Did everyone have a good Christmas??
I know I know, I'm over a week late, but here is the pictures of my christmas food and a few things since then.
I make a yule log every year and here was this years (VCTOTW basic chocolate recipe and store bought frosting - I was lazy!!) It fell apart a bit when I rolled it, so I just covered it with a tonne more icing.
Christmas day - first drinky!
My Christmas dinner. I took the pic before I slathered it with gravy. This was a Redwoods celebration roast (fake turkey and pigs in blankets). It was pretty gross and I wouldn't buy it again. To be honest though, I'd have been happy with just the veg, sage & onion paxo stuffing and gravy, which is what I will probably have next year, if I'm too lazy to make something seitan based. My Mum makes the best roast potatoes ever. Ever.
Christmas cake! I never write down the recipe or follow one for that matter, I just wing it and if I'm lucky it turns out good. This year was a good-un. The decorations on top were not vegan (egg-white), so I picked them off my bit. I just decorated it with a layer of marzipan then a layer of ready-made fondant icing, as cake decorating is not really my best talent, as you can see!
Dinner on boxing day was a puff pastry concoction I made. It was mushrooms and onions sauteed and then I made a white sauce and added some cooked potatoes to it, then just wrapped it in puff pastry and baked. It was pretty good for something I didn't put much thought into.
The next day I fancied soup, so I used some of the leftover veggies from boxing day...
I added the veg to veggie stock, a bit of tomato puree, some sauteed onion and garlic, lentils, a chopped up Wheaty Hemp Spacebar and some smoked paprika. It was yummy and kept me in lunches up until I went back to work.
OK jumping forward a bit, this was dinner for my 3 besties, who came over on Saturday night. I made the coconut lemon bundt cake from Veganomicon. I ordered a bundt tin from amazon, but it didn't arrive in time, so I made it in a regular tin and it burnt a wee bit. Sadface! However, it was still really really good! I can't wait to try it again in the right tin, if the sucka ever arrives. I used lite coconut milk in this.
It was a Veganomicon kinda night, because I decided I do not cook from that book enough, and it's awesome. So I made the saffron garlic rice (although I only used 2 cloves of garlic, as my friends are not as into it as me).
And the Chickpeas Romesco. I LOVED this. I think the only change I would make next time is to maybe use ground almonds, as my food processor didn't get them as fine as I think they need to be. Aside from that it was delicious.
The side dishes were just some blanched green beans that I then sauteed with shallots and some baked tofu. I made the marinade up as I went along, so I can't remember exactly what was in it, but from memory I think I added some wine, sherry vinegar, agave, paprika and vegan worcester sauce. I burnt it a bit (theme of the night??) but it was still not bad and all got eaten!
And this was yesterday's lunch. A quesadilla I made with cheezly white cheddar and jarred salsa. Easy and quick (and yummy!). My dad said I shouldn't post it as it was burnt (recurring theme...) but I think it was just well done! :-)
Hope you all had a fab break and if like me you celebrated an anniversary of being vegan on 1st January - Happy Veganniversary!! Mine was 4 years! :0)