Two hundred and twenty-three

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving – a holiday filled with yummy things to eat, celebrating family, and giving thanks for all the things we have.  A holiday that I thought would feel like I was missing something by not having turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes.  I was wrong.  I love my family.

The smell of the turkey is amazing.  The ham looks delicious.  It’s been too long since I’ve been able to go to a holiday family get-together because of my job at the pub.  It must have been Christmas since I last saw everyone.  Veganism is one of the topics of the day.  “Who’s party is this?”  my uncle teases me, as everyone has made accomodations for my new eating choices.  My mom had a separate bowl of mashed potatoes without the butter or milk.  My aunt had a side dish of turnip for me.  My other aunt who hosted even asked a friend of hers from work who is vegan for ideas and made a vegetable-casserole dish and a vegan rice dish with cashews for me to eat!

There were a few teasing moments and some debates on topics about veganism that I have yet to research fully (for example, if a vegan was dying of cancer and the only medicine that would save them was tested on animals, would they die or take the medicine?  My response to my brother who asked this question was “people do extraordinary things when they are dying in order to survive – like eat their brother if there was no other food!”). 

When it came time to eat, I did miss the traditional meal, but mine was delicious too.  Even though my family might not understand why people would give up gnawing the meat off the turkey bones or enjoying the creamy ice cream with their dessert, they had fun with the concept.  And the dessert I brought had everyone that tried it (besides my bratty brother) impressed.  I felt full and tired when I left and thankful for the wonderful family I have – just like any other Thanksgiving, vegan or not!

Here are the recipes again (and some photos) for the salad and cake I brought – Quinoa and Sweet Potato Salad from PETA and the Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream Frosting from Oh She Glows, both of which I wrote about yesterday.  The gingerbread is to die for!  Just as good as a non-vegan version and I’d highly recommened it .