Monday, June 12, 2006

Happy Hour

Last week, I had some girlfriends over for happy hour after they got off work. I served these 'Baked Cajun French Fries' from VwaV, accompanied by some Mango dipping sauce inspired by a restaurant in town.

Mango Fry Sauce:
1 mango, finely chopped
1 lime
1 hot pepper, finely chopped
1/4 C. agave nectar
1/4 cilantro, finely chopped
mix with 1/3 C. nayonaise
Then, I added some of the spices from the Cajun Fries ( paprika, cumin, cayenne, sea salt)

Recently, Dreena appeared in a podcast with Erik Marcus highlighting her 'Cannellini Yam Hummus', and in that segment another person reviews her cookbook, Vive le Vegan, and praises her 'Coconut-Lime Cookies' in such a way that I decided that I must cook them. It was such a recommendation that I didn't even try the recipe out before cooking them for my friends. These cookies disappeared so fast, and my friends were shocked that they are vegan. They made me go get the cookbook to prove it!

Along with the cookies, I made Dreena's 'Creamy Hummus' & 'Cannellini Bean Yam Hummus' the night before. When my friends arrived, I put down a leaf of lettuce in the bowls, spooned in the hummus, & topped each with toasted almond slivers & served with Ezekiel pocket bread. They were both such a hit ~ but especially the cannellini yam because it was a little different and the smoky/sweet combination is really so perfect.

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