Another Awesome NCVA Potluck!

By Erin

Thanks to everyone who came out to tonight’s potluck and cookie exchange.

We got off to a bit of a slow start. The potluck officially began at 6:30, but by that time there were only about 10 people there. More slowly trickled in, however, and by 7 or so, I’d say we had a good 40 people.

Highlights of the evening? Hmmm….I got to try vegan mac and cheese for the first time. Well, the homemade stuff anyway. I made a boxed version once and Neil was so traumatized with revulsion that I’ve never attempted to make it again. Neil, of course, wouldn’t try it – even when I told him that Salad in a Steakhouse had made it (sorry, David, I started calling you that and now I can’t stop).

Neil’s faux steak and stout pie, of course, was a big hit. It’s even better now he’s making it with the Nelakee mushroom beef instead of the rather gelatinous PC fake beef strips.

Oh, and of course Pamela’s awesome curry was, well, awesome. It earned more than one delighted exclamation of “fake shrimp!”

There was a dramatic late run on the buffet table when it was discovered that late arrival Harpreet had clandestinely added some homemade potato pancakes to the buffet table. A big shout out to Harpreet for bringing something so awesome on her first time out, by the way!

On the weird side, the dessert table this time out was filled entirely with apples. Seriously, there were something like five separate bags of apples, and no other desserts.


Well, there was also a bag of oranges and a couple of things that straddled the line between sweet dessert and savoury side dish, but mostly it was apples. Very weird how that can happen sometimes. At the September potluck, for example, it was all desserts. There were maybe two savoury dishes and the rest was cakes, cookies, pies…

That was pretty great actually.

Of course, it was quite providential that the dessert pickings were slim, since today was the day of the cookie exchange. We sold quite a few 6-cookie bags to our dessert deprived attendees.

Cookie Exchange

Who made that fabulous shortbread, by the way – these little squares with the fork holes?

World’s best shortbread

Because they may well be the most fabulous things I have ever eaten in my life.

Anyway, thanks again all. Hope to see you at the East Africa Meetup!

4 thoughts on “Another Awesome NCVA Potluck!”

  1. Awesome. The mac and cheese was a success! I’m deeply touched by its mention.🙂 In celebration, I shall make it once more for myself and before eating the entire thing solo (aside from a small portion reserved for Neil), I shall take photos and post it to the Salad in a Steakhouse blog, no?

    I also demand to know who in dog’s name made the shortbread and why is the recipe not widely distributed as of yet??

  2. As it turns out, it was the lovely Edelweiss who brought the shortbread. She forwarded me the recipe. Brace yourself, it’s complex.

    1 cup vegan margarine
    1/2 cup brown sugar, tightly packed
    2 1/8 cups flour

    Preheat over to 300∘C. Cream together margarine and sugar. Add sifted flour 1/4 cup at a time. Use hands to mix into a soft, smooth dough. With hands press into a 1-2 cm thick rectange and use sharp knife to cut into fingers. Use fork to make pretty shortbread holes. Pace in oven for 25 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

  3. Awww! Thanks for the shout-out, Erin! I’m so glad that people liked my dish. I’m trying to remember how exactly I created them so I can forward a recipe to people.

    I’m so inspired by the cookies that were made that i’m thinking maybe i’ll make a dessert next time…? We’ll see. (David – your almond cookie rocked too🙂 went down like vegan butter!)

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