… is what I’ve called the past few days. Mostly so I can finally turn on Christmas music without feeling completely absurd, but also because I have thought about the big meal almost non-stop.
Holidays definitely motivate me to go the extra mile in the kitchen. It’s one of the few times I make fancy seitan roasts, and I look forward to it each season. This year I was struggling to decide betwixt these two roasts (click pics for original source):
I finally decided on the latter, Seitan Roast with Sausage and Pear Stuffing and Onion-Cider Gravy, because it is a little smaller and because it’s seitan stuffed with seitan. Get IN me already!
This will be the second year I’m celebrating the holiday with my girl, Erika. She’s a fellow Navy wife (so both our husbies are working through the holiday), and I love hanging out with her because 1. she’s totally down with Thanxvegan 2. her son is basically my three year old’s idol and 3. she’s easy on the eyes (she also has a lovely, completely hilarious personality. blahdy, blah, blah…). She’s also a delight to share a kitchen with. Thank goodness, because between my special lady friend and I there is gonna be so much cooking!
We were gchat’ing about it last night, and our menu is bitchin’.
- aforementioned seitan roast with stuffing and gravy
- raw cheddar dip and veg (for pre-meal snackies)
- cranberry sauce
- Martha Stewart inspired leek and onion tart
- pull-apart rolls
- fat free vegan green bean casserole
- sweet potato fries
- ppk pumpkin cheesecake
It also turns out Erika’s birthday is Thanksgiving adjacent (thank you, Facebook). So, I dug around on Pinterest for a Thanksgiving-y Birthday cake, and this amazing beast is what I found. In case you didn’t click the link, that’s a “4-Layer Sweet Potato & Ginger Layer Cake with Toasted Marshmallow Filling, Candied Pecans and Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Buttercream.” In other words, a friggin’ mouthful. Is any of it vegan? No. Do I plan to veganize it all? Yes.
Obviously, I have a lot on my plate (har, har). That’s why I’m starting my cooking today. I’ve got a grocery list. My kitchen is cleaner than it was a day ago. Let’s do this!