Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

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Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 12th, 2013, 2:09 pm

(Apologies if there is an old thread on here somehwere, and for starting it so early...)

What are people planning on having? A trawl through magazines etc. and they all seem to involve mushrooms, nuts and chestnuts. Nice, but something different would be good.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby EmWilk » November 12th, 2013, 11:43 pm

I'm not veggie but I think I'd be going down the squash route.

I have a current fixation with squash, pesto, pine nuts & mascarpone so maybe I'd try a sort of Wellington affair with those sort of ingredients.

Will keep my eye on this thread!
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby karadekoolaid » November 13th, 2013, 12:42 am

I'll need to think about that one. Squash is delicious, but not much protein there; nor starch.
Nuts,seeds and lentils have the protein of course. Hmmm.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » November 13th, 2013, 2:04 pm

EmWilk wrote:I'm not veggie but I think I'd be going down the squash route.

I have a current fixation with squash, pesto, pine nuts & mascarpone so maybe I'd try a sort of Wellington affair with those sort of ingredients.

Will keep my eye on this thread!


I ordered a pie in a restaurant recently. It was a raised pie, like a pork pie sort of thing, filled with the ingredients you mention. The trouble was, the squash collapsed and the pine nuts were floating about in a small amount of 'sludge'. The fact that the pastry was hard and inedible didn't help.

Anyway, I'd advise against your filling unless you have something else to give it some solidity.

I haven't a clue what I'm going to do this year.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby WWordsworth » November 13th, 2013, 4:57 pm

I cooked a chestnut bourguignon for veggie bro and SIL.
It went down a treat - and was actually vegan. :tu:
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby MagicMarmite » November 14th, 2013, 2:35 pm

I fancy doing something mushroomy for a friend of mine, it won't be on the big day as she'll be with her family, but as she tells me they always serve her something rubbish, so I'd love to do a really special meal for her, which we'll all eat.
Daughter and I will have our meaty stuff on the actual day.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Catherine » November 14th, 2013, 8:22 pm

You might all enjoy something like this MM
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1280 ... ellingtons
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Rainbow » November 14th, 2013, 11:02 pm

That sounds good, Catherine.

How thick is a £1 coin? That's the measurement given for the pastry thickness :lol: :lol:
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » November 15th, 2013, 7:49 am

Catherine wrote:You might all enjoy something like this MM
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1280 ... ellingtons


I will consider this, I think. Thanks Catherine.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby ianinfrance » November 15th, 2013, 9:06 am

Rainbow wrote:How thick is a £1 coin? That's the measurement given for the pastry thickness
Pretty well spot on 3mm.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 15th, 2013, 11:05 am

I made a mushroom wellington last year. This one:

http://www.lurpak.co.uk/recipes/recipe/mushroom-and-chestnut-wellington-kathleen-corfield/ and it was really rather good. I put dried porcini in it too.


Just got a copy of Cook Vegetarian magazine, and hoping there is something ncie in that.

So far I have spotted a recipe for a hot cheese wrapped quail eggs starter, deep fried in breadcrumbs, which looks yum (but might be too rich?) ... but that's not terribly helpful!
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Rainbow » November 16th, 2013, 5:38 am

ianinfrance wrote:Pretty well spot on 3mm.


Thanks for that, Ian :)
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Catherine » November 16th, 2013, 3:14 pm

I have just spotted this and thought I would post it here. Looks delicious

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2958 ... rt-brioche
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby tezza » November 18th, 2013, 7:17 pm

Jamie Oliver's Hamilton Squash is quite spectacular.

As for Christmas dinner, I have no idea where I will be eating it yet, let alone what. Talk about disorganised. :roll:
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 19th, 2013, 10:24 am

Well there is along time to go, Tezza. I just kind of want it sorted in my mind.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » December 17th, 2013, 2:06 pm

Have you all got it sorted out in your minds yet? I made a spot decision while I was in Tesco today and bought most of the ingredients from memory! Shows how long I've had the book and how often I've made it! We all like it, though.

http://homecooking.about.com/od/nutreci ... lnuts7.htm
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » December 24th, 2013, 2:02 pm

As I took my nut roast out of the freezer to defrost, I realised I hadn't added the egg necessary to bind it. :roll:

Would you tip it out into a bowl, add the egg, wash and re-butter the baking tin then re-line it before returning the mixture? Or would you just hope for the best?

I've decorated the top with split almonds and pine-nuts.......
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby tezza » December 24th, 2013, 2:17 pm

I don't see any egg in the recipe Monikka. Do you usually put egg in? I personally think it would work without. May just be a little more crumbly but a good splosh of gravy should keep that under control.

I am so disorganized and so uninterested in the food side of Christmas this year, not sure why. Given the choice I would never sit round a table and eat huge amounts of food so as I am going it alone at home who knows what it will be. I have plenty of fresh veg and a couple of Granose nut loaf recipes in the cupboard, plus gravy and the usual condiments. I might skip roast potatoes for one and have a jacket. Then again I might make beans on toast. :chops:
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » December 24th, 2013, 7:05 pm

I can't blame you tezza. I feel I'm past all the hassle of Christmas but we have family coming..... I'm waiting for the day someone invites us to a meal, any meal. (Bah humbug) :evil:

I've been using the original recipe in my Sarah Brown Vegetarian Kitchen and I'm sure there is an egg in there but I've decided not to bother. No-one will know ;)
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » December 25th, 2013, 2:48 pm

I have gone for/am going(dinner in the evening) the mushroom and chestnut Wellington again. Rather glad I am not trying something new as i have a rally terrible cold and I am not terribly compos mentis.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby tezza » December 25th, 2013, 6:36 pm

Herbidacious wrote:Rather glad I am not trying something new as i have a rally terrible cold and I am not terribly compos mentis.


:hug: Hope you feel better soon Herb. :hug:

I too don't feel inclined enough to make something from scratch this Christmas. I currently have a frozen Sainsburys nut roast in the oven and some sprouts and carrots in the steamer and gravy granules in a jug next to the kettle. That'll do me. :bounce: :xtree:
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » October 10th, 2015, 6:47 pm

I thought i would run the risk of bumping this early, partly because I am feeling very relieved and happy that my mother is coming to us again this year. Hurrayyyyy!! So no ten year old freezer food or soggy veg. But I do need to think about what to make.
to go with the vegetables (the terms I am thinking of it in.) Can't be spicy, obviously garlicky or heavily herbed. Nut roast is vetoed by OH. My mother will only eat a thimbleful of whatever it is, so compromise is an option (and I shall concentrate on delicious desserts. Not my forte but it will be fun trying to make it such.)

Not sure what the mil is doing though :? My mother would not be best happy if she came too. MIL does get a raw deal in terms of us, although she does have another son who has a toddler...
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Catherine » October 10th, 2015, 8:12 pm

Well for starter you could do pumpkin and amoretti biscuit ravioli as portion sizes can be catered for all appetites Main I would make a mushroom strudel or this
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/thingstodo/ma ... onquerable

Then a berry pavlova wreath
http://thewhoot.com.au/whoot-news/recip ... as-pavlova
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » October 10th, 2015, 10:07 pm

Not sure that that first link was the one you intended...??!
I have done a mushroom and chestnut wellington twice, so I could do that again. It's very nice, but it might be nice to something a bit different.

Wow that pavlova looks amazing. Would probably look like a road accident if I tried it, but my husband is good at such things. I have bookmarked it. Thanks!
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Catherine » October 10th, 2015, 10:11 pm

Herbidacious wrote:Not sure that that first link was the one you intended...??!


Ooops :lol: :lol: :lol: no, not quite, I sent that linkto my sisters facebook earlier for the kids
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » October 11th, 2015, 6:55 am

One of our sons has invited us to Christmas Dinner this year! :woohoo: But I have bookmarked Catherine's recipe to use in the new year. It looks so good!
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby scullion » October 11th, 2015, 9:39 am

i make a tofu loaf every christmas, that i invented nearly thirty years ago, i'm not allowed to make anything different by the kids and i cook it in an old, rabbit jelly mould - there is often a fight for the head or the tail.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Rainbow » October 11th, 2015, 9:43 pm

Any chance of getting the recipe for the tofu loaf, scullion? It sounds good - maybe just in a regular loaf tin, though :D
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby scullion » October 12th, 2015, 12:49 pm

my tofu loaf. it contains an ingredient that i haven't seen for a while but it may still be out there somewhere. i add in a bit of gluten powder instead and up the flavourings slightly to make up for it.
as you see, it dates from before tofu was was readily available in supermarkets.

tofu (made with 1lb dry soya beans) - approx 1 - 1.25 lb (or buy firm tofu and drain it well)
2 carrots - grated
1 leek - finely sliced
2 sticks celery - finely sliced
half a pint of onion soup or equivalent
2-3 oz grain burger mix (or the above or stuffing mix or any equivalent you want to find)
2 cups breadcrumbs (i use wholemeal or granary - whatever bread needs using up)
thyme, basil, garlic, dark soy sauce, salt and pepper. adjust all to your taste (you do need a reasonable amount to flavour the tofu).
i oz flour

mash tofu , fry veg in a large pan using olive oil, mix all ingredients together. bake in loaf tin half an hour to forty minutes (or an aluminium rabbit jelly mould and a smaller loaf tin). moderate to hot oven.

