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Missed my post for the first time in 2 1/2 years, last week, due to the family wedding, but I have valuable thoughts to share for diabetics about the experience. This was a family-and-close- friends-only, small DIY wedding, and there are lessons to be learned.
The bride did a great job of getting everyone involved and everyone “came through” for her, but the food was a “mystery” as we were just given a “category”: appetizer, cookies etc. So, I was amazed to see that most people made thoughtful and healthy choices — everything from a big platter of vegetables with lots of different dips to strawberries as big as half a palm – which were delectable all alone.
The key to off-setting the carbs in this meal was, as usual, using as many low-glycemic foods as possible (like the whole, raw vegetables and whole, raw fruits) and then using oils, fats, proteins and fiber to slow-down the carbs. I only have a general gist of the recipes, but will ask for more detail, if people request that at the About Me tab, above.
We did a great job. Here’s the impromptu, informal appetizer (tapas, mezas) recipes, beverages, desserts menu for a garden wedding:
___ Raw vegetables with a variety of dips
___ Fresh fruits salad (in their own juice)
___ Huge fresh strawberries
___ Green leaf lettuce, grapefruit and homemade citrus-oil dressing (from a 100 year old family recipe of the maid of honor)
___ Mini pizzas: on tiny bagel-round slices or Trader Joe’s pizzettes with spinach dip + red potato salad with dill mix, brie then Asiago, 4 Italian Cheese Mix or Parmesan sprinkle
___ Mexican Bean Dip Platter with Toppings and chips
___ Hot Chipotle Salsa -Apricot Preserves or minced dry apricots + TJ Orange- Apricot sauce, agave over Cream Cheese with Lavash Crackers to pare away the cheese
___ Artichoke Pasta Salad with Heritage Tomatoes
___ Trader Joe’s Sun-Dried Tomato- Pesto topped Cream Cheese Torta with a variety of crackers
___ Trader Joe’s White Bean Hummus (with olive and pinenuts) with a little Sun-dried Tomato, minced Parsley on sourdough
___ English Sausage Rolls with Traditional Sauce
___ Crockpot mini-meatballs
___ Oatmeal-Raisin cookies, Chocolate Chip cookies, Brownies
___ Em’s Traditional Aleppo, Syrian Jewish Wedding Almond Cookie Rings (Gerebyes)(Graybeh) (Morroccan version = Ghouribi)
___ Em’s Jewish PanLevi from Curaçao (the oldest surviving Jewish community in the New World)
___ Celtic Shortbread
___ Wedding Cake with Marshmallow Fondant (vanilla and chocolate layers of cake, inside)(served in small portions)
___ Waters, Beverages, Aussie Wines and Champagne
All of us felt we had given the couple a gift of love and felt connected in ways that no formally-catered wedding could ever do. Her family and friends attended, for all her needs. (I did the table flowers, too.)
His family was ecstatic that they were able to do this in their garden in the midst of finalizing the sale of their long-time home, buying a new one and moving!
We felt that we “celebrated” this union the way that weddings have been for millennia, before the advent of commercial weddings. It was SO meaningful. It helped the families to “blend” and that’s important, too.
Unfortunately, most relatives (and friends) from further afield could not come, but there are many ways to still share the photos and the happy day.
Times are tough, but these are celebrations meant to last a lifetime of good memories. I think the quality of our memories is enhanced by it being a true labor of love and all of us showcased our talents.
We wish them a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life together.
Don’t be afraid to try this route for your own celebrations. You will be the richer for the experience, rather than poorer!
The same advice applies to any pot-luck. Unless asked to bring something specific, like I was, bring a part of the meal that you know you can eat and depend on it for as much of the meal as you can. Here, I was asked to make cookies, so I could only make them as low glycemic as possible and use the healthier foods that others brought. It all worked out fine!
One last hint: be sure to put out sugar bee, wasp, yellow-jacket traps (far away from the food … to attract them strongly in the traps’ direction!).
(c)2009 Em at https://diabetesdietdialogue.wordpress.com
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