It is almost “turkey day” in my country of birth!
Celebrating Canadian thanksgiving as an expat is a win-win situation, namely because it involves inviting a slew of friends over to eat great food and get rip-roaring drunk, all without the uncomfortable chaos that family gatherings can entail. No drunken uncle flirting shamelessly with your friends and no screaming children. Excellent all around.
We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early this year, all without the bird of course! Unfortunately we were all so busy hoovering dinner that I did not manage to take pics. So I thought instead, I would give you some tips in case any of you might be looking for some inspiration for this year’s festivities.
¨Thanksgiving without ze meat, pas possible!¨, you may say. But I have got some sites that just might change your mind:
Isa is always cooking up something goooood! In fact, this year I made her roasted potato and fennel soup to start, followed by cauliflower and mushroom pot pie with black olive crust from Veganomicon, with a side of steamed beans, finished with a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. Divine!
Isa’s got a whole “thanksgiving” category so get searching!
These guys have great recipes (even a cookery school called ¨Cordon Vert¨). You can browse their recipe database and select for casual dining or even gourmet recipes. I have tried several of their nut roasts and they are fantastic, especially paired with a wine reduction or a creamy gravy. Or how about their awesome-looking chestnut bourgignon pie?
VegNews have a great recipe database as well. Search for ¨thanksgiving¨ and you will be rewarded with all sorts of great recipe ideas. For example, I insist that you try the two “cheese” lasagna. It is simply the best lasagna recipe I have ever made. EVAH. The omnivorous relatives were all over it like a rash.
Oh yeah, and if anyone wants to make a vegan meringue pie for their dinner table this year, why not wow ’em with this recipe?
What are your favourite animal-friendly meals for the holidays?