Great news everyone! If you remember the lovely Petunia? I posted a photo of her back on my #6 MoFo post. She got a home over the weekend! I am so happy for her. Though sad for me because I will miss her and I wasn't working when she went so I didn't get to say goodbye. But she has gone to some amazing people. Yay!
So, back to food. I love menu suggestions in cookbooks, so a book that is full of gorgeous menus was always going to be on my radar. I won this book during a MoFo competition a few years ago, super fun. :) Of course I don't often have time to make full on menus, so I haven't used this book as much as I would have liked. But I will share with you the Curry For Company menu that I made for Father's Day last year.
Looks pretty good, doesn't it? Let's have a closer look.
Curried Pakora Puffs are amazing. They are make ahead and then baked, rather than deep fried. They taste like fancy potato puffs and are highly delicious.
Mixed Vegetable Curry is full of vegetables and kidney beans in a coconut sauce. I chose a mild curry powder to make this.
Spinach-Flecked Chapati takes the meal up to something special - homemade flat bread is always a good thing! I had to add a little bit more flour to it so that I could work the dough properly.
Mango-Mint Chutney calls for fresh mango. Of course my dad's birthday is in the middle of winter, so I used a 1kg bag of frozen mango chunks. This chutney is quite sweet, as it has quite a bit fo sugar, so you may want to decrease that a bit if that suits your tastes more. It also has ginger, golden raisins and mint. Yum.
Coconut Basmati Rice with Cashews rounds out the trio of carbs the curry is served with. I made this in the rice cooker because all my stove hobs were taken up, and it worked fine.
Cardamom Rice Pudding is the dessert for this menu. I didn't make this at the same time as the rest (see below), but I made it later on. I found it a touch dry, I had to add a bit more soy milk. The pistachios are optional, but I highly recommend it!
I mentioned that I didn't make the dessert with the rest of the menu, because it was my dad's birthday so of course he wanted cake!
Spiced Applesauce Cake is not from a Robin Robertson book, it is from Chloe's Vegan Desserts (by Chloe Coscarelli), but I will sneak it in here because I served it at the same time. This cake is amazing! Plus I love anything in a bundt tin. I needed to cook this an extra 20 minutes in my bundt tin. I also only made 1/3 of the quantity of icing, which was more than enough for a not-too-sweet drizzle.
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
My beautiful princess Dim Sim. I love this photo of her, it is often hard for cameras to take a clear photo of a black cat's facial features.