Guest Etiquette – when you’re invited to dinner

“If your invitation simply says your name only, that means that the invitation is for one. Don’t include a date if you are not instructed to do so.”

“RSVP by the date instructed by your host, even if it is to decline the invitation. Ignoring an invitation is an extreme etiquette faux pas.”

“Always compliment your host or hostess on their dinner party.”

“Don’t arrive late, unless caused by an unfortunate circumstance. If this occurs, call your host straight away.”

“Try to have a conversation with everyone at the dinner party. Sparking conversation creates a wonderful atmosphere.”

“Don’t provoke an argument based upon diet lifestyle choices.”

“When you sit down to dinner, place your napkin on your lap immediately. Once you have finished, drape the napkin at your place setting. If you need to leave the table, place your napkin on your chair seat.”

“Always start with the silverware on the outside and work your way in.”

“If dinner rolls are provided, use your butter knife to remove a piece of butter from the dish and place it on the bread plate. Then tear small pieces from your bread buttering them as you go.”

“If you find something on your plate that you can not or chose not to eat, simply leave it on the plate. If the item will cause allergies or makes you uncomfortable, ask you host for a second helping of the soup or salad. If your host asks why, feel free to explain.”

“Don’t feel obligated to help your host. They have decided to host a dinner party for you with the knowledge that they will be taking care of the preparation and clean-up.”

“If alcohol is served try not to consume too much that your actions become embarrassing. If you consume too much, don’t drive yourself, call a ride or ask another guest to take you home.”

 

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Hosting Etiquette – My Tips and Tricks!

“When writing your invitations, do make sure that you have spelled all names correctly.”

“When sending invitations, send them at least seven days in advance. This is a good time limit because your guests should be able to RSVP with confidence.”

“If you know that one of your guests has food allergies or requirements contact them in advance so you clearly understand how they prefer to eat.”

 

“When creating a vegan menu, always offers something gluten-free, nut free, and if possible make a raw dish – that way all the guests are happy!”

“Always make sure that your table cloth and napkins are wrinkle free. Sometimes and iron is just the trick.”

“Always polish any candle sticks, silverware, and stemware before your dinner.”

“Don’t forget to wipe down your silverware so no spots are present.”

“When cooking make sure to never cross contaminate items. Keep the soup utensils with the soup, and the dessert utensils with the dessert. Cross contamination can have serious side effects.”

“Do set the table for the amount of guests that replied. If someone doesn’t arrive, neatly remove their spot before dinner is served.”

“Always offer your guests a drink when they arrive.”

“Serve dinner at the time set forth on your invitation. It is polite to be mindful of your guests’ time.”

“Do make enough vegan food for everyone to be satisfied after dinner.”

“Don’t let a guest begin to cause issues. If an issue arises, ask them if there is anything you can do to help. If they continue, you can ask them to leave.”

“Thank your guests for attending.”

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tofu scramble breakfast burritos – seriously my FAVORITE VEGAN dish!

This breakfast burrito is one of my favorite vegan dishes! Honestly, I would be perfectly happy eating one or two every morning. What makes this dish even better is that it is extremely easy to make and it makes enough to feed 4 starving vegan adults!

Tofu Scramble Breakfast Burritos

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Ingredients
1 (or more) packages of extra firm tofu
1 (or more) packages of organic frozen hash browns
A jar or your favorite salsa
1 (or more) organic tortillas
1 cup (add as needed) of vegan veggie broth
1/4 and 1/4 teaspoons of salt (for tofu and hash browns)
1/4 and 1/4 teaspoons of pepper (for tofu and hash browns)
1/2 teaspoons of onion powder
1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
Nutritional yeast on top is optional
Kitchenware:
2 large non-stick skillets (these are great!)
2 bamboo spatula 
A good eye at measuring, or a set of measuring spoons

First, let’s get the  hash browns going, because they will take the longest to cook! Begin by using a large non-stick skillet and add your frozen hash browns. Instead of oil we are going to use the veggie broth to keep them moist. Place them on low to medium heat with a lid to keep the moisture in. Add additional veggie broth and stir as needed. Add your salt and pepper (and anything else you may desire.) Cook until lightly browned.

