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Because we had a Labor Day Barbecue to attend on Monday, my parents treated me to a birthday dinner Sunday night. Hey, I was born in England, so technically, it was my birthday at the exact time we celebrated… Not that I didn’t celebrate on Monday as well. Two birthdays are better than one.

Tell me if any of you have this problem: You’re such a good cook that you don’t normally like to eat out, because the entire time, you’re sitting there thinking, “I could make this better.”  When I do eat out, I try to go to places that offer food I can’t easily make myself, such as Indian (like this past Sunday’s dinner) or Korean (think Hangawi in NYC) or Ethiopian, like my vegan Ethiopian post of a few years ago.

This weekend, we decided to try a new restaurant, called Clay Pit. Well it’s not really new, but it’s new to us. They have a separate section specifically for vegetarian items, so I was a happy camper. Plus, when I called ahead of time (to ensure that the vegetarian items could be made with oil, not butter), the manager told me that they can even change some of their non-vegan dishes to accommodate my needs if I so desire, such as leaving the cream out of the dahl. A lovely offer, but I didn’t even need to take advantage of it, as there were plenty of already-vegan options at my disposal. Sometimes it’s actually simpler if there aren’t; it’s easier to decide! That night, I went with Aloo Ghobi, a traditional Indian cauliflower-potato dish. However, since I’m not the biggest potato freak (I think they’re mushy and bland), I asked for mixed-veggie Aloo Ghobi instead.

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Above, my no-potato Aloo Ghobi, alongside an order of roti bread. This was so good! You bet your socks I licked the dish clean (when no one was watching, of course). The whole-wheat roti bread was a perfect accompaniment for the saucy curry. Ingredients: whole wheat flour, oil, water, and salt. That’s it. Oh, it was so soft and flavorful… I must learn how to make this!

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Curry close up. The veggies were cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, peas, and broccoli.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Lindsay says:

    You are a very pretty girl, Katie!

    I just found your blog yesterday from HEAB, and I’ve already become a huge fan. I’ve added you to my reader and am excited to follow :). Also, I think Larabar MUST have known it was your birthday. Or at least that you have a huge following. I emailed them asking if they could send me samples of the new flavors and they sent me four BARS, not boxes. And not even a new flavor! I’ll just have to hope to win your giveaway! 😉

  2. I hate Indian food – but that looks good!!
    And awesome you were born in England – I’m English! Happy belated birthday anyway, as I don’t thik I said before..I’m glad you had fun!

  3. Haha, I usually think, “I could make this for the whole family for 1/4 of the price of my serving…”

  4. I totally with you on dining out! Why shell out 15$ when you can make it, only slightly better, at home?

    I am so glad your birthday din was delish!

  5. abby says:

    happy birthday cutie! sorry i didn’t get a chance to say it yesterday. but this way you can drag out the day even more hehehehe.

    p.s. even with your head cut off, you’re beautiful :).

    1. Abby, you are such a sweetie! 🙂

  6. Marina says:

    I want that indian food soooo much! Looks amazing.
    I am really glad that you had a nice birthday, and that we all made you feel special. Well, you are, so you better feel like that 😉
    Enjoy your birthday week dear 😉

  7. I’m happy you had such a great birthday! That Indian food looks incredible. I tend to prefer Indian or Asian type places too mostly because they taste more flavorful to me. Mm, now I want Aloo Ghobi.

  8. We are both very fortunate when it comes to having good friends. 🙂

    Your birthday dinner sounded perfect Katie – I love the veg heavy Aloo Ghobi. So colorful, and I would dug right in with a big piece of that roti. Gosh, I love Indian food, and it’s been way too long since I’ve had it. 🙁 Need to work on that!

    Thanks for your very kind shout-out. You know I love you bunches, and I’m cracking up at you calling your dad out for cutting off the top of your head. You’re so funny.

    Happy to hear you had a wonderful birthday!

  9. Carbzilla says:

    That dish looks fab! I am also over the mushy potato!

    Happy Birthday again! My mom was also born in England! That’s an odd little co-inky-dink.

    Have a great bday week!

  10. Inspired says:

    You are gorgeous and sweet and smart and talented! Is there anything you don’t do?


    (Anyone thinking of the line from “Ever After”?)

  11. shesarunner says:

    Glad you had a good birthday Katie! You deserve so much happiness and all good things, and I wish you all the best. Can’t wait to read more about your lovely day.

  12. Katie!! I regretfully was nowhere near a computer for nearly all day yesterday and so am sending you these birthday wishes 1 day late, but:


    This delicious dinner looks like a perfect celebratory feast, and I hope the rest of your day yesterday was wonderful!


    1. hey, I have no problem with late messages… they enable me to think it’s still my day. Yes, I’m milking (soymilking? hehe) it for all it’s worth! 🙂

  13. Leslie says:

    Oh I haven’t had Indian food in so long! Huge craving!

    Side note: Has anyone ever told you how stunningly striking your eyes are? I hope this comment doesn’t make me sound creepy, I just had to tell you :).

  14. Oh no, I wasn’t online most of yesterday and missed the big birthday!! Happy belated birthday Katie! Glad you had such a wonderful day 🙂

  15. barb says:

    Happy Belated Birthday, Katie!! I’m new to your blog and just love it!!

    1. Aww thank you so much, Barb! 🙂

  16. glidingcalm says:

    Aloooooooooooooooooo Gobiiiiiiiiiii! I love love loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! So so good!!
    Glad you had such a delicious Indian meal!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN, and you are more than welcome for the facebook post!! I should thank you for being so wonderful and amazing!!


  17. Happy belated !
    You look fabulous, even with a cut-off head 🙂
    I looove Clay Pit!! When I lived in Plano my parents and I used to go there allll the time! Soo so good; I miss it! I am totally going to suggest going there the next time I’m home!

  18. Happy birthday!!!!!! I didn’t check blogs yesterday so I missed it …. but it looks like you had a great time. Indian food is my fave for eating out!

  19. nichole ewert says:

    Oh my gosh that indian food looks so good!
    and its easy to like such positive people as yourself 🙂
    keep up the good vibes girl!

  20. gaby says:

    Aw, you’re so sweet Katie! Of course you have a billion friends all over the world!
    And I also agree that little HEABlet is going to be one of the luckiest girls in the world!

    That dinner looks awesome! I’m the exact same way, not to sound all presumptuous or anything :X but I cook really well! Even with baking, I really don’t enjoy restaurant or bakery desserts as much because I like my baking better. I think it’s also that we know EXACTLY what we want and another chef will never predict our tastes as accurately. So I do the same thing, when I go out, I order things I can’t or don’t frequently make. Indian is definitely in that category.
    I also don’t like white potatoes! My family is your average meat and potato type, and are especially obsessed with things like potato chips or fries. Those are not appealing to me at all. And I still only eat baked potatoes if it’s the only thing available and I have really good toppings. My family thinks I’m craaazzzzzy but for me, it’s all about the sweet potato 🙂

    I’m glad you had a great birthday weekend! Let the celebrations continue!

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