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Holiday Pep Talk! (Part 2): Navigating Food, Body Image Issues, Comments and Diet Talk during the Holidays

Time for part 2 of our Holiday pep talk! In part 1 we discussed a few things that might help when you’re navigating the Holiday season as a vegan (and all the parties, dinners and gatherings that come with it). I stole Dani Shapiro’s writing exercise of beginning to dig deep by using the phrase “I remember…”, and then I turned it on its head with some support and reminders to you in the form of “remember…”. I just had to follow that post and podcast episode up by also talking about one of the topics we love here at The Brownble blog and podcast. I couldn’t leave you hanging without discussing the topics of food, body image, comments that might pop up regarding your appearance, as well as what to do when the inevitable January diet talk pops up, and you’re on this quest to find a better relationship with food, with your body and with yourself, stepping outside that diet culture paradigm of restriction and external rules of eating.

So here goes, are you ready?…

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Kitchen Hacks and Tricks for Making Traditional Holiday Favorites

It’s that time of year in which many of us spend double the amount of time in the kitchen and of course on Pinterest looking at all the gorgeous holiday decor and recipes. This year I had to live vicariously through you for Thanksgiving (since my kitchen is going through a BIG remodel), but as you can imagine, the second the kitchen is finished I’ll be going bananas with the candy canes and Christmas decor. The fact that my dream kitchen will probably be ready just in time for Christmas makes it all the more exciting, since it will be the first time I’ll be cooking for the many holiday gatherings we host in a kitchen that has space for all my culinary adventures. Finally!

There are so many delicious holiday recipes out there, and following a recipe will of course give you amazing results. You can even check out our collection of Holiday recipes here! Today however, I wanted to give you some quick hacks, tricks and tips for those of you who are getting adventurous and want to add a holiday twist to everything you’re making. You may have that yummy vegan roast covered, but how can we transform simple ingredients into the perfect dish for the Holidays? If we’ve got some veggies lying around, how can we give them that beautiful cozy winter and Christmas feeling? That’s what I’m going to give you today, a list of some cooking tricks and tips for making delicious vegan dishes for the Holidays.

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10 Unusual Tips for Sress-Free Holiday Cooking and Entertaining

As I mentioned last week, we've been hosting tons of holiday gatherings this year due to the fact that we finally have family living near us this year! I've shopped, planned, prepped, tested, decorated and cooked round the clock this holiday season, and even though I thought I knew all there was to know about saving time and energy when entertaining, every year I learn something new.

I've given you tons of entertaining advice in the past, and we've covered the basics including very helpful tips such as setting the table the night before, making your shopping list a week ahead of time in case you're in the neighborhood of some of your specialty stores. Planning out your menu so you don't need 6 stove burners when you only have four, and making sure you enlist some help. These are all part of having a stress-free holiday gathering, but today I thought I'd talk to you about some of the more unusual tips that might just make a world of difference. Sometimes it's those teeny tiny tasks that either make or break you, and if you need a seven hour nap after a seven hour cooking marathon, something's gotta give! It's time to change things up so that you can enjoy your holiday gatherings as a host just as much as your guests do.

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Leek, Mushroom and Fig Tart

Just in time for Thanksgiving, and with the Holiday season in front of us, I thought it was time to teach you how to make the most gorgeous tart ever! First, you have the flakiest crust, one that will make any sweet pie totally jealous. Then you have a delicious savory and creamy cashew filling with perfectly charred oyster mushrooms, leeks and chives. Then you get to top that beauty with the brightest and sweetest figs. Trust me, everyone will "ooh" and "ahh" over this one, and it's perfect for when you want to take a vegan dish to your holiday gatherings, or serve it as part of your holiday meal. It's also secretly the perfect fancy recipe for an elegant brunch or lunch, since it's a little twist on a quiche. Yup! you can have vegan quiche y'all!

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Easy Peasy Vegan Entertaining, Tips for Feeding a Non-Vegan Crowd, Hosting Delicious Dinner Parties and more

When I was growing up my house was always full of the most interesting characters. My mom was an archaeologist and for a very long time worked in the science and art museums in town, which meant my house was filled with artists, scientists, writers, adventure seekers and sometimes a combination of all four. This meant two things, I was blessed to grow up in a house where I saw a lot of people living their lives in so many different ways. Some were married, others were not, some were gay, some were straight, some had high paying jobs, others had several low paying jobs, some were the corporate type and came in suits, others were hippies who loved living off the grid. Some had children, some had cats. 

It also meant that there was ALWAYS food being served at our house. Perhaps it's the reason why people were always hanging out there! My mom was known for inviting people over for full English teas (cucumber sandwiches, buttery scones and all), in the middle of the tropical heat and weather of Venezuela, might I add.

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But It's Tradition!

We've all heard that phrase from our family at one point or another right? In my case, I've always been the annoying family member that keeps reminding people of that fact. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with traditions and keeping them alive. I love the idea of doing something because you did it the year before, and years before that your mother did it, and years before that your grandparents did it. I love the concept of it and I honestly think it's one of those essential components of being a family, whether your family is with your original family members, or the ones you have chosen and included almost as if you had shared a tire swing for years in the front yard. Especially this time of year, the thought of keeping traditions alive is really important to me.

Here's the thing though, a few years ago, little Miss Kim (that's me!), decided to go vegan. 

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FROM OUR KITCHEN TABLE CHRISTMAS EDITION: A GLIMPSE INTO OUR LITTLE CHRISTMAS FEAST!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had the most amazing time with family and friends and that you're gearing up for the new year! I hope you also read (and watched) the little Holiday message we left for you here! It's Monday, and as is tradition, it's time for our From Our Kitchen Table series, where we get to show you what we actually eat for our yummy meals so you can feel inspired and steal some ideas. Today however, I thought we'd make it even more festive by taking you inside our little Christmas dinner! 

I had so much fun cooking for our friends on Christmas Day, none of them are vegan might I add, but everyone loved the food! As it usually happens, we ended up talking until 3 in the morning about food, health and feeding your body with delicious health supporting plant-based yummies. It was such a special dinner party! Our friends Any and David who you always hear me mention were there as always, and we had three new friends join in the celebration this year. They loved it so much we're making it a yearly tradition. Our families live pretty far from us, so it's always so nice to share the day with some of our closest friends.

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