Monthly Archives: December 2014

Putting up the tree menu

One of my very favourite things: making menus to match occasions. Yes, even occasions like putting up the Christmas tree. I can’t help it!

I wanted a menu that had a distinctively festive feel, but only festive light. I’ll be having three Christmas dinners this year, and I don’t want to be bored of the dishes before I even get to the December 20s! I also wanted the dinner part to be light enough that there was still comfortable room for cookies and egglessnog. Here’s what I ended up with…

The main: Moroccan Chickpea Vegetable Phyllo Rolls with Balsamic Maple Sauce from Eat, Drink, and be Vegan by Dreena Burton.

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http://www.vegan.com/recipes/vegancom-top-10-recipes-of-2008/moroccan-chickpea-vegetable-phyllo-rolls-vegancom-top-10-recipe-2008/

To me, this is a full 5-star recipe. The filling smells amazing when it’s baking, and the final product looks really quite fancy for something so easy to pull together. As for the taste… delicious! Rich, slightly spicy, savoury, and slightly sweet all at the same time.

Served with: Kale Slaw with Curried Almond Dressing from Let Them Eat Vegan by Dreena Burton.

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http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/recipe-page/?recipe_id=6025864

I made this salad for the first time at Thanksgiving last year and have had repeated cravings for it even since. The curry flavour is very mild, and the bright green of the kale, sprinkled with dried cranberries gives the dish a nice festive feel. The two dishes worked great together and made for the exact balance of indulgent but room-for-cookies that I was after.

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And then the cookies…

Dreena again (she’s been nicknamed the vegan cookie queen for a good reason!): Pecan Date Nibblers from Let Them Eat Vegan.

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http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/pecan-date-nibblers-with-dreena-daughters-video/

These cookies are impressively decadent for such a healthy recipe (oil-free, sugar-free, GF option), and orange rind gives them a nice seasonal touch.

The shortbread is Old-Fashioned Pie-Plate Shortbread from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero.

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http://senseicooks.com/old-fashioned-pie-plate-shortbread/

I didn’t have stamina to deal with chocolate as well, so I bought the truffles. @Fueled by Fruit, I’ll try your black bean ones next time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRmoaN6aBts

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And, finally, the egglessnog. So far, my favourite of the recipes I’ve tried is Raw Vegan Eggnog from This Rawsome Vegan Life.

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http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2013/12/you-gotta-love-raw-vegan-egg-nog.html

Yes, there was still time to get the tree up ; )

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