Monday, October 11, 2010
Today is Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada which means a long weekend for us and all the happiness that goes with it. We went to my parents' house for dinner with the family last night and I spent a ridiculous amount of time preparing the vegan portion of the meal for The Man of Science, my mom, and me. But it was worth it! Look at this gorgeous food!
That cute savory chickpea pie up there is from this Dreena Burton recipe published on the Veg News site and suggested in the comments of my last post by Sarah. Thank you, Sarah! It was great, especially when paired with mashed potatoes and vegan gravy. I used a crust recipe from Vegan Brunch and used the leftover bits to cut out those acorns and leaves with some cookie cutters we got as part of a fall-baking themed wedding gift from our friends Megan, Chris, and Brigid. It's amazing how little things like that turn a boring old pie into something Martha Stewart-esque.
This was my vegan dessert, a pumpkin cake with chocolate icing and sugared walnuts. I used my own pumpkin cake recipe but halved it so that I had one small regular cake instead of a giant bundt cake. The icing was my Lazy Woman's Chocolate Icing which is just melted non-dairy chocolate chips with a tablespoon of Earth Balance margarine mixed in. For the walnuts I just toasted them in the oven, then tossed them with a bit of margarine and then with a few spoonfuls of sugar. We got to take a lot of this home with us (it was the dessert last picked for the team because it was in competition with my mother and aunt's pumpkin, apple, and raspberry pies) but my aunt did try some and raved over how moist it was. It's a really nice seasonal recipe, not overly sweet, and very good with tea. But then, what ISN'T good with tea? Really.
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