Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Tart

Our downstairs neighbors and friends have a Thanksgiving potluck every year, which is always a lot of fun. This year, I decided to bring my family’s Sweet Potato Balls in vegan form, which are practically a dessert. I also decided to bring this Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Tart from “Vegan Pie In The Sky.” The tart is incredibly easy to make; you just need to allow a few hours to make the crust and then let the whole thing set up in the fridge. The authors, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, warn in the recipe’s introduction that the tart is extremely rich, and, man, they weren’t joking. Granted I was really full from dinner, but I could not finish my slice even though it was really, really delicious.

Also, on a side note, because of family obligations, we’ve decided to have our vegan Thanksgiving feast on Friday, but I will post pictures from the meal soon after. I hope you all are well!

Food and a Feature: Shortbread and ‘Downton Abbey’

What goes better with a rainy, cold day than back-to-back episodes of “Downton Abbey,” shortbread cookies and tea? That’s how I spent my Saturday and it was awesome.

The shortbread recipe I got from “Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar,” which, sadly, isn’t posted on the site. I’ve found sites that have the recipe posted on them, but I encourage you to buy the book if you haven’t already; you won’t regret it.

The recipe was super easy to follow and came together very quickly. The wedges of shortbread were buttery and dense without being too rich or too sweet. Next time I make it, per the book’s suggestion, I’d like to add rose water or lavender to the recipe. A cup of warm black tea with a touch of almond milk was the perfect finishing touch.

As far as the feature, I had heard wonderful things about the Masterpiece Classic series “Downton Abbey,” but never got around to watching it — that is, until yesterday. Netflix has the first season on Watch Instantly. I’ve gotten through the first three episodes and I’m hooked.

The series is set in the early part of the 20th century, right before World War I. It tells the story of the Crawley family and their servants, who all live the Edwardian country house of Downton Abbey. It’s primarily a drama, but there’s humor and suspense woven in with the characters and storyline. I can’t recommend it enough.