Monday, May 26, 2008
My cousin's wedding! & one last thing about the birthday
This past weekend, I went down to Okotoks for my cousin's wedding. It was quite lovely, despite the rain, but I'll only blog about the vegan-related aspects just to keep this short.
Anyways, this is the first wedding reception I've been to since going vegan, so I was a bit nervous about how this would go down. The dinner was at the Calgary Golf and Country Club, so naturally I assumed it would be a sit-down dinner.
Now, a month or so ago, my cousin contacted me on Facebook to ask me if I ate chicken or not. Of course, I said that I didn't and explained briefly what vegans choose not to eat. I was glad to see that he made this effort, to say the least, and I was excitedly anticipating exactly what I would end up eating.
Shall I put it simply?
The dinner was AMAZING. Not perfect, but pretty darn close!
First was a rich lentil soup. The only difference between my dish and everyone else's was that mine didn't have cream in it. And it was still amazing, of course! I'm definitely going to try pureeing my lentil soups, as it seems to add an air of sophistication, hehe.
(this picture doesn't do it much justice, unfortunately)
Next was a salad, and mine was just like everyone else's: grilled vegetables with lettuce and vinaigrette.
WOW that was good. I'm not a fan of artichokes or olives, so I left those, but the mushroom, zucchini, bell peppers, and tomato were fabulous! I just wish I got more!
And now for the main course...
What was on the other diners' plates? Some sort of chicken dish, vegetables, and scalloped potatoes. They all said it was very good, but I think what I had was WAY better!
Potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms in a delicious tomato sauce, with steamed green beans and carrots on the side. Mmm! I don't like potatoes so I left those alone, but otherwise this was exquisite. I found myself trying to eat every last bit of tomatoey goodness and foraging for every piece of decadent mushroom. You don't always hear people describe mushrooms as decadent, but these were amazing! I was impressed with the steamed vegetables as well. They weren't overdone or underdone- they were JUST RIGHT.
And of course, dessert!
Strawberry sorbet and fresh berries- a PERFECT end to a great meal. What everyone else received was a chocolate mousse in a tall, fancy white chocolate 'glass', adorned with various types of chocolate shavings and fruity sauces. I didn't feel in the least bit jealous, as I only needed a light dessert anyways. In fact, I had my youngest sister eat the ice cream for me- I'm not used to food being that sweet!
All in all, I was extremely impressed with my 'special' vegan meal. I don't know quite what I was expecting, but what I ended up eating blew my mind! :D I am going to thank my cousin profusely for this!
Has anyone any wedding stories to tell- good or bad?
Now, I'm sure you're all growing sick of my raving about how awesome my friends are, but here's something else from my birthday party.
This was the card I received from my friend K:
Oh K, you are one silly guy.
And on the back, he wrote:
Hahahaaa, is that not awesome!?!?!
(as a side note, this K is the same guy who brought up the 'cinnamon challenge' back in November...)
Anyways, that's all folks, thanks for all the comments on previous blogs and I'm sorry for not replying to everyone. I'm still awful busy- final exams start in two weeks!!!- but as soon as things settle down, I'll try to get right back on track!