I had the great pleasure of spending time today with a few fabulous ladies, including Nelly, Lisa, Patrizia and Jenny at our long-planned and highly anticipated get together! Part of the reason I started blogging in the first place was to connect with other like-minded foodies, so spending the day with a bunch of awesome raw-oriented vegans was a total treat. I’m very grateful the thunder showers forecast for today held off because we were able to enjoy a delicious meal on the patio and sip on some sangria.
We snacked on some pretty awesome food, much of it from Ani’s Raw Food Essentials. They were pretty much all hits – so many winning recipes in this book!
I made cheddar kale chips, onion rings, and mango salad. It’s hard to go wrong with kale chips! The onion rings were OK, but just OK. They didn’t wow me… the buckwheat breading was too thick, perhaps? At any rate, probably my least favourite recipe from Ani’s new book so far, but with so many other stand-outs, it’s no big deal.
Nelly made tostadas – corn-based tortilla, topped with chipotle cheese, lettuce, salsa, walnut-based taco meat, and sour cream. So delicious!!!
Lisa brought some amazing blueberry lavender ice cream. It reminded me that I really need to start using lavender more often! Topped with some of my leftover cashew lemon cream, it was divine.
Patrizia brought vegan chocolate fudge cake and I am a lucky girl because the leftovers are now in my fridge 🙂 And Nelly, moon pie machine that she is, brought some of those babies.
I also made some amaretti cookies. Yum.
Thankfully, I was able to convince Jenny to take some of the goodies home with her so I wasn’t responsible for eathing all the leftovers! My waistline is thankful.
Kristin was supposed to join us but something came up at the last minute, so we didn’t get to sample the chocolate torte she was planning to bring. Next time! And there will definitely be a next time, so even more can join us. Wish all of you were here with us! Thanks ladies, for a wonderful afternoon!