Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Baby Peter's 1st Vegan Birthday!

So I'm really not all that crazy about babies ... unless they're VEGAN BABIES! When my friend Stephanie (Poopie Bitch on the PPK) got preggo last year, she promised me that her baby wouldn't be lame. And she was right! Peter's not so bad for a baby. And he's been vegan all of his little life. We celebrated Peter's 1st birthday on Saturday at Steph and Richard's new house. First, Peter and his little friends went swimming in the backyard:

The best part of a party at Stephanie's house is the amazing vegan spread. If you've ever seen her old blog or her posts on the PPK, you know this woman can seriously cook. She made a Middle Eastern spread fit for king — Spanakopita from Vegan with a Vengeance, Israeli Couscous Salad, Dolmas, Hummus, Falafel, and the WORLD'S BEST Baba Ganoush. Oh, and she even made homemade Mint Lemonade and served it in cups with our names written in Sharpie:

But it wouldn't be a first birthday party without cake, right? Stephanie used to run a little special occasion cake business, and her baked treats are always out of this world. For Peter's special day, Stephanie made the Ginger-Macadamia-Coconut-Carrot Cupcakes from Vegan with a Vengeance:

And of course, Peter got to eat his cake first. While most babies just dig their hands in and make a huge mess, Peter knew the proper way to eat a cupcake — icing first!

Happy Birthday, Peter!!

Now, because I'm sure she won't care, I'm gonna share Stephanie's secret recipe for Baba Ganoush. She posted it on Facebook, so I figure it's fair game, right?

Poopie Bitch's Best-Ever Baba Ganoush
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2 1-pound eggplants, halved lengthwise
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup tahini
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, chopped

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously oil rimmed baking sheet. Place eggplant halves, cut side down, on sheet. Roast until eggplant is very soft, about 45 minutes. Cool slightly. Using spoon, scoop out pulp from eggplant into strainer set over bowl. Let stand 30 minutes, allowing excess liquid to drain from eggplant.

Transfer eggplant pulp to processor. Add 1/4 cup oil, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic; process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to small bowl, cover and chill. Serve chilled or bring to room temperature before serving.

12 comments:

foodfeud said...

I'm with you on the babies thing but it is so awesome to know that more and more people will eventually have been vegan all their lives! How amazing is that?

gucci outlet online said...

Happy birthday Peter!! a man from far far away say hello to you, u r so cute....

panda with cookie said...

Hello there cupcake. Please send leftovers.

Jen said...

I can't believe how time flies. I remember when ol' Peter was just a twinkle in Sra. Poopowitz's eye! I've been playing catch up with blog reading since the move. What a spread! I'm also curious about the N. bars from the earlier post. It's been too hot to bake, so I've relied on no-bake cookies, pb balls, and the recent home made ice cream. The raw drinks piqued my curiosity too--are they like kombucha? How do you get companies to send you free shit? We'll of course talk about this in more detail at VVC. I'm SOOOOOO excited. I cannot wait to meet you and give you a big squishy girlfriend hug!

JohnP said...

Aw! Happy Birthday Peter!

Erin said...

Peter is adorable! And the food doesn't look so bad either...

nothanksimavegan.com said...

He is so adorable and those cupcakes look great!

Lauren said...

verrry cute vegan baby!! :)

Lindsay (Happy Herbivore) said...

vegan babies rock!

Tender Branson said...

He looks like such a happy vegan baby with that cupcake. If he only realizes how lucky he is!

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Too funny. Yes, we all love babies that aren't lame!! :)
It sucks when you see them and you think, Gosh, just another meat eating, dairy drinkin' American.........
Yeah for Vegan Babies and the Chics who make them!

Skull Owl said...

I have a vegan 16 month old girl. I do a blog, oddmom.tumblr.com

I wish I knew more rad vegan parents with vegan babies. We need more in this world.