What a weekend it’s been in Boomdeeville. While Canadians were busy giving thanks, Mr B and I took a little side tour to the country to help celebrate an 80th birthday of a close family friend. The prairies are a stunning golden hue now, with many trees already bare.
We still had time to plan our very own Thanksgiving dinner together too. BTW, did you know I’m a vegetarian? I guess it’s not that big of a surprise if you’ve hung around here a while. You probably know how much I love animals. As such, the usual fair was not on the menu at Chez Boomdeedaizee (wink Narf). I celebrated my love of animals by serving a very yummy vegan roast. NOW, before some of you sqwinch up you nose and make sounds of contempt, check this out.
Spoiler alert! It’s moist, delicious, healthy and animal free.
Even though Mr B is not a vegetarian, he always loves this meal too. So, here’s my no-fail Celebration Roast recipe I’ve made many times that yields lovely brown veggie juice for tasty gravy too. I always serve it with roasted Savoy cabbage and mashed potatoes if I want gravy, and really, who doesn’t?
Start with a quality vegan roast and vegetable bouillon. These are the brands in my area. This bouillon is a paste and melts beautifully in hot water. I much prefer it to any powder or cube.
Lightly spray a casserole with oil or non-stick spray. Line the very bottom with a few Savoy cabbage leaves. Place the rest of the cabbage on top with a chopped onion, a few diced carrots, smashed garlic cloves and your vegan roast. Now, shred an apple over it all and sprinkle with poultry spice and a touch of nutmeg. Mix 2 cups of vegetable bouillon and pour over all. Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees or until Cabbage is tender and Roast is heated through.
For the gravy, drain the juice from the casserole and reserve. Cover and return roast and cabbage to the oven (heat turned off). Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan, add 1/4 cup of flour, stir and heat together into a paste. Slowly stir in reserved juice from casserole and let thicken. As the juice thickens, slowly add 1.5 cups of water reserved from boiled potatoes. Continue to stir until thickened. While you stir, add any salt, pepper or other seasonings to taste. Now go ahead and take a wee nap, if you’re a cat. Otherwise, Bon Appetit 😀
My table is normally a hodgepodge of special things. They remind me how thankful I am for family and friends and the home I share with my one and only.
This year there was a small pumpkin and flowers trimmed from the Mums on the porch of our new home, we are loving it so much. Aqua glasses from my dear friend Debbie sat on hand-made coasters from Florence, Italy. A trip with Mr B. I lit a candle that sweetened my holiday with Alys in Victoria. The serviette’s were a gift from my brother Ken and Adele one Christmas and my vintage seafoam calendar marks the day.
It’s all these things that remind me of how lucky we truly are and to be thankful everyday.
What’s your favourite dish served on special occasions?
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