Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Kitchen Montage: November and December 2011

A kitchen montage for you!

 December harvest (we didn't frost until Dec. 12th!)

 Pecan Pomegranate Bread Pudding 

 Chocolate Spice Cookies (from ED&BV)

 Holiday crafts!

And the house is bare.  

 Here it was before:
Trader Joe's Gingerbread House (Gingerbread house itself is vegan, some of the candies aren't, the sugar mix is if you don't use egg whites.). Same for the giant Gingerbread Man kit (the man himself is vegan, haha!)

 Frozen cubes of Basil Pesto, used to help make the lovely...

 Toasted Artichoke and Pine Nut Linguini

 My friend Sonia's delicious arepas! Las arepas estan deliciosas!!

 Bok Choy.  I sauteed it with garlic, oil and a little Bragg's.  We ate it all (don't ask).

 Portobello Burritos from The Urban Vegan.  I totally assembled them a day ahead (this picture), and then baked them the day of with a bunch of Daiya cheddar on top (there is some inside as well).  It worked great (I was very nervous about doing that, thought they might get mushy, NOPE! They were amazing!).

 Personal (vegan, of course) Pizza Marinara

 With Organic Arugula!

 Fudge (mostly organic :-) from Vegan Lunch Box.  Easy and delicious!

 Seitan Roast with Cranberry Walnut stuffing, Sauteed Mushrooms, Sauteed Spinach and Spinach Linguine. 

 Gingerbread House #2 (from the school "candy house party," using a pint milk container as the house base, great idea!).  Candies not vegan (was made at school), but those guys are, I think.

Vegan Latkes.  SO amazing.  It's a mixed up recipe from VCon (combines Autumn and Potato Latkes!) Basically, grate your potatoes and carrots (if using) and onion in a food processor, dump into a bowl.  Add salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup (if you have 2.5 lbs of potatoes, less if you used less) of potato starch or cornstarch, mix thoroughly.  Add 1-2 cups matzo meal (depending on how many potatoes you used) mix and let sit about 10 minutes until it gets sticky.  Fry or saute in oil in a cast iron pan about 4 min per side.  Serve with Tofutti Sour Cream and Organic Applesauce!

Have a wonderful winter holiday season.  I'll catch up with you guys in the New Year!


  1. What a beautiful review! Love very photo and I'm now craving latkes.

  2. Thanks, Tami! Go for the latkes!! I can't believe how many we ate...


  3. We used the same Trader Joe's gingerbread house when my friend's 2 year-old visited. It was pretty hilarious where she put all the decorations; all the people ended up on the side on the roof!

    Great spread of wholesome November-December food!

  4. No frost until Dec. 12? Ha, that's like a pipe dream for us in Saskatchewan...I think it frosted in October (and it's pretty common for it to be in September). Those are some yummy eats - I'd be all over the arepas and bok choy.

  5. Taylor, that's hilarious, I love it!

    Allysia, we normally frost a few weeks before Dec. 12th, but I was psyched it went so long!

    I live in Zone 7 here in the U.S., which, as I am learning is very close to a gardener's dream (not too hot, not too cold, a Goldie Locks Zone!). The things I am planning for my garden in the spring are going to be AWESOME. Stay tuned.

    Have a great holiday season everyone!!

  6. Wow, there is so much here! The bread pudding sounds fantastic. The linguine looks great; I always mean to freeze pesto and then forget. I bet the bok choy was great too; I don't blame you guys for eating it all! Happy Holidays.

  7. That pecan pomegranate bread pudding. Think I need the recipe for that one?! Everything looks fantastic and delicious. Hope you had a happy new year!

  8. Hi FF and Malin! Um, I wish I remembered the recipe for that bp, the bread was home made pecan/cranberry bread (my mom's), I think I added at least 2 tablespoons (I think?) of pomegranate molasses to the wet ingredients, uh...I have to check my notes for the rest. If I kept notes on that one...sorry! I'll look for you! You could just use my recipe for the Triple Orange Bread Pudding and add the pomegranate molasses and the pecans and that would be slammin'. Yes, do that :-)