Last Wednesday my friend Tracey and I had our third supper club. Each month or so we get together to cook a vegan meal (Tracey is vegan, I like trying vegan recipes… it’s the perfect set up!) using recipes from our cookbooks and Pinterest boards. I posted about our first two supper clubs back in August in this post where I also gave some tips for starting your own supper club with friends!
Since it’s officially apple season, we decided to go with an apple theme. The first dish we decided on was an apple and squash soup from Terry Walter’s cookbook Clean Food (read my review of it here). I was flipping through the cookbook before bed one night and I bombarded Tracey via text with pictures of different pages of recipes I thought looked good. I wouldn’t do that with anyone else for fear of annoying them to death… but I knew Tracey would appreciate it since she’s as crazy as I am. She loved the look of the squash and apple soup, so we added that to our menu.
We found the soup was a bit lackluster, but its flavour was really improved once we pureed some roasted butternut squash into it (the squash we bought was huge, so we only used about 2/3 in the soup originally and roasted the other 1/3 separately, planning to just use it in the salad). I also found it tasted even better the next day after it thickened up in the fridge a bit.
Obviously the best side for a soup is biscuits, so we made this recipe from Minimalist Baker. The dough turned out quite sticky it first, so we had to add a lot of extra flour, but they eventually turned out perfectly! The texture was great too – just like a biscuit made with butter.
We rounded off the meal with this garlicky kale salad from Eating Bird Food to which we added some of the extra roasted butternut squash. I’m a dope and forgot the giant bunch of kale I bought at home, so we had to use a mix of kale and spinach from Tracey’s fridge. It was delicious though!
Last but not least is dessert. Originally we wrote down a whole wheat apple cake on our menu, but the night before our supper club I was browsing Pinterest and I saw that Tracey had pinned a droolworthy apple tart. I messaged her on Facebook and said “OMG that apple tart you pinned” and she replied “It’s not too late to switch…” to which I said “DONE.”
Our version of the apple tart looked nothing like the author’s (i.e. ours looked kind of ugly), but it was delicious! You can never go wrong with any recipe involving a coconut oil based crust and dates.
As we were feasting on the fruits of our labour, we chatted about our plans for October’s supper club. We’ve got an awesome menu planned – I can’t wait!
Have you been doing any cooking or baking with apples lately?