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Monday, July 14, 2014

Vegan Bridal Shower: Plum Tomato and Watermelon Bites, Fig and Mixed Olive Tapenade, Fennel and Basil Veganaise Dip, Carrot Cake, Mixed Berries with Vanilla Sugar

Plum tomato and Watermelon bites
As the big day approaches for Sarah and Kevin , it is time to begin the celebrations.  

One of the greatest things about an upcoming wedding is the opportunities it affords us to reconnect and catch up with people who have been and important part of Sarah and Kevin's lives.   Last weekend, my mother-in-law,  and Kat hosted a wonderful bridal shower for the future bride.  It was a beautiful event held on a beautiful day.  The theme was a traditional tea party and the ladies wore hats!  

Fig and Mixed Olive Tapenade
Fresh Fennel with Basil Veganaise Dip

We had a great time and the best part was listening to Sarah express how everyone has had an impact on her in some way.  Some stories are from childhood and some more recent but every single person there has mirrored something back to her that she holds in her heart.  
Mixed Berries with Vanilla Sugar

We enjoyed wonderful finger sandwiches (always a hit), the best scones every (from The Scone Witch in Ottawa) and a selection of teas.  My contribution was the Vegan part and here is a quick overview of what was prepared.  These recipes are easy and here are some guidelines on how to make them.  Use your tasting ability to combine the ingredients and make them your own and they will be a wonderful hit!

1.  Cut a very thin slice off the bottom of the tomato (to help in sit level) and also from the top stem end.  2.  Scoop out the flesh (with a melon baller) leaving the bottom intact.  3.  Cut the watermelon in small cubes and combine in a small bowl with balsamic vinegar, a little olive oil, fresh chopped basil, salt and pepper to taste.  Add the ingredients in small quantity and taste as you go to determine if you want to add more.  4.  Scoop into the tomatoes and add a drop of balsamic glaze to each just before serving.  Note:  before plating, place the tomatoes on a sheet of paper towel to allow any excess juice to drain.

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