Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Vegan Mofo: Barack Obama Dinner Party!

Okay, y'all. I LOVE BARACK OBAMA. Like so much. I think he's the best president we've ever had, and he's done so much to promote LGBT equality! So when I saw that today's Mofo prompt was a dinner for Barack Obama, I got so excited!

If I'm cooking dinner for the president, I'm gonna want to stick with stuff I know — recipes I've cooked over and over again. Can't take any risks. My new cookbook project will feature American recipes from the past century, and that seems perfect for a presidential dinner. We can make it an American history lesson at the same time! I've gone through my recipes for the book and selected a few from various decades.

For starters, I'll serve my Roasted Root Veggie Tartare with Cashew Cheese from the 1930s, when Herbert Hoover was president. Roasted beets and carrots served atop a homemade cashew cheese on little toasts.

For the soup, we'll have Cream of Tomato from the 1960s, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. This is a simple tomato soup thickened with a roux, adapted from a 1960s Better Homes & Gardens cookbook. Here's the recipe!

And we'll have these pretty Pea Salads in Lemon Cups from the 1900s, when William McKinley was prez. I just think these are too cute! Marinated peas and walnuts stuffed in lemons with a dollop on vegan mayo on top.

For the main, it's Tempeh Wellington from the 1930s — back to the Hoover years. Marinated tempeh and mushrooms stuffed into puff pastry. Fancy and delicious.

We'll have Asparagus with Lemon Pepper from the 1920s on the side — the Woodrow Wilson years! That lemon pepper is homemade by the way. DIY-style, like they'd do in the '20s before modern conveniences.

And I'll also whip up some New Potatoes in Parsley Butter from the 1910s, a feast fit for prez William Howard Taft.

We'll keep dessert light and simple with this unfrosted Orange Sponge Cake, also from the 1910s.

Whew! I think Barack, Michelle, and I would be stuffed at this point! Maybe we'll play some basketball to burn off a few calories.


Susan said...

I love how you turned it into a little walk through history. Very nice. :)

Veganopoulous said...

love those pea-lemon cups!

Babette said...

I can't wait for that cookbook to come out.

Lemon cups?! Wow! I had never seen anything like that before.

I'm sure Obama enjoyed his crunk dinner.

Dana said...

I love our President, too! He's SUCH a bad ass. I'm pretty sad to see him go, but I'm sure he'd love this meal! :)