My favorite response to the holiday? Always vegan challah!
The loaf was hot from the oven, so it steamed up the lens of my camera.
I usually use this vegan olive oil flaxseed challah recipe,
though this time I mixed it up & added 1 head (about 11 cloves) of roasted garlic
& topped the dough with fresh cracked black peppercorns in lieu of seeds.
"This 'double loaf' (in Hebrew: lechem mishneh) commemorates the manna that fell from the heavens
according to Jewish religious belief" (source).
Okay, so, I'll admit it, I'm not Jewish. However, I took a special interest in Jewish Studies courses when I was at UC Santa Cruz & have a special place in my heart for Jewish history & tradition. Though I am nothing more than a gentile (a shiksa, perhaps?), an old professor once called me an "Honarary Jew" - & I will cherish that title for as long as I shall live.
Latkes, Manischewitz wine, matzoh crackers, vegan egg nog, & dark chocolate chunk cookies after the page break...oh, & an award-winning video featuring yours truly.
Latkes for breakfast!
with tofu scramble (EVOO, extra firm tofu, spinach, yellow onion, tumeric, asparagus, shredded carrot,
garlic salt, fresh cracked black peppercorns, avocado, & hot salsa)
& a toasted English muffin topped with mashed black beans.
It's not Hanukkah without the Manischewitz!
My boy & I didn't see the cherry at our local grocer's,
but we definitely polished off a bottle of grape & a bottle of blackberry this week
(on two separate nights! promise!).
I don't think I'm quite ready to attempt vegan matzoh ball soup
(I don't know why it intimidates me so much - perhaps it's a fear of the matzoh balls falling apart?),
As for me, I have some avocado, cream cheese, halved grape tomatoes,
Thick & creamy - tastes almost like melted ice cream.
Call it "Beg Nog"...'cause you'll be beggin' for more!
There's something about December that begs for chocolate chip cookies!
Just this morning, I baked some vegan dark chocolate chunk cookies -
I modified this recipe by substituting cornstarch for tapioca flour
& chopping up an XL bar of dark chocolate to replace the chocolate chips.
Keith & I recently won first prize in the Blue Button Video Challenge! A Hanukkah Miracle!
We definitely celebrated with Manischevitz & several sighs of relief.
Happy Holidays! Keep warm!