HOW DID I FORGET TO TAKE A PICTURE??!! Sigh.
I cooked like a madwoman on Wednesday. I wanted a homemade roast and have made the stuffed roast in 1000 Vegan Recipes before and loved it. It’s not hard to make, but it does take a little time. I don’t know why, but mine puffs up while it bakes and so I end up with a loose outer layer on the top, but it’s still really good. It’s best when topped with gravy and our favorite (and very easy recipe) is the basic brown gravy in The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. Simple, yummy and it keeps well for a few days if you have leftovers. Seth asked me to make some cornbread for him and his mom so I decided to make it into muffins so I could take some to my parents’ house and any leftovers could be easily frozen. I used the Fired Up Jalapeno Cornbread recipe in 1000 Vegan Recipes, minus the jalapenos. I just poured it into a muffin pan and baked it until it sounded done when I tapped the tops of the muffins. They turned out really good and even my very not-vegan niece commented on how good they were. Yay! I pleased the pickiest eater on the face of the Earth! I didn’t use a recipe for the potatoes. Seth peeled and boiled them for me and I just tossed them in my KitchenAid stand mixer and mixed them with some homemade butter, salt, pepper and unsweetened almond milk until they looked done. They needed more salt but who’ll notice that when you have gravy anyway? I also made a small batch of stuffing from a recipe I found on the Savvy Vegetarian site. It was good, but I think it needs a little more oomph. Not sure what, but I’ll tweak it the next time I make it. My sister made a loaf of French bread which was super yummy and my mom made a green bean casserole (they automatically buy a vegan mushroom soup like Imagine brand now) and she also made a broccoli salad (substituting Nayonaise which she now uses in place of non-vegan mayo all the time – progress). Both the casserole and the broccoli were yum and I ate way too much dinner. My other niece shared a Dough Bakery chocolate chip cookie with me for dessert and also took home a cinnamon roll I brought to share after tasting them and exclaiming with wide-eyed wonder that they didn’t “taste vegan”. Maybe she thinks everything we eat tastes like tofu and broccoli? Oh, and my mom made a frozen brandy dessert using So Delicious ice cream (it’s basically a whole bunch of liquor added to ice cream, mixed with the ice cream in the blender and then re-frozen). I’m glad my very omni family is so open to veganizing some of the recipes we’ve had on the table for years, and they don’t even bat an eye. In fact, my dad likes So Delicious better than cow’s milk ice cream! So there.