Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas Vegan Christmas

Happy New Year!

A lot of vegan cooking happened while Pete & I were on the West Coast with Laura & the rest of the family. (Even some SVS-team cooking, about which more later, from Laura.)

We made vegan versions of some of Mom's traditional Christmas cookies (snickerdoodles and walnut bars, whose recipes I'll post later on), and even roasted vegetables again, this time with Mom and stepDad, who loved them:

We used brussels sprouts, carrots, yams, butternut squash, scallions, pearl onions, parsnips, broccoli, and cauliflower. For the sauce, I tried to remember the Vegetarian Times recipe to my best ability, and ended up using:
2 Tbsp. OJ
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
and tossed everything together over spinach. We ended up with leftovers AND with enough chopped vegetables to have a second batch after we left!

Since Mom & stepDad also have a waffle iron, we took the opportunity to try out the Pumpkin Waffle Recipe from I've been dying to try since I saw it reviewed on vegalicious.

We subbed coconut yogurt & almond milk for the soy ingredients. Both of them were vanilla-flavored, so we left out the vanilla.

We made them three times that week, and the last time, when Laura was there to help, I decided to make a few revisions, just for fun. I used applesauce in place of the oil, and agave nectar in place of the sugar, which made for a much wetter batter. This was fine by me, since I'd had to thin out the batter considerably the first two times.

Unfortunately, the lack of oil meant that the waffle stuck to the iron for longer, and Mom had told Laura that she would know the waffles would be ready when they don't stick to the iron. So, the first batch was a little crispy.

But still delicious. We didn't take any pictures of the next batches, which turned out perfectly light and fluffy and delicious. You'll just have to take our word for it.

While we were trying out pumpkin recipes, Mom also made a batch of Vegan Dad's Pumpkin Scones. Even though we all had huge sandwiches for lunch that day, we couldn't stop eating them. We had eaten all of them by the time I thought to take a photo. I wasn't there for the baking (I was out trying on my bridesmaid's dress with the future-sister-in-law!), but Mom said they were really easy. Recommended!

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