A couple weeks back I got together with some incredibly talented ladies who share the same love for food & pixels that I do. Which is kind of ah-mazing when you don’t have to apologize for indulging in some cold grub post picture snapping…… (yes, I’m one of those, but not publicly, or at least I try to avoid that one at all costs… gotta at least appear to be semi-chill, which couldn’t be further from the truth).
Any who, knowing that fall was right around the corner we wanted to throw a little kick off to oversized cable knits, leggings and the ugliest boot to set foot on this planet, Uggs. However instead of celebrating through our wardrobe, we decided to celebrate the best way we knew how, through our bellies – because last years winter clothing more than likely doesn’t fit any of us anymore (except for our uggs). But then again, I should probably just speak for myself because I am pretty positive I’m the only one who doesn’t understand the meaning of self-control and who keeps a life time dispenser of tums on hand 24/7.
This MEAL though.
Maple & Rosemary Roasted Nuts – Anna w/ Urban Apron
Spiced Chickpeas – Anna w/ Urban Apron
Brie with Thyme Roasted Pears and Grapes – Alex w/ Delish Knowledge
Bourbon & Cider Spiced Cocktail – Alex w/ Delish Knowledge
Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes (Click Link)
Coconut Milk, Spice & Thyme Whole Roasted Cauliflower (below)
Chai Spiced Fig Cake – Amanda w/ Feed Me with Amanda
Brown Butter Apple Tart – Anna w/ Urban Apron
And then Amanda picked up the flowers from Trader Joes and I provided the plate settings from Crate & Barrel & West Elm (mix and match). For the place settings I just oven-dried pears 🙂
Needless to say all of the food was ridiculously good, I mean, really really good, so you should probably click on the links above to check out the other ladies recipes. All of these dishes were easy to prepare and make for an incredibly stress free evening. Especially if you drink the cocktail while preparing all of this. SUPER stress free then.
I did the roasted heirloom tomatoes and homemade garlic croutons (which are in an older post, click link) and roasted the cauliflower, which recipe is below. So for all you non meat eaters, this would be an easy main course that is also filling that almost anyone will enjoy.
I used orange cauliflower, but plain ol’ white will do just fine. Did this for the aesthetics, duh.
I like to marinade my cauliflower in the coconut milk to ensure full flavor and a more tender cauli. So overnight is best!
Tenting the cauliflower with foil will create more steam to help tenderness as oppose to drying out (which I did the first time around, oops)
I served this with my homemade garlic croutons, which was perfect for soaking up the extra spiced coconut milk, roasted garlic and shallots.
Have some friends who aren’t meat friendly so I can’t wait to serve up something that they can actually eat (that doesn’t consist of my attempt at mushy tofu) thanks!!!!
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This was such a fun day. Can’t wait to make this and those croutons… because those were magical <3
This was amazing… can’t wait to make it soon!!
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