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My 22nd Birthday – Mexican Fiesta!

August 21, 2010

My birthday was earlier last month, and I wanted a Mexican fiesta. My mom threw me the party, but I kind of made all my food. And my cake. My mom decided there had to be meat at my party, so she did that part. Gross. She redeemed herself with the virgin strawberry daiquiris, though.

I made Mexican Flag Enchiladas. They don’t look like the Mexican flag, but they have the same colors! 🙂 I also made crunchy tacos using Boca crumbles and taco seasoning. My mom made the rice out of a box 😦

Mexican Flag Enchiladas

1/4 C margarine
1/4 C flour
1 3/4 C hot water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Pinch turmeric
1 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 C nutritional yeast
8 flour tortillas
1 bag Gardein Chick’n Scallopini
1 medium onion, chopped
Olive oil
1 C red salsa
1/2 C salsa verde

Make the cheese sauce: In a saucepan, melt the margarine over mediudm-low heat. Whisk in the flour until the mixture is smooth and well-combined. Stir in the hot water, salt, garlic powder, and turmeric. Whisk until all ingredients are incorportated and until mixture becomes thick and bubbly. Whisk in the oil and nutritional yeast, remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make the filling: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and sear chick’n on both sides. Remove from skillet and allow to cool. Add onions to skillet and saute until soft. Once chick’n has cooled, chop into small pieces and add to the onions.

Assemble the enchiladas: Pour 1/4 of cheese sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish. Divide the chick’n/onion mixture amongst the tortillas, roll them up, tuck the ends under, and lay them seam-side down in the casserole dish. Cover the enchiladas with remaining cheese sauce, and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Remove enchiladas from oven. Pour red salsa longways along both ends of the enchiladas, then pour salsa verde down the middle. Serve!

Spanish rice and taco toppings

Cute boyfriend sugaring the rims of the margarita glasses

Virgin Strawberry Daquiris

My pinata!

I told my mom I just wanted vegetables in my pinata, but she ended up mixing them with candy 😦 Such bad parenting.

I probably had the best "Happy Birthday" singers ever this year.

Cutting into my cake!

Strawberry Cake

The cake I made was a strawberry cake from The Joy of Vegan Baking. I added fresh strawberries in between the layers and used a vanilla store-bought icing.

My boyfriend is an amazing present wrapper.

Later that night, I went to go see Dial “M” for Murder at the Alabama Theatre in my new dress.

I had an awesome birthday!

– Andrea


I Vant to Suck Your.. Birthday Cake?

June 25, 2010

My sister’s birthday was at the end of May. She decided pretty last-minute that she wanted a vampire-themed party. And she likes cats. So this is what I did:

Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Icing

Nutritional Yeast-y Breadsticks with Marinara

First time cooking with Daiya cheese!

My cat, and a vampire version of my cat that my boyfriend drew on a balloon.

So.. It wasn’t the most amazingly-themed vampire party I could have done. But it was pretty decent for a day-of kind of shindig, I suppose.

– Andrea