We aren't American but my husband is a *tad* obsessed with all things American so I thought I'm make it a special night for him!
Here's how it turned out:
I had debating making veggie burgers but my husband isn't usually a fan, so I decided we would try carrot dogs instead! For those who haven't heard of this idea, it's where you use a carrot in place of a meat hot dog. I boiled the carrots first and then marinated them for a few hours before dry-frying them! They were quite tasty :-)
The addition of liquid smoke meant that they definitely didn't taste like plain boiled carrots! I topped them with sauteed water and capsicum, along with sauerkraut and sauce. Served with corn cobs and baked home fries.
I was SO SO excited with the fries because I had purchased a new kitchen gadget to make crinkle cut chips! I was so pleased that it worked out so well for just a few dollars :-)
All celebrations need a cake!!!
I made a basic vanilla cake (recipe to follow) and spread with jam and decorated with fruit to 'mimic' the US flag (yes I do realise there is not enough stripes or stars!).
Now for the cake recipe!
BASIC VANILLA CAKE
1 1/2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or other unrefined sweetner)
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup motherless milk (I used soymilk)
1 Tablespoon vanilla essense
1/2 cup applesauce
Whisk the apple cider vinegar into the milk and set aside to thicken.
In a mixing bowl combine the flour and sugar. Make a well in the centre and stir in the vanilla, applesauce & milk mixture.
Stir until just combined.
Pour into a lined 18cm square baking dish and tap to even the surface.
Bake in a preheated 180C oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through.
So moist and delicious!
Definitely worth celebrating - but then again,
I don't need a special day to make cake ;-)Question of the day:
Do you celebrate the 4th of July even if you aren't in America?