I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve and Day. Mine was excellent (were excellent?). I first set out to attend “Peewee’s Veg Adventure”, a Peewee Herman themed potluck that was the brainchild of the Bay Area PPKers. We planned the menu in advance, and every dish had a Peewee related name. Awesome!
My contributions were “Footlongs for Mickey”…
(recipe from Vegan Lunchbox)
…and “Simone’s French Toast Bites”.
(VWAV Fronch Toast)
“Snack Time Popcorn”
“Peewee’s Peepshow Hashbrowns” (gross!)
“King of Stuffed Mushrooms” and “Jambi-laya”
“Fire in the Playhouse Bread with Cheesy White Bean Dip”
The cheesy white bean dip was kind of amazing. I’m told the recipe is in Eat, Drink & Be Vegan.
“Connect the Dots Quinoa” and Cowvin Cookies from Sticky Fingers Bakery in the back. Melisser won the cookies in some contest I think.
“Dinosaur Family Kale” and “Cowboy Curtis’ Cookie Sandwiches”
“Bowtie Pasta Salad” and “Pterri’s BBQ Not Wings”
“Globey’s International Speculoos Brownies” and “Ant Farm on a Log”
My plate – I didn’t get an individual picture of the “Copper Penny Salad”, and I forgot to get some of the bowtie pasta the first time through. I definitely went back for seconds though.
To finish up, a “Whacky Tapi-oca Pudding Shooter”.
I unfortunately had to leave the party before midnight to come back to my house and co-host. There are more pictures from the Peewee party in this thread.
I definitely wanted a hearty brunch when I finally woke up on New Year’s Day, so I made tofu scramble with onions, peppers and mushrooms. I made toast from the ends of the loaf I used to make the french toast bites, and topped it with leftover strawberry sauce.
For the past couple years I’ve wanted to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, but until now I hadn’t made it happen. According to Wikipedia, “Black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day in the Southern United States and in some other parts of the U.S…The traditional meal also features collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money.” This time I was determined to have my black eyed peas!
The black eyed peas were sauteed with peppers, onions and garlic. I cooked the brown rice in my rice cooker with tomatoes and cajun seasoning, and brightened it up with a splash of lemon juice at the end. For the collards I used the Sauteed Collard Greens recipe from VCON. This is basically how I like to cook my greens, but following the recipe I think they came out a bit tastier. Especially because of the four cloves of garlic. Instead of the stock I used water mixed with chicken broth seasoning, worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.
I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2009!