Sunday, November 25, 2012
Thanksgiving: Part One
I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! This year, we celebrated with my parents, brother, and two of his friends that do not have family in the area. We kept the meal pretty simple, concentrating on making the family favorites.
A holiday tradition from my mom's family is to eat a small bowl of fruit salad before the meal. And it's not just any fruit salad. It's a homemade fruit salad that the person preparing it goes to pain staking lengths to cut each piece of fruit as tiny as possible. It includes apples, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, grapes, peaches, pineapples, and pears. It is something that I try to avoid making because it is so monotonous and time consuming. My dad was the poor soul who was in charge of making the fruit salad this Thanksgiving. But, I gave him a hard time when I found a grapefruit seed in my bowl. Tisk, tisk, Papa.
Another family favorite is mashed potatoes. I simply made this by first boiling 5 pounds of red potatoes (with the skins on) until tender and then mashing them with a few tablespoons of Earth Balance. I also made a double batch of the chickpea gravy from Appetite for Reduction. It is my most favorite vegan gravy I've ever had and could eat it like soup as my meal.
Stuffing has never been something I particularly enjoyed eating in the past, but decided to give it a go again. I made this stuffing from my homemade chickpea-cornbread, which I made the day before. Then, on Thursday, I cut it into cubes and toasted it in the over for about 15 minutes. At the same time, I sauteed onions and celery in some olive oil. After they began to brown, I added the toasted cornbread, cranberries, and some vegetable broth. I sauteed the mixture for about 10 minutes, then transferred it to a casserole dish, added some additional broth and olive oil, and baked for about 20 more minutes. It was a success and especially delicious topped with the chickpea gravy.
Also at the meal was my family's homemade apple cranberry walnut sauce which is pretty much the most delicious thing in the world. I also made biscuits and the desserts, which I will be sharing with you later this week!
PS- Sorry for the lack of posts this past month. November proved to be extremely busy for me and December is looking to be even busier. But I will try as hard as possible to get back into a regular posting schedule.