We started the festivities with my Mexican Bread Pudding which came out so much better than I ever could have imagined. I have yet to write down exactly what all went into it, but am committed to doing so because it was too good not to recreate. It was sweet and rich with apples and raisins and lots of cinnamon. Even my "Ewww, it's vegan?" parents loved it. Hooray!
After that we all sat down to watch The Boy rip open gifts which was great fun. Santa was good to him though the man in red is on my shit list for bringing him one of the most annoying toys I've ever had the misfortune of trying to tolerate. It's a German Porsche Police Car complete with blinkie lights, shrieking sirens, and orders to, "Pull over and put your hands up!" ... in German. Loud German. I have a sneaking suspicion this toy will soon mysteriously lose its batteries.
My part of it was easy since I'd done the majority of the work ahead of time and the most complicated thing I had to do was steam the tamales. We made two different kinds:
- Roasted Tomato Seitan Tamales with golden raisins and capers
- Butternut and Acorn Squash Mole Tamales with pepitas
And finally, the Cilantro Sour Cream from Veganomicon was a big hit! Everyone thought it was "real" sour cream that I had doctored with cilantro and lime. It was quite refreshing and helped balance out the spice in the tamales. We'll definitely make it again and even use it as a salad dressing.
It was a great Christmas. It rained all day which always adds atmosphere to winter holidays and justified the fire in the fireplace. Everyone was on their best (well ... nearly so) behavior and there was not much family drama to moan about on the way home. We were back in our own living room just after dark in time to get The Boy to bed and we fell asleep on the couch watching A Christmas Story by the light of our holiday tree.
I hope your holiday was happy and full of laughter and hearty food!