Menu for the Holiday Howl

Did I mention that I volunteered to lead the GCWCC for my sector at work this year?

What the hell is that, you ask, and what does it have to do with the Holiday Howl?

What it is doesn’t matter. It’s a federal public service thing. The upshot of it is that it required me to make massive quantities of vegan baked goods on a weekly basis, which I sold at outlandish prices to my cubicle-bound colleagues.

It was this experience that gave me the confidence to commit to providing the lion’s share of the food for the upcoming Holiday Howl. Previously, if someone asked me if I could bake, transport and prettily arrange hundreds of servings of food, I’d have told them to go stick their crazy head in a toilet somewhere.

Now, however, I say “bring it on”.

So what, exactly, am I bringing on? Here’s the list:

Brownies. My own rich, velvety ones for the sophisticates; plus some tooth-rotting, icing-laden monstrosities for the mouth-breathers.

Stollenettes (mini Christmas stollens). This is my compromise for the people who asked me to bring cinnamon buns. Seriously, guys, you have to be pretty cro-magnon to consider eating breakfast pastries at an evening event. My Christmas gift to you is saving you from your own boorishness.

Cookies. Chocolate chip and Linzers are definites. I’m not sure what else. I’ll take suggestions, but if anyone asks me to make the peanut butter pillows that take a year and half to make, let me say now that I will say “no”. And mentally punch you in the throat for asking.

Orange Raspberry Cake. Yes, this is just a manifestation of the orange cupcakes I always make and yes, I will continue to make them for every event until the end of time because they almost won a contest. So what?

Date squares. Because suddenly I realized I am old.



Strawberry-rhubarb bars
Cherry Pie bars
Pumpkin Pie bars
Mini trifles
F’egg bites
Spinach Dip
Warm spinach and artichoke dip
Summer rolls with homemade peanut sauce
A sushi Christmas tree
Taco bites
Sweet and sour “meatballs” (also a thing with us old folks, kind of like gherkins)
Savoury tarts

So, you’re probably probably asking yourself “is she really going to make all that?” And the answer is, I have no idea. About a third of the items are a sure thing. But any and all of the other items may fall victim to my refusal to measure anything ever.


But rest assured there will be plenty of food, keeping in mind The Compassionate Rabbit is donating a small army of wee cupcakes and that Simply Raw Express is kicking in some goodies from the healthier end of the spectrum.

So don’t forget to buy your ticket online. Because you apparently can’t get them at the door. And if you show up ticketless, you’re just going to wind up on the sidewalk, with your face pressed against the glass, looking in at all the fun the non-procrastinators are having. And that will be awkward for everyone.

Enjoy yourself for a good cause at the Holiday Howl

We have a little quiz for everyone. Please answer yes or no to each of the following.

I like:

  • Delicious vegan food
  • Animals
  • Saving animals’ lives
  • Having fun
  • Not spending Saturday night on the couch
  • Puppehs
  • Bunny rabbits
  • Karaoke

If you answered YES to any of the above, you really need to come to the Holiday Howl! In fact, what’s stopping you from buying your tickets right now?

(Note that we will not be selling tickets at the door. The cut off for buying them is Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11:59 PM. As it’s mostly volunteers contributing to the food, we do need to know how much food we need to prepare. Pretty please!)

The Holiday Howl’s proceeds will support New Moon Rabbit Rescue and Sit With Me Shelter Dog Rescue.

Much of the food is being prepared by the NCVA’s own Erin O’Sullivan, who has a cult-like following amongst the Ottawa vegan potluck/event crowd for her amazing kitchen creations.  The Compassionate Rabbit, SimplyRaw Express, and myself are also kicking in contributions.  The Montgomery Legion is generously donating the venue, and terra20 is providing some door prizes and auction items, as well as the sound system.  The NCVA’s sponsorship covers any additional costs.

What this means is that virtually every dollar we collect in ticket sales will go to the animal rescues.  

What are you waiting for?  The animals – including Buzz (below) – need you. And you need a party.

Buzz is losing weight after coming to Sit With Me from a shelter situation, vastly overweight. He is available for adoption!