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Christmas Dinner

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Here we have last night’s Christmas dinner. (I’d space out all these posts but I’m heading to San Francisco for the MLA conference for the next few days, so I’m frontloading updates!) I brought a green bean casserole and roasted brussels sprouts, someone else brought slow-cooked root veggies I could eat, and I brought this vegan stuffed turkey cutlet that I got from Whole Foods, just for fun. That’s the cross-section below.

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December 26, 2008 at 8:42 pm

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Holiday Cookies, Vancouver Version

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Here we have the Vancouver flight of cookies. I did a repeat on the Maple Pecan, Jackson Pollocks (note the proper coffee granules used this time) and Gingerbreads from the Hamilton flight, and added the Chocolate Orange variation on the double chocolate walnut cookies from Veganomicon, which were fantastic and tasted like one of those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.

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December 26, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Brunch Salad

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Here’s the salad I made for a brunch at my aunt’s place last week. I just threw a whole bunch of things together: roasted beets, parsnips, and rutabaga; blanched green beans, beet greens, and carrots; red pepper, celery, and a can each of chickpeas and mixed beans. I made a vinaigrette with caramelised leeks, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, a bit of brown sugar, and salt and pepper. I topped it off with pomegranate seeds, but I wouldn’t do that again, because although I love pomegranate seeds on their own, in this salad their crunch was too unexpected on the teeth.

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December 26, 2008 at 8:35 pm

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Holiday Cookies

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Here’s the Hamilton ensemble (Vancouver selection will be up shortly!) I tried the Jackson Pollocks recipe from Veganmania for the first time. They are like shortbreads, with a bit of coffee flavour. I only had instant espresso powder, not instant coffee granules, which I knew would mean most of the speckled Jackson Pollock effect would be lost. But no matter! This is a very tasty recipe regardless of the aesthetic theme. Then we have Gingerbread Cutout Cookies from the Post Punk Kitchen, which is an old favourite recipe for my holiday baking. Then the Maple Walnut cookies from Vegan With a Vengeance, which I always make as Maple Pecan cookies, because I like pecans better than walnuts, and because I think I might be mildly allergic to walnuts since they often kinda irritate my throat a bit… now I’m rambling.

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December 24, 2008 at 3:28 am

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Tempeh White Bean Sausage Patties

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Last week I was doing some dry runs for Christmas brunch coming up, and so I finally made the tempeh white bean sausage patties from Vegan With a Vengeance! These are quite tasty, though I had to leave out the fresh herbs, so I think they will be even more tasty when I make them again. I also added a teaspoon or two of maple syrup to the recipe because with sausage-like things I’ve always liked a litte sweetness. I was impressed with how firm these patties were–so many vegan croquettes are not very cohesive…

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December 22, 2008 at 2:51 am

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Sundry Snacks!

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I used a bit of that Yoso cream cheese from the frosting to make a sandwich, with a beautiful avocado I had. And capers always seal the deal. After taking the photo I sprinkled on some salt and pepper, which always make friends with avocado in my mouth.
Below we have some Cavendish Farms potato patties fresh out the toaster oven. The Nutritional Facts panel got in a bit of a tiff with my oscillating chin. (I have these weird English/Irish/Scandinavian genes that make me gain weight only in my stomach and chin: I know, the most unhealthy body shape for heart disease, yadda yadda. Apple shape and so forth. Life’s too short to worry about it. Evidently. Plus I’m hoping with the zero cholesterol diet I enjoy, it might all come out in the wash.) But they reminded me of how much I enjoyed them on lazy carbfest days with my buddy Andrew throughout the year, so I bought them and ate them all in quick succession.

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December 18, 2008 at 2:42 am

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Alicia’s Birthday Cake

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Man, I’ve been such a deadbeat lately! My apologies. And updates might be a bit spotty in the next couple of weeks while I’m visiting family in Vancouver. But bear with me! Here’s Alicia’s birthday cake I made last week. I used the same chocolate cake recipe from below, straight chocolate this time, in two layers. Between I spread some strawberry preserves. For the icing I used Yoso brand cream cheese for the first time, instead of Tofutti. While I like the texture and taste of Yoso better, the reason for this is likely the same reason the frosting wouldn’t stay very stiff no matter what I did: it’s non-hydrogenated. I’ve noticed the same thing with non-hydrogenated shortening, and as a result I save the non-hydrogenated shortening for pie crust, and guiltily turn to Crisco for frostings. Anyways, to this frosting I added a bit of rose water, which I thought suited Alicia (she has a rose tattoo, after all) and it worked quite well with the chocolate and strawberry combo.

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December 18, 2008 at 2:31 am

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