Thursday, November 24, 2011


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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!


spiceislandvegan said...

OMG! Looks so yummy. I missed making your Seitan Wellington. That pumpkin pudding looks so good. Was that your recipe Bryanna? I made your steamed pumpkin pudding and it was sensational. Adding pecans on the bottom like that is a great idea.

Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

It was yummy, Debbie! Sarah's pudding is similar to mine, except I use dates in mine and she uses raisins. The pecans a a brilliant addition-- I love pecans!

CautiouslyAudacious said...

Amazing! Happy Thanksgiving!

wingraclaire said...

Happy Thanksmas! I made your dinner rolls and everyone LOVED them. When I make a blog post I will definitely link to yours for the recipe. Thank you!!!!! Wingraclaire

Connie Fletcher said...

What an amazing looking spread!!!! It must be so nice to have friends that share your food preferences. sigh....