Entertaining, Vegan-Style: Mother-Daughter Book Club

I had to share about the fun afternoon we had today!

Before we moved from LA to the Pacific Northwest, Queenie started reading a series of books entitled The Mother-Daughter Book Club.  We talked about them as she read them, and I thought that the premise was quite fun:  a group of moms and their daughters reads a different classic book each month and gets together to talk about it, along with snacks that connect, at least loosely, to the book.

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I thought this would be a fun idea to try up here in our new world, and today was the kick-off meeting of our club.  Queenie picked Little Women for our first book, both because she wanted to read it and because it was the first book that the characters in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series read.

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I hadn’t read this book since I was about Queenie’s age, and given how long ago that was and how many film adaptations I’ve seen since then, I was surprised at how many details I’d forgotten from the original text.  It was a real treat to spend time with and think about this book and share it with Queenie, although we just barely finished it in time… she was reading the last two chapters to me as I was preparing the snacks for the meeting!  Whew – that was close.

Queenie prepared some “Fun Facts” about the author to share with the group, and it helped launch a very fun, lively discussion.

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In honor of the March sisters, we prepared an afternoon tea for our guests.

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Along with fresh mint tea, we offered an assortment of finger sandwiches.  These are white bean puree and arugula on olive rolls:

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This tray features two types of “eggless salad” (i.e., tofu salad) sandwiches, a curried salad with green apple, and a more traditional salad with celery and carrot:

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We had one gluten-free diner, so we prepared one of each kind of sandwich using gluten-free bread for her:

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This is the divine broccoli quiche from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch, prepared without a crust for the aforementioned gluten-free friend:

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And what tea would be complete without sweets?  In addition to an assortment of fresh berries, we made coconut macaroons…

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… and chocolate truffles, the recipes for which came from Eric Lechasseur’s wonderful macrobiotic cookbook, Love, Eric, which means not only are they vegan, but they are free of processed sugar.  Yay.

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Queenie and I had a wonderful time hosting and spending time with some of the terrific women and girls we’ve met up here.  It felt like a good time was had by all.

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xo

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