December 11th, 2009

Christmas dinner ideas please!

This is my first Christmas as a vegan, and I am really keen to show my omni family that vegan food is delicious!!
My vegetarian sister and I usually just make a Sanitarium 'Veggie Roast', but having done that for the past few years I am bored of it, and want to cook something myself. Whatever I cook needs to be ok for my sister to eat, because we are the only two that don't eat meat. She doesn't like tofu (having never actually tried it) so the recipe either has to have no tofu, or tofu that is not obviously tofu! Preferably the latter, because I think she would like it if she were tricked into trying it.
Any ideas would be very welcome! Feel free to leave dessert ideas too, because I am struggling with that too! I just want everything to be perfect! :D

Harry Potter themed Christmas presents

I know I'm always asking for help here, but I need some more help! I am doing a secret santa at work, and I need some ideas. Everyone at my work is super awesome about my vegan-ness (which is a great change from my last job) but I want to blow everyone out of the water and make them jealous that the vegan didn't draw their name.

I have gathered some information and here is what I have: she likes chocolate (but not really dark chocolate), peanut butter, pumpkin, cheesecake and peppermint. Her favorite book series, helpfully enough, is Harry Potter.

Now, at first I was just going to make some peanut butter cups and peppermint patties (courtesy of vegweb) and maybe the no-bake peanut butter pie from VWAV and get a cute mug or something (we do secret santa for three days) but now I want to do something impressive. Like come up with magical sounding names, or other recipes that could be like they came from the wizarding world, or cute ways to make them. I can't make chocolates in molds, however. I have tried that before and they wouldn't come out of the mold for anything. I tried greasing the molds before, sticking the pan in warm water for a few seconds and then a few more seconds, and then a few more (you can imagine how they eventually came out - half melted). But other ideas would be fantastic.

And I was planning on using just melted tropical source (or whatever they're called) semisweet pieces for this and my other holiday baking, but is there a cheaper way? Can I make it or do you know of other brands that are vegan? I can never seem to find some.

Thank you so much!!!

ETA: I was planning on just making the peppermint patties and peanut butter cups (I'm also making some for general holiday presents) in little cupcake tins with paper liners. If you know an easier way, let me know!!