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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.


Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

my God. why did i not get an invite?

interesting cookies. now i have to buy THAT book too! i'm behind on my book purchases!!!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Oh, yum. Those fries with the mango dipping sauce look wonderful! I'm imagining all the other uses for the dipping sauce, like spring rolls....yum, yum. I've been obsessed lately with some mango hot-pepper jelly I bought at the Portland farmer's market.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Food sounds amazing... I recently ordered Vive since everyone here has raved about it. Can't wait to get it! Those cookies look divine!
I can't wait to make the cannelini yam hummus since so many have raved over it.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

Evrything looks amazing! You should post some pics and recipes on the board! We have added a bunch of stuff...swing by when you can.

11:40 AM  
Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

This all looks fabulous! I wish I was there, especially for those oven baked (so yummy sounding) cookies!

Ok, I promise I'm going to get to your email and photograph some jewelry! First I must stop thinking about food...

12:03 PM  
Blogger kaivegan said...

I'm always happy to hear when non-veg friends/company like all the food that veg.s make for them! Way to go.

I have the PB cake post up now. Sorry about that.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Dreena said...

Wow, I feel like I was part of that girls' night!! (Wish I had been, I love girls' nights and we rarely have them).

That mango dip is very creative, and I bet it paired fabulously with the spicy fries!! Sounds sooo good:)

3:23 PM  
Blogger Sweet Pea said...

That all looks so good. I think I may need to join the workforce once again and I find some nice friends who will make such delish happy hour treats.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Crystal & Ryan - CafĂ© Cyan said...

Vicki - just saw over at Megan the Vegan's site that your husband worked for the Dust Brothers - how cool! We love them and have them on our MP3 player.

Had to comment about that one!


4:53 PM  
Blogger kaivegan said...

Hi, again, Vicki.

The Vegan Club is having a Quinoa Cooking Contest and I remember that not too long ago you posted an original recipe, inspired by Dreena's quinoa salad. Hey, you might want to join!

6:07 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

So much good food!! Really like what you made here today and appreciate you sharing it, Vicki! Any cookies with lime would be on my list of EAT 'EM ALL UP!!!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

I was tempted by the sweet potato hummous the first time I saw you mention it. I am so glad that I have orderd VwaV, but I'm not sure when I'll get it since amazon is temptrarily out of stock.

5:16 AM  
Blogger SDGvegan said...

mmm I love the yam hummus. All of your food looks delicious.

9:09 AM  
Blogger Luna said...

mmm french fries i could eat them every day!i made hummus for dinner today,it was a "dinner for one" as you say, i put some tofu with peppers and olives in it,it was ok but my husband's is better! i'll practice ;-)
ciao vicki buona giornata

1:26 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

These things you've been posting about veganism are humerous, but wow... someone can identify with things I see/experience in daily life. WOW!

2:48 PM  
Blogger funwithyourfood said...

those fries look good, wow I want those right now


7:09 PM  
Blogger Dori said...

Isn't this just weird... I posted the comment about veganism postings to kleopatra's site and here it is on Vicki's... how'd that happen?

1:19 PM  

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