a feast for my parents wedding!

my lovely parents wanted to celebrate the renewal of their wedding vows with a great feast to bring together about 30 of their close friends and family members. who better to cater the meal than their own daughter?! i spent a couple of days in the kitchen cooking up a Greek-themed feast. after which i was a little burnt out from cooking, so it's been a while since my last blog post. for now, here is my menu (more recipes to come soon):

flat bread crackers baked with sea salt and pepper
tzatziki yogurt dip with cucumbers, dill, lemon and spices
roasted carrots tossed with balsamic vinegar and fresh thyme
cucumber, radish and red onion salad lightly pickled with fresh dill
white bean spread with fresh sage, shallots, garlic and lemon zest
grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, currants, onions and sweet spices
orzo salad with feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts,
bell peppers, green onion and fresh basil
organic champaign grapes, dried figs, fresh apricots, marinated olives
artisan cheeses and breads
grilled lemon-herbed chicken and
smoked wild alaskan salmon (by my father)

the spread

beautiful stuffed grape leaves and peppers

perhaps the best part of the evening was the carrot cake cupcake tower! my parents had a carrot cake for their original wedding, but for a fun summer celebration i wanted cupcakes! a good friend generously gave me an amazing family recipe for carrot cake, which worked perfectly for these delightful cupcakes.

some were topped with organic, unsweetened shaved coconut... other with ribbons of carrots sauteed with maple syrup. gorgeous!

congratulations mike and zoe! you two are such amazing role-models. love you, aub

my family, celebrating the renewed marriage of my parents at the woodland park zoo's carousel