Here’s the second in the recipe series for the easy, prep-ahead Veggie & Vegan Christmas Dinner. Today, we’re looking at arguably the most important part of any festive feast, the roast potatoes.
There’s nothing fancy or high-tech going on here, just a simple but failsafe method for perfectly crispy roast potatoes, infused with traditional flavours of garlic and rosemary.
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I’ve yet to meet anyone who actually wants to spend their whole Christmas morning faffing about in the kitchen, so to take the stress out of festive cooking, I’ve put together an easy, prep-ahead Christmas Dinner menu which is both vegetarian and vegan, and will be posting it over the course of this week.
To kick things off, these pretty Porcini & Chestnut Mini Wreath Roasts make a lovely centrepiece for the Christmas table, served with Creamy Porcini & Parsley Gravy (for which the recipe is also below – make sure you scroll right down to the bottom of the post for both recipes!).
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What a brilliant response there has been to ‘Part 1‘ of this post – a recipe for the ‘Ultimate Vegan Christmas Cake‘. It seems that quite a few of you have made the cake, and have been eagerly awaiting instructions on how to marzipan, sugarpaste and decorate it – so here goes.
My own cake has been sitting patiently in a tin on top of the fridge, double-wrapped in baking parchment, and being fed regularly with amaretto. Living the dream! The waft of boozy, fruity cake is getting stronger each time I open the lid, in eager anticipation of Christmas.
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The frantic Christmas shopping season has begun in earnest, and judging by the number of internet searches for “Christmas Gift Ideas for Vegans/Vegetarians” which are landing on last year’s Gift Guide here on The Veg Space, it seemed about time to give you some more ideas for the perfect presents for foodie friends and family.
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There’s nothing lovelier than a homemade gift, and edible presents are the best of the lot. I made a few jars of red onion marmalade many years ago, and one particular recipient has dropped very un-subtle hints every year since, wondering when the next batch might be appearing…. so here it is, along with a recipe for you to make your own.
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Christmas is a time of year when vegans can face pitying looks for not being able to ‘join in’ with so many traditional foods of the season. But with just the smallest of tweaks, much festive fayre can easily be made vegan, and this traditional rich, moist fruit cake is a perfect example.
I’ve split this post into two parts, as they will need attending to a few weeks apart. First, make the cake using the recipe below, (and don’t be put off by the long cooking time – this is one of the easiest fruit cakes I’ve made, and the ‘hands on’ time is actually fairly minimal), Then, after feeding the cake with your choice of tipple over the course of a few weeks, part 2 will show you how to marzipan and ice the cake, just in time for the Christmas festivities.
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There’s something about combining the deep, earthy flavour of dried porcini mushrooms with a festive splash of sherry that works really well. My Porcini & Sherry Soup recipe was super-popular, so here I’ve used the same idea to turn a quick, everyday mushroom risotto into something extra-special.
Whilst I get exceedingly fed up with mushroom risotto being the only veggie option on the menu at 93% of pubs and restaurants in the UK, (I exaggerate, but you get my point!), there is something incredibly good about a luscious homemade risotto made with really good mushrooms, and served the minute the rice has cooked through.
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Brrrr… we’ve put the heating on this week and my winter coat has surfaced from the back of the wardrobe. The clocks have gone back, and it’s beginning to feel a lot like autumn. But instead of craving root vegetable soups and wintery suppers, I’ve been trying to hang on to the last glimpses of summer, (well British Summertime at least), by cooking summer holiday food – the sort of dishes you might enjoy with a cold glass of wine on a sun-drenched terrace overlooking the sea.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe based on the traditional Greek ‘Gigantes Plaki’, (literally ‘giant baked beans’), a meze dish of giant white runner beans in a rich tomato sauce. Continue reading “Recipe: Quick & Easy Tomato and Herb Gigantes Beans”
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Mulled wine is too good to save just for Christmas, and Bonfire Night, when you’re waiting around in the cold for the fireworks to start, is surely the perfect night to make your first batch of the year. The lovely thing about starting early with mulled wine is that there are still (just!) a few blackberries around, so my recipe below starts with a blackberry and apple syrup infused with cinnamon, cloves and vanilla, to which you add a bottle of red wine and gently heat it through for a wonderful warming tipple.
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