as you can see by the addition of the flour at the end i wrote it down as i put the ingredients in and adjusted the consistency at the end.
it can turn out moist at times as i think our (current) oven is more moisture retaining than our old one or maybe it's due to the 'equivalents' that i bung in each year - the recipe is never written in stone. the above made a firm, sliceable loaf the first time i made it, but not necessarily since!
it is reasonably quick and easy to make though - if you don't make your own tofu.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » October 12th, 2015, 4:14 pm

What's the ingredient you haven;t seen in a while, Scullion? The burger mix?

I shall have a go at this.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby StokeySue » October 12th, 2015, 4:30 pm

It's the "onion soup or equivalent" that intrigues me
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby scullion » October 13th, 2015, 9:01 am

Herbidacious wrote:What's the ingredient you haven;t seen in a while, Scullion? The burger mix?


yes, it was called five grain burger mix and i think was a granose product. it produced a firm urger which stayed together well - in the way that seitan does - which is why i now use a bit of gluten powder in the mix.

StokeySue wrote:It's the "onion soup or equivalent" that intrigues me


hahahaha - that's because when i first made it i had some onion soup left over in the pan from the day before's lunch. i have , in the past used, leftover onion gravy, an onion cup-a-soup, stock - anything i think will go, really.

don't rely on the 30 to 40 minutes - it often takes a lot longer but never less - but then it depends on the dimensions of the pan, i suppose.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby StokeySue » October 13th, 2015, 9:04 am

scullion wrote:StokeySue wrote:
It's the "onion soup or equivalent" that intrigues me

hahahaha - that's because when i first made it i had some onion soup left over in the pan from the day before's lunch. i have , in the past used, leftover onion gravy, an onion cup-a-soup, stock - anything i think will go, really.


I did think that if I made I'd make a gravy to go with it and use half of that


I remember the Granose mix I think - a friend used to tweak it to make a loaf
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » October 13th, 2015, 2:54 pm

They still make it, in fact you can get it on Amazon. (My) Sainsbury's topped stocking all those soya meat type things. I imagine Quorn is more palatable for many.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby scullion » October 13th, 2015, 3:37 pm

Herbidacious wrote:They still make it, in fact you can get it on Amazon.


no, you can't, it doesn't have the same ingredients. i found a mention of it on a forum from 2009 where a couple of the posters were reminiscing over its 'awesomeness' and the fact that it was no longer available. it was probably not granose.
i really wish it was still made. it was very good.

ps. maybe i'll have a go at reproducing it, from a distant memory!
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby scullion » October 14th, 2015, 1:15 am

No, you can't. That's the same one that herby posted. The 5 grainburger mix, from searching, it seems was a protoveg branded product. I think I may have tried the granose one (hence the brand mix up) and it's nothing like. Sadly,It is an ex burger mix.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 12th, 2015, 10:28 am

Is this a 'yes!' or a 'yuk'? I am inclined to go towards the latter. (Or maybe not so much a 'yuk' as a 'yawn'.) The concept of turducken is obscene (to me) so that doesn't help. It is pretty though. I am betting that Dan isn't a vegetarian (from the flavour perspective more than the concept. Not a lot of umami here, I suspect.)

https://food52.com/blog/14624-2015-is-the-year-of-the-vegducken?utm_term=5514511&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20151111_eds_turducken_sl2_p

But I suppose it might be tasty...?
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby StokeySue » November 12th, 2015, 11:03 am

What I do like about that Herbi is the idea of stuffing a butternut so that you can slice it like a ballotine or Swiss roll

I can't find the actual recipe, just the pics? And it is obvious the squash is somewhat underdone or it wouldn't slice quite that neatly

Ah - found the recipe
http://www.sporkful.com/veggieducken-recipe-photos-slide-show/

Agree, the use of breadcrumbs as the main filler would be dull & stodgy, only the garlic & (unseasoned) leek would save it

But the presentation (whatever its inspiration) is indeed rather nice. Whatever else you'd use as a stuffing would need to hang together during moulding, so not a wild rice based stuffing which was my first thought, that's probably why he used bread
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby smitch » November 12th, 2015, 11:15 am

It looks nice but I don't find the recipe that appealing. I have had nice stuffed squash (can't remember what I used though, was a while ago) but I'd be worried this version wasn't cooked through. I also prefer food with contrasting textures- squash dishes can end up feeling a bit 'baby food' to my mind. I had some kind of squash pasta dish at a Christmas do at Jamie's Italian a couple of years ago and as the puree was totally unseasoned, I did feel a bit like my food was aimed at the toddler market! I've since made it at home with additional spices and it is really tasty.

