We had a great Christmas, even though it was a bit different from what we are used to. We talked to our families through phone and Skype, we met some of our friends at church, we got few but great gifts, and we had some great food.
The food is what this post is going to be about.
Here in Finland we have a bunch of typical Christmas dishes that people usually eat every year, such as different casseroles (“porkkanalaatikko”, “lanttulaatikko”), ham, different kind of salads, and so on. I have kind of found my way to make vegan versions of some of these, and have also added some other dishes that we didn’t necessarily have on the Christmas table when I grew up.
So on our vegan Christmas table this year we had these dishes;
- A vegan ham based on gluten, chickpea and soy flour
- Porkkanalaatikko, or carrot casserole
- Red beet salad with home-made mayonnaise
- Marinated eggplant slices, a vegan version of herring (“silli”)
- Mashed potatoes
- Mushroom sauce
- “Ris á la Malta”, which is a dessert based on rice porridge, with vegan whipped cream, oranges and pomegranate