October! (Translation: I had never heard of it until a few days ago, and this is the first time I am participating– but don’t tell anyone.) As Kittee, Cake Maker to the Stars, describes it: “For the entire month of October, blogs from all over the free world and Alaska will be writing about vegan food and the awesome power of veganism.” That’s 31 days of blogging about vegan food, folks. Sounds exciting? If not, then just you wait and see! You have no idea what you are in for! (And neither do I. But trust me– this is gonna be cool. I think. I hope. Okay…at least it’s gonna be healthy? er?)
All right… Today’s entry is called “Vegan Virtual Dinner Date #1.” I’ve invited Amanda from Amanda Blog and Kiss to a “Virtual Dinner.” Amanda is a Bryant Terry fan, so I offered to cook her whatever she liked from the Vegan Soul Kitchen Cookbook. Amanda requested the Jamaican Veggie Patties. (Oh no! A two-part preparation including a long list of spices, vegetables, some ingredients I don’t have, AND the making of a pastry crust. Yikes! Click here for the recipe and you’ll see what I mean.) I smiled and typed “No problem!” And then I went to work. Well…now it’s October 1, 2009, and all I can say is “Amanda…..you have been served!” (Virtually, that is.) Behold, my very first “Vegan Virtual Dinner Party.” And my very first post of Vegan MoFo 2009!
(Dear Readers, please remember, the dinner party being described on this blog has been held entirely in my imagination. Only the food I have cooked, and my husband has photographed, is real.)
“Amanda, a former “Jersey Girl,” has become completely Dutch-i-fied. For that reason, today she has actually riden her bike to my home, (coincidentally I now live in Jersey,) all the way from Holland. (I know! Unbelievable, right?) And she has done this wearing the cutest vegan boots evah!!! But I digress. I know that she has arrived because I can hear the dogs yapping from her bicycle basket. Her little bike bell rings “dring, dring, dring” as she pedals straight up to my door. Amanda drops her bike, and my husband opens the door for her because as usual, I am still cooking when my guest has arrived. Amanda walks up to my kitchen and the first thing I notice is that there is nothing “Jersey” about her. I point her towards a chair. My nut-free version of the VSK Minimalist Survival Snack Mix
is sitting on the table. (This VSK grab-and-go snack is a mix of roasted walnuts and raisins. Since my 4 year old is allergic to nuts, I used roasted organic pumpkin seeds and raisins, instead.) Amanda grabs a handful of the mix and proceeds to tell me about her incredible bicycle trip from Holland to New Jersey, her activism on behalf of animals, and the day Bryant Terry Twitterered her back.
(Twittering Bryant Terry? I knew we had something in common. She cooked this awesome meal from VSK. Heck yeah, Terry Twittered her back. Who wouldn’t??? ) Realizing that after biking such a great distance, she must be parched, I offer Amanda a glass of the VSK People’s Punch.
(It’s made with lemons, limes, oranges and pomegranate juice. Quite invigorating.) Then I whip up some VSK Basic Vinaigrette to top my simple salad of mixed greens, tomatoes, and avocados.
Ding! Finally, the oven timer goes off, and the VSK Jamaican Veggie Patties are done. I’m not an experienced pastry chef, so my pie crust is a not as flaky as I would like. I think I’ve overworked the dough, and it saddens me a bit. However, I take a bite of my patty and am rewarded with a surprise: these patties are NOT like the patties I remember eating at Brooklyn bakeries visited years ago….No. THESE PATTIES ARE BETTER!
I immediately forgive myself for my flakeless crust, and vow to try my hand at making pastry dough again. As for Amanda….she has completely stopped talking. The VSK Jamaican Veggie Patties are exactly what she has been looking for: a tasty and portable snack that will travel well. This is the perfect fuel for her next adventure. She polishes off the last of the crumbs, and declares the VSK Jamaican Veggie Patties worth the trip to New Jersey!
Hooray! My work is done! Okay….back to real life. I’m exhausted and I’ve got to go to bed, but it was fun hosting my very first “Vegan Virtual Dinner Party.” Thanks, Amanda, for inspiring me to cook a virtual meal for Vegan MoFo. I love your blog. It’s unusual, and I recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh. Wish I could send you the patties through airmail, but they really just wouldn’t keep. Perhaps the next time you are in New Jersey, you can look me up, and I’ll cook them for you, for real!
Bon Voyage and Best Wishes in all your endeavors!