Veganland’s New Year
I adored writing my New Year’s posts, one on New Year’s Eve, and the other on New Year’s Day. I also took a lot of photos of my eats and antics in between. This was my favorite New Year celebration to date. We were snug and warm in front of an outdoor fire surrounded by our sweet strays who came to visit and watched by the indoor feline voyeurs who jealously spied on us from the bedroom window. We just adore our tiny slice of our ancient school house in the mountains, and ringing in the New Year was a celebration of not only the passing from 2012 to 2013, but a celebration of our new home and the joy it brings us each day.
My Helena Bonham Carter à la Sweeney Todd inspired outfit for the day.
We also had our own private fire works display, in Maddie’s brand new chiminia.
Pre-new year nachos, complete with my first ever batch of vegan queso.
New Year’s Eve dinner: cranberry orange brown rice, curried roasted potatoes, spicy baked tofu, and a side salad, served up with a little sour cream and pear currant chutney. All homemade by me, except for the sour cream, that was Tofutti!
The first nut milk of the new year, walnut pecan, in my cup of morning coffee.
The crown jewel of our New Year’s celebration, our baked macaroni and cheese on New Year’s Day.
I didn’t know this until Maddie came into my life, but the mac and cheese stand for strength…
The black eyed peas for luck, and the greens for wealth. This meal was to die for, and the highlight of our New Year’s Day!
My first dessert of the new year, swamp monster cookies, taken from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s recipe for Chocolate-chocolate walnut cookies in The Veganomicon. But I added Dandies vegan marshmallows to the dough. They were ooey gooey and oh so divine.
Oh, and by the way don’t watch the movie Thor, it’s terrible. Looks cool, is awful.