The day before, I had prepared "the best lentil salad ever," which I've made before. No surprises this year.
Also those Union Square Cafe roasted bar nuts with rosemary:
This afternoon I prepared raw kale salad (with red onion, goji berries, and hemp seeds in holiday colors). I guess there's not a great solo shot of that, but here's the above along with a plate of roasted red peppers and steamed leeks that my mom made.
My dad was in charge of sauteed mushrooms (shiitakes, creminis, and bellas) that he made with shallots and either port or Madeira and lotsa olive oil:
There were also roasted sweet potatoes - both Korean and yams:
It was a lot of food. I only took this one plate and was pretty stuffed, and my mom had bought even more vegetables that she didn't prepare. (I should mention there were only six of us at the table - my aunt and uncle came as well.) Here is my plate:
(Oh yeah, also some raw snap peas.) Unpictured wine and champagne.
Dessert was a little less of an ordeal. There was non-vegan apple-cranberry pie and I brought Newman Alphabet cookies to make rum balls.... When I realized I had forgotten the rum, I just ate the cookies.
Speaking of pet(lt)s, some quality cat time was had. Haxan supervising the kale:
Sleepy Christmas Eve cats:
And perky Christmas-morning-investigative-wake-me-up-at-seven Cicero:
That's all, folks. Hope you had a good holiday and a very punk rock Christmas (or whatever.)