Friday, January 23, 2009

First Potluck at My House

From left: Brenda, Shanna, Veneta, me, Tahisha, and Skai

I hosted a raw food potluck at my house last Saturday. It was the same day President Obama’s train rolled past my town, but I had to get ready for my potluck!

My husband was so funny….having grown up in the District of Columbia, he’s seen all the past presidents and vice-presidents. They are no big deal to him. He could not believe that, if I hadn’t hosted this potluck that I would have stood in below freezing temperature to watch a president-elect and vice-president-elect not stop, but roll past us slowly and wave. Heck yes, I would have gone out to the train station to see them! I saw George Bush when he was running for office in 2000, but that didn’t thrill me. Obama and Biden? Now THAT would have thrilled me. Had I had this potluck on a different day, you all would be seeing pictures of our president instead of me and my friends! I hope we are a good substitute. :-)

We had tostadas, chocolate pudding, key lime pie (which was the best of all), sorrel & pineapple juice, cole slaw, tomato salad, apple crisp, corn chili, spinach salad and organic fruit salad. My husband and kids got a kick from having all these women in the house. My kids hung in there until 11:00pm, when everyone left except Tahisha. She left at 12:30am. We had a wonderful time!

This another photo of the food. We couldn't even get it all on my kitchen table.

This perfection on a plate. Matt Amsden's Tostada from his book RAWVolution. Love it, love it, love it. Even if you put the walnut "meat" in a lettuce wrap, trust me, you will LOVE this.
1 1/2 cups finely ground walnuts, in food processor
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
3/4 teaspoon nama shoyu (I used Braggs liquid aminos)
In a small mixing bowl, combine the walnuts, cumin, chili powder, and coriander and mix well. Add the nama shoyu or Braggs and mix again. There you have the "meat" mixture. I topped it with tomatoes, lettuce, and cilantro. I put it on top of Matt's Famous Onion Bread which I'll share next time. Honestly, you can put this in lettuce, collard wraps, throw it on top of a salad. It's versatile and melt-in-your-mouth good. And it doesn't need any type of taco sauce or dressing.
Happy eating!



Malicious Intent said...

Your drive to do this is really inspiring and I greatly appreciate you posting recipes. I am going to pick out a few I "think" the boys might eat, and that I can juggle, and I am not going to say a word about it...just make it and present like it's a normal deal here.

My aunt told me how she got her husband off of caffeine/coffee. She just kept the old can from the regular coffee and gradually filled it with the decaf, shaking it up good each time to evenly mix. Took him a good 10 years to finally realize the same coffee can was in the pantry before he got wise of her deception! :)
But he had not had caffeine for almost 10 years and never knew it or missed it.

Malicious Intent said...

Awe, she is pretty. ;)


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