March 20th, 2009

magic bullet recipes

last night i was joking around with my parents about how the one thing i really want to purchase before i move out is a magic bullet blender. to my surprise, my father came home with one for me today!

so i'm curious! what are you favourite magic bullet/blender recipes? specifically, smoothie recipes that do not include banana (i'm allergic!).

thanks :) i'm super excited to use it
happy pasty!

Wedding menu

My partner and I are getting wed in October, it's so much fun at the moment getting into the wedding planning but we could do with a little bit of advice on the food! We're both vegan so it's an easy decision that the food will be too, but we still want to try and make it as accessible as possible for everyone else.

From the beginning we've been planning a hot buffet, so that guests can see their food and make their choices. We're lucky in that our venue is completely happy to create a vegan menu for us (in fact all the venues we looked at were, which is pretty awesome considering we don't live somewhere with a big vegan community!) so we get to have a lot of input, particularly as the chef is a bit lost. We have a meeting with them next week, originally we were just going to give some ideas but it's turned into a complete menu, and one that we're feeling really good about!

It's ended up in a vaguely mexican style, as we're trying to have familiar dishes which aren't intimidating yet still interesting and full of flavour to show off vegan food, whilst also having plain stuff on offer too as my side of the family are Irish meat and potato eaters. A vegan menu is never going to be perfect for people who don't like vegetables, but hopefully it's hitting the right balance of being non-scary yet also tasty for us and our foodie friends. It's quite hard to get into one buffet but we're hoping we're almost there! However it's a bit disconcerting to have only been decided on this menu for a few days yet potentially we might tell the hotel next week that yes, we definitely want this in seven months time, so we thought getting some more feedback would be good! We could also do with another dish which we're not yet decided on, so ideas would be really helpful there as well!

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