For someone who loves cooking as much as I do, I get really shy about cooking for anyone apart from me and my other half. I'm not sure why - I just don't want to feed people bad food!
I know people who aren't vegan are sceptical that vegan food can taste nice, and I don't want to prove them right - which I did the last time I cooked for some friends. It ended up in a horribly grainy sorbet and cookies that fell apart at the first touch of my hand. Fail, fail, fail.
But with a friend's birthday was on the horizon, I decided to steel myself and offer to make lunch for them as a birthday present.
Here's what I cooked up:
It was all - whisper it - absolutely lovely. I surprised myself, and probably my non-vegan guest, who was particularly keen on the ribs.
It was all nice, but not as nice as this: