Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Happens Every Year

October 29, 2011

Hi, everyone!

I apologize for not keeping my blog updated. Truth be told, I haven’t really done much for the holidays this year. I just moved to a new city, started a new school, and had about a billion other things to do. I just haven’t had the time. The most exciting food I’ve made for Halloween this year was some chocolate-covered pretzels with Halloween sprinkles, and I only did those last night : ( I’ve got plans to make some caramel apples this weekend, but nothing I haven’t made before.

It’s just been a very busy time for me. I hope to get this blog back on it’s feet by next year, with scheduled postings for most holidays. I would actually rather start a vegan holiday website with categories and links to holiday posts from all over the inter-webs, but I need to find someone who can help me with that first.

I hope everyone is well, and I hope you all have a very happy Halloween!

– Andrea

Advertisements

Five Months of Excuses!

April 5, 2011

It’s pretty ridiculous that I haven’t updated since Thanksgiving. I do have some decent excuses, though! Here’s a timeline:

First two weeks of December –  Finals
Last day of finals – Computer blew up
Late January – Got computer back, but started a new semester of school
February-March – I was lazy (not a good excuse)
March 30 – No signal between my monitor and my computer (last straw)
April 4 – I GOT A NEW, NON-DEMONIC COMPUTER.
April 5: I decide to start posting again!

I actually didn’t even do anything for Valentine’s Day this year, and I didn’t really do anything special for New Year’s. I’m just a tiny bit upset I wasn’t able to post all of my Christmas junk, and I didn’t do anything at all for St. Patty’s or Mardi Gras.

But I’m going to stage a comeback with Easter! I’ll do some planning this weekend. I’m thinking brunch and a (plastic) Easter egg hunt. But I’ve thought that for the past few Easters and it hasn’t happened. So we’ll see!

I hope you’ve all been able to celebrate some fun holidays this year!

– Andrea

Stocking Your Pantry for a Very Vegan Holiday Season

September 14, 2010

The first day of Autumn is coming up next week. To me, that is the official start of the three month-long holiday season. Now is the perfect time to start stocking your pantry and freezer with non-perishable items and baking supplies! Starting early also gives you the opportunity to gather coupons and save money on things you would otherwise buy last-minute and pay full price for.

Everyone has their favorite brands and products, but I’m going list what I use most of during the holidays and suggest brands if need be.

Items to Have on Hand for the Holidays

In the Pantry:

All-purpose flour
Whole wheat flour
White sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered/Confectioner’s sugar
Baking soda
Baking powder
Cornstarch/Arrowroot powder
Egg-replacement powder (Ener-G brand)
Vegan chocolate chips (I use Whole Foods brand, because they’re cheapest!)
Various decorating supplies (sprinkles, colored sugar, food coloring – I use Wilton gels)
Dried fruits (Raisins, apricots, dates, cranberries, etc.)
Vanilla extract, almond extract
Maple syrup
Agave nectar
Mollasses
Various nuts (Pecans, walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc.)
Various seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, poppy, sesame, etc.)
Various oils (Olive, vegetable, canola, peanut, flaxseed, etc.)
Various vinegars (White, apple cider, red wine, balsamic, etc.)
Various jams, jellies, chutneys
Nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.)
Vital Wheat Gluten
TVP
Silken tofu
Coconut milk
Canned pumpkin (x10!)
Dried pasta
Dried/Canned beans
Canned tomatoes (including tomato paste)
Vegetable broth/bouillon (also No Chicken Broth and No Beef Broth – Imagine Foods or Superior Touch)
Canned vegetables and misc. (artichokes, roasted red pepper, olives, capers, pickles)
Soy sauce
Cream of Mushroom soup (as a base – you know you have to have green bean casserole at some point over the next few months. I use Imagine Foods brand.)
Dried herbs & spices (Garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, paprika, sage, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, whole cinnamon sticks, cloves, turmeric, cumin, chili powder, dill weed, poultry seasoning, rosemary, allspice, ginger, cream of tartar, etc.)

In the freezer:

Puff pastry
Pyhllo sheets
Pie crust
Frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
Frozen vegetables (corn kernals, green peas, green beans, etc.)

In the refrigerator:

Non-dairy margarine (I use Earth Balance – buy sticks for easy and quick measuring)
Non-dairy milk (soy, almond, etc.)
Non-dairy sour cream (Tofutti)
Non-dairy cream cheese (Tofutti)
Crescent rolls, pizza dough, bread sticks (these can be homemade, but it’s nice to have an easy solution ready and on-hand – Pillsbury brand is vegan, as well as some store brands)

Produce:

Onions
Garlic
Whatever is in season! Buy your produce once you have your menu(es) ready for the week and know what you’ll need an use.

