Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I'm Back

Well, we have finished most of the living room (except for one wall to go). Actually, I should say Jay has finished it, because I can't really take much credit for it. He's the talent with the home remodeling.

So here's some pics of the new space. I didn't get a "before" shot, because he started so quickly I missed the shot. But you will notice that there's a mid-way shot. I'm so happy the messy part is done and we are left with a truly "grown-up" living room. I feel like such an adult now.

"Before Cabinets"

"After Cabinets"

Backing up a week and a half or so, we celebrated our daughter's 17th birthday. Her one request was a chocolate birthday cake. Unfortunately, as I was taking it out of the pan, it broke into pieces. I had to think quick on my feet, because I only had 30 minutes or so to finish off her birthday dessert. Trifle came to mind. I whipped out a large glass dish (shaped like a giant martini glass), figuring that would be a nice presentation. I had already made a batch of chocolate mousse and had some beautiful fresh strawberries. In a couple of minutes I layered cake cubes, mousse and strawberries, and had a "birthday-worthy" dessert. It was a huge hit.


(My daughter and her boyfriend. Pour thing didn't feel good that night. It sure sucks to be sick on your birthday)

Then, this past weekend, we had a guest chef come in to film 3 segments for Everyday Dish. He is the Maui Vegetarian, aka Chef Brian Igarta. He has some awesome recipes, which I am so excited to share . His first segment for Tropical Haupia is up on the Everyday Dish website. Haupia is a traditional Hawaiian pudding, made with coconut milk. He made both a coconut and a mango version, which are so incredibly delicious! Brian's haupia has my brain working in overdrive now, as I'm thinking of all kinds of new haupia flavor combinations.


Brian also made a fabulous hot artichoke dip (vegan, of course), that is out-of-this-world, along with a delicious Puerto Rican Soup (flavored with anatto seed). Needless to say The Maui Vegetarian knows how to cook some great vegan food, which I'm glad I got a chance to taste.



Edited to add: The Haupia recipe and video are up at everyday dish. Go check it out and let me know what you think.

Happy cooking!

15 comments:

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

The cabinets look great! Quick thinking on a trifle. I've been known to make cake truffles with my crumbled cakes, but I like your idea better. That hot artichoke dip sounds fabulous!

Spice Island Vegan said...

Great looking room! I have been there so I know the before look. Great job Jay and Julie!
Can't wait to see the Hawaiian segments!

selina said...

oooh. i want some hot artichoke dip!!!

Animal-Friendly said...

The trifle looks EXCELLENT! I hope the birthday girl enjoyed it. The Hawaiian pudding-type-thing looks very interesting...can't wait to see more about it!

Melody Polakow said...

Your house looks awesome!

.. and so does the food. I your kids are very adorable.. (hmmm, they must get that from you!)

I hope you share that artichoke dip recipe... it looks sooo good.

Vegetation said...

Happy Birthday to the birthday girl! I hope she feels better soon :(

And I'm coming over for trifle! Yummy!!

Vegan_Noodle said...

The living room looks amazing, and definitely very grown up ;-)

Your cake disaster sounds like a good thing.... trifles are perfect. Hope your daughter is feeling better.

Can't wait for the new segment on tv!

DJ said...

You can relax now the decorating's done - for five minutes at least! And what an ingenious way of remedying a broken birthday cake!

John Plummer said...

Beautiful living room, and the haupia recipe sounds great! I just watched the video, and we will definitely try this. Well, actually, we try (and love) pretty much everything you put up in the videos!

Gaia said...

OMG, you have a beautiful new living room!
OOOMG, you have a beautiful 17year old daughter? I never would have guessed! Aren't you 28 yourself? :D

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