Happy 238th Birthday Americaaaaaaa!
I’m not even American, in fact I’m actually English (don’t tell Uncle Sam), but ain’t nobody got time to pass up the opportunity to celebrate something glorious. The States sure do know how to pardy & I want in. I thought I’d honour this occasion by attempting to make something scrumptious, patriotic (lol) and vegan!
Before I got stuck into preparing my wonderful vegan feast, I made myself a rather sassy Watermelon juice. I simply fleshed out half a medium sized watermelon, blended, and sieved to remove all dem seeds because I’m a pussy cat when it comes to pips and pulp. I may or may not have imagined myself as some dodgy Riff Raff tribute act as I sipped away on this tall glass of (almost) purple deliciousness. TURN UP.
Anyway, inspired by what I imagine to be America’s finest half-time-at-the-Super-Bowl cuisine, I decided to create some of my own ‘pizza-style’ flatbreads. These are literally the easiest & most delightful little things I have ever made.
I prepped some chestnut mushroom, vine-ripened tomatoes and zucchini (the English word is courgette, please and thank you) as well as some corn (that’s sort of American, right?) with olives, sundried tomatoes and avocado. The bases were wheat-flour tortillas, which I used to make vegan nachos last week! I would usually prep the base with tomato purée, but I didn’t have any cotching in my cupboards, so improvised with some tinned tomatoes – which turned out just fine.
I also made a super cheeky side salad which consisted of Italian mixed leaves, sweet peppers, falafel, spinach & cucumber – all rather lazily thrown together. All of this was perfectly tied together with a scrumptious bottle of Corona. Corona is my BAE.
Last but not least, I threw together my own take on the iconic combination of all things red, white and blue. I was hoping to channel ye olde star spangled banner, but ended up with a gooey concoction of summer berries, drizzled in Fairtrade vegan dark chocolate. Maybe we’ll call this one the Harvard Tidy. #dadjokes
As Erma Bombeck once said, “you may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism”.
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