On January 28th baby boy turned 1 year old. I can’t believe how fast time passed and that my baby is becoming a toddler really fast. To celebrate his first year, his amazing life and the fact that he’s an awesome baby, we decided to make a party at home to our friends and family (in this case, my husband’s family cause mine is far away).
During baby’s first year dinosaurs were very present (we decorated his space in Dublin with dinosaurs stickers and now he has an amazing dinosaur mobile) and he seems to like them a lot so this was the theme of the party. The party happened in two rounds cause the apartment isn’t that big. Baby boy enjoyed everything, had fun and had the chance to try some new food. Me and Matteo prepared all the food, besides this amazing birthday cake (chocolate and mango!) that Enrico got from a friend as a gift.
Here’s the party menu:
– Hummus (recipe from Veganomicon)
– Guacamole (recipe from Vegan Brunch)
– Seitan Sausage Pastry Puffs (inspired in a recipe from Vegan Brunch)
– Capers dip (recipe here)
– Sun-Dried Tomato dip (same recipe of the capers replacing it with capers)
– “Pao de queijo” (vegan version of the popular Brazilian “cheese balls”, recipe below)
– Blueberry Muffins (inspired in a recipe from Vegan Brunch)
– Lemon “cheese” cake (recipe here)
– Crumb-Topped Brownies (recipe from My Sweet Vegan)
Baby boy tried guacamole (didn’t like it that much, maybe it was too seasoned for him even if I let the black pepper out) and his birthday “cheese” cake (loved it!). The most important, he was happy. I’m not into big parties for small babies but doing everything at home was good. He was comfortable, could rest during the afternoon and went to bed at his regular bed time.
Had to borrow this image from seriouseats.com cause none
of us took a pic of the “cheese buns”. Everyone was busy eating them!
“Pao de queijo”
(Brazilian “cheese” balls or buns or bread)
(makes around 60 small balls)
These snacks are very popular in my state, Minas Gerais, and are small, baked, cheese-flavored rolls. They are very distinctive because they are made of cassava flour (“polvilho doce”) and inside they are chewy and moist. How to make it vegan? You replace the cheese for potatoes, this is the secret The only hard time you might have to make them will be finding a Brazilian shop where you live to buy the “polvilho doce” because you can’t replace it!
1kg polvilho doce (cassava/tapioca flour)
1kg mashed cooked potato still warm
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water (or soy milk, I usually use water)
Margarine to roll
Preheat your oven to 200°C (400 F). Line a non-sticky baking pan and set aside.
Add the mashed potato to a large ball and the polvilho doce and salt. Add the vegetable oil and start mixing the dough with your hands. Add the water gradually and keep mixing. Add the margarine and scoop rounded portions of the dough into mounds on the baking sheet. Space the mounds an inch or two apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the puffs have puffed, the outsides are dry, and they are just starting to color. Cool briefly and eat.
* If you have vegan parmesan or can buy it in your city do it cause it’s a nice addition to the final flavor. Just add 1/2 cup to the dough mix before the oil and water.
** Using 1Kg of potatoes and flour makes a lot of dough so it might be a good idea doing half the recipe for the first time.