The week of Christmas promised one potluck, two big family parties, and at least six hour in the car. I’m always ready to show others how “not different” plant based cooking can be, so I tend to not hold back when given the opportunity to show off a little bit. To take to the pot luck and parties I made a small mountain of of pinwheels. Some were made with puff pastry others with a flat bread dough — both purchased shamelessly from the grocery store. I stopped by Trader Joe’s (the Friday before Christmas…. not the best idea I’ve ever had) and threw a variety of sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, capers and… other stuff in the basket. To this combination I added pesto made earlier this year when the garden was over flowing. I also made party dip comprised of some dairy free cream cheese and sour cream, spinach, garlic, and roasted red peppers. To this I added two loaves of rustic bread, one a cherry walnut and the other sage and rosemary. Both included our neighbor’s amazing sourwood honey.
Pinwheels were shared at the potluck first, then everything else was packed alongside Christmas presents in the back of the Prius and we set out to see my family. After begging my sister to pick up ALL THE PRODUCE which I forgot to buy for the party, I set out to build a charcuterie board. Slices of gorgeous bread, piles of pinwheels, bowls of tiny little pickles and olives, slices of roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes, my party dip, water crackers, bell peppers, cucumber, sugar snaps, blackberries, and cashews packed the platter to the edge of silliness, but it was beautiful. It didn’t surprise me at all to see my handiwork appear on everyone’s plate as the evening went on.
This bread made me (and many other people) very happy.
Before we left, I made peanut butter cookies. They are so easy and don’t mind sitting in the cabinet for two days before being by Santa, who from what I can tell must have approved. The plate had only crumbs the next morning!