Yes, this year I've been told to keep Dave's Annual Super-Awesome Holiday Feast down to a more, shall we say, reasonable level than in years' gone by.
So to help with that, I've started making tofu.
Turns out it's very quick and easy to make! Very cheap too AND you get a big batch of okara leftover to make things like fake burgers, fake roasts, fake pork, fake roast chook... well, you get the idea.
And then there's all the neat things you can do with tofu! Marinate it, smoke it, grill it, stuff it, feed it to someone you don't like... See? There's so much you can do with just some plain soy beans and magnesium chloride!
In fact, I have decided that this years' feast will be meat free and all the meat dishes will be made with my own homemade tofu!
But I have started making tofu. It will, however, of course, have practically NOTHING to do with any of the food this holiday season.
Many of you may be familiar with my previous menus, many of you may not. Just keep in mind that all but a few dishes on the menu are homemade. By me.
And the pots and pans are home cleaned. By me.
Yes, it's amazing what I go through, sigh...
Oh, if you want to learn how to make any of these, then just lemme know and hopefully one of these recipes will appear (like magic!) on my food blog.
And don't worry, there'll be a funny pic of dave at the end of all this, so please read. And keep in mind that this is meant to be spaced out over 3 weeks. And it's in no particular order. And no food is wasted.
holiday feast 2009
stout beer n brats w onions
peanut butter cheesecake w/ hot fudge sauce --I've been told if I don't make this each year then I'd better sleep with one eye open.
3 sushi platters
homemade tofu, marinated, smoked, grilled, etc.
roast chook w/ all the fixins
roasted pumpkin seeds --from the above pumpkin
toasted chilli n garlic almonds & peanuts
pork roast wrapped in banana leaves and slow roasted with polynesian
highland oat cakes
apples n bleu cheese
various homemade cheeses
1 xmas fruitcake
1 xmas pudding
pineapple & maple syrup glazed ham
candied sweet potatoes
cinnamon raisin bread
many loaves of white and wholemeal bread
grilled basa fillets
many servings of my extra special chips (thick fries)
1 bottle of advokaat for above cheesecake
lots of homebrews; stout, lager, dark ale, regular ale, chilli beer, etc.
garden greens salads
marinated fish & onion & cucumber salad
4 kilos of sausage --if we have a pool party
onions for above sausage
1 apricot cobbler
mexican buffet with all the fixin's
champagne n strawberries
green beans n red capsicums w/ bacon & peanut sauce
panforte --awesomely great xmas cake
souvlaki chicken w/ tabouli & tzatziki
devonshire cream tea
pineapple coconut pie
O'Leary's Irish Cream
cask of red wine
cask of white wine
hot fudge sauce
herbed, baked spuds
whipped cream stuffed crepes w/ dark chocolate sauce
How could I forget my Polynesian Hibiscus Water?
See? I've kept it simple this year! Harumph.
And now for a bit of foreshadowing...
I'm quite sure many questions leap to mind.
"Why is the ladder in the pool?"
"Does dave know about elektrikery and water?"
"Is there a happy ending? Cus I hate sad endings, but in dave's case I'll make an exception."
Why don't YOU come up with your own questions for the pictures and put it in the comments?