I promised I would post about the party on this post, and here it is now. 🙂 I am so excited to share all of these with you guys! We told our guests to arrive at 12:00, and when they did, the food was all prepped so we could just sit down and chow.
By the way, our guests = Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Mimi, Uncle Charles, and of course my family of four.
Now, onto the food!
Eggy egg egg salad crackers to start. These were made with chopped hard-boiled eggs and green onions, mixed with a little mayo and a squirt of mustard, plus lemon juice and black peppah. I think I snacked on three while I was making them. These crackers (from Whole Foods) are grainy, wheat-y, and really hearty. I love crunchy crackers. These have an “ancient-grain” taste. I loved it with the sassy, creamy egg salad.
Uh oh! Ran out of egg salad. These are pita crackers from Trader Joe’s and some rice crackers from Costco.
Chinese chicken sesame salad. The usual, with sliced “omelette eggs” and cucumbers.
Spicy seaweed salad, a Chinese dish made by Mom.
Quinoa salad with mixed greens, feta cheese, and sundried tomatoes. I had this for lunch on this day!
Pork ribs and lotus root soup. I didn’t have any, but my grandparents RAVED about this!
Lamb with daikon and tofu. Again, I didn’t have any lamb, but the guests really loved this dish. I guess I’ll have to try it next time!
Incredibly crispy-creamy rosemary roasted potatoes. These were incredible, but I wish they weren’t so spicy. I went a little heavy on the red chili pepper flakes – oops!
Maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon roasted butternut squash. This. Was. Divine. I had it leftover in quinoa salads for lunch, and also straight out of the microwave for dinner!
Bok choy and cloud fungus stir-fry with onions.
Squid with snap peas, canned Chinese straw mushrooms and carrots, sprinkled with sesame.
The whole spread!
This was my portion. YUM!
A scoop of jasmine rice on the side. Perf for soaking up all of that maple-soy sauce from the trout.
Coffee! This was organic decaf that Aunt Mimi brought. I usually don’t drink coffee, so this was just a splash from her mug + lots of milk. 🙂
Then we brought out ze cake…
Whole Foods New York Cheesecake with mango! Yum…
My serving + Mom’s serving. 🙂
The one in the green-framed plate is mine. I had seconds! I can NEVER turn down cake, especially if it’s sitting in front of me! But I thought the mango tasted a little artificial. Not in a powdery-fake way, but almost like it was canned (it probably was). A little more fibrous and chewy than usual.
And I had this for dessert on that day (dinner) as well. Truly a fantastic party. I keep telling Mom that we have to do this again soon!
In other news, I am STUFFED right now. Just had a big, big Mom Meal dinner with rice, corn, edamame, cabbage, fungus, fish, oh man. Then I had to try the farmer’s market strawberries (first BC strawbs of 2014!). So I put some yogurt on it. Then I added some muffin… and then went to town with muffins. I had big slivers of all three muffins (from Matchsticks) and I think I had the equivalent of half a medium muffin?! Holy.
Well… there’s school tomorrow and I can’t wait to have oatmeal with muffin on top. Oh, and we also bought mizuna from the farmer’s market! I’m gonna put some with quinoa and bell peppers for my lunch. Can’t wait. Tutor’s coming soon – see ya!