The Thanksgiving Post!

...a little overdue. But I now have my camera cable back, so there will be pictures! hooray!

Thanksgiving in upstate New York was chilly but lovely. Some culinary highlights:

A Festive Chickpea Tart from VegNews:

Good, very flavorful, and because you puree most of the chickpeas, it was very quiche-y - not especially beany or grainy, so non-veg people liked it, too.

This was my mother's idea: a Sunchoke Salad for those of us who can't enjoy the mashed potatoes (she's allergic to nightshades, too). I'd never had a Sunchoke before (also known as Jerusalem Artichokes).
They're bumpy, swollen root vegetables that look like a cross between ginger and a potato, but have a definite artichokey taste when boiled. I recommend these! Christina Pirello uses them in Cooking with Whole Foods a lot. Here they are boiled and mashed with lots of vinegar, some salt and a dash of dijon mustard.

This is a phenomenon known only to my mother's side of the family: Pea Salad.

Imagine potato salad, but with peas. Peas, celery, onion, vegenaise, and to make up for the lack of egg, I put in silken tofu and a generous pinch of turmeric. No one ever believes me, but it's delicious.

THIS was my triumph of the day:

A Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake from the Fat Free Vegan. It was my first attempt at vegan cheesecake, and it went well. It tasted just like pumpkin pie, and was AWESOME.

There were loads of other Thanksgiving foods in addition, of course - candied sweet potatoes, rolls, salad, corn, mashed potatoes, as well as some foods for the non-vegans, but all you get are the ones I made. It was embarassing enough to be taking pictures of food around my family (they think the whole "me having a food blog" thing is hilarious and nerdy) - I went minimalist.

And finally... our family pets enjoying the leftovers:

they're so cute.

Hope you all had a great holiday!


ChocolateCoveredVegan said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Thanksgiving!

Everything looks awesome, especially the tart and the pie! But I thought those sunchokes were pieces of ginger haha!

bazu said... Best Blogger Tips

Aww, you're so lucky your family has pet chickens- I'd love to play with them! They are the most interesting little creatures.
Your thanksgiving feast sounds good- this year was my first try of sunchokes, too, and I loved them! Your pie looks great. And is it weird that I am loving the idea of pea salad...? I could totally go for that. =)

Happy belated T-giving!

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad someone else loves English Pea Salad! Sometimes I'll just stir up some peas, veganaise, and minced onion or celery when I'm craving it. I'll eat the whole bowl in one sitting!

leninwearsredsox said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Sarah, stumbled across your blog while looking for a recipe for turnip stew online....I am curious if you'll send me your recipe for pumpkin cheesecake, it looks fantastic, and i've been craving pumpkin stuff. How's Boston? I miss the city like crazy.

Amara said... Best Blogger Tips

oh your tart looks so nice! I forgot to put the parsley garnish on mine.

I wish I could have tasted your pumpkin cheesecake. mmmmmm.