There are few things in life that give me more pleasure than cooking for people. Sure, I’ll cook for myself, but it’s not the same. I want to share. Food is love, and spreading the love makes me happy. Maybe I was an Italian Nona in a past life?
It was my birthday last week, and it had been a while since I’d had a proper birthday party. So I decided to throw myself one. The building in which I live has a beautiful, and deeply underutilized, rooftop garden overlooking Coal Harbour, and my friend Jenn generously offered to bake me a cake, so what more did I need than that and a bunch of my closest friends? Okay, maybe some wine…
The challenge with cooking for my friends is that they have all kinds of dietary restrictions–gluten-free, vegan, no pork, you name it. So I had to create a menu with a little something for everyone.
Here it is:
- Pulled Pork Tacos with homemade BBQ Sauce and Asian Slaw
- Vegan Pulled Pork Tacos (yep, vegan pulled pork–a huge success–recipe to come)
- Cold Minted Pea and Cucumber Soup with Herb Drizzle (based on this recipe)
- Chips with Lili’s Salsa Fresca
- Cruidetes (okay, raw vegetables, cut up) with Vegan Green Goddess Dip
- Chocolate-Chip cookies
- Lemon-lavender shortbread (inspired by some I had at the Penticton Farmer’s Market)
- Vegan Peanut Butter Cups
- Apricot Oat Bars (this recipe, made with a jar of the Apricot-Date preserves I recently made)
- AND Birthday Cake!!
It’s a testament to how much fun I was having that I did not take one photo. Not a single one. These are cobbled together from the Facebook/Flickr/Instagram streams of various friends.
Thanks for coming, everyone! Next year??
Geoff’s blog post: Bex’ Birthday