While your hash browns are toasting, drain the tofu and get ready to use your hands! I used to use the spatula to crumble the tofu but found if you use your hands the process is easier and the scramble look is more accurate. So, grab your tofu and crumble it into a large non-stick skillet pan and turn to medium low heat. Add your salt, pepper, onion powder, and turmeric powered, and cook until hot through or when the tofu begins to dry. Stir as needed.

Now, we assemble the burrito! Most exciting part! Fill the burrito to your hearts content of tofu, hash browns, salsa, and any greens, if your feeling extra healthy. Massive warning is that over stuffing of a tortilla creates cracks in the shell and sometimes leads to messy hands. But we all knew that and it wouldn’t be a burrito without this ritual!

Tasty eating from Alexandra

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Alexandra, The Entertaining Vegan, wanted to share her three passions: veganism, etiquette, and cultural anthropology. Alexandra is a passionate vegan. She loves to share her recipes in hopes to inspire others to try the vegan lifestyle! Not only is she a passionate vegan, she is a self-taught etiquette expert. Since she was a little girl she always enjoyed the finer things in life and obsessed over the traditions of years gone by. During her time at University she graduated with a degree in English Writing with a minor in Anthropology.

The Entertaining Vegan combines everything that creates a well balanced life – health, manners, and cultural experiences! Through imagination, recipe requests, and her love for different countries’ cuisines, Alexandra found a way to provide a solid guide to vegan hosting while offering a variety of tastes. In this entertaining book, you will learn or re-visit etiquette tips on setting a formal vegan table to making a perfect centerpiece, while enjoying cuisines from around the world. Alexandra used flavors and spices that are traditional to the geographical area of her inspired recipes. She hopes that you enjoy her beautiful etiquette tips and mouthwatering recipes! For more inspiration visit http://www.entertaining-vegan.com.

Before Your Guests Arrive – vegan cleaning products –

img-4841_1When preparing for guests to arrive the first manner of business it a clean house! I am focused on everything vegan hosting related, so I thought it was appropriate to share my favorite products to use while cleaning in preparation for guests.

Yes, we even need to watch out for the cleaning products we use! More often than not, cleaning products aren’t considered vegan because they are tested on animals. This is a sad and unfortunate practice that regulation services must adhere to. We hope that this cruel practice will end soon. However, no need to fret because there are many vegan and cruelty-free cleaning products that are popping up at your local shopping center or online. Making the switch to becoming a vegan household takes some work at first, but in the end you will feel better knowing that your house isn’t contributing to cruel and environmentally damaging lifestyle.

One of the first rules for cleaning products is if it will remove stains! A major stain I always have is a coffee stain on my counter. I just can’t help but spilling it almost every morning!

The first cleaning product we will talk about if a surface cleaner! I love Melaleuca’s all purpose cleaner. I know that there has been some discrepancy on whether or not this company is cruelty-free. I have done a lot of research and feel confident in using their products. Please always do your own research and make sure that you continue to check up on the product as their regulations may change. I also use this cleaner on our floors and they come out feeling squeaky clean!

I have had a hard time finding a good dish soap brand. I required a vegan dish soap that didn’t leave white spots and actually left my pots and pans looking and feeling clean. My favorite product (which is divinely scented) is Meyer Lavender Dish Soap. This product reminds me of the abilities of Dawn dish soap, but without the horrific testing on animals.

The dishwasher is another story. This one was hard to find, because I had the same requirements of clean with no spots. The cruel dish washing soap has it down, but finding a vegan version was a long process until I found Method Dish Washer Tablets and Melaleuca’s Diamond Brite Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. We have harder water because we have a well, which leaves a lot more water stains than we want, but but of these soaps haven’t given us any trouble in that department.

The second product we will talk about is for scrubbing. This one is really simple. All I use is distilled white vinegar with Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda. Why do you need to buy Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda? Answer: Arm and Hammer baking soda is tested on animals. If you are cleaning your tub or toilet, sprinkle about 1/4 cup of baking soda around the area and then poor in about 1/2 a cup of vinegar. The mixture will foam and bring oxygen to the surface making stain or grim come off with a minimal amount of scrubbing. Plus, this mixture is very inexpensive and way better for the environment. You are being three times the conscious user if you use vinegar and cruelty-free baking soda!

Switching my home to a eco-friendly and vegan household was very important. The process has been long with a lot of trial and error, but I am happy with the products I have found so far. I will always keep you updated on new products I find so that we can all live in a better world!

 

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