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Did anyone else take a picture of their Holiday table or foods?

Let's see them!

Here's what we had, though it all may not show up in the picture:

My family is Lacto-ovo but the meal ended up being "accidently" 90% VEGAN - basically everything (except as noted) was stuff I could enjoy too! I
my family!

Breaded "turkey" seitan cutlets baked with mushroom gravy.

Mashed potatoes with carmelized onions.

Green beans with toasted almonds.

Oven roasted beets.

Stuffed Mushrooms.

Cooked carrots that were PURPLE on the outside and orange on the inside - very unique and yummy!

Wild rice with cranberries, dried apricots and pistachios.

Huge green salad with vegan ranch dressing

Shredded beets, carrots and jicama to top your salad.

3 kinds of rolls. (1 kind had eggs in them)

Yams with pecans and Maple Sugar.

Fresh Cranberry-orange-ginger relish.

Wine, sparkling cranberry juice, (real) eggnog

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Vegan pumpkin, pecan, apple and rhubarb pies and (real-not vegan) whipped cream for dessert

Vegan fudge, pumpkin bread and chocolate cookies and coffee
 

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<---jealous

There was *one* vegan dish on my family's table this year, and it was the one I made and took. I made vegan paella, and basically everyone ate about 1 or 2 bites to be polite and I ended up bringing the majority of it back home.

It was really pretty too, I wish I'd taken a pic of it. :shrug:

Then again, last year *nobody* ate what I brought (if memory serves) so 1 or 2 bites is a small step, yes?

Question: What kind of carrots are purple on the outside? Some special variety? How did they taste, out of curiosity- like normal carrots?
 

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I'm noticing the longer I am vegan the less the omni family will eat my vegan food. It's 'normal' food that just has the egg/dairy omitted. I'm not asking them to eat tofu or tempeh. It's starting to annoy me. Especially with the desserts. In the beginning they ate everything and couldn't tell the difference. Now all of a sudden they're asking, is it vegan?
 

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Im with you Karen. I love my family, but sometimes they are just rude. Like at our Thanksgiving: I made some freakin awesome baked beans(before going veg*an, I would eat sooo many of these cans! I LOVE them! hehe). Im not trying to brag, but these things tasted better than any kind Ive ever tasted! But, as usual, when I let my mom taste them, she scrunches up her nose and says"Ugh, something's missing, and something's wrong with them." I asked her what was wrong, and she just shrugged and walked off. Then later at the dinner, I dont think she thought I could hear, but my dad was like "ohh, baked beans" and started to get some, and she goes "Those are savanna's. She made them" and scrunched her face up and was like "Trust me, they taste.....different" So he just kinda put them spoon down and walked away from them.

Same thing with dessert. I made some Fudgy Brownies(from Vive Le Vegan) and they were so melt-in-your-mouth-delicious. And they never eat them.
 

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I often don't TELL them it is vegan until they are done... it's probably easier for ME to do that since I'm just getting into the vegan thing~

I told MIL after dinner that "shhhh, everything but the turkey and gravy were vegan" and she just smiled and said it was all really good. (of course, they don't cook, and any home cooked food does taste better than prepared canned, etc)

Your tables look great, guys! I wish I'd taken pics...

We ended up having:

turkey (had to cook it, BYOT next year)

gravy from drippings (not fun to make either)

FIL baked some whole wheat biscuits so I didn't touch them (probably milk)

& I made:

candied mashed sweet potatoes (like mashed, but add a little vegan brown sugar in when mashing)

garlic & onion mashed potatoes

steamed asparagus

butternut squash (mashed with salt, nothing terribly special)

vegan "stuffing" (homemade stove top version made with vegan cornbread crumbled up, veggie broth, and onion/celery saute'd in oil, sage, thyme, salt, pepper)
 

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I don't get why people won't eat something just because it's vegan. I was eating a vegan peanut butter cookie at the cafeteria, and it was really big, so I offered half of it to my friends at the table and my friend Kelsey was like, "Eww....no thanks." I mean I'm not a vegan, but I don't think you need to have milk and eggs in things for it to taste good. It's puzzling, really.
 

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TNS your table looks awesome and your meal sounds delicious!!!!

We had our meal here, but went to my sil and bil's for dessert, i made the chocolate chip cookies from Vegan with a Veng.........they are delicious, anyway, everyone ate them and loved them, my hubby announced they are Vegan, that made everyone even more curious about them, they were pleasantly surprised! I said, no dairy or egg, but lots of fat and sugar, so not to worry
 

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My menu was listed in the other thread about what was going to be served... here are some pics..

This is my table:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006001.jpg

A closeup of a placesetting (mine, specifically):

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006003.jpg

Appetizers:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006004.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006005.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006006.jpg

Seitan Roulade!

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006007.jpg

Dinner: (minus the cranberry sauce, cornbread, and gravy, which were on the dining table, and the pumpkin soup, which was served as first course)

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006008.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006009.jpg

Dessert:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...ing2006011.jpg
 

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Question: What kind of carrots are purple on the outside? Some special variety? How did they taste, out of curiosity- like normal carrots?
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Originally Posted by jeezycreezy View Post

Are those the ones in the basketball?
It's not a basketball
it's a dish painted like a PUMPKIN!

They're actually an heirloom variety (carrots used to ALL be purple a zillion years ago or so).

http://www.seedfest.co.uk/seeds/carrots/carrots.html

My mum grows 'em in her garden, all organic and everything. They're really juicy, sweet and a little more "carrot-y" in my opinion.
 

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Everything except the turkey was vegan at my family's Thanksgiving for eight (two vegans). I'm lucky to have a family that is willing to try pretty much anything, regardless of whether or not it is vegan.

We had:

Green salad with homemade dressing

Indian Rice Salad

Pickles (Israeli, dill, and mushroom)

Vegetable soup

Grapefruit, oranges

Homemade bread (white and whole wheat)

Steamed asparagus

Ginger roasted winter vegetables

Cranberry sauce

Baked white potatoes

Sauteed vegetables

Apple pie (premade crust filled with apples and cranberries)

Raisins, Craisins, walnuts, cashews
 

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This looks meager, but it was actually a ton of food for just two of us (me and my boyfriend)...and, we just moved into a new house this week, and didn't have time/energy to do major cooking. But we had a wonderful meal: garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans almondine, stuffing, and wine, with pumpkin pie for dessert (first one I ever made). All homemade and all vegetarian (almost all vegan). My boyfriend is omni but said he didn't care about having turkey!

picture won't upload....
Will try later.
 
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