Monday, October 8, 2012

Canadian Thanksgiveganing: AKA Your Best Meal Ever

plate of awesome

When you are nine months pregnant and have just moved into a new house and some people offer to come to your house and bring you all the complicated parts of a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, you jump at that chance. Especially if those people are awesome, like Krishna and Magi, and if they also are going to bring their three dogs to make things into a real party.


As you can see from this photo, I am still quite pregnant. And hungry. So when Krishna and Magi (and Petunia, Bluebell, and Maya) arrived with a large, delicious seitan roast I was really excited. For my part I made some brussels sprouts (shredded with lemon and poppy seeds) and some mashed potatoes and gravy (miso based). We laid all the food out on my beautiful-vintage-sideboard-that-I'm-in-love-with and dug in. Wow, it was good.

spread

Oh, and of course there was dessert. It didn't matter that we'd all had seconds of dinner (except for one of us who had thirds) (Magi) we were excited to dig into the pumpkin brulee custards that Krishna and Magi brought. They even borrowed a kitchen torch to fire them up properly. Now that's dedication. I think the recipe they used was this one of Dreena Burton's.

pumpkin brulee

I made a somewhat over-the-top and not at all healthy vegan cheesecake for the second dessert. It was "no bake" which meant a quick blend of all the ingredients in my nice Vitamix and the whole thing was  basically done. I've never actually made a vegan cheesecake with actual vegan cream cheese before, but this one was too good to resist, especially since it used some of the vegan Speculoos cookie butter that was burning a hole in my pantry.

Speculoos vegan cheesecake

The Man of Science, who is a big fan of cheesecake, declared immediately that this tasted like non-vegan (aka "real") cheesecake, and was quite excited about it. I haven't had cheesecake in years, but I have to say this certainly tasted the way I remember cheesecakes of yore tasting. I used Sheese brand cream cheese instead of Tofutti, which may have been the reason. I've never tried any of the Sheese cheeses before, but it was what the healthfood store had when I arrived, so I took my chances and lucked out. Everyone agreed that the desserts were the perfect end to the meal. 

desserty!

All those photos were taken by Krishna (seen below with Petunia), whose camera was NOT out of battery power like mine was. She and I both wish we'd taken more photos of the six (six!) dogs who were in attendance. Well, there's always next time when we'll have six dogs and one new baby. Whenever that happens. I'll keep you all posted. 



J. 








11 comments:

vegan.in.brighton said...

Seitan roast & dogs, that sounds like my kinda party!

coconutandberries said...

England so misses out on not having Thanksgiving. Looks like you had a feast! I made the same seitan roast for Christmas last year and it was delicious :)

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

holy cow...YUM! it all looks so delicious!

Kittee Bee Berns said...

that buffet of yours is beautiful! hope you had a great thanksgiving. your friends are total keepers!

xo
kittee

Mélanie said...

It all loks so delicious! I must try that cheesecake.Where did you find your Speculoos cookie butter? I live in Ottawa so I'm hoping your found it locally.
Love the picture of your 9 monts pregnant self! I remember that feeling, it really seems like you've been pregnant for like a year, doesn't it?

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the buffet love, Kittee! And yes, those friends are keepers for sure.

Melanie: sorry to say the Speculoos butter did not come from Ottawa, but rather from a very generous friend in New Jersey who got it at Trader Joes. It's got to be just a matter of time, though, before we have it here.

Mihl said...

Yes, that is how pregnant women should be treated! Happy belated Thanksgiving and all the best for your remaining pregnancy!

awesomeveganrad said...

6 dogs and 2 desserts! I'm jealous!

EMArt said...

Thank you so much for making the best aunties EVER happy with full bellies of yummy food. The meal sounds amazing and we really want to make the cinnamon buns with Auntie K someday!

Elaine Shandra said...

Looks fabulous! Thanks for the pumpkin custard recipe link too :) I'm so going to make some for AM Thanksgiving or perhaps Christmas, or even both! I <3 pumpkin

Maggie Muggins said...

Every dinner should end with two desserts :) There’s nothing better than amazing food, good friends and animal friends!