How To Make a Feast With Friends

30 Jan

I hope everybody had a great weekend – I certainly did!  One of our good friends, Sam, came to visit this weekend all the way from Halifax!  She, Jess, and four of the other usual suspects stayed over on Saturday night.  In honor of her presence, we made a nice little feast:

Guacamole

This is one of Jess’ signature dish.  As she puts it – “I know how to handle an avocado”.  For this guac appetizer, she used avocado, lime juice, cumin, garlic, S&P.  Clean and simple.  We served it with some cut up and toasted pita breads, sprinkled with sea salt, paprika, olive oil, and pepper.

Guacamole in the making

And voila!

Salad

Had to get our greens in!  For the first course we had a salad of spinach, tomato, cucumber, onion, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries, served with a home-made balsamic vinaigrette.  We also had fresh multi-grain bread with vegan butter.

Salad and bread

Doing some catching up

Risotto

On to the main dishes: Jess and Tanya came up with a delicious Squash Risotto.  They cooked the arborio rice in vegetable broth, celery, and onion.  Meanwhile, they baked the squash in the oven.  When both were finished, they scraped the squash shell and added it to the rice, seasoning it all with some cardamom.  I’m so happy they made too much, because I’ve gotten to eat leftovers for 2 days now… yummmm!

So many chefs in such a small kitchen!

Action shot... look at how fast those hands are moving!

Risotto

So much Squash Risotto!!!

Chicken Wings

I had been boasting to everybody about how amazing John’s chicken wings are (they are AMAZING! It’s like a 5 hour long process if done correctly, but they’re more than worth waiting for!).  He was kind enough to grace us with his culinary skills (I’m not the only cook in this family) and made us multiple batches of his chicken wings, marinated in tandoori sauce.

I literally couldn't get a picture fast enough. This was the last of the wings!

We polished off dinner with a round of games, banana bread (Sam’s mom’s secret recipe!), and lots of laughter to help with the digestion. What a fun weekend – we have the best friends (and food) two girls could ask for 🙂

Guest of Honour: Sam!

I concur, Joey.

Zuhri's all tired out from our Shenanigans

-Tess

Jess Editor’s note: I actually used smoked chipotle spice in the guac recipe this time around. But if you don’t have that, then cumin is a good substitute. Oh and garlic is a must! 😉

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2 Responses to “How To Make a Feast With Friends”

  1. Ada January 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    oh my god yum

  2. Tess and Jess January 31, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    (Tess) Oops, good catch Jess!

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