Now that I have graduated from college ~ 2 whole years ago! ~ I don't pro-crastinate as much as I used to. And some things simply don't allow you to do things in advance. For instance, this next Sunday I am providing lunch to a whole bunch of people. I don't have a head count. So, in order to prevent breaking the bank, there are a lot of things on the menu.
My main dish is split into two items. Pasta salad (regular and gluten free* more on that later) and slider sandwiches. Of course, the items I need I can't really buy too far in advance. There's lots of fresh vegetables. A cake that will dry out if I make it too soon. My biggest problem is finding the slider buns. Everywhere I went, they are all sold out. Who knew slider buns would be so freaking popular? This morning I went out to make one last desperate run. But to no avail. NO one had any. I only went two places, but I realized that the Monday after a weekend probably isn't the best time to look for these elusive small sandwich buns. So what to do? These dratted sandwiches are one of the main items. I really didn't want to go back and think of something else to do......because this meal has to be vegan, and I am not a vegan cook. I've been a fan of Morning Star Farms sausage patties for a couple of years. But they are small in size, so using a hamburger bun is just not in the cards. Except they are, as I've decided to buy those cheap hamburger buns and using my largest biscuit cutter to wack those buns down to size.
But really, what's with the slider buns? I've never bought any, have you? Is it that they're popular or do they just not order very many? Was this past weekend the weekend of sliders and I missed it? Lol.
I'm sure many of you have purchased gluten free pasta, but this was my first foray. One pound of regular pasta was 1.99. 12 ounces of gluten free was over 3 bucks. This was when I decided that the gluten free pasta salad will not be as big as the other one. There will be peanut butter and jelly roll ups for kids, watermelon and cantaloupe slices, and chocolate cake. Yep. I found a vegan chocolate cake recipe and tried it this past Saturday, and to my surprise, it turned out great. I was so surprised. If you've ever wanted to try vegan cooking, I suggest you try this dessert first. And it was incredibly easy!
My upcoming Friday and Saturday are going to be really busy. If you want to come on over and help, I promise to let you try a vegan sausage slider. :D