This weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada and I must admit I was a little stumped when it came to the food situation. Knowing that I was going to my parent’s house for dinner, I had three options:
A: Suck it up and eat what everybody else in my family was eating
B: Sneak in my own raw vegan food and eat it in a dark corner
C: Bring enough raw food for everyone and present it to the omni/carnivores, hoping they would be inspired by my radiant complexion
I decided on a combination of “A” and “C”.
I really couldn’t fathom the thought of turning down my mom’s stuffing. After all, it only comes around twice a year. Plus she purposefully stopped stuffing it into the bird after traumatizing me at the tender age of 7.
But I also didn’t want to be anywhere near the turkey carcass or gravy boat (like, EW!). Me in the kitchen with a turkey is reminiscent of me in the grocery store with someone I don’t want to talk to. Avoid… all… eye… contact. Pull hat down; pull collar up. Do that weird “shrug” thing in order to shield my face with my shoulder and most importantly, move QUICKLY.
In the end I decided to eat my mom’s stuffing and bring some raw dishes of my own. I made maple syrup glazed sweet potato noodles, the raw chili from Matt Kenney’s “Everyday Raw” and… a beauteous APPLE PIE!!
The apple pie was a hit. The other dishes, not so much (My aunt stared at me uncomfortably with one eyebrow raised up to her hairline. “RAW chili? Did you say RAW chili?”)
Oh well. One step at a time, Bell family. Here’s the recipe for my pie.
1.5 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
1.5 cups nuts of your choice (I used almonds)
.5 cup pitted dates
.5 tsp salt
In a food processor, combine the coconuts, nuts, and salt until fine. Add the dates until dough forms, and then press into a 9″ glass pie plate.
6 cups of peeled & chopped apples (use a soft apple, like Golden Delicious)
Juice from ½ a lemon
1 cup of pitted, soaked, and drained dates
2 heaping tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Combine 2 cups of the apples in your blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend well and pour the mixture over the remaining apples. Mix well.
Pour the apple mixture into your pie crust.
EAT IT! Or place it in the refrigerator to thicken for an hour or two. Or force feed it to your carnivore family. Whatever floats your boat.