My recent vegan Ethiopian craving came about when I got Kittee's zine Papa Tofu Loves Ethiopian Food at Herbivore when I was in Portland. I met Kittee in real life at the Vida Vegan Con and she is even cooler in person than in the blog-o-sphere!
I made the injera fake-outs which turned out pretty OK despite me having really no idea what I was doing. Work has been pretty crazy so instead of making the other awesome recipes in the book, I made an ethiopian fake-out salad with Trader Joe's salsa, avocado, and some berbere seasoning I bought at a spice shop in Grand Central Market.
All this fake-out'in was good, but I needed the real thing. A quick magical google search for Ethiopian found Lalibela in Mt. Kisco, so I figured why not set-up a meet up?
We had our meet-up tonight which turned out to be really fun and delicious.
The communal dining experience can be a little weird among relative strangers, but everyone was game and even the initial non-sharers decided to join in the fun. The dishes are lentils, spicy lentils, split peas, string beans, cabbage, and collard greens. We also enjoyed some Ethiopian beer and coffee.
Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!
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