I like the look of this recipe but lots of work!
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/11/the-food-lab-introducing-vegetables-wellington-vegan-holiday-roast.html

Not sure I could be bothered with all that just for me. I've not really decided what I'm going to have this year. We'll be at my parents' house so I won't have access to my usual spices and ingredients. I might have a go at something seitan-y but I've not got around to trying it yet and I wouldn't want a disaster on Christmas day.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby scullion » November 12th, 2015, 12:50 pm

i thought that the epicurious recipe/guide, that he links to, sounded quite interesting and has quite a lot of umami flavourings in. i may have to have a play as i have most of the ingredients and have three butternut squashes to use up.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby StokeySue » November 12th, 2015, 2:48 pm

scullion wrote:i thought that the epicurious recipe/guide, that he links to, sounded quite interesting and has quite a lot of umami flavourings in. i may have to have a play as i have most of the ingredients and have three butternut squashes to use up.

That's pretty different to the sporkful version
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 12th, 2015, 3:54 pm

That looks and sounds nice smitch. Really nice. Probably too fiddly for me to want to attempt it on Christmas day, although obviously some pre-prep could be done (if I had the time. Mother arriving on the Wednesday and I am working until and including Christmas Eve in all probability).

Mushroom 'bacon'. I might have to have a go at that anyway. I have smoked mushrooms in the smoker and they are very good. These look a step beyond.

I think I am really not sold on the vegducken concept.

Our office Christmas party is in a Chinese restaurant. Groan. "Are you sure you can't eat fish? It really will be much better if you can..." does not bode well.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 12th, 2015, 4:21 pm

Actually I really am going to have to try that, Smitch! (Not sure if it's mother friendly though. Not a lot is other than pudding. Hmmm I could buy her a bit of meat :o )
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby karadekoolaid » November 13th, 2015, 3:14 am

I`ve done a stuffed squash ONCE, (a chayote squash) but never like that.
Having perused the "VEGducken" recipe, I`d wonder where the protein is. If it weren´t a layer of cheese (because maybe the eater is vegan), I`d certainly want some nuts, tofu or seitan in there. Peppers? All water. Onions? All water. Yams? Carbohydrates.It`s a classic misconception, IMHO, of what a vegetarian dish should involve
As for comparing the squash to meat (Turducken) and then talking about mushroom "Bacon" - - - the mind boggles. Why on earth can´t these geezers just accept that it´s a VEGETARIAN dish? Call it a triple-stuffed-squash, for Heaven´s sakes! I personally find this rather condescending.

So enough whingeing ; how would I have stuffed the squash? I think a layer of blue cheese,walnuts and celery. Then a bit of squash. Then a layer of something neutral-ish, and sweet potato would do. Another layer of squash. Then a bit of mushroom in the middle, mixed with a few brown lentils. Seems a bit thin? Add some breadcrumbs .

If it were Vegan, I`d sub the blue cheese for smoked/fermented tofu, with the same walnuts & celery. To my sweet potato layer,I`d add some raisins, or dried apricots. The mushroom would work, but I might just add a bunch of asparagus spears surrounded by wine-braised carrot.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Monnikka » November 13th, 2015, 8:03 am

[quote="karadekoolaid"..... Why on earth can´t these geezers just accept that it´s a VEGETARIAN dish? Call it a triple-stuffed-squash, for Heaven´s sakes!.[/quote]

Yes. Where IS the protein? I think like this every time we eat out, which explains why we so rarely do.
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Herbidacious » November 13th, 2015, 3:37 pm

One doesn't have to have protein with every meal expect insofar that it might be less satisfactory without it. Which is probably why I never eat Chinese out. (I can't stand spongy, deep fried tofu.)
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Re: Christmas vegetarian/vegan food

Postby Hope » November 13th, 2015, 5:20 pm

I like to have protein with every meal, otherwise my blood sugar levels go a bit nuts, and I get moody and tired (or at least more moody and tired than normal!)

As for xmas... I'm cooking for MIL for the first time ever! I think I'm going to play it safe and do something I've done before, probably a nut, mushroom and stilton loaf with all the trimmings. And some pastry-cheese thing for Autistic son who lives off bread and cheese. (It's better than him having a sandwich for smas dinner anyway!)
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