Last weekend, we hosted our first dinner party since I became vegan and it was a-maz-ing!
Our friends that we invited have recently decided to go vegetarian, so it was cool to be able to share all of the vegan dishes with them.
I got waaaay too excited about making the table look pretty and may have gone a little overboard with decorating name cards!
Now, onto the delicious food…
In some families you have to say grace before everyone can eat; in my house, it’s becoming pretty standard that everyone has to wait until I’ve taken pictures of the food before we can start eating , ah the life of a food blogger!!
Now really, onto the food! My mum is an amazing cook and has been adapting her previously meat dishes into vegetarian dishes for me for years. Now she has the even bigger challenge of adapting them into vegan-friendly meals, and she is doing a great job!
Her veggie Lasagne is one of my all time favourites, and she made it vegan by substituting the white sauce with an almond milk and corn flour mixture, and to add crunchiness – a bread crumb and vegan butter topping. YUM. Everyone LOVED this dish; and even my cheese loving, vegetarian boyfriend said this was the best lasagne yet – go mama!
We also had a fresh vegetable paella which was scrummy, and also really good for left-overs the next day too.
My mum’s vegetarian chilli is THE BOMB. Like seriously, party in your mouth. It’s my all time favourite dinner, as you can do so much with it: eat it with home-made garlic batons, in a jacket potato, with rice, with nachos, with salad, with home-made coleslaw – the possibilities are endless! So as always, this was a big hit!
We also had a mixed leaf salad with cherry tomatoes which is such a simple, healthy side and goes well with most things – a dinner party must.
For desert, we had some awesome home-made melted vegan chocolate…
…And to dip in the chocolate we had delicious strawberries and banana slices. Heaven.
It was such a lovely evening, and the food went down amazingly! I’ll be sharing some of the recipes on the blog soon, so watch this space!