Speaking of the feast, this was one of my more epic culinary feats (in my opinion anyway.) With five courses, and my 92 year old grandmother in attendance I knew I wanted to make it count. I also have been on a vegan kick again, as part of my "oh-my-goodness is the wedding really only that far away?! I need to really fit into that dress!" thought process. Clearly feasting still needs to be part of my life while I diet to fit in the dress... somehow.
The first course was a simple charcuterie platter I whipped up thanks to my beloved Trader Joe's and a couple unique recipes I discovered. This course included a simple salami and cheese plate (chianti cured and blueberry vanilla chevre from TJ's) and some thyme, honey and lemon crackers with carrot top pesto* that people seemed thrilled with. Never underestimate a simple set-up for people to pick at -you can make it look beautiful and it keeps people tied over until the rest of the meal starts. The second and third courses included a vegan split pea soup made with coconut milk from the Skinny Bitch cookbook and an arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette, shockingly fresh strawberries, and toasted almonds.
It was a wonderfully spent day, and my fiancé still laughs about how excited I got over the Easter egg hunt my parents set up for us. Yes, I know I'm twenty-three, although I try to the best of my ability to act more like a ten year old. Needless to say, while I still hear people saying "Oh I don't do the Easter 'thing'" I really can't think of a better excuse to spend time with your loved ones and beautiful sunshine.
*For those interested in the recipes I used for my dishes here are links to where I found these delectable selections:
Sweet Milk Dinner Rolls
Whiskey Brown-Butterscotch Pudding