So, Sunday nights are known as Dinner with the Vegans night here. It started as just me, Jesse, and our friend Jeewan, but it’s slowly grown. We started it as a way to enjoy awesome vegan food and each other’s company, while hosting a rotating cast of characters over the weeks. We added a movie after dinner. We moved it from Thursday night to Sunday night. It’s grown.
Jesse decided to take on a massive dinner this past Sunday and cook us all traditional Hanukkah fare. The morning started out with us lazily rolling out of bed. I got groceries (brrr, it was cold out there!), coffee, and I made scones.
I thought my day would be spent watching shows on Netflix and creating some Christmas gifts for my family. Right now, our Netflix is skewed so strongly toward Jesse’s preferences because he’ll stay up long after I go to bed watching crazy movies. I wanted to reclaim my stake in Netflix so it doesn’t suggest things like, “80s Horror Movies,” or “Gritty Action/Adventure Sagas” or whatever. I log in and all it wants me to do is watch really bad 80s Horror films. I don’t even like scary movies!
Anyway, as the day progressed, it became apparent I was needed to help make this Hanukkah dinner happen in time. I was kind of excited – I’ve never cooked Hanukkah food before! So, Jesse got crackin’ on the Matzoh Ball Soup, wearing the only shirt suitable for the occasion.
He’s very focused in the kitchen. It’s cute. Once the matzoh was in the fridge (it has to chill for a bit), we got moving on the seaitan roast. Holy moly, it’s good. We also had it for Thanksgiving (by the way, I finally updated that post with links to all the recipes we used. It’ll take you to my Pinterest board for vegan Thanksgiving).
I was tasked with making latkes. Look at me go. I look a little confused, though.
Jesse also made kasha varnishkes, but I didn’t snap any good photos because I was covered in potato goop.
When all was said and done, we had a beautiful spread, a great group of people, and we finished the night by watching Love Actually. Such a good movie.
We were really happy with how the roast, the kasha, and the latkes turned out. The broth for the matzoh ball soup was god, but the balls were… not very ball like. I have no idea what any of it is supposed to taste like, so I was pretty happy overall. Jesse proclaimed he would make his own recipe next year, which I am really looking forward to trying.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have found such awesome people here. People who are open-minded about joining in for a night of food and fun, without worrying if there will be ribs. People who want to get together and watch sappy holiday movies are fantastic. Most of all, boyfriends who can and do cook quite often are the best. Jesse shares his background and culture with me, which makes me feel happy and loved. I like Hanukkah and I look forward to celebrating it for years to come. Happy Holidays!
All the recipes Jesse used can be found here.