Today is our third anniversary! (Wedding anniversary, if that wasn't clear). Its hard to believe, really, maybe because we've been apart for more than half of it.
For our first anniversary, we went to our favorite place at the time, Roy's. This was just around my switch to vegetarianism, and I remember being really conflicted about the fish. For some reason people seem to view fish as lesser beings, hence the increase in pescatarians, but fishies have always been some of my favorite animals, so I didn't quite get that. I had goldfish wen I was younger and when I was in college, my husband (then boyfriend, obviously) got me two goldfish. Once we have our own house and little more room, we hope to get a really big tank (we'll see how Zoe feels about that). (By the way, some Roy's locations have really fantastic separate vegetarian menus. For example, the one in Maui is fantastic. The one in Baltimore, sucks).
Anyway, our last anniversary he was in Iraq, so we didn't really do anything. This year we're finally together again, there is no fishy conflict, and my husband offered to make dinner. That's right ladies and gentlemen. Not only has he decided to try out eating a vegan diet, but he's trying to learn to cook too. If you knew my husband, you would probably want to call him up to confirm this because it even sounds to ME like I'm making it up. I'm happy for him though.
He made the Three-Bean Chili from The Vegan Table, substituting the three cans of beans we had on hand. It took every ounce of self control for me to not go over and check on him constantly, but I tried my best to relax and watch the train wreck that is Daisy of Love (did I just admit that??).
Three Bean Chili with Roman Beans, Kidney Beans, and Small White Beans
I was in charge of dessert. This was a toughie. If I made a cake, I'd spend the next few days stuffing my face with it. He requested chocolate, and the same fate was true with brownies. Yes, I want to relax and enjoy my anniversary, but I don't want it carrying over to the rest of my week and causing me grief. I scoured the cookbooks...Vegan with a Vengeance? Ani's Raw Food Desserts? Veganomicon? Vegan Express?
I finally settled on the Chocolate Orange Pudding from Vegan Soul Kitchen. Who doesn't like a rich chocolately pudding, right? From there I took the easy way out and made mini chocolate pudding pies using store-bought pie crusts.
I made the topping, and if anyone wants the "recipe" feel free to email me. It was really easy and it went perfectly. The only problem? They were super good and even though I only made half a recipe of the pudding it filled five mini pie crusts. So we both had two...but that's what anniversaries are for :)
On Monday I mentioned an announcement, and I still have it, although it has changed a little. Nick just found out that he has some temporary duty at Ft Lewis starting at the end of this month. If you are unaware, Ft Lewis is in Washington state. We are in New Jersey now. And we are driving! The drive out there, I think is going to be a straight shot. One the way back though, I'm hoping to take a little bit more time and see California a little, and go through the middle of the country. I've gone cross-country before with my family, but never to Washington, and never as a vegan. So...if anyone has some must-see, or must-eat-at places, a suggestion for a route to take on the way back, advice, etc, let me know!! And I mean, anywhere in the country really. Comment or email, I want to know the best places to stop at, from random to obvious. And, if anyone lives near Seattle, let me know, I will most likely be pretty bored!