Non-edible Items:

Cupcake/Muffin liners
Measuring cups (for both dry and wet ingredients)
Cake, muffin, and loaf pans
Cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Wax paper
Parchment paper
Aluminum foil
Baking sheets
Electric mixer
Whisk
Various pots and pans
Mixing bowls
Serving platters
The list goes on..

____________________________________________

Obviously, most people who cook often will have the majority of these items in their kitchen already. But this is just a little reminder that you can use as a checklist for your next trip to the grocery store. You don’t want to be in the middle of a crucial holiday recipe and be caught without a key ingredient. The best thing you can do this time of year is plan your menus in advance, go through your kitchen to see what ingredients you already have, and make a list of what you need. That way you won’t overbuy and you’ll be all set for the week.

I need to go through and check my kitchen’s inventory. I’m ready to start cooking!

– Andrea

Now on Facebook!

August 22, 2010

Hello, everyone!

I just made a Facebook page for Very Vegan Holiday, and it would be awesome if you joined. It’ll be a good place for food discussions and crafting ideas. And we can all giggle over our holiday menus and plans 😀

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming!

Join Very Vegan Holiday’s Facebook page HERE!

– Andrea

What gives?

June 22, 2010

The way I just stopped updating this thing, you probably think I’ve been on holiday! But I haven’t. It’s just been hectic these last few months.

The Disney Store I worked at closed in April. I started back to school in May. June has been nothing but family drama… Let’s just say I’m hoping July will be better. I have a few back-posts I need to make, since I’m obviously horrible at posting things in a timely manner. I plan on having a fun, food-filled Indepence Day. So I’ll be posting about that, as well.

I missed out on cooking for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, the first day of Spring, Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, and the first day of Summer. I guess you can see which holidays my priorities lie with? Oh well. I’ve still got a few summer holidays left 🙂

– Andrea

Being Vegan at Carnivals & Fairs

October 5, 2009

Carnivals and fairs aren’t exactly vegan paradise. But they can still be enjoyed without giving up your ethical/environmental/health beliefs.

Zebras in Love.

Sure, there’s deep-fried butter and sausages with sprinkles for all the omnis. But there are also some seriously delicious treats for us herbivores! And you will find them, I’m sure, at a place that looks similar to this:

It is here, in the great and all-powerful Candy Land, where you will find such wonderful treats as candy apples, cotton candy, and (possibly) popcorn! For popcorn, you’ll want to check the ingredients. Many popcorn brands and varieties are made with artificial butter flavorings/ingredients and are safe. Some still contain dairy. It’s always safe to check if you’re not sure.

Food vendors at carnivals and fairs are not likely to know what the word “vegan” means. So it may be best to say something like, “Hi, I have a bunch of weird allergies, and I was just wondering if I could check the ingredients on [insert food item here] before I buy it?”

Do you see how the sugar-coated apples shimmer and shine in the beautifully harsh lighting? It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Yes.. So is this cotton candy mustache made by my boyfriend:

How monsterous!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 No. These items are not healthy. But what food in the wide world of carnivals and fairs is? I would most definitely say these are some of the best picks if you’re not looking to drop dead of a heart attack in front of all the kids waiting in line for the Tilt-a-Whirl.

Things to Avoid at Carnivals and Fairs, Besides the Obvious:
Funnel Cakes (dairy and/or egg), Caramel Apples (dairy), anything fried (the breading and/or coating will likely have dairy or eggs), the game carnies (they’ll steal your money right in front you and you won’t even realize they’re doing it), and doing this after you eat:

Also: be on the lookout for dead babies..

They win prizes.

They win prizes.

If you’re really missing out on things like corn dogs, make your own vegan corn dogs before you leave for the fair! My caramel apple post will be coming up soon, as well. So.. watch out!

I hope you all get to enjoy a nice trip to the fair this season!

– Andrea

Hello, world!

April 17, 2009

Hi, everyone! My name is Andrea, and this is my brand-new vegan holiday cooking blog 😀 I’ve never had a blog before (unless you count having a personal Livejournal account), so I’m quite new to this. I’ll do my best to learn quickly, though!

This blog will contain all of my holiday cooking adventures. If you happen to know me from Livejournal, then you probably know Halloween is my favorite holiday. So I suspect this blog will jump into overdrive around mid-September. However, there are still plenty of things to celebrate between now and then, so don’t lose interest just yet!

Well, there’s my introduction. I hope to have a few posts up soon so that I can get this blog-show on the road!

Happy holidays,

Andrea