On Sunday the peas were picked and ready to be eaten, so, as planned, I went over to my dad's with two friends. We brought: homemade seitan (braised) with fresh basil pesto; Israeli couscous with sauteed asparagus, kalamata olives, and golden raisins; hearts of palm; boiled peanuts; artichokes (steamed, dipped in vegan butter, and eaten one leaf at a time); a kiwano; a casaba melon; and vegan ice cream. My dad provided the fresh peas and homemade french fries.
Excluding the fresh peas, I had never had boiled peanuts, Israeli couscous (though I've had couscous many times), casaba melon, and kiwano. I've also had setitan numerous times, but never with pesto. The boiled peanuts were pretty good, though a bit salty for my taste; I'll like them better the more I eat them. They bring out the bean flavor of the peanut (a legume) and don't taste much like nuts. The casaba melon tasted like cucumber combined with honeydew. One one of my friends rated it a "solid A"; I'd give it a B minus. The kiwano was hard to taste because of all the seeds that basically float around in a gooey, gelatinous casing. (We had no idea how to eat or prepare it, so we just sliced it and sampled the inside. Possibly a grave injustice was done.) The peas were very good, and the Israeli couscous was good but not great. My dad liked the seitan and the artichokes the most, and said he would definitely be buying artichokes for himself in the future. He was also curious how to make seitan. After eating we all went to get snowballs with the rule that everyone had to order a flavor they had never tried. A fitting idea, but much less successful than the dinner.
Earlier in the day, when we first sat down to eat, I said that the meal wouldn't be a success unless at least one person ended up in anaphylactic shock, and even though that didn't happen, I still had a great time.