Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas Dinner

A week before christmas I asked Andy if he wanted anything special food-wise to celebrate the holiday. He definitely said it was just another day and he was happy to treat it as such.

Fast forward to 1 pm on Christmas Eve, when Andy looked at me with sad eyes and said "So you're not making anything?" We decided on a stuffed seitan roast, so walked up to the store to buy a few things. As I started making stuffing, we decided to just go ahead and have christmas dinner the day before christmas, since we were already cooking.

Nacho made sure I didn't screw up the cranberry walnut stuffing.
Andy made a tossed salad, with lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, uncheese, mango and orange.
As the seitan was roasting, I glazed it with a mixture of orange marmalade and cranberry jelly, so it got nice and crispy on the outside.
We made our favourite coriander-lime potato and cucumber salad.
Some extra cranberry orange sauce took the place of gravy, since it complemented the cranberry walnut stuffing so well.
Here's Andy's plate. He also made some garlic butter baked mushrooms. Luckily, I didn't make dessert, because all we had room for was a tiny square of Maya Gold chocolate.Christmas morning we opened a present from Andy's mum--a jigsaw puzzle--and then spent the day putting it together. Well, sort of. We got it mostly together and then got bored.
We munched on leftovers and fruit and cookies. We played with Nacho. We turned on the aircon in the bedroom and watched a movie in the cold.

Boxing Day, I was ready for some new food, so I made rice paper rolls. They are filled with bean vermicelly, mango, cucumber, lettuce, and mint. For the dipping sauce, we had a dip-off. Mine was sweet chilli, soy sauce, and peanut butter. Andy's was sesame oil, cayenne, soy, sugar, vinegar, and mint. Both were good. (Mine was thicker and better for dipping. In your face!)
Boxing Day was cold and rainy, so we turned on the oven for dinner and simultaneously baked a cake. Orange Rum Tea Cake from VwaV. Very sticky, sweet, and delicious.
Nacho got a few new toys for christmas. Wrapping paper, a champagne cork, a box.

We ate tons of food, didn't leave the house for two days, and had a great time. How was your christmas?

13 comments:

Ashasarala said...

Honestly, that sounds like the perfect Christmas. The food looks great and it all sounds so very relaxing. Mine was hectic and that has simply got to change in future years.

Plus, a new kitten always makes every day a happy one, no?

Happy Holidays to you and yours. =)

VeggieGirl said...

what a lovely Christmas dinner, with the ones whom you cherish the most - Nacho looks like he especially enjoyed his new presents :0)

that rum cake looks particularly drool-worthy - yum!

Anna said...

Great to see what you did over the Christmas period--sounds like a nice relaxing one, and I just can't stopping gasping over Nacho's cuteness. The seitan roast looks really interesting! And now I must try the orange tea cake...

Liz² said...

what a colourful christmas spread! I'm loving the brightness and fresh-fruitness of it all. and that cake! :o

high five for relaxo-christmases, eh?

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

wow, everything looks so good! well done.

Vegetation said...

Awww Nacho, SOOOOO cute!! That seitan roast looks scrumptious!!! And your baking.....YUM!

Johanna3 said...

yum that looks like a very tasty christmas!!

Pink Theory said...

I love the way you didn't have anything planned for Christmas meals, nonchalantly go to the store to get a few things, and then whip up this incredibly amazing Christmas FEAST!! It all looks great and it sounds like a perfect way to spend the holiday!

Amy said...

Yum, everything looks tasty and healthy! I made stuffed zucchini (stuffed with brown rice, walnuts, currants, etc.) as our family's veg dish.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Nacho must be a good cook, because those dishes all look spectacular, especially that seitan roast!

Amy said...

This looks like a nice Christmas!!!! Hope Nacho is enjoying the pressies.

bazu said...

Awesome Christmas post! Happy new year to you guys! (I know, I know, it's like, January 6th in Australia already, but here in California, the clock just struck midnight! ;-)

evRen said...

xhamster thanks