Vegetarian Pool Party
Jul. 25, 2009 10:21 am
Updated: Aug. 8, 2009 8:19 am
Today is the end of the week for my weekly budget challenge- spending only $15 per day- and tonight's dinner will be a real challenge, as I only have $2.25 to spend. I've done an ingredient search on every combination of the random items in the galley, and nothing is jumping out at me yet. I have things like bacon, yeast, fig preserves, blackberry salad dressing, you get the idea. Some of my budget busters for the week have been very expensive chicken ($9.32 for two breasts!), some nice wine I bought for a dinner party, and making an entree for 6 for another dinner party. But don't get me wrong! I love to have dinner with friends and that's definitely a forgivable way of going slightly over budget.
Yesterday we got together at a friend's house for an afternoon by the pool followed by dinner. Three of the 6 people there are strict vegetarians, so that was the theme for dinner. T and I are always trying to eat more veg than meat, so I was very happy to try some new dishes from my friends LS and LW.
LS made a tomato tart for an appetizer: homemade pie crust slathered with dijon mustard and topped with sliced roma tomatoes, shaved parmesan cheese, and fresh rosemary. It's baked just until the cheese melts. I made my favorite vegetarian dish, Tofu Parmigiana. I make this frequently, and it's so good that LS's husband, who eats meat every day, even had a few bites with his steak. LS also made a savory bread pudding with spinach- something I had never heard of- which was very good and something I would have not thought to try. LW made curry couscous with celery and grapes, also very good. I have never made couscous but this sounded very simple- they also live/cook on a boat. Has anyone else tried a dish this week that you wouldn't ordinarily make? Were you being adventurous on your own, or did someone make it for you?
Dessert was macaroons, little chocolate bars, and shots of tequila. The chocolate/tequila shots are a tradition at their house, but I am usually drinking wine so I opt out. A tequila and wine hangover is not good!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!