Thursday, November 24, 2011
OUR VEGAN DINNER GROUP'S "THANKSMAS" DINNER LAST SUNDAY
Our vegan dinner group of 5 couples enjoyed our 2nd annual "Thanksmas" dinner last Sunday. It's a joyful celebration of vegan holiday food on a date halfway between Canadian Thanksgiving and the Christmas/Winter holidays. Our dinners are sort of "planned potluck". The host/hostess sends out an email asking what people want to bring and it usually works out to be a quite balanced meal. If not, the host/hostess will fill out the menu or put it out there that there is a gap in the menu. It always works out perfectly.
The female half of the table-- our friend Ellen was unable to attend-- in Sarah's kitchen.
I wrote a post about the Fluffy Vegan No-Knead Hazelnut/Bran Dinner Rolls I made as part of my contribution in my last post (recipe included):
They were a perfect accompaniment to Fireweed's ambrosial Wild Mushroom Soup, which was our first course, and nary a one left over.
The first course could have been a meal in itself, but we soldiered on and filled our plates with:
Fireweed's delectable Roasted Vegetable and Spud Platter:
Pelka's Creamy, Cheezy Cauliflower Casserole:
My Seitan Wellington (served with Madeira Gravy and homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange, Ginger and Rum-Soaked Raisins )-- recipe in World Vegan Feast:
Pelka's colorful, fresh and crunchy Winter Holiday Salad:
Here are two views of the main course buffet table (we filled our plates and met around Sarah and Gordon's lovely large square table):
And, then, even when we thought we could not eat another morsel, we were tempted further by Sarah's gorgeous and sensational Steamed Pumpkin Pecan Pudding with Brandy Sauce & Tofu Whipped Creme:
Ellen was not able to join us on Sunday, but her husband Rudy brought some of her wonderful traditional Scandinavian treats and truffles that are a tradition in their family, so we nibbled ourselves into blissful oblivion:
Until next time!
Happy Vegan Thanksgiving to all of my American friends, relatives and readers!