So Christmas is over ... it's a relief, but it's bittersweet. No more sparkly lights or anticipated gifts. No more excuses to pig out on cookies, cakes, pies, and Tofurkey. But on the other hand, we have new presents to play with! I got a Nikon D60 digital camera (no more crappy photos!), a KitchenAid stand mixer, a travel mug coffee pot, lots of clothes, all five seasons of Saved By the Bell on DVD, and a cool "As Seen on TV" veggie slicer.
I also got to pig out at my Granny's house on Xmas morning. Instead of the traditional Christmas dinner, my family does Christmas Breakfast:
Most of the food is not vegan, so I bring my own tofu scramble, biscuits, soymilk gravy, and soy sausage. The hash browns that my Granny serves are vegan.
She also veganized her Old-Fashioned Coconut Pie for breakfast dessert (shouldn't every breakfast end with dessert?):
Wow, this stuff was AMAZING! I have a new favorite pie. My Granny convinced some waitress at a steakhouse to give her the recipe, and then she veganized it (she even made a whole wheat crust!). She gave me the recipe on Christmas morning, so I'll definitely include this in the cookbook.
As part of my Christmas gifts, my dad ordered me some more Teese and some Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese in Aged Cashew with Hemp Seed:
Our first impression - yuk! It had a slightly sour fermented taste, and my dad actually thought it was spoiled. But I got on the PPK forums and asked around. Apparently, it's supposed to taste like that. So I tried it again, sliced very thin, on whole grain crackers. And I actually really liked it that way. It's just not a cheeze that should be eaten alone.
If you choose to order this stuff, be warned that it is very, very small. But since it needs to be sliced thinly, it'll last awhile. I think it'd be nice with some grapes and red wine.