On Sunday we had a dinner party at ours with our awesome friends Sarah and Kevin. I love hosting and I love cooking for others. Since moving into our sweet new apartment, I suspect we are going to be doing this a lot. With dietary restrictions – Josh being mostly vegan (our house is mostly vegan, except for my precious cheese!) and Sarah being gluten-free – we had some challenges and ended up with a bit of a hodgepodge of a meal with a bunch of things that I love.
We began the night with some cocktails. Josh made Scooters which is a delicous drink with pisco, maraschino, guava juice and Boker’s bitters. For starters, we made some dreamy guacamole with avocado (duh!), tomato, red onion, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. We also made devilled eggs. For being a
mostly vegan, Josh sure is on a devilled eggs kick. We were recently at a new bar on College Street called Bar Isabel on friends & family night. There, he tried their devilled eggs and claimed them to be delicious. We attempted to create similar ones by using this recipe for Truffle Mushroom Parmesan Devilled Eggs. The best part was that we used vegan mayonaise, as it if mattered at that point!
We had some bubbly and then Josh whipped up some more cocktails. This time he did the Calar del Sole which is a drink with Aperol, gin, blanco vermouth and a orange bitters. I love Aperol – the colour of it is gorgeous. At this point, we moved onto the main for the night, something that I have dubbed the dirty pizza. It’s actually probably one of the cleanest pizzas that you can eat but it just sounds like it’s junk food: Buffalo Cauliflower Wing Pizza with Tofu Blue Cheese Spread. This was our second time making it and it was awesome. For the crust, I had bought a frozen gluten-free one. To balance out all of that neutral colours, we also had a green salad topped with our favourite: tamari nuts (toss any nuts in tamari sauce and bake for about fifteen minutes at 350 degrees, stirring every five minutes).
For dessert, I cheated a bit in that I didn’t make it myself. None of us are super into dessert (bring on the real food!) but I felt that we had to do something. We live close to Yummy Stuff and they have a bunch of different cupcakes – including vegan and gluten-free ones. Problem solved! All in all, it was an awesome night of food and drinks. Best part of the new apartment: having a dishwasher so the clean up feels like nothing.