Oh, this Christmas post is late! I’m always a bit slow to get back into action after the big day. It also took me a while to get all the pictures from everyone’s devices and cameras. But here they are – finally! And here’s my report on our 2 lovely Christmas celebrations, plus the inevitable leftovers.
Yesterday the sun was shining again. We walked the dog, and then I felt all inspired to do homey things. I started by sweeping leaves and then planted some new lettuces. That was enough outdoorsy stuff for me! I retreated to the kitchen to find something delicious to make for dinner.
It’s been an unusual week, with lots of ups and downs. We’ve had a death, a birthday, a painful cyst and tomorrow, we have a big exam (or our son does) – and all of these occasions called for vegan foods that I don’t usually make. I did quite a bit of Googling and flicking through cookbooks, and here’s what I came up with.
What is Melbourne’s weather doing! One morning it’s 6°C, and the next it’s 21°C! Either way, it’s getting gloomy* and (often) chilly and I’ve had a hankering for warm comfort food.
Vegans in the northern suburbs of Melbourne had barely dried their eyes following the closure of the Radical Grocery Store when a new vegan grocery store opened its doors in Thornbury. H and I made a visit to Mad Cowgirls a couple of Saturdays back and found some exciting stuff – including the cookbook everyone’s talking about – Veganissimo!
I thought Veganomicon was supposed to be the ‘ultimate vegan cookbook’, but I think it may have been deposed.
I know I was probably the last vegan in the world to get my copy, but I’m absolutely loving Isa Does It! Before it arrived last month, I’d been imagining it to be a soft-covered book of about 100 pages – one of those cookbooks that are a bit like a thick magazine. It was such a lovely surprise to rip the package open and find a beautiful, big, hard-cover book with gorgeous colours and photos and illustrations.
Melbourne really turned it on for Christmas this year. After a miserable week, we finally got some amazing weather.
Now Christmas is over, and I’m chillin’ on the verandah with a soda water. The dog is roaming around the sunny garden, and I thought this would be a good time to catch up on a bit of blogging. Christmas didn’t turn out exactly as I’d planned, but it was very relaxing, a lot of fun, and way too much great food was devoured by all.
I’m just gearing up for my first Christmas as a vegan. This will be interesting! I’ve had about 20 years of family get-togethers as a vegetarian, but that meant that all of the cheesy and eggy alternatives were available. This time I’m going to have to be a bit more inventive when I choose my contribution – after all, I’m representing vegan food…and the animals are depending on me to show everyone else that it’s REALLY good!
I’m one of those list makers. I hope I haven’t just revealed some deep psychological weirdness with that admission, but it will explain why I was so excited to see the recent ‘A-Z Bookish Survey’ going around recently. It’s not (necessarily) animal rights/vegan related, but I’m going to do it anyway, because…well, I can’t resist a list!
The good kitchen fairy has been at it again! I came home to a batch of lovely vegan chocolate chip cookies. My daughter had veganised a recipe from one of our family favourite cookbooks. So that decides my Vegan MoFo post for today.