Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Christmas Eve

So I am still a little behind in posting stuff. This was our Christmas Eve meal.  We had a smaller meal this year.  We wanted it to be a little bit simpler. In years past, I might have made a dozen or so dishes.  I would start cooking early and we would eat from each dish after it was made. So we would end up eating small plates all day long instead of a sit down dinner.  I brought out the good china and we sat down for a low key meal with champagne.

This was a slightly sweet stew made with fruit and veggies.  The base was a mix of stock and mango nectar.  The main ingredients were seitan, pearl onions, carrots, dried apricots, and prunes.  It was seasoned with cinnamon, garlic, cumin, cardamom and saffron.

The stew was served over mashed sweet potatoes.  For a salad, we had leftover Apple Slaw from the holiday parties.
Vegetable Bread
On the side, we had some Vegetable Bread.  This white bread was baked with sundried tomatoes, green bell pepper and onions.
The dessert was a Chocolate Cake with chocolate icing.  The cake was sprinkled with coconut and topped with dried mango pieces dipped in white chocolate, crystallized ginger and dried cranberries.  The white chocolate was not vegan, but was something I had on hand that needed to eaten.  I have just about cleared out all the nonvegan items in the house.  

River hopes that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year is starting out great for you.

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