Week of Greek: Menu for a Greek Vegan Feast!

We made it through a whole week of Greek food with 2 Broke Vegans! Is everyone sitting back in elastic-waist pants now, rubbing your bellies? In case you missed a taste of this or that, scroll down to see each course. Just click the picture and you’ll be taken right to the recipe.

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

Tahinosoupa (Tahini Soup)

Tahinosoupa (Tahini Soup)

Lahanosalata (White Cabbage Salad)

Lahanosalata (White Cabbage Salad)

Dolmadakia (Stuffed Vine Leaves)

Dolmadakia (Stuffed Vine Leaves)

Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)

Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)

Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs)

Soutzoukakia (Greek Meatballs)

Fasolakia (Stewed Green Beans)

Fasolakia (Stewed Green Beans)

Yemista (Stuffed Vegetables)

Yemista (Stuffed Vegetables)

Halva (Semolina Sweet)

Halva (Semolina Sweet)

And don’t forget to read up on Where to Buy Greek Imports!

Thanks again to my co-hosts at 2 Broke Vegans for helping us feel at home in the beautiful country of Hellas, and a big thanks to everyone that joined us at the table 🙂 See you on the next trip!

End of Christmas

Oh poor, neglected blog!!!! I bet I have a hundred pictures or more on my camera, and a bunch more already on my computer, just waiting to be shared. I’ve been doing all kinds of cooking and eating, but…then I’m not sure what happens. Here is (probably, I think?) the end of my Christmas pictures. Seems like some are missing, though, so they might appear later.

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Pitted dates stuffed with pecans, to hold us over while we waited for late dinner guests. There was a horrible snowstorm the night of the party, so it took everyone at least twice as long as usual to get to my house. Oh, and maybe the fact I texted everyone “ARAB TIME!!” had something to do with it. (Everyone knows when you say Arab Time, this means you are running late – but just how late, nobody knows.)

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My beloved vintage Nativity scene, on the mantel above the dining room fireplace.

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Candle holders I bought from World Market for the lunch Nadira and I hosted for the Byzantine Choir back in August.

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I love using these dishes only for Christmas! On this plate, clockwise from the top: a spinach pie, potato cake, hummus, tomato salad, injera porridge, roasted cauliflower in tahini sauce, carrot spread, and squash in the center. And that wasn’t even everything!

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The table was not quite finished here, but you get the idea. We took away the giant spoons since they weren’t needed…plus why would you ever need such huge spoons?? Unless you’re eating ice cream, of course.

Missing is a picture of my infamous SoCo Cake, a super chocolatey cake soaked in Southern Comfort. Maybe I’ll make one for the Super Bowl. I don’t really care about the Super Bowl, but I like having a Super Bowl Party – and by “party” I mean excuse to make lots of food. Or perhaps for Valentine’s Day. The booze tends to preserve the cake pretty well, for long lengths of time, so maybe it will do well shipped via UPS to the object of your affection. Hmmmm……..

Urban Family sushi party

Last night I attended my first ever Urban Family Dinner. I am not an urban girl myself, although I visit the city often, so I was very lucky to attend. And even more so because it was a make-your-own-sushi night! The dinners are hosted by my friend, A, who is known as Urban Mother, and her neighbor, J, who is known as Urban Father. Father hosted this time. I’m sorry I didn’t take more pictures, but I always forget when I’m having a good time.


I forgot to turn the fisheye lens off before A took this picture of me cutting carrots for the sushi. J asked me to julienne them while another friend was supposed to julienne the cucumber. After he left the room, we looked at each other and I said, “I know I have a food blog, but…I dunno what that means!” “Yeah, me neither.” We were able to guess it, and later J confirmed. I better brush up on my culinary terminology.


*Very* similar to the classic salad with ginger sauce I get at local Japanese restaurants. J made the dressing from scratch – there was a ton of it, but I’m pretty sure we ate it all. I should’ve gotten the recipe!! The salad was just basic iceberg lettuce with cabbage, carrots and long, thin green beans (looked like Chinese green beans, but not as long?). The dressing had fresh ginger, grated carrots, garlic, maybe some sesame oil…I’m not sure what else. I fully intended to fill up on sushi, but I had to get seconds of the salad because the dressing was addicting.


Some of the items for the sushi: marinated mushrooms, sweet potato and green beans.


Notice the julienned carrots and cucumber…. Not everything was vegan, but there was a ton of vegan stuff. There were two other vegans at the dinner, which awesome because I currently have no vegan friends : (


Here’s my little guy, filled with every veggie available. I believe the fancy, rice-on-the-outside roll was made by J. Isn’t it pretty?


I probably should’ve added a few more things, but I was trying to hurry so I could EAT. I was thinking about sushi all day long, so I just wanted to get down to business (stuffing my face).


Yum. Sticky rice, creamy avocado, sweet…sweet potato, crunchy carrot, salty soy sauce. This baby has it all.