Okay, I'll get to the good part at the end, but first a bit about food. On Saturday I made my first attempt at vegan sushi (or any sushi for that matter). I made spicy tempeh rolls as well as some miscellaneous veggie rolls. Fillings included avocado, carrot, green onion, cucumber, and toasted sesame seeds. I could not have accomplished this without the first episode of the Post Punk Kitchen, check out the video online! John helped with cutting the rolls and with plenty of emotional support during the rolling. Altogether we made six yummy rolls. I served our sushi on my newly purchased Japanese-inspired sushi plates from Sur La Table along with some wasabi (of course) and low-sodium tamari. With so many leftovers, I brought them along to a party that same evening and they were gobbled up. No one seemed to notice or care that it was vegan sushi, all I got was compliments!
In addition to the sushi, I also made some cupcakes to bring (since it was a birthday party). And, I admit it, I cheated and made boxed cupcakes from Cherrybrook Kitchen. To try and make up for my laziness I bought my first pastry bag to try and decorate the cupcakes, as you can see I had a rough time, but I figure you have to start somewhere! Hopefully my skills will improve with time. The cupcakes were pretty tasty, of course no where near the yumminess of homemade, but sometimes shortcuts in life are neccesary. I promise my next cupcake post will be my own creation!
Sunday was a very special day. We celebrated father's day at my parents' house with me cooking dinner (tomato and mango salad, seitan fajitas, farmer's market corn, and banana pecan brownie sundaes). Yay for dads! I feel so lucky to have two wonderful parents who have always loved and supported me, even through some of my crazy decisions.
Last night we also celebrated ..... our engagement! John asked me to marry him on Sunday morning and I happily accepted. I came downstairs to find a beautiful flower arrangement, mimosas, and a little box on the table. The morning couldn't have been more perfect. I am so excited to marry John and spend our lives together! Of course now comes the hard part, figuring out the details of the wedding ..... I'll keep you posted!