Christmas Dinner

We hope everyone is having a great holiday season! Thanks in large part to Darlene (aka Super Mom) we had a fabulous Christmas dinner yesterday. We spent a good bit more time cooking than we usually do but we made a lot of food. And the nice thing about that is we didn’t cook dinner tonight – there were plenty of leftovers.

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The main course was a simplified version of the Smothered Seitan with Mixed Mushroom Gravy from Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen. To go with that scrumptious creation we also made apple-sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed green beans, cranberry sauce and roasted sweet potatoes with bananas. There was so much food the sweet potatoes didn’t make it onto the plate and since we didn’t make anything for dessert they filled in quite nicely in place of dessert. The kid loved them too (and he also requested extra seitan).

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Everything was totally from scratch save for the store-bought bread we used for the stuffing and packaged vegetable broth for both the stuffing and gravy. Both of those items we would’ve liked to make from scratch (and do make from scratch regularly) but time was a little short.

The nice thing about having leftovers for dinner tonight was that we had time to make a proper dessert. Darlene used the Apple-Ginger pie recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance and turned it into more of an apple crisp. Yum!

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Gingerbread House

‘Tis the season. We’ve actually never made a gingerbread house before but Darlene thought it would be a fun activity for the 5-year-old. She happened upon some gingerbread house kits in a store but most of them weren’t vegan. There was one that appeared to be vegan but it had a list of ingredients a mile long, including all manner of preservatives and artificial flavors. So she smartly put that box down and ran the other direction. All the way home. Where she promptly found a simple gingerbread house pattern on-line and set to work making the frame using the Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies recipe in Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. These were baked a couple minutes longer to ensure they were sturdy enough to build a house from.

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She and the 5-year-old then set to work building and decorating the house. The “glue” was a vegan royal icing recipe that she modified slightly (mainly using brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup). The result was a one-of-a-kind creation that’s not chock-full of chemicals.

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And yeah, it tastes pretty good too. Nibble, nibble like a mouse. Who’s that nibbling on my house?

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