Yesterday was our wedding anniversary, though to be honest, we probably wouldn’t remember it if my mother didn’t give us a greeting card. For years we got used to celebrating the date we met as our anniversary, and it was hard to change that habit after we got married.
We didn’t want to celebrate with a big dinner, because we’d gone out the night before to see “The Rat Pack: Live at the Sands” at Pioneer Theater (very entertaining show, by the way!), and used the opportunity to have dinner at Aristo’s [warning – website has music] beforehand. It’s our favorite Greek restaurant, and Aristo is such a sweetie.
But on the other hand, I didn’t really feel like cooking, and didn’t have much food in the house anyway. We’d spent the day putting sealer on the driveway and garage (yes, my car is back on the street again), so I was kind of tired. The Pontiff volunteered to run down to another of our favorite restaurants, Shanghai Cafe (no website). They serve a large variety of Vietnamese and Chinese food, with lots of vegetarian options. He picked up a couple of our favorites – Vietnamese spring rolls and vegetarian “chicken” chow mein (made with seitan).
Mmmmm, good! And splitting one entree with the appetizer of spring rolls is just perfect. Well, almost perfect. We still needed a little dessert. I was originally planning to make apple crisp, but decided instead to try Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for apple cake. Many years ago, my ex-MIL gave me a recipe for fresh apple cake that I really liked, but which I kept thinking needed “something”. The problem was, I didn’t know what the “something” was. The recipe from Smitten Kitchen is very, very similar, but uses more eggs, more flour, a bit of orange juice, and more cinnamon. I thought it was worth trying to see if I liked it better. And I definitely did. Those small changes really made the difference, and this is the recipe I’ll use from now on. Two thumbs up.
And in case any of you need dairy-free products, or love coconut (or both), here’s something you might be interested in. I picked up a couple containers of So Delicious coconut-milk yogurts. They’re vegan, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. I got plain and blueberry. I haven’t tried the blueberry yet, but the plain was quite tasty – sweet, and creamy, with a light taste of coconut. I’ll definitely buy this again.