So my friend Stephanie (a.k.a. Poopie Bitch) is kind of obsessed with the British food reality show, Come Dine With Me. I'd never heard of it until she mentioned it recently, but on the show, four strangers each take turns hosting a three-course dinner party at their house for the four of them. After each dinner, the three guests who didn't host score the party on a scale of one to 10. The host with the highest score wins.
Stephanie got this crazy idea in her head to try a real-life vegan version of the show with a few friends. She tossed the idea out, and we discussed it over Facebook. When we started the discussion, we had five friends, so we planned to have five dinner parties. But Cassi isn't able to participate because of another exciting commitment. So now we're down to four — Stephanie, me, Pam, and Megan. Wait — let us take a selfie.
Since the rest of us hadn't seen the show before (it doesn't air in America), we had a "Dips 'n' Shit" snacky themed potluck tonight at Stephanie's and we watched one episode. Stephanie made the most AMAZING Chickpea Fries with Tahini Dipping Sauce.
And she put out some Bread with Herbed Olive Oil.
And Dolmas, Peppadews, and Olives.
I brought the low-oil Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Joni Newman and Gerrie L. Adams' new book, Going Vegan (more on this dip and this book in a full review post soon!).
Megan brought Vegan Pigs In Blankets.
Pam supplied the red wine. And Stephanie laid out a lovely dessert spread of international treats — Turkish Delight, Dark Chocolate with Cacao Nibs, Jordan Almonds, and Manner Hazelnut Wafers.
OMG, have y'all tried those Manner wafers? I think they're made in Austria, but Steph picked them up at an international market here. Imagine a wafer with Nutella cream that's vegan! Yes. I could have eaten all of those!
Anyway, we're launching our dinner party competition on October 8th. I'll post about each one, and we're hoping to have video (like a real reality show!) too. Expect cattiness, drama, and lots of "girl, no she didn't!"