Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day of the Dead

Today was Dio de Los Muertos, the Mexican holiday honoring those who have passed. As a lover of all things skull-ish, I've always adored the traditional Day of the Dead skeleton decor.

But in my tradition, I honor the dead on Halloween, when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest. But since I went to Me-maw's on Halloween night (see last night's post), I held my annual feast honoring my dead friends and family on Sunday night.

Every year, I make the same delicious stew for this occasion — Smoky South American Seitan Stew from Grub by Bryant Terry and Anna Lappe:

I sat a place at the table for all my deceased, and this year, I had to add three extra plates to the table since that many friends have passed since last Halloween. There were plates for Xander, Daniel, Smoky, David Ray, Alexeis (my kitty that died of feline leukemia years ago), Patches (my kitty from childhood), my Grandpa Haas, my Aunt Ruth, and the newly deceased friends Trudy, Tammy, and Adam.

I enjoyed the hearty stew of homemade seitan, chipotle peppers, red potatoes, and fried plantains in silence as I honored their memories.

On the side, I made my Pear Salad (a recipe from my cookbook) made with fresh farmer's market pears from Jones Orchard, walnuts, green onions, and a homemade pear vinaigrette:

And not pictured is the slice of walnut-scallion bread from Memphis-based Shoaf's Loaf. For dessert, I enjoyed a Maple Spice Cupcake purchased from Imagine Vegan Cafe:

It was a nice meal to enjoy with friends and family who have passed. We will remember.

13 comments:

Sheridan said...

Well, that looks like the perfect comforting meal to honor friends & family that have passed. To this day, I can't think of Xander without hearing the gigapet song in my head. I don't know all of the peeps personally that you listed, but may they all rest in peace.
And I certainly wish we had an Imagine to go pick up a cupcake whenever we wanted one!

Alpha Blonde said...

Wait...where can I buy your cookbook?? That pear salad sounds amazing!

Kittee Bee Berns said...

Your tradition sounds really lovely, Bianca.

xo
kittee

JL goes Vegan said...

I'm so sorry your table grew this year, Bianca, but what a lovely, lovely tradition.

Tender B. said...

A nice way to celebrate. Here's to next year's table remaining the same size.

Brian Woz said...

Great tradition and great looking stew! Love the new self pic as well. Is that a Voodoo donut you're tearing into?

The Health Sleuth said...

bianca, love that pic on the sidebar, it made me lol.

also, we should talk via email or chat - i want to talk to you about the RBTI i'm doing and why i'm doing it, in case you're interested...

Caitlin said...

the pear salad looks amazing! homemade pear vinaigrette? *swoon* i can't wait to get your cookbook!

Rachel Fesperman said...

I did a Day of the Dead feast too! Mine was on Halloween and I did a vegan taco bar with beer beans, sweet potatoes, and greens as fillings plus some yellow rice I made. I set up a dead shrine surrounded by foods and candles and a stick of my favorite incense. It was a really fun way to do Halloween, with great food and even better friends. Also I dressed as Frida Kahlo. Can't get much more dead that that.

T said...

What a special feast! And the cupcake kind of looks like it has marigolds on it, also appropriate! That stew sounds fab... Bryant Terry has a new cookbook coming out and I cannot wait.

laceylovesfood said...

Do you have a preferred seitan recipe you use?

Anonymous said...

I love your new picture, its adorable!

foodfeud said...

I pour a 40 oz out occasionally. But your celebration is nice too.