Saturday, October 1, 2011

ROSH HASHONAH HOLIDAY GLUTEN FREE AND VEGAN DINNER


Every year Taibi and Liam cook Rosh Hashonah dinner for the family. My niece Taibi is vegan and I'm glutenfree and vegetarian so it's never the traditional meaty meals some families have, but it's always pretty wonderful.


This year, though, was off the charts, since Taibi went all out and carefully orchestrated the family's contributions to fit her detailed meal plan and wow was this some amazing meal. I contributed a vegan gluten free poppy seed bread (not a challah, though it WAS round), but more about that on another post. Here's the recipe for luscious yam and fruit tzimmes pictured left.


This post is about the wonderful, tasty, rib-sticking food we had to celebrate the Jewish new year that Taibi and Liam worked so hard to present us with. All vegan. All gluten free. All delicious!
The recipe for the Beet, Cucumber and Orange Salad can be found here.




Here are some snaps, which really don't do justice to the foods.






And one note: would make a fine menu for any gathering any time of year: hearty homestyle food, varied in texture and flavor, and absolutely satisfying!



In addition to being a fine cook, Taibi is a graduate of Pratt Institute and a talented artist whose work can be found here and here.

The recipe for Just-As-Sweet-As-Honey cake can be found here.




Here are some other recipes for the foods we enjoyed. They are very freeform, and should be seen as jumping-off points for you to adjust them to your family's taste. We LOVE onions and garlic in my family, for example. If yours doesn't, you might want to go easy on the quantities. The seasonings are those any pantry has. The one item you might have to search for is the Tofutti cream cheese, or any other non-dairy cream cheese, although the two non-dairy eaters in the family prefer Tofutti brand.

Have fun re-creating either all or part of this feast we enjoyed. Hope you and yours love it as much as we did!

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH GARLIC AND ONION

food process tons of garlic and some onion
brown in pan w olive oil
roast quartered brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper
mix roasted sprouts with brown garlic/onion mixture

QUINOA AND BLACK EYED PEA STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS

cooked quinoa and beans mixed with browned red onion and tomato sauce, seasoned with salt
stuffed in hollowed out pepper and then roasted for maybe 1 hr?

SPINACH STUFFED BABY BELLA MUSHROOM

clean mushrooms and remove stem
cut up stem and saute with olive oil
in a food processer mix spinach and tofutti cream cheese. more spinach than cream cheese i think, bc the spinach whizzes down to so little. season with salt. i might have put some browned garlic in this as well (mixture of mostly garlic and some yellow or white onion)
add chopped mushroom stems to this cheese, spinach, garlic (?) mixture. mix it up.
stuff the mushrooms and put them in the oven for a while until the tops get crispy looking.

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