Our Vegan Valentine

Vegan Valentines Dinner 2008

Happy Valentine's Day. Jane and I hope you all had a pleasant day.

As someone who has no real interest in this holiday, I find it ironic that I've written about it four times this week. Anyway, we celebrated our Hallmark Holiday by exchanging cards this morning, sharing a special dinner tonight (prepared by Jane), and fresh-cut roses from our garden. (Yes, you can have roses from your very own garden in Southern California at this time of year!)

If this photo looks familiar to you, it should. We had a very similar meal for Thanksgiving. Our menu tonight consisted of:

  • Tofurky Roast
  • Gravy
  • Cumin Braised Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
  • Salad: Mixed Baby Greens with Tahini-Miso Dressing (recipe courtesy of Veganomicon)

Interestingly, Jane enjoyed the Tofurky much more this time than she has in the past. Perhaps it's the distance from our last "real" turkey.

Everything was delicious, but I missed our usual salad dressing. Jane has a great recipe she's been using for the last few months, and nothing beats it. It's a honey-mustard thing which she's veganized to be agave nectar-mustard... I could write an ode to this dressing (hmm, future post idea). Unfortunately, every time I have a salad with some other dressing, I pine for this one. Don't you hate when that happens?

Valentines Dessert 2008 I didn't manage to get any chocolates for Jane. I meant to, but you know how that goes... Or at least, Jane does. So she had a wonderful surprise for me. Vegan Oreo Cookie Truffles. Wow! I'm not usually a chocolate person. Don't get me wrong, I like the stuff. But I'm not one of those people who craves it. It often annoys Jane that I can simply have one piece and be done with it. These truffles are KILLER!!!! And for those of you who are inclined to point out that Oreo Cookies are not vegan, fear not. Jane used Trader Joe's brand Joe's Oh's instead. They also have the added benefit of being trans-fat free, so you could almost claim they're good for you.

And I'll leave you with this final impression of how insane my wife can be. The yellow heart in the middle of the plate above, that's a Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Cider heart-shaped ice cube. We don't care for champagne, so we drink sparkling apple cider with our celebratory meals. Jane decided that heart-shaped ice cubes were warranted tonight. And since she didn't want to dilute our beverage, she made the ice cubes from the cider. Martha's got nothing on her!


  1. Hi Nash,
    I believe they would be concerned about the refining of the sugar used in the cookie. ? I read someone’s nasty comment about that on a message board somewhere.
    Of course, I haven’t had an Oreo in forever (we’ve been avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup and Partially Hydrogenated anythings since 1999), so I don’t exactly know what’s in them anyway.

  2. According to PETA, Oreos are vegan, so go for it! If the Trader Joe’s Os aren’t doing it for you every once in a while, that is. ­čÖé I’d rather avoid the HFCS and buy TJ’s products anyway.

  3. Thanks for the clarification Vegyogini. I wish I could remember where I saw that comment so I could point them in the right direction (it was particularly virulent).
    Yes, the meal was yummy indeed. I really love Thanksgiving! And best of all. Leftovers for dinner tonight or tomorrow. Woo Hoo!
    Eggs: Jane isn’t around right now. She’s the keeper of the recipes. I know she’s got apples in there, but that’s about it. We’re planning on putting in a few recipes starting in March. Maybe I can have her post about the cabbage sooner.

  4. I think Jane bought the Tofurky just because it was there. One of our Trader Joe’s still has a few in stock from Christmas (exp. dates in March).
    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so this was a nice mini version.
    How’d the homemade sushi go? Jane’s a little leery of trying those recipes. We both really enjoyed the real thing in our pre-vegan days, so it might be a little difficult to have a vegan version without pining for the non-vegan variety.

  5. Actually, Oreos are a bit interesting. The standard, run-of-the-mill Oreos actually have whey in them, not exactly a vegan-friendly ingredient.

    However, the standard Double Stufs as well as most of the seasonal varieties lack the whey and seem to be mostly alright, refined sugars aside.

    (Shrugs) Just for reference.

  6. Thanks Daniel,
    It’s not that we really eat this stuff anyway. But wow it can be confusing. On our Vegan Resources Page, we have a link to PETAs “I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan” reference in which they show that some Oreos are indeed vegan. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but…

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