So… last week was Bonnie’s birthday and apart from having a wonderful Greek dinner on the day we had a party at the house on Saturday. After cooking for my own birthday party I got the approval from the birthday girl for doing this gig. We came up with a finger food menu a few weeks ago and managed once again to have too much of everything :)
Guests were greeted by a wide variety of nibbles on the table: carrot sticks, zucchini slices, celery sticks, rice crackers, thin wheat crackers, corn chips, Lebanese bread, hummus, capsicum dip, guacamole, beetroot dip (recipe here), tamari almonds, raw cashews, cheeses, and olives. The items in bold were Paleo and the rest were there to please the crowd. Note that I didn’t consider the capsicum dip as Paleo because it came out of the jar and was made with vegetable oil; the rest of the dips were homemade.
Carrot sticks, zucchini slices, celery sticks, rice crackers, thin wheat crackers, corn chips, Lebanese bread, hummus, capsicum dip, guacamole, beetroot dip (recipe here), tamari almonds, raw cashews, cheeses, olives
When everybody arrived we started passing around the other nibbles, mostly hot food cooked on the spot: deviled eggs (recipe here), chicken skewers (chicken breast marinated in lemon, olive oil, oregano and garlic powder, plus capsicums, onions, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes), bacon-wrapped dates (the absolute most popular bite of the night), cassava chips (cassava boiled and fried in organic butter), and Greek meatballs (recipe here, the second most popular bite). Paleo purists may consider the butter and cheese not compliant, but we’re fine with them because they don’t seem to have a negative impact in our health.
To drink, Bonnie prepared this free-form Canadian fruit punch, basically you cut up whatever fruit you want, chuck it in an Esky with whatever booze you want and let it sit for a couple of days. She used fresh strawberries, frozen mixed berries, frozen blueberries, red grapes, oranges, and vodka. On the day she added soda water and ice which helped to keep it on the light side. Very refreshing.
After some retro dancing (not me, I swear!) to settle things down it was time for cake. Bonnie had asked me to bake the same chocolate nut torte (recipe here) I had at my birthday but because it wouldn’t be enough to feed us all Andrey offered to bring along a regular chocolate mud cake for people who didn’t mind a grain-full, sugar-full, dairy-full dessert. We rounded things off with another sweet treat I served on my birthday: raw walnut macarons (recipe here).
Chocolate mud cake
Chocolate nut torte with whipped coconut cream and strawberries
Raw walnut macarons