Father’s Day 2011

Today was a wonderful day. Great weather, great people, great food.
Since last week was my mom’s birthday and today was Father’s Day, I decided to give both of them a family party with dinner in the backyard.
On the menu:
Mushroom and roasted pepper toasts. I decided to brush the toast with balsamic vinegar before toasting and it was an awesome idea. The flavor was so rich you’ve got a mouthful in every bite.
Mom prepared a very nice and summer inspired maftoul (big grain couscous) with peas and a sweet dressing of agave syrup. I complemented it grilled pinneapplle skewers marinated in agave nectar, ginger and soy sauce followed by grilled veggies salad. That was entailed of eggplant slices, zuchinni squash slices, red onion rings and red bell peppers. All tossed with a nice dressing of white wine vinegar and olive oil. On top, I tossed chopped fresh Roma tomatoes and toasted pecans. For the guys (yes, my dad and y son are not vegans), I made some marinated chicken and pineapple skewers on the grill. A very nice dish was the Spinach Manicotti with homemade pasta sauce, topped with vegan mozarella cheese. Even my son enjoyed it. He said it was dELISH…….
For dessert, I put together a Berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries tossed in agave nectar) Kream ( from kashwes) Pie ( the crust was made of pitted dates and almonds). This one was raw and oh wow, extremely delicious.
The refreshment was a Pomegranate Mint Cucumber Fizz. See recipe. Very cool flavor. Refreshing for a hot summer day in Chicago.
I started to post recipes and the rest will come during this week. Forgot to take pics of the grilled veggies.
All in all, it was a lovely and successful day to spend with the ones I love the most in this world.


One thought on “Father’s Day 2011

  1. Totul a fost asa de bun, aspectos si delicios, multumim mult pentru asa delicatese. S-au bucurat chiar si vecinii nostrii impreuna cu noi.

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