Now that the end of the year is approaching and there are parties everywhere it’s easy to give up and declare the start of a cheat month. To me that would be like setting the wrong mindset that would lead to pain, inflammation, and a few extra kilos. I know I will occasionally eat and drink too much, so I do my best to keep my food as clean as possible.
For me, the easiest way of achieving this is cooking or bringing food to social events. For example, we had a party at the Buddhist centre a couple of weeks ago. I volunteered to prepare the food with the help of my sister and my housemate.
So what was in the menu instead of sausage rolls and party pies?
- Kalamata & Sicilian green olives marinated in olive oil, orange zest and bay leaf
- Bacon meatballs (50% minced grass-fed beef, 50% minced bacon)
- This chicken satay (cooked in bite-sized pieces and served with toothpicks)
- Deviled eggs, two ways (with mayo & chipotle powder and with tuna, mayo & gherkins. Mayo was made at home using this recipe with a bit less oil than prescribed.)
- Crudités (carrot & celery sticks)
- This beet hummus
- Guacamole (avocados, red onion, lime juice, coriander, salt)
- Sun-dried tomato pesto (sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, walnuts, roasted garlic, salt & pepper)
- Sweet potato chips, gluten-free potato chips, corn chips, and rice crackers (to keep the junk gluten-free!)
- These fudge balls (sans salt)
- These raw walnut macaroons
Bacon meatballs, marinated olives, deviled eggs
Chips, sun-dried tomato pesto, guacamole, beet humus, crudites
Chicken satay bits with cashew sauce
Chocolate fudge bombs & raw walnut macarons
Our bartenders kept a steady supply of mojitos, bellinis, and martinis. All other booze was BYO and I know of at least one person who made the mistake of drinking a bit of everything. Oh, well.