Monday, 30 October 2017

VeganMoFo 2017 #30: Veganomicon for the Holidays

30th: Practice run a dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or another upcoming holiday

It really isn't long until the holidays are here! And as an Australia, I mean until Christmas is here, as we don't have Thanksgiving. Two months to go, though the shops have been selling Christmas stuff for the last several weeks. I decided to make a holiday-themed dinner from Veganomicon, the original one. I know there is a new edition that has just come out, but I am still old school and stuck in the past with my treasured old copy.

Caramelised Onion-Butternut Roast with Chestnuts: The idea of roasting and peeling chestnuts from scratch does not appeal to me, I don't think the end result is worth the effort, but I had found some packaged chestnuts for cheap in an Asian store ages ago and I needed to use them up, so this seemed like a good chance. The recipe calls for a pound of chestnuts in the shell, I had 250g of ready to use chestnuts, which was enough for me. I always find chestnuts oddly textured. For this casserole, onions are roasted in a pan (mine never did go brown and crispy, but they still tasted good) and then are mixed with butternut, chestnut, white beans and herbs and baked. At the end, a herby breadcrumb mix is put on top and baked until golden. This is a fairly easy casserole if you don't have to fiddle with the chestnuts, most of the time involved is baking time. And it ends up with a nice sweet flavour, with a bit of salt from the topping. The recipe says it serves 6-8, but I would say it serves 4.
Rating: :)

Caramelised Onion-Butternut Roast with Chestnuts

Holiday Cranberry Sauce: This recipe calls for apple cider, and in Australia our apple cider is alcoholic and fizzy and not at all what this recipe wants. I always think of cider as being spiced, but I did some reading and it seems like a lot of cider is just unprocessed apple juice? So I used some fresh pressed cloudy apple juice from a bottle for it. The recipe claims to make 5 cups, and I didn't want that much, so I scaled it down to 1/3 of the recipe but ended up with less than a cup. I used the agar powder option, and I used frozen cranberries. I found this to be a very tart sauce, on its own I was not a huge fan. It did go well with the sweetness of the casserole, but I don't think I'd make to to plonk on top of a roast dinner.
Rating: :| on its own, :) on casserole

Holiday Cranberry Sauce

And here it is all together! I served it over some wilted baby spinach and brown rice, and with some roasted Brussels sprouts.

Caramelised Onion-Butternut Roast with Chestnuts; Holiday Cranberry Sauce

Cute Kitty Photo of the Post - Month of Sahara

Sahara on Christmas

Sahara and our kitty Christmas stocking. This was last year, which was her last Christmas.


  1. Your meal looks delicious! Veganomicon is one of my favorite cookbooks ever!!
    When I check it out from the library again I will be trying this recipe!
    I love that picture of Sahara. She was such a gorgeous girl!

    1. She was indeed gorgeous. <3
      Vcon is such a great book, I have been slowly revisiting it over the last few months, which has been nice.

  2. Your meal looks great; I'm pretty sure I've never cooked with chestnuts before!
    Sahara with the stocking; how sweet <3