Sunday, December 16, 2007

Holiday Party Food Madness

I have this problem where I usually make waaaaay too much food whenever I have people over. I had the urge to add one more thing and stopped myself. I think that's the key. Make a list of what I want to make and remove one thing from that list. Every single thing was gone at the end of the night except for a 1 cookies and cream cupcake that I had stashed for myself and a couple of margarita cupcakes.


Party food from my tacky holiday decoration party last weekend. There's margarita cupcakes (from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World), Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (from Katie's zine, Don't Eat off the Sidewalk) with baby carrots and sesame rice crackers for dipping, Candy Cane Joe-Joes, Candy Cane Cookies and Cream Cupcakes (from VCTOTW and made with Candy Cane Joe-Joes). The quiches (from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen were still in the oven at this point, so they get their own picture.


The quiches were the first to go. And let me be clear on this - my party was full of nothing but omnis. Yeah... I decided to just not mention that the quiche was vegan. Yes, everyone knows that I am, but for some reason they forget that my food will be. I know - I don't get it either. One guy did ask me if these were made with tofu cement. That was kind of amusing. The best was when one girl put one in her mouth and her eyes got all big promptly before exclaiming "Oh my god, these are amazing". Heh. Right on, little quiches of vegan goodness!


I had never made vegan quiche before this. I was a little nervous to be trying something out for the first time at a party, but to hell with it, I really wanted to make these. The best thing about them is they're crustless, so they're not only super easy, but super fast. I made them in my mini muffin pan so they'd be bite-sized. The recipe is Susan V's from her blog Fat Free Vegan. The original recipe uses green bell peppers and mushrooms for the filling, but I used spinach and red peppers.


I want to note that this is the third time I've made these Margarita Cupcakes. They're amazing and one of my favorites from VCTOTW. But - the recipe always makes a pan and a half of cupcakes. Remember that if you make them. I always forget and then I'm surprised when I still have batter left after filling the first pan.


Hummus rules. We all know this. I didn't really understand just how much roasted red pepper hummus ruled. Somehow I'd gone through life never tasting it until now. I got the recipe for this one from Katie's zine, Don't Eat off the Sidewalk. Thanks to my trusty immersion blender, this was fast, easy and made almost no mess. I didn't chop anything, I just dumped it all into a bowl and blended it.


Last, but certainly not least, my friend Scott wanted me to take a picture of him eating a cupcake and put it on my blog. So there you go, Scott. Everyone can now see you getting ready to put the smack down on a candy cane cookies and cream cupcake.


  1. Beautiful margarita sugar! Where did you find it? I had to use some funny green sprinkles the last time I made these - but they were still good!

  2. The quiche looks so amazing and the margarita cupcakes are one of my favorites too-- I just made the gingerbread ones for my party though, and now it's a close call...

    Your pictures look great too!

  3. those quiches look and highly highly munchable. putting them on my to-do list for sure!

  4. The quiche looks yummy :)
    I am so sad that TJ's isn't in our area every time I look at those cupcakes :(

  5. All of this looks so good, but I really, really have to try those quiches after seeing your pictures!

  6. I can't believe you put a whole plate of Candy Cane Joe-Joe's out. Those things are too precious to share! I hoard mine...

  7. PL&V - The margarita cupcake sugar wasn't the "good kind". I couldn't find any, but I did have a bunch of different bottles of individual colored sugars, so I just mixed an equal amount of each of those. I think it still needed some yellow, personally.

    Sam - I don't know why I did it either. I put the other two boxes in a high cabinet behind a dead toaster so no one could find them. Weirdly, the cookies I put out didn't all get eaten. People don't know what they could have had!

  8. I go crazy with too much food at parties as well & mine tend to be potlucks, so you can only imagine the amount of food! sheesh. I push leftovers on people & try to be left with nothing!!

    Your spread looks awesome! It's a party I would have liked to attend!

  9. sara jane said: "I have this problem where I usually make waaaaay too much food whenever I have people over."

    bazu says: "please invite me over to your place! you won't have any problems with leftovers!"

    love the food photos, as always!

  10. Your quiche look fantastic. I made these for our Christmas brunch. Mine are really boring. All I had was green onions and red bell pepper, but they were still really good. They are a regular in our home. I love the snowmen cookies. What a pro you are! Way to go! Happy New Years!

  11. Funny you say that about lists...that is exactly how it happens for me. Always make a list and one thing always gets knocked off.

  12. I am quite literally drooling at the site of those quiches.

  13. I'm going to trick my carnivour friends with those quiches for our New Years BBQ, all the way in Australia! YUM-O!

  14. These look STUNNING! I've spent ages looking for exciting vegan party food and only came across the same old boring ideas until i found your page!