My friend Leslie just moved back to Midtown after spending the last few months in Somerville, Tennessee, a tiny town on the outskirts of Memphis. It's so tiny, I don't even know where in the hell it is. Here's an old picture of Leslie from earlier this year.
Now that she's back in the city, she's been welcomed in true Memphis ghetto fashion. Just after she moved in, her next-door neighbor was arrested for having meth lab materials. And you wanna know how the police found him? They were responding to a complaint that meth dude's brother was grilling a raccoon carcass in the apartment building's parking lot. Yep, welcome back to Memphis, Leslie.
Of course, that was no proper welcome. So Leslie hosted a Heathen Housewarming Potluck with her friends to celebrate her new digs, which are actually really cute despite her crazy white trash neighbors.
We started the veggie potluck with some of Leslie's homebrew. She made Pumpkin Ale (a.k.a. Witches' Brew):
And hard apple cider, or Swamp Cider as we like to call it:
Leslie made a giant salad and provided yummy bottled dressings, including my fave — Amy's Goddess Dressing:
I made the Two-Tone Shepard's Pie from Party Vegan by Robin Robertson:
This hearty casserole is made with seitan, green beans, carrots, corn, and peas topped with a layer of gravy and then topped with mashed white potatoes on one side and mashed sweet potatoes on the other. It was the first dish I've made from Party Vegan, and it was quite a success. I found it in the potlucks chapter.
Here's my plate with Lentil Soup, Salad, Bread with Earth Balance, and Shepard's Pie. Not pictured is the Lemongrass Tofu that arrived after I'd fixed my plate:
We also had Leslie's yummy Nettle Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Orange Frosting:
Leslie's kind of a hippie, so she's always using weird herb-y things like nettle. I'm not even sure what that is, but it tasted awesome in these moist cakes. Almost like a pumpkin pie cupcake.
Welcome back to Midtown, Leslie! And sorry about that meth-raccoon situation!