Monday, January 7, 2013

3...2...79...Happy New Year!

On January 1st, 2012, Pam and KT were recovering from a raucous good time in the heart of the biggest party on earth.  New York City!  That day was amazing.  With bright blue skies and the sun shining down on us, we gallivanted around the city all day, hitting up the high line and central park.
As great as the morning and afternoon were, the best part of the day happened later, when we had a celebratory New Year's dinner at Candle 79 , one of the most famous vegan gourmet restaurants in the world.  It was an experience of a life time, and we were able to cross it off our bucket lists! KT ordered the Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake, and claimed that it was the best thing she had ever eaten (besides the brownie sundae that she had for dessert).  
Chickpea Cake served with seasonal vegetables, coconut curry sauce, apricot chutney, and toasted almonds.
Since Pam is the proud owner of the Candle 79 cookbook, and since the past New Year's Day dinner started off such a fantastic year, we decided to it again!  Veg-Bergers style!

We started by roasting red peppers for the coconut curry sauce.  

After forming the delicious patties, we slid them in the oven to keep our roasting brussel sprouts company!
Once everything was prepared, it was time to plate!
We served the cakes just like they do at the restaurant:  On top of a pool of mouth-watering sauce and a bed of roasted brussel sprouts.  A dollop of apricot chutney went on top, all garnished with slivered almonds. It was the best thing we have ever made. 

If 2013 is anything like 2012, then the Candle 79 Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake will definitely become a good luck Veg-Bergers tradition. From us to you...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Ringing in 2013!!
Peace, Love, and Brownie Sundaes
Pam and KT

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