Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thai One On Supper Club
We're hosting our neighborhood Supper Club next week, and the theme is Thai One On. We're expecting about 12 for dinner. Sometimes our group is as large as 16. We get together about once a month, and the couple who hosts chooses a theme. Everyone brings a dish. Oh, and there's always plenty of wine and cocktails. Past themes have included French, Italian, Wrong Side of the Tracks, 70's (in honor of someone's birthday- no she didn't turn 70, she was born in the 70's!), Latin, Hawaiian, and Breakfast for Dinner (everyone wore pajamas for this one). I'm the only vegan in the group, so I always bring a substantial dish to share rather than something like dessert. Several of our friends have talked to me about what vegan means and are very considerate about bringing vegan dishes. In fact, last time my plate was full of tasty food.
For Thai One On, we plan to make this Red Curry with Winter Vegetables and Cashews from Real Vegetarian Thai. I'm still trying to figure out how to make and serve jasmine rice for 12. A friend at work says he'll loan me his rice maker, so that might be the easiest strategy. Anyway, this curry tastes great, but my choice of vegetables (sweet potatoes and carrots) resulted in a monochromatic orange. I think I'll change the vegetables for Supper Club to include red and green bell peppers for contrast. Any other suggestions? The curry also includes seitan, which I think is a good choice for non-vegans, who might be less open to tofu or tempeh.
The other dish we'll make is Vegan Planet's Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce. Guests are rounding out the menu with a Thai Green Salad with Ginger Dressing, Spring Rolls, and an appetizer to be determined. We're covering dessert, which will be a vegan cake with bananas and pineapple from SweetArt! I am so excited for their shop to open, and you can also place orders beforehand over the internet.
I'm eyeing this Thai Mango Passion Cocktail for the occasion. What do you think? The sparkling white wine should provide a festive touch.