Roaring 20s Street Jam and (Super Easy) Picnic Menu

Thursday, September 21, 2017

This past weekend was Alex's and my 2 year anniversary and to celebrate, I got us tickets to the Roaring 20's Street Jam in Griffith Park.  I have been fascinated with the 1920s for years.  When I was a teenager I would watch the Cotton Club with Diane Lane over and over (still one of my favorites). I was one of the few who adored Baz Luhrman's take on the Great Gatsby and have read F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels over and over.  I have frequently injected the 20's flapper look into my own personal style and have had Louise Brooks's hair style more times that any other.  When the chance came to go 100% authentic in public I jumped at it.

Of course, no event would be complete without a ridiculous menu.  I regret that the menu is not period appropriate but it was delicious none the less.  We packed up the picnic basket and headed out to Griffith Park on Sunday to live out our Prohibition Era fantasies, and it was everything.

Photos from the day:


Most of these recipes are super simple and fast.  Not everything has to be a made-from-scratch extravaganza to be fun and impressive.  These are foods that are old favs and never go out of style, no matter how simple they are to make.  The real purpose of my blog is to make things EASY and that means making things that are accessible and not convoluted and complicated.  You don't need to be fancy to be fancy.

Pesto Gnocchi:

Vegan Gnocchi
Vegan Pesto (I had way too much to do this day to make all this stuff myself...I'm not to proud to do store bought)
Vegan parmesan
Sunflower seeds or pine nuts
Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil the gnocchi until it floats, but no longer since it will become rather mushy.  Stir in the pesto, and top with sunflower seeds and part, and bam, you're done.

Deviled "Egg" Potatoes:

Yukon gold potatoes (as many as you need/want)
Mustard (yellow or dijon, whatever your preference) about 2 tbsp (I like mine to be really mustardy)
green onions, chopped
Vegenaise, about one tbsp.
Salt and pepper to taste
Smoked paprika

Boil your potatoes and remove from water when a fork can slide in easily (don't boil them until they are too soft, then they won't hold).  Run under cold water for a few seconds and let cool so that you are able to handle them.  Cut off the top third of each and scoop out a shallow basin in each potato, making sure not to hollow out too much.  Put the bits of potato that you moved into a bowl and mash with your mustard and vegenaise.  Add in the chopped green onions, and salt and pepper and spoon into each hollowed out potato.  Top with paprika and chill before serving.

Pimento Cheese Tea Sandwiches:

Vegan cream cheese, about 2-3 tbsp.
Vegenaise, about 2 tsp.
Pimentos, about 2 tbsp
Onion powder
Garlic Powder
Salt and pepper (all seasonings/spices are to taste)

Plop your wet ingredients (sans pimentos) into a blender (I use a Nutri Bullet for small batches) and blend until smooth but not liquid. Stir in your pimentos and dry ingredients until well mixed.  Serve on white sourdough bread with the crusts cut off, and you my friend are officially Southern Royalty.

I don't have a whole lot of photos of the finished products, but here is our spread from the picnic.  It was such a hectic morning preparing all of this (even though it's super easy, I had to get myself 1920s ready as well), but it was so much fun and everyone knows I love a theme.

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