The older I get the more I appreciate my family of choice. You know the folks I mean? The friends who adopted you with open arms when you were all alone in a new city. The ones you have thanksgiving with when you’re too broke to afford a bus ride home. Who help you carry your obnoxiously large book collection when you decide to move in with your significant other…then help you move them out again 6 months later. Those friends.
So when one of the most incredible ladies in my own FOC has a birthday…a 65th birthday to be exact…I don’t just show up with a bottle of wine. I show up with a basket of goodies tailored specifically to her gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar dietary needs.
And for a bit of a change up I’m going to do a little link love since these recipes were taken more or less directly from other blogs I love!
Recipe 1: Elena’s Almond Flour filled Cupcakes
You can find the exact recipe in her cookbook which is available for purchase here (I just added apricots to the filling and swapped eggs for a mix of chia seeds and water to make them vegan) OR you can find a very similar cake recipe here which I’m sure would work very nicely in cupcake form.
Recipe 2: Mama Pea’s Tempeh Tamale Pie
This recipe was delicious and a total crowd pleaser, but be forewarned that its a little more like cornbread and chili than a traditional tamale…Stay tuned for my adventures with masa flour later this week!
And here’s some more photos of the whole spread which included burgers (veggie, beef, bison and turkey) as well as a SERIOUS array of salads (its like they knew I was coming).
The only fail of the day was this butterball turkey burger.
I’d take Sol veggie burgers over THAT nonsense any day of the week, flexitarian or no.
Back to the deliciousness…what birthday would be complete without made to order…CREME BRULEE!!!
What have you done for your FOC lately?