Thursday, December 27, 2007

Greetings from the Land of Dial-up

My parents are still on dial-up Internet service. I don't think of myself as an impatient man, but dial-up is enough to make you want to throw your monitor out the window waiting for that bleedin' progress bar to inch its way across the screen. That means I can't post any photos right now.

I made the Cranberry Glazed Tofu for the members of family who were at my parent's house on Christmas Day. It was a smashing success. My grandmother looked at it warily, and said something to the effect of "what the heck is this?,"but gobbled it right down and enjoyed it. I made crispy tofu this time (instead of baking it) to save time and oven space, and it opened up a discussion about how close the texture was to those chicken balls they serve at Chinese restaurants. I will chalk this recipe up in the "win" column.

On Boxing Day the whole family was here and I made the Holiday Stew for the vegans among us. We ran out of chick peas so I used cubed extra firm tofu that had been thawed and frozen. It worked really well. The meat-eaters had roast beef, which, quite frankly, was disgusting. The smell of cooking flesh and fat was bad enough, but the sight of sliced, bloody meat affected me more than I thought it would. The stew was really tasty, though.

My Mom has been catering to our needs all week, and we love her for it. She made a vegan Swedish Tea Ring for Christmas morning, which turned out way more tender and tasty than mine. Ah, the mother's touch . . . . She also made Chickpea Pot Pie with a mashed sweet potato topping instead of crust, which is a great low-fat option.

Thanks to all for the D.C. restaurant recommendations! I will bring my camera and blog from the road.


Krys said...

Hi. I stumbled upon your site thanks to PPK. I like it. I am a vegan mother/wife and we have a 15 month old. We live in Texas, so you can imagine the not so friendly vegan offerings here. It is great to see other vegan families like us. Your recipes are quite lovely and I plan to try them out. Thanks.


Bandana Mama said...

I'm right there with you at the sight of bloody flesh. I hosted Thanksgiving this year and allowed my cousin to cook the dead-animal at my house even though we're vegan. As it was heavy, she asked if I'd hold one end of the pan as she loaded it in the oven. My hands started to shake as I tried to touch that pan. I backed away and insisted if she was going to cook a corpse in my house, then SHE was going to cook it. I was amazed, and at the same time 'proud', of my reaction to even getting near that turkey.