Monthly Archives: January 2015

Colour, laughter and towers of legumes

Of the many layers of wonderfulness that was this week’s vegan potluck, I think we can agree on two things above all:

1. The selection was amazing! So many options, full of colour and healthy goodness.

2. We were EXTREMELY spoiled with our location.

To all of those who missed our meetup at the Summerland Waterfront Resort, I’m afraid it’s unlikely we will be able to top that venue, possibly ever. I cannot top cutlery wrapped in plush cloth napkins, ice cold water pouring from an elegant glass dispenser, or  TOWERS OF LEGUMES centrepieces, complete with charming LED candles. We won’t be able to rustle up a spacious ballroom with warm lighting, tasteful piped background music, and a movie screen descending from the ceiling on which to play a romantic foodie flick. They even had an amp to go with the projector. Indeed, we have been extravagantly overindulged and may be ruined for future gatherings.

Digging in Vegan potluck smiles

Black Bean Cupcakes and legume towers

Of the dishes, there were black bean cupcakes with sweet potato icing, enchiladas, stuffed mushrooms, roasted veggies with cashew cream, macadamia nut “cheeze” dip, almond coconut bars, a grand Mediterranean rice dish, chocolate avocado mousse, hummus, roasted squash salad, and a “depression cake” that I thought was a cake that you were to eat when you were sad.  Then I thought “Isn’t that all cake?” But actually it was called depression cake because it was made without eggs, something most people did without in the 1930s.

I will share all the recipes next  time. If you have a favourite vegan dish, please share it in comments!

I know she keeps telling us to stop saying thank you, but I don’t care. THANK YOU to Lisa and the Summerland Waterfront Resort for spoiling us so very much. What an absolute treat.

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January event – vegan potluck / movie night

Greetings, fellow foodie adventurers!

We have a January event with a bit of a twist.

In the past few months, my health has hit a wall. For some time, sugar has been screaming at me that it is no longer my friend, and I have reached the stage when I am no longer able to ignore it. In this gluttonous affair that is my life, I must now find new ways to celebrate food. That is not to say that sugar is bared from our gatherings, only that our adventures will expand to include a wider variety of foods and recipes.


We start this month with our very first Vegan Potluck, and we will be gathering at one and only Summerland Waterfront Resort (have you seen their fresh new website – launched this week!) The culinary goddess that is Lisa J (perhaps best known for her fabulous lemon tarts and awesome quinoa pizza crust) will be our hostess for the evening. Along with our colourful vegan offerings, this will be our first movie night! Our foodie clan will be taking over the Resort’s ballroom and I have procured a copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey for us to watch.

Meetup Date: Wednesday, January 28

Time: 6ish until 9ish (this meetup will be a bit longer because we’ve got a movie to watch!)

What to bring: Your favourite vegan dish to share. It can be savoury or sweet, and it doesn’t have to be baked, but you can certainly bake if you prefer. If extravagant salads are your thing, then go wild with your salad making! If your recipe is from a favourite vegan cookbook, feel free to bring it for show and tell.

Leftovers: If you’re keen to take home leftovers (who isn’t?), it may be advisable to bring a small selection of Tupperware in which to haul your various goodies.

RSVP: I need to let Lisa know our numbers for the evening, so please let me know if you’ll be attending. I remain at (Do I need a new email if I can’t eat much cake anymore?)

Hope to see you all there!

Peace, love and chickpeas,


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