Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t believe this holiday season has come and almost gone! I say almost because the Spanish really know how to extend the festivities, and tonight and tomorrow are actually the big holiday celebrations in Spain with the arrival of the Three Wise Men or the Three Magi! So for us the magic that is the Christmas season is still going on, for two more days at least!
The new year has arrived, and we have so much planned for Little Green Kettle for 2015 I can’t even tell you! Before we get started on the new year though, as is tradition in the blog, I’m giving you a behind the scenes tour of what our little Christmas celebration was like. Menu and links to recipes included of course!
At our house we have a bit of mix when it comes to the way we’ve always celebrated the holidays. My husband’s family, as is traditional in most Venezuelan families, always have the big Christmas feast on Christmas Eve. I’m going to say it right now, they’re a bunch of cheaters! They wait until the clock strikes 12, watch the fireworks and then have a big feast after which they proceed to open the presents. That’s right! They don’t wait to go to bed and wake up to a present filled tree and eaten cookies and milk. Technically it’s Christmas Day after midnight so they have a post midnight field day and go to town. That’s cheating am I right? In my family, we would often spend Christmas Eve at my grandpa’s house and then have our big celebration, pancake breakfast, presents and the holiday feast after waking up on Christmas morning, When my grandpa was out of town, my mom and I would spend Christmas Eve watching holiday films (Home Alone was a must and is still a tradition on Christmas at my house) and eating pizza, and then we would wake up to breakfast, presents and a day full of cooking, prepping for the feast on Christmas Day.
Every year my husband and I have a decision to make: his way, or my way? I’m very happy to report the fact that after years of being a sore loser, I won this year! In part due to the fact that all our friends were free to come to our dinner party on Christmas Day and not Christmas Eve (hey! I’ll take what I can get!). So on the 24th we started the baking of the pies, adding the last minute touches to our holiday decorations, and this year I decided to make the pizzas instead of buying them. The photos didn’t turn out great, but the pizzas were amazing! Everything from the crust to the sauce was made from scratch. Whole wheat spelt crusts and a roasted garlic tomato sauce. Toppings included frizzled onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, vegan pepperoni, a little drizzle of truffle oil, and of course tons of melted vegan mozzarella!
We all cuddled up on the couch and watched some Christmas films and quickly dozed off.
The next morning included waking up early to take the doggies on a long walk and of course, cooking, cooking and more cooking. I just love a big holiday feast with all the trimmings and traditional time spent in the kitchen, filling the house with amazing smells.
At night, the twinkle lights were on, our guests started arriving and it was time for our annual vegan Christmas celebration.
This was this year’s vegan holiday menu!:
Warm ‘cheesy’ artichoke and spinach dip with toasted baguettes (recipe by the wonderful Chloe Coscarelli)
Seitan and oat meatballs with cranberry sauce
Pan seared crispy vegan ‘chicken chunks’ by the Vegetarian Butcher (easily the best vegan product we’ve tried this year!)
Roasted garlic for spreading on everything!
Country Style Apple Pie a la mode (with Booja Booja cashew vanilla ice cream)
Can you smell the goodies? The entire house smelled of delicious roasted garlic and cinnamon from the pies. Yum!
After everyone’s bellies were filled, and the beers, wine and apple cider had done their thing, we called it a night and cuddled up with the doggies. They were totally exhausted since they had had some doggie guests of their own that night. All in all it was a wonderful feast filled with stories, yummy vegan food and the best company. None of our guests were vegan, but when you make yummy food, it gets eaten. It’s as simple as that! We all had over-filled bellies by the time it was over.
From my little family of four to yours, I hope that you had the most wonderful of holidays next to those you love, and may the new year bring even more fun, laughter, health and well-being than the one before. I certainly don’t know what I did to get this lucky. Last year was incredible! I’m so ready for this great year that we’re about to start… I can already tell it’s going to be amazing!
Happy 2015 dear followers! I feel so blessed to have you stopping by, reading and cooking with us!