This past week Tracey and I got together for our fourth vegan supper club. We actually started planning October’s menu all the way back in August when we excitedly came up with the idea of making chili and cornbread. But it seemed better to wait until the the chilly weather had hit us to make that dinner.
Well, the chilly weather is here (despite my protests), so what better way to try to embrace it than with good old comfort food?
We went back and forth on the cornbread recipe, but eventually decided on this vegan and gluten free skillet cornbread from the blog Keepin’ it Kind. It looked perfect in the skillet, but it crumbled a bit when we tried to cut and serve it. It seemed to firm up after sitting for an hour though! Taste-wise it was good, but was missing the buttery mouthfeel that I love so much about cornbread. I also would have liked a bit more sweetness in it.
The chili we made was Oh She Glows’ favourite vegan chili. I had never actually added tomato paste to my chili before, but I really liked the addition of it – it added a nice rich tomato flavour to the dish! The original recipe calls for a homemade vegan sour cream but because of my nut allergies, we had to omit it. Instead we topped it with a garlic avocado puree and vegan almond “Parmesan” that I had leftover in my fridge. They complemented its flavour really well!
Dessert was pumpkin spice chocolate chip blondies from Davida’s blog. We made them with whole wheat pastry flour instead of gluten free flour, which gave the recipe a slightly fluffier more cake-like texture than the original. And they turned out delicious!
Any bets on how long the leftovers will last? I’m pretty sure they’re already almost gone…
Like always, we enjoyed the meal while catching up on life. At one point we started talking about our history of writing, and I realized I’ve been writing pretty much my whole life. I started in third grade when I kept a journal filled with uncensored observations about people in my life, just like my inspiration: Harriet the Spy. I transitioned to a diary format during the angsty pre-teen years, then hopped on the Livejournal bandwagon when all my friends did in high school. I returned to pen-and-paper journaling for a year or two before getting the itch to start blogging, which brings me to today.
It’s funny because I’ve never considered myself a good writer – science has always been my strong point – but for some reason I’ve been drawn to writing for nearly my entire life. Maybe I just enjoy it… but I think there’s something deeper that explains my need to write over the years. Maybe because it allows me to embrace my introvert nature, or because I need a creative outlet, or because it lets me empty my thoughts onto paper when my mind feels too full.
Or maybe I just really like talking about food, and I have to write about it online because no one in real life will listen to me anymore. Except for Tracey – she’s just as big of a nutbar as I am.