L'Shana Tova U'metukah! Have a happy sweet New Year!
Whee! Another faux-year has gone by, chosen ones! Rosh Hashanah is such a good holiday. It's like regular New Year's, but better:
1) You don't have to make resolutions - in fact, you have 10 days to be as terrible as you want because on Yom Kippur you atone for that shit! (K that's not how it really works but still.)
2) You celebrate by eating apples and honey-substitute and not by drinking your face apart.
3) You don't have to worry about what huge (awful) party with lots and lots of (awful) people you'll be invited to on New Year's Eve, because you have big family dinners! Full of tons of food, wine, and yentas! So fun!
For all of you gentiles, that's all there is to know about Rosh Hashanah. Great right? You know you wanna convert.
Last night, for the first night of Rosh Hashanah, my parents hosted the dinner for my grandparents and good family friends. Of course, I made 90% of the food. Every gathering is a chance to win people over with great vegan food, people!
- Potato leek soup (recipe follows)
- Salad with mixed veggies
- Cauliflower-carrot mashed potatoes (recipe follows)
- Mango BBQ Beans (from Appetite For Reduction)
- Stewed okra and tempeh (recipe follows)
- Peas & pas' (description follows)
- Broiled shaved Brussels sprouts
- (Chicken for putzes)
- Chocolate Yogurt Bundt Cake (from the PPK blog)
- Vanilla peanut butter cake balls ('recipe' follows)
- Lots of fruit
Potato leek (and carrot!) soup
This is not even really a recipe, just add whatever vegs, spices, what nots you want and it'll probably still be amazing. I do some kind of variation of this every week, usually with broccoli and potatoes and greens.
Cauliflower-Carrot Mashed Potatoes
Again, this is barely a recipe, but it works and is impressive, apparently. And delicious! It's also really pretty, but I forgot to take a picture.
Mango BBQ Beans (from AFR)
These beans are insanely good, and they are really easy to make. Everyone loved them, and their sweetness was appropriate for the holiday. If you don't have AFR, you should go buy it, because it's amazing.
This one is like a gumbo? I guess? but I have no authority to say so. It's just really yummy and really easy. I loved it, as did all of the guests.
- 1 big onion, diced small
- olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bunch of celery (head of?), chopped
- 1t thyme, 1/4t red pepper flakes, 1/2t cayenne pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 lb. okra, chopped
- 1 can (16 oz., though 24 could work) diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted)
- 1C+ water
- 1 package tempeh
- 2T soy sauce
- Saute the onion, oil, and celery over medium heat for a few minutes.
- Add the garlic, and saute until things start to brown a little.
- Add the spices, and more oil or water if things stick, and cook for a minute more
- Add the can of tomatoes, then fill the can about halfway with water, and pour that in the pot.
- Now, add the okra to the pot, along with the bay leaves. Add more water if necessary.
- Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let it all simmer, covered, for at least an hour. Keep checking to make sure things don't stick/burn. I let it simmer all afternoon, on low heat, because why not.
- In the meantime, make your tempeh. Crumble it in a small saucepan, and just barely cover it with water and the soy sauce. Bring to a boil, then cover (with room for steam), lower the heat to a low simmer, and let cook for 15-20 minutes, until it's dry. You can saute it a little longer if you want the tempeh to brown.
- Add the tempeh to the big stew pot, and continue cooking everything until there's no water. Then enjoy!
For the best Brussels sprouts of your entire life, start by shaving the sprouts, like pounds of them. Or, to make it easier, buy them already shaved (Trader Joe's sells bags of shaved ones). Take 2-3 bags, or pounds, of shaved ones, coat them with olive oil and salt and pepper (use your hands, get in there), and put them on a big baking sheet covered with parchment paper, in the oven at 375° for 20 minutes, or until the edges are browning and crispifying. So amazing.
Also, I highly recommend making cake balls whenever you have leftover cake! Some of you might have seen the post where I made Rachel's English Trifle, from 'Friends'. I sensed some concern that I had to throw out so much good cake, custard, and icing due to the beef cube contamination. No way, guys! I would NEVER waste food! I tossed a very thin layer of whatever components touched the meat, and then I saved all that shit, yo! Duh! That cake was good otherwise!
I had at least one entire vanilla cake layer leftover from the Trifle of Doom, and the vanilla frosting. I got the frosting, added about 1/4C peanut butter, mixed like a mofo (HAHA MOFO) to work on my guns, man, and then squished in the cake. Do you want it laid out more easily?
- Mixing bowl of cake and frosting
- Melt chocolate
- Squish cake & frosting into balls, cover with chocolate, have a stroke of genius and top with sea salt and raw sugar, place on a baking sheet covered with parchment or waxed paper, refrigerate for an hour or so, until needed.
I love how much our guests were freaking out over them. They aren't anything; they're cake balls! So easy! But whatever, make them all the time and get lots of compliments. Many New Year!