You aren’t going to find the beautifully plated nibblies that had been painstakingly prepared for my girlie “non-Hen’s” night. Nope, not here, as there weren’t any – we spent most of the day letting Misty and Mopsy play instead of preparing. Time well spent.
We did have the necessary supplies though. I had had grand ideas about making all sorts of amazing cocktails, but when it came down to it, I couldn’t be bothered.
So we bought a bunch of fruit and made juice – mixed with whatever, be it alcohol or virgin, everyone gets what they want. Perfect.
I thought it would be an excellent idea to mix champagne, vodka and fresh juice, which was swell at the time… but the way my brain felt the next day was not so nice. I don’t think I’ll ever learn. At least you can justify the fresh juice component as “healthy” – I did.
Anyway, we did cook up a bunch of food, but all I have the evidence of is leftovers. I guess that’s a good sign though huh? At least it was eaten.
Chocolate popcorn balls were a hit, coriander & roast pumpkin hummus, tomato-feta-lamb sliders, cheeses, fruit, chips – all the good stuff. Plus the kiddos had fun smearing it around.
The next day, some serious sunshine and relaxing was in order (I wish I got pushed around in a nice cosy stroller, to snooze in the sun at my leisure).
Pretty good for “Winter” huh?
Some feel the need to eat ten tons of greasy bacon, eggs, sausages and anything deep fried when feeling a tad “dusty” the morning after. I’ve always been the opposite. I think I ate close to a whole bunch of celery, a bag of carrots and a bucket of hummus yesterday. Works for me.
Roast Pumpkin & Coriander Hummus:
(Vegan, gluten/wheat/nut/soy/corn/refined sugar free)
- 1 + 1/2C cooked chickpeas
- 1C roast pumpkin cut into cubes
- A large handful of fresh coriander (cilantro) this is about 1/2C of leaves and stalks (yes, the stalks are super flavour-city)
- 1t sweet paprika
- 1t sea salt
- 3T nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- Lots of freshly ground black pepper
- 2T tahini
- 2T olive oil
- 1T + 1t apple cider vinegar
- Whizz all ingredients together in a food processor. Add a splash more olive oil, or even water if you want a thinner consistency.
- Chill in the fridge.