Yesterday we celebrated the new year with some jello shots! No just kidding!! Our friends brought over jello like shots made of agar, or agar agar which is a gelatinous substance derived from seaweed. Historically and in a modern context, it is chiefly used as an ingredient in desserts throughout Japan. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agar) They made cranberry vodka and tequila sunrise, some of them in shot glasses and some in 1/2 sliced orange peels.
We also shared many vegan dishes including homemade basil and walnut bread made by my boyfriend (using our new bread maker), mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and walnuts, Israeli couscous, black beans, tofu scramble, fiana (an Argentine/Italian thin pizza-like crust, recipe link below), Foodie Vegan's Artichoke Canapes (for recipe check blog from 12/23), Mushroom and Walnut Pate and more....
We played the game Cranium and have many good laughs. It was a wonderful time shared with wonderful people. A great way to end 2009 and start 2010!!!
Happy new year to all!