I like to have a low-key post-holiday get together with my friends in January. I always used to do a Christmas get together, but it seems like ever since we became adults, December has been impossible to get a word in edgewise on.
So yes, January. The only downside to January is that January is when a great number of my friends begin to go on the Daniel fast. If you’ve never heard of the Daniel fast, the concept is that it is a spiritual (and colonic) cleanse based on worship and clean eating. In strictly food-related technical terms, it’s a vegan diet that also axes all sweeteners, all beverages besides water, fried foods, refined grains, all forms of leavening, and all solid unnatural fats (like vegetable shortening).
There may be some stuff in there I missed, but that’s the gist of it. Daniel’s fast is based on this particular Biblical passage: “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3
I have to admit, a vegan/clean-food fast sounds pretty good right now since I’m half-hung over still with alcohol, tryptophan and starch overload. I’ve been pretty hard pressed to think what the heck to feature next week because food currently has all the appeal of listening to the most annoying sound in the world for an 8 hour roadtrip. Honestly, I don’t want to see turkey again for another 360 days.
Note to self: have a food post prepped and ready to go for the week after Christmas before it happens.
Anyhoo, because I am superhostess with the mostest, my brain automatically goes “You must adhere to severe food restrictions? Ooh, a challenge.” After all, at my other gatherings, I have to accommodate for dairy-free, nut-free, garlic-free, diabetes-friendly, and hates-all-cooked-vegetables, so this should be no big deal. Vegan/kosher/clean food is practically my next-door-neighbour niche.
I’ve already got half my menu planned, although I’m still kind of dithering on a main dish because I don’t want to wuss out and just make vegetarian chili. Maybe a nice adapted barley risotto.
At least dessert should be easy…