Merry Christmas Folks and a happy recovery to you! We are still trying to finish up leftovers! Here are some pictures of Christmas at our family's. I wanted to share a theory with you guys on how at Thanksgiving, Eid, Christmas, or any celebration that centres around family and food, we seem to develop a special stomach! I swear we do! You can eat, eat and eat some more. It's wonderful and terrible all at the same time. It's a good thing that doesn't happen to us the rest of the year! This is the reason we keep it very casual, comfortable, and simple at our Christmas do's as you can see- because we're passed out after. We usually have 3 to 4 tables set up but this year we didn't do proper settings and kept it really simple due to the last minute rushing after the ice storm blackout here in Toronto. Here is the menu- How are we alive do you ask? Barely! A detox is needed.. badly.
Now! As if that wasn't enough food, guess what was for dessert!??
My little cousin requested a recipe for a vegetarian roulade, which I had never tried to make, so I promised her I would try to make 1. For inspiration, I looked up various roulade recipes online. Do you know how hard it is to find a vegetarian roulade!? I completely understood her plight.
Since a roulade is essentially flattened meat wrapped around veggies or other ingredients, a vegetarian version isn’t always easy to think up. I saw variations using omelettes and flavoured dough to stuff with veggies, but I wanted a cop out so here is my easy Chickpea, Spinach, & Wild Mushroom Roulade! It was absolutely delicious if I must say so myself. I ate at least a cup of the filling on its own while it was cooling down before I stuffed the pastry! (whhoopps!). I am definitely going to make this veggie mix on its own without the cream cheese to eat just like that. So good!
This is a great appetizer if you cut it up and serve it to your guests or as a great vegetarian centrepiece on your Christmas table if you dress it up. I served it alongside a yoghurt and mint dip. Tasted great with and without it though. If you are serving this as the main, serve it alongside soup, salad, some roasted eggplant perhaps? A delicious veggie meal. Next time, I will make the roll from scratch, but for now, here’s the easy version.
Carrots, being my husband’s favourite vegetable/ingredient, get used a lot in our home. I make variations of carrot soups quite often. My favourite Potage de Crecy by far is still the nutty Jerusalem Artichoke & Carrot combo. This simple carrot and celery soup; however, is a great light tasting no fuss easy soup to make and serve up on a cold winter night any time!
I already put up a recipe for super cheesy macaroni pie in the summer,but a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to try and make a less indulgent version of mac and cheese so I came up with this. When you or your kids are craving macaroni pie, try this recipe out next time. Whole Wheat Macaroni Pie with Minced Meat is more nutritious than your average pie. Don’t confuse that for healthy though! *wink*!
For every person that likes eggplant, there are 3 who don’t… at least in my circle! My husband always says how much he dislikes eggplant; however, he said he would try this curry, because he had only ever had grilled eggplant for the most part and I promised this would be different. Quite different…! For those who are big on texture in food, this is a hit or a miss dish. Squishy, almost mushed up egg plant is paired with tender cubes of potatoes and they come together to make this simple and easy vegetarian curry. He only eats eggplant in this form now :) There are many versions of this combo, and I will post a recipe for 1 with the inclusion of tomatoes as well, but for now, let me know what you think of this eggplant and potatoes curry
hAPPY eATING & kEEP sMILING
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