Merry Christmas, everyone! I have a lot to share from a truly splendid holiday. As per tradition, my family meets at my mom's house every year on X-mas Eve and there is wine, food, wine, games, wine, laughter, wine, gifts, and wine. It is awesome. Last year my mother and I spent a day making peppermint almond butter, cinnamon glazed almonds, and fudge for our relatives. This year I took on my own baking adventure and made a bunch of yummy treats to give out. Shall we start?
Big Lots Christmas tins, baby! Adorable.
This and more kept me in the kitchen for 4.5 hours: S'mores bars
, vegan fudge
, and cranberry pecan cookies. I had leftovers of all of these and, lemme tell ya, the S'mores bars are fantastic! I used up a container of Ricemellow that was sitting in my cupboard for these... so sinful.
WTF?! Homemade vegan baklava
, baby. My dad saw me munching on a piece on X-mas Eve and protested - until I told him I made them, haha. :) This was a hell of a lot of work to make - but my OCD mind appreciated it very much once I got into a pattern of layering, buttering, spreading, repeating. I didn't use the full amount of syrup called for in the recipe, but if you are going to give it a try - do so! I like my baklava sweet, damnit. These were so sticky-delicious, can't wait for another excuse to make them.
Some of the vegan-friendly spread, buffet-style for the holiday: I made spinach dip according to the classic Knorr vegetable dip packet recipe. The omnis never knew. ;)
Mmm, authentic hummus from the Middle Eastern market. My mom's fave! Very lemony and very good.
BROCCOLI FUCKING SALAD
. You know my love affair for this dish... we have been apart for so long. Passion: reignited. *rawr*
My (first) plate, w/ some raw veggies and olives. Happy KT!
Oh yeah... Christmas Day dinner with the fam. My mom made an omni lasagna plus helped me make a deconstructed vegan version. I mixed in about a cup & a half of cashew cream (with lemon juice and nooch) with a jar of garlicky sauce, sauteed veggies, and spaghetti. Topped with pine nuts and pepper and NOM!
What a fabulous holiday. I had such an excellent time and hope all of you had the same. Now go drink some vegan cocoa. :D
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