Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope 2010 will be a year full of joy, success, peace, and growth!

How was your Christmas? Ours was quiet, fun, and joyous. Our Christmas meal was delicious, healthy, and full of flavor. We wanted to review 4 of the recipes.

Ricki's Tofu Frittata was outstanding! Full of zucchini, mushrooms (instead of potatoes), tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and olives! A great flavor, with subtle tarragon, and texture like an egg frittata or an egg salad. We would love to try this recipe again with different spices like Mexican spices, Greek spices, or Curry spices.

Another winner - Veganomicon's Cornmeal Masala Brussel Sprouts! We love brussel sprouts, and the subtle masala spice complimented the nutty cornmeal. Lots of cornmeal crumbs, but great as leftovers with beans or other veggies.

We made cranberry sauce, and served it over Italian cornmeal cake. The cranberry sauce was slightly tart, but very tasty, and with a little bit more plum nectar and agave, it turned out great! This is our recipe adapted from the Yoga Journal:

Naturally Healthy Cranberry Sauce
Makes ~ 4 cups.

3 cups frozen cranberries, thawed (or fresh)
1 cup diced apples (about 1 apple) - or try pears
1 cup plum nectar (or other juice like apple juice, cranberry juice, or pear nectar)
1/4 cup - 1/2 cup agave syrup, to your preference
1/8 tsp salt
2-3 tsp currants
1/4 tsp agar powder

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium to medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occassionaly until apples pierce with a fork, 18-25 minutes. May need to cover the saucepan and let simmer.

The Happy Veganarian's Speculaas cookies were perfect for a not-too-sweet snack. Could use a tad more cinnamon, but otherwise spiced and nice with hot tea! We made about 25 round soft bite-size cookies.

So did any of you Southern guys and gals have your black-eyed peas? We enjoyed a black-eyed pea soup with celery and garlic and broccoli for New Years luck! :)

"Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth."
~Martin Luther


Mihl said...

The fritatta sounds really delicious! Glad to hear your Christmas was fun and happy new year!

Andrea said...

Your meal sounds great and you've convinced me to try a couple of the recipes. I'm going to make black-eyed pea salsa to take to a brunch tomorrow - though I'm a Northerner. Northerners need good luck, too!

Happy New Year to you both.

Ricki said...

Those speculaas sound great! And I'm so glad you liked the frittata (and that it's still good w/o the potato--I need to cut back on starches, too). :) Mexican or curry spices, in particular, sound like a fabulous variation to me.

Andrea said...

Your dinner looks so delicious - I'm especially taken with the frittata. Have a happy and healthy new year. I look forward to reading your posts.

Linda said...

The frittata sounds so good! To get our blackeyed peas in, we made "cowboy caviar" which is basically a salsa with blackeyed peas. Great with pita chips. Happy New Year!

LK Sisters said...

Thanks for all your comments!

Frisco divorce attorney said...

That tofu frittata looks so great. I had my first frittata a few weeks ago, surprisingly!