I have a confession to make.
If it’s not already pretty evident, I’ve been fairly distracted these last few weeks. I’ve tried to post on a regular basis as much as possible, but sometimes life gets in the way. Unfortunately for me, the blog and you, my faithful readers, moving boxes have gotten in the way.
A few weeks ago – okay more than a few weeks ago – we found out that our apartment is going to become a commercial space. Where we currently have dinner, go to sleep at night, and where I have created this blog will some day soon be the location of a few offices (as far as I am aware). Instead of this home being a haven where we escape to after a long day at work, people will likely be crunching numbers and typing endless emails wishing that they could get away from here to get to their homes. Vegan cookies and cakes will no longer be baked here, no longer whisking my husband into the kitchen with words of, “So, um, what’s going on here?” (a.k.a. “When can I have some?”)
So the last few weeks we’ve seen probably at least 20 or 30 apartments (personally I think it’s closer to the latter number), and wouldn’t you know – the very last apartment we decided we would see wound up being just the place we’ll soon be calling home. First, though, we’ve been packing our hearts out, and as we have both been slowly discovering, we’ve been packing away some of the things we need to make dishes we want. Hence, my ultimate confession – for the very first time since we’ve been married I am not going to slave over a hot stove or oven on December 25.
In many ways I am disappointed about this, however, in some ways I’m actually pretty relieved because it means that I can take a small step back and just take it easy – at least in the kitchen – this Christmas. I’m going to miss my cooking, but I can pretty much guarantee you that I’ll be back with a vengeance sometime in January.
Until we’re organized, though, I didn’t want to leave you hanging. If you’re looking for a last minute dessert to make for yourself or your vegan guests, you’re very lucky that I’ve managed to make a few since I started writing Novel Eats. Here are handful of my favorites, and I hope that all of you have a good time this holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus.
Plum and Blueberry Pie – I love this one – it’s rustic and fairly easy, but remember that if you’re not careful (i.e. if you don’t peel the plums) it will turn out very tart.
Mini Cherry Pies – Another mini sensation. These are good for breakfast or dessert.
Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting – My version may be ugly as sin, but believe me, it tastes like heaven.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake – This is like a giant Reese’s peanut butter cup, except vegan. The nice thing about this cheesecake is that it is so versatile – one quick idea is to leave out the peanut butter and substitute a little coffee of some kind for a coffee chocolate cheesecake.