Vegan Holiday Feast
North America does gluttony properly. Every couple of months through the winter there is a holiday devoted to over indulging in really hearty food. There is Thanksgiving to kick off the feasting season, followed closely by Christmas, then Canada added in Family Day and just before the warm weather returns we have Easter. Each is seen as a reason to create these elaborate meals with dozens of sides and multiple desserts to choose from. This really hasn't taken off in the Southern Hemisphere. Christmas is the only meal that people seem to make a fuss over and it is way too hot to be eating mashed potatoes.
This is a call to for all New Zealanders to celebrate the autumn harvest with some sort of feast. There is so much beautiful produce available in early April: pumpkins, courgette, fresh onions and garlic, capsicum, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower. It won't last long either. Before we know it the season will be over and we are left with imported, frozen or swede. So let's make the most of this and feast - without the associations with horrific historical events that the North American Thanksgivings have.
Anyway, on to the food. First, the photos are not the greatest for a number of reasons that I won't go into. Just trust that they are all very tasty and relatively simple to make. Second, some recipes are my own and I will add those to my blog, others are from elsewhere on the interwebs and I will send you to them to get the recipes.
- Mint and brazil nut pesto
- Smokey garlic cheese ball
- Buckwheat and linseed crackers
- Chickpea with rosemary and cracked pepper crackers
- Mushroom deli slice
- Pumpkin pie with coconut cream