I'm not Jewish, but sometimes I wish I was. They get EIGHT days of celebration for Hanukkah and let's face it, dreidels are pretty darn cool. So are matzo balls and latkes. To celebrate the first day of Hanukkah on Monday, I made the Autumn Latkes from Veganomicon:
Shown here with a dollop of Tofutti sour cream, these babies are far from the traditional potato latkes. They're made with shredded beets, sweet potato, and carrot. I needed to use up some sweet potatoes and I knew these were good (it was the first dish I tried from VCon when I got it last Xmas), so it seemed an obvious choice.
I also whipped up some Apple Sage Sausages from a recipe I found on Get Sconed!
The recipe originated on the PPK from Jayne (aka Virginwithamemory or VWAM), but it's reprinted in full on Jess' Get Sconed site. They're gluten-based sausages steamed using the Julie Hasson method and get their awesome flavor from dried sage, dried apples, and a bit of mashed potato. These have been perfect for breakfasts this week with leftover Fruitcake Muffins (see last post).
Finally, I've been giving out Xmas gifts of homemade Chocolate Fudge from The Joy of Vegan Baking:
All I can say is, WOW! I'd never made fudge before, but it's super easy and this stuff tastes just like the non-vegan fudge I remember. It's very rich, and really addictive. I can't stay out of it. But who cares? It's the holidays.
Speaking of holidays, I'm fixin' to sit down with a cup of soy nog-spiked coffee and watch Earnest Saves Christmas for old time's sake. I'll going to be parents' house tomorrow for gift time, followed by Xmas breakfast at Granny's, and Xmas with my boyfriend's family in Clarksville.
Happy Holidays, Ya'll!