Pinch me, please! It can’t in all seriousness be less than a week until Christmas Eve! Wait, what are you saying? It’s true?! Then please turn back time. Eeeee! So much to do still, so little time. Let’s just jump right into the food for today’s What I ate Wednesday and Vegan Wednesday!
With Christmas and work on my mind some things don’t get a mention yet they’re [still] happening. Like my old favourite kabocha [with unpictured almond butter] for breakfast on the weekends. [Not exactly an office-friendly meal, don’t you agree?] I’m down to my last few squashes with the vendors at the market letting me know the season was definitely over. Living in the moment and enjoying while I still can.
And some things got a [hopeful] mention way back and didn’t end up happening – until now. Case in point: The last week marked our first true family dinner in a long time. Even though we’d meant to ever since I’d moved back home things kept getting in between. My parents – avid hobby dancers – attending an all-day dancing class on the weekend or going out for dinner with their staff narrowed down the number of days offering up for a shared meal. We finally made it happen. Keeping it simple and safe – no strange but good concoctions for my parents – I picked this recipe as my base making the adaptions necessary.
Especially cute was when my dad asked me for the name of the dish. Clearly not an unsual questions to ask among food bloggers/foodie. My dad, however, is neither. His main attitude towards food is eating to eat as in: food as fuel. Don’t get me wrong: he won’t eat anything and definitely enjoys a good meal. But he simply wouldn’t usually care for details like recipe names or spices used. Yet he did ask me for them this time and showed an actual interest in them. Not gushing too much but this simple fact was happiness-inducing for me. No strange looks for snapping pictures for the blog, either.
With my internship being just temporary and from what it looks like going to end on December 31st we’re not sure how many repeats we’ll have. But I’m convinced that we’d all benefit from shared meal times. For once me because it’s something I still struggle with for a variety of reasons. And all of us because we actually don’t get to see each other much or have more than a short chat during the week. That might sound odd given that I’ve moved back in with my parents. Here’s the deal: I’m living in their guest apartment with a separate entrance and a kitchen to myself so we don’t actually share the same rooms. It’s a bit lonely at times in the evening but my mum and agreed it’d be the best for all of us. And judging from how well – aside from the occasional little arguments that are common among parents and children, huh? – we’ve been getting along it was a good decision.
Ending on my aimed for sweet note I baked once more. While I like our family favourites I’m feeling inclined to give new recipes a try every year. Possible favourites to be if you so will. Playing it safe I went with a cookie I’d been eyeing for months already when it had gone viral in the [German] blog world: Traumstücke! Or the Christmas-inspired spin on them, actually.
The recipe itself looked almost too unsuspecting so I was hesitant to try them – worried my parents wouldn’t even touch them. As tolerant as they are vegan baked goods need to meet high standards to pass their taste test. Long story short: they liked them. They really liked them. I did, too. Soft little pillows of melt-in-your-mouth gingerbread-flavoured perfection. Not to tooth my own horn but what a smart cookie I was choosing these ;). So if you need another simple yet amazing recipe to add to your cookie jar: that’s the one you’ve been looking for.
Only one day left to enter my giveaway to win a copy of the new Happy Herbivore Light & Lean!
Happiness inducing today: Finally getting my hands on international stamps again – they seemed to be sold out everywhere I asked.
Which homemade gifts have you given to others in past years? Instead of buying all of mine I really want to try my hand at some more personal presents this year. So far I’ve been eyeing brownie/cookie or [savoury] risotto mixes in a jar, chocolate bars [melted, then decorated individually] or spiced nuts.
Are family dinners still a regular happening for you?