Sunday, 5 January 2020

New Years Eats

I am not one who celebrates the new year, or makes resolutions, or does recap posts. Time is time and it just keeps on passing. I certainly don't stay up until midnight, that is way way way past by bedtime/ But I do like food traditions, so I have a few that I have made around the new year.

New Year's Eve I will normally make pizza and pie for dinner and dessert. This is what I made this year.

Chard, Coriander, and Cashew 'Cheese' Pizza from Greens 24/7 by Jessica Nadel: This pizza has a base of Chard and Coriander Pesto, topped with some broccoli florets and sliced red onion, and finished off with blobs of a delicious and easy to make cashew cheese. I used a store-bought crust for ease. The cheese and pesto were very easy to make as well. This is a really fantastic combination of flavours, and not the usual pizza suspect. The pesto recipe is lovely on its own, and uses sunflower seeds to make it nut free.
Rating: Pizza :), Pesto :)

Chard, Coriander, and Cashew Cheese Pizza

Creamy Banana Pie from Hearty Vegan Meals For Monster Appetites by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman: This is a very rich pie! First up, a word about the crust. The instructions say to bake in a pie plate, but then remove it from that to completely cool. Do not do this, mine completely fell apart. I think this must be a mistake? Unless they meant a tart pan with a removable base. Anyway, I ended up with crust bits. I blitzed them up in the food processor to crumbs with the intention of making a cookie crumb base by adding some melted Nuttelex. I followed some proportions for this from Joy Of Vegan Baking, but it ended up being too sloppy. Oh no! But I ended up just pressing it into the bottom of a lined 9 inch springform round cake pan. The filling is a mix of tofu, Mori Nu vanilla pudding mix, almond butter, and chocolate chips. I used regular chocolate chips instead of white chocolate like the recipe called for, because I hate white chocolate. As a result of my fiddling around with the crust, now really just a base, I just used a single layer of the sauteed bananas on top, not an extra layer in the middle. The base actually set up in the fridge and worked out pretty well, like a dense brownie base for it. But as I said, super rich!
Rating: :)

Creamy Banana Pie

On New Year's Day, I like to start the day with some pancakes for breakfast, and end it with some beans and greens.

Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Tofu 1-2-3 by Maribeth Abrams: This recipe makes a lot of pancakes! It says 15, but I got 16, so between three people we had several left over. I made half with chocolate chips, and half just plain. To be honest, for breakfast I preferred the plain ones, the chocolate chips make pack a pretty rich punch first thing in the morning. The pancakes have silken tofu and a banana blended into the liquid ingredients. Lovely served with maple butter, maple syrup, blueberries, sliced bananas, and some peanut butter.
Rating: :)

Banana-Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Coconut Black-Eyed Pea Curry (Lobia) from Vegan Eats World by Terry Hope Romero: I took a different spin on my greens and beans this year. In the past, I have made many versions of Hopping John, normally having to make my own black eyed peas from scratch because you can't get them tinned. For a brief few months though, there were some tinned ones available. Sadly I only bought one, and now they are gone again, but I used that tin for this recipe (with a second tin of kidney beans). This is simple, you make an onion/garlic/spice paste in the food processor, but then it is just sauteeing that and simmering beans in a coconut-milk broth and then mixing through some coriander. I served it with some spinach for the greens (no collards where I live), and some brown basmati rice. This served three people.
Rating: :)

Coconut Black-Eyed Pea Curry (Lobia)

However you do or don't mark New Year, I hope you had some nice days regardless.

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post

Dim Sim on New Year's Day

The one tradition I very much do care about is going to sleep and waking up next to this precious baby for the new year, and if fact for every new day regardless.


  1. That pizza looks beautiful! I love pesto as a pizza sauce!
    Happy New year to you, and beautiful Dim Sim!!!

    1. It was such a good pesto as well. I don't use pesto that often, but this was a fun way to play with it.

  2. How interesting about the silken tofu in the pancake batter; I don't think I've ever had pancakes with tofu in them!

    1. Honestly I think they just added it to justify it going in their tofu book. ;) However, as I had a little bit of silken tofu left over from something else that needed using up, it was handy for me.

  3. I didn't grow up with New Year's resolutions, but last year I set some goals, and achieved some of them, so I did that again. But it isn't because of the calendar as much as having the time off work gives me space to think about how I might want to change things. The same thing happens to me every time I take a vacation--I end up wanting to change some aspect of my life.

    Along these lines, this year I vowed to treat myself to a special breakfast once a week, and banana chocolate chip pancakes sound like a great one to try soon.

    1. I only get the public holidays off work, everything else is business as usual. Maybe that is also why I don't really get excited about a new year, maybe it is more fun if you have had some time off?

      But a special breakfast once a week is definitely a goal I can get behind!