Friday, November 23, 2007

Vegan Thanksgiving



This is my first official U.S. Thanksgiving here as a resident. I don't really care for the history of Thanksgiving — you know, the wanton slaughter of Native peoples, the disgusting consumerism, the slaughter of millions of animals, etc., etc. Thanksgiving in Canada is a much more subtle affair. Excuse for a day off really. I suppose there isn't a huge frenzy about it because it's not associated with shopping like it is here. The day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. is *THE* big shopping day of the year (sort of like Boxing Day in Canada).

But I digress... I suppose I should also say what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for my husband (who's the best by the way), good health, being able to live a decent life without having to scrape by (been there, done that — trust me, it sucks), family, friends, the health of my companion animals (I had a rough time with that a couple of years back), and I am thankful for all the vegans out there who have made the compassionate and ethical choice not to participate in the exploitation of animals on all levels.

*climbs off soapbox*

What we have here is a Tofurkey roast with stuffing (glazed with agave nectar, orange juice and dijon mustard), homemade mushroom and onion gravy, glazed carrots, green bean casserole (based off this recipe) and mashed potatoes with green onions. It was delicious! After trying both Tofurkey and Celebration Roast now, I think I like Tofurkey better (taste and texture) but homemade seitan (Bryanna's recipes) is still the best.

I still have those stupid cranberry/apple/potato dumplings and Tofurkey gravy that came in the dinner kit box. I'm going to have them for lunch today. Hope they actually taste good.

ETA: Had the dumplings and gravy for lunch. The gravy was decent (mine is better though) but the dumplings were kind of... meh. It's like mashed potato with cranberries and apple in a perogie dough almost. I don't really like mixing sweet and savoury very often so I didn't really like the dumplings. What would be awesome is if they decided to change it to just a potato dumping (with more seasonings) and remove the cranberries and apple. Then it would be like... er... a perogie!

4 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

How exciting that this was your first U.S. Thanksgiving, as a resident! I too choose not to think about/celebrate Thanksgiving for what it's "based" on - I celebrate it as a great opportunity for extra time/enjoyment with family/friends; and a delicious meal! :0)

Looks like you for sure had a great meal - although I prefer the celebration roast over tofurky ;0P

ms. veganorama said...

Heh, I know lots of people prefer the Celebration Roast over Tofurkey... I'm not sure why I like the Tofurkey better. Maybe because of the glaze I used and my homemade gravy?

Cherie said...

Hey. The soy-seitan turkey from Bryanna's recipe was pretty good. I didn't think it tasted like turkey and I'm not a fan of meat substitutes, but it was tasty with the gravy and had a hint of thyme flavor, which I like.

madeinalaska said...

humm I have yet to try Tofurky.. I have tried the celebration roast and thought it would make a darn good sandwich .. but, by itself.. umm I thought it was okay! This year I mad the 'turkey' breast from The real food daily.. and it was okay.. Last year I did turkey tofu from one of the Sarah Kramer books (forgot which one) and that was by far the easiest most tastiest to date! I will for sure be doing that one next year!
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