BitterSweet

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Hungry for the Holidays

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As much as I want to tell myself that Thanksgiving is still months away, and I still become alarmed when the subject of Christmas comes up, the truth is that I’ve actually had a head start on the holidays. In fact, all things considered, I’ve already eaten more than one Thanksgiving dinner! No, it wasn’t because I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, but because I was tasked with the weighty duty of preparing and photographing a number of dishes for the VegNews Holiday E-Cookbook. Come mid October, I had quite the harvest feast on my hands; all vegan, all incredibly delicious, and all to myself. Open up this handy guide to holiday cooking and you can expect to find mains, desserts, and everything in between, such as…

Pumpkin Seed Battered “Chicken” with Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Seitan Roulade with Oyster Mushroom Stuffing

Dark Forest Trifle with Coconut Custard

Plus many more, of course.  Additionally, you can find my White Gingerbread recipe in the dessert section as well, in case you missed it two years ago! Just having that lovely loaf baking away in the oven, filling your whole house with the scent of sweet spices, is sure to get you in a festive mood.

So, do you have the menu for your grand vegan thanksgiving banquet planned out yet?

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

39 thoughts on “Hungry for the Holidays

  1. Hannah, those look like the best holiday eats ever!

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  2. No menu yet, but great company :)

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  3. Hannah, seriously, these pics are breathtaking. i may have never commented on this blog yet but i’m a long-time subscriber. these pics inspire me to do something amazing for thanksgiving this year. thanks for the inspiration

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  4. Oh, wow. Pumpkin-seed crusted chicken? Amazing. When is the e-cookbook out??
    Thanksgiving is going to be bigger than usual this year but luckily my mom makes a lot of vegan sides. I’m thinking I’ll make a vegetable tart and perhaps now mozy on over to check out your white gingerbread recipe…

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  5. Oh, duh it’s out. I’m there!

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  6. You have outdone yourself. The food looks gorgeous.

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  7. WOw! THose all look SO good! And your photography is always amazing! Seriously!

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  8. Yum, that looks great, especially the trifle! Since it’s just the husband and I for Thanksgiving we ususally go pretty simple, we’re thinking of trying that new stuffed Gardein thing this year :)

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  9. Oh wow, all of that looks so good! I always say i’ll try to make something new for Thanksgiving, then get pulled back to my old favorites. But I think for once I might really try something new!

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  10. Oh yum, that pumpkin seed battered tofu looks especially delicious.

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  11. Well, I didn’t have anything planned yet but now I want to make that pumpkin seed battered chicken. And I don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving, I want to make it now. It looks so good! :-)

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  12. wow! those all look amazing and delicious!

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  13. Hannah, everything looks so perfect and delicious!

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  14. I can’t even begin to think about the holidays yet! Oy. Everything looks fantastic though and I’d be so happy to see this at my Thanksgiving table…way happier than I’ll be to see the turkey that will surely be there…

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  15. Fun task! That all looks great, especially the seitan roulade. At first, I thought it was some kind of peanut butter-chocolate dessert! What was your favorite of the recipes you tested?

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  16. That first picture is making me so hungry! Love the vibrant green broccoli… whoever gets to enjoy meals with you for the holidays is sooo lucky!
    xo
    Eco Mama

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  17. Now I know what I’ll attempt to make this Thanksgiving. Everything looks perfect!

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  18. Aww lucky! I wish I could take pictures for a cookbook. Sounds very exciting. Your pictures are always amazing : ]

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  19. Everything looks SO good! Wow!
    I usually have a Tofurkey every year, but I’ve been intrigued by a new Field Roast product I’ve been reading about…think I’m gonna try and get my hands on one!

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  20. Looks like you have been making some amazing dishes!

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  21. These look really beautiful, Hannah! I can’t wait until Thanksgiving. Mmm.

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  22. Ah, but here in Australia Thanksgiving is months away! Months of never away, actually! ;)

    I’d be willing to argue with my parents that we need to celebrate another country’s national day just so I can have vegan trifle and white gingerbread, though…

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  23. Congratulations again on another great photography job! It all looks sweet (and savory) :)

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  24. It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away! I don’t have anything planned for it yet. In fact, I don’t even know whose house we’re going to! How did it get to be the holidays again already?!

    That trifle looks mind-blowingly good!

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  25. I think you should come and cater my holidays (:

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  26. Hannah – this is exquisite. It sings of celebration and coming together. I am not vegan, but cook mroe and vegetarian and vegan for health, for love, for the earth. Your blog is such a grand find.

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  27. This is all gorgeous! I am still trying to determine what I will be making/taking to the church Thanksgiving pot luck. I need to talk it over with the monkey and see what he would like for me to make for him. :) I am leaning towards a gluten free stuffing of some sort and a dessert that he can have as well.

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  28. Wow Hannah…everything looks so yummie, so nicely presented as always. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  29. Those dishes are absolutely gorgeous!

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  30. Once again, your photos are absolutely stunning! Black Forest cake was my favorite when I was little, so that trifle is just calling to me!

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  31. I think I might skip the holidays. I can’t believe they’re almost here, I’m a bit … overwhelmed?
    I was thinking of making a roasted pumpkin ‘fondue’ (filled with slices of a baugette, cheese- I guess you could do vegan cheese – and mushroom broth), wild mushroom soup IF I do Thanksgiving.

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  32. O, and everything of yours looks super-delicious. Is the triffle already on your blog? I want the recipe :)

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  33. Awesome as usual- can’t wait to try some of these recipes, especially the pumpkin seed “chicken” :D

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  34. Well, if that’s not just the most enticing series of photographs ever…!

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  35. Haven’t even thought about it, yet…it’s approaching waaaaay too fast for me! All of these recipes look delicious and doable but the one that I’m really going to have to try immediately is the trifle. Wow, that’s my kind of dessert.

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  36. Wow that roulade looks awesome, Hannah! What a great collection :).

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  37. So delicious. I almost cried.

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  38. Hannah, what kind of “chicken cutlet” did you use for the “chicken”? The recipe in the book doesn’t specify one.

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  39. Oh wow everything looks SO good!! I wish I could have been sitting in your kitchen being a recipe taster for all this delicious Thanksgiving food. ;)

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