Thursday, 18 December 2014

Festive Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Menu

Well the new Christmas tree is finally up and we are looking forward to celebrating Christmas in our new home.
The new Christmas tree is graced with those tree decorations gifted to me by blogger friends such as a felted gingerbread man, a knitted tiny jumper with coat hanger, as well as some treasured ornaments, some fair-trade ones, and a couple of new ones.
We will be going to D's mothers for Christmas day.  Its been a few years since we got together and celebrated Christmas day as a family.  So that will be good.  Other than helping a little on the day, probably towards the roast potatoes and the Nut Roast, it will mostly be D helping his mother in the kitchen to feed us.  So I share with you some festive vegan and vegetarian savoury and sweet eats from this blog that may offer up some culinary inspiration for the festive days vegetarian or vegan menu.

Hot and Cold Starters
vegan Parsnip and Wild Rice Soup
vegan  Chestnut and Lentil Soup
Or maybe you prefer lighter starters, what about this Roasted Shallots and Apricot Salad with Goat Cheese
Red and Golden Beetroot, Coriander and Feta Salad.  The dairy cheese here, can easily be substituted for a vegan alternative. 

vegan Brussels Sprout and Nut Roast Pie 
Mushroom and Chestnut Bourguignonne.   I often serve this dish with sun-dried tomato and rosemary pan fried polenta and when its Chistmas time, they can often be found in the shape of a Christmas tree; in or if you want a lightger pasty, maybe try  Mushroom En Croute.
Or perhaps a vegan Mushroom Suet Pudding.  This is a family size one, but you can easily make individual ones.
vegan Mushroom, Puy Lentil and Ale Pie aka Drunken Mushroom Pie
vegan Fruit and Nut roast Pie
Or for those of you wanting more flavours how about this Spiced Vegan Winter Vegetable Pie

Not into pastry pies, that is okay, I also have some Nut Roasts and Vegetable Loaf recipes to share.
3/Three Lentil Vegetable Loaf
Parsnip Loaf Roast 
vegan Lentil Loaf served here with roasted Brussels sprouts

Dessert/Pudding and Sweet Things
vegan Pomegranate Parsnip Cake
Cranberry and White Chocolate Muffins
vegan Oreo Christmas Wreath Cakes
Individual vegan Gingerbread Men Cakes.
Cranberry Belly Robin Cookies or Biscuits
Cranberry Waffles served with Clementine Curd  Hopefully some of these festive delights will inspire or intrigue you enough to check out the original recipe.