Though January 15th is his actual birthday it is the third Monday in January that officially recognizes, celebrates and honours the goals, philosophy and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. For today’s Meatless Monday, we pay tribute to the man through vegetarian food from around the world: Multicultural Meatless Monday.
“…Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands…”
In the spirit of making the world welcome at your dining table begin the feast by breaking bread: Challah, a golden-coloured sweet egg bread from Jewish tradition.
Course 1-The African Diaspora
As a starter serve an African-inspired groundnut soup-a tomato based soup with sweet potato and peanuts along with Jamaican jerk tofu sticks as dippers or as a side.
Course 2–Middle Eastern Meze
Start with a pomegranate sorbet to cleanse the palate before diving into a serving of tabbouleh salad (a parsley salad with supporting roles by tomato, mint, bulgar wheat, onion and a lemon/olive oil vinaigrette). Follow this with a communal plate of mixed appetizers (i.e. meze, Middle Eastern tapas) Hummous (chickpea dip), baba ghanouj (eggplant dip) and falafel (chickpea balls) are popular bite-size items.
Course 3–Asian Inspiration
A brothy miso soup appetizer followed by followed by gado gado (is there an echo in here?). This Malaysian dish is simply a cooked vegetable salad with peanut sauce.
And for dessert, A Tropical Touch
Serve banana cake with Mexican hot chocolate (i.e. chili, cinnamon, Mexican vanilla and shavings from a solid chocolate puck mixed with water). To add a little spirit use some vegan rum in place of some of the liquid in the banana cake.
Serve either an Ethiopian coffee or a sweet and spice and very nice Indian Chai tea made with soy milk.
Whet your appetite:
The King Centre