Birthday on a Bicycle Built For Two

This past weekend was a friend's birthday. I had a surprise party for him (hehe, Im so sneaky, he didn't suspect a thing). Anyway, an event like this is always an excuse for me to get into the kitchen and make a bunch of things, yay! It was a "bring your own meat" party for those who wanted it, and I made the other food items: a veggie platter with deviled eggless dip - First I must say that this dip is sooo awesome and I can't believe I haven't made it until now, esp since Carmi always raves about it.

1/2 cup water (I used 1/3 cup)

Juice from one small lemon
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt (or to taste!!!)
1 ½ cups raw cashews
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Turmeric, as needed for color (approx. ½ teaspoon)

You can click on the link to check out the other instructions, but I took the easy route and blended everything until smooth, adjusting the taste as I went along.

I also made nori rolls, with Carmella's sunflower garlic spread, which is so simple, yet delicious.

In addition, there were crackers and two other dips (sorry, no pics) The lemony spinach dip (thanks to a friend on RFC for this recipe), comes from Freshtopia. I didn't make mine too lemony, but it sure tasted and looked great. The zucchini hummus is a fab recipe that comes from The Raw Table. I didn't have the avocado, so omitted it and added a bit more tahini and oil in it's place. I also only had about 1/2 of the dill that was called for, and subbed cashews for the pine nuts. It turned out fine anyway.
Last but not least, was the cake. This birthday cake consisted of three layers of vanilla cake, stacked with two layers of chocolate whipped cream, all covered in a strawberry frosting and garnished with fresh berries (recipe will be in the dessert book). I didn't even get a chance to snap a picture of the inside of the cake!

In less than a week it's time to celebrate another birthday around here - my mom's! I'll have plenty on the menu for that event too!

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  1. April 22, 2008 at 00:59

    Everything looks so yummy! Wished I'd been there!<br /><br />So, huh, when did you say your mom's b-day is? Feel like having an extra mouth to feed? ;-)

  2. April 23, 2008 at 03:30

    Looks delicious girlie! Glad it was a success. Thanks for sharing.

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