...'til you get to the center of a Thanksvegan?! Seriously, though. This year was insane with the food! INSANE! I was really happy with most of it. The stuffing and gravy from the vegan turkey was horrible, but I totally made my own as well. Are you ready for the pictures? Here's the full spread (with links)...
|this food wouldn't fit on the table so we used our counter|
Martin Cisneros ThanksVegan 2010 Menu
Spicy Pickled Okra
Vegetarian Plus Whole Vegan Turkey
Gummy Bread Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce from Veganomicon
Smashed Potatoes w/ Mushroom Cashew Gravy
Triple Apple Cider Bundt Cake (or the half that actually came out of the pan...ha!)
Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie from 500 Vegan Recipes
|clockwise from top left: collards, sweet potatoes, smashed potatoes, salad, triple apple cider bundt, mushroom cashew gravy, pumpkin cheesecake pie, rolls, pickled okra, gravy pudding, olives, vegan turkey, and maque choux|
Prep work saved my arse this year! We were eating by 1PM, and that's only because I woke up late. Everything exceptin' the aforementioned gravy and stuffing was AMAZING. The only mishap was an undergreased bundt pan and half a cake clinging to the bottom of it. Still, the cake is so frickin delicious!
This was a lot of food. Today is leftovers, tomorrow I'm having my sammich, then all of this gets packed the fork up in a freezer or potpie or something. More than ever, I wish we had friends in this city because it's such a shame to have such good food and not share the wealth.
|various shots of my leftover plate...and pie|
Here's how crazy things were yesterday. I didn't even begin to finish my one plate of food! Neither did Era...which is pretty much unheard of. Even my leftover plate, which only had one single soup spoonful of each food, was a lot of food. I think that's the best problem to have because cooking will be so easy for the next week.
The shining star of the show was definitely the rolls! I have been ogling these things since John wrote about them. I didn't even test them to see if I'd like them. I just knew! And they were gorgeous coming out of the oven! Era and I tasted them before we ate because we couldn't take the taunting. I even told my mom they were the best rolls I've ever had. Her response? A totally unamused, "You're treading into my territory now." Bahahahaha!
|Unity Inn Rolls of DOOM|
I didn't change the actual recipe, but streamlined the execution to make my life easier. Instead of rolling them out (I had no counter space at the time), I just made 24 balls. I flattened them and folded them in half like the recipe stated. I also didn't dip them in Earth Balance. I brushed the pan and rolls with EB. They were gooood. These things are even great the next day!
I was also majorly in love with the Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie. It's basically a veganized Keebler recipe. Imagine a pumpkin pie/pumpkin cheesecake hybrid and that's what you've got. I don't even like pumpkin pie and this was truly excellent to me! Mmmm.
So, that was our Thanksgiving! How was yours? Today, I'm buying nothing because my schedule is lookin' like this: leftovers, pie, nog, maybe booze, Buffy, reading blogs, rinse, and repeat.
Happy Friday, y'all!