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. 

Main
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.  

24 comments:

  1. These look really great! What wonderful inspiration! I especially like the pies, because they're less common in American cooking, and yet - they're wonderful! : )

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    1. Thank you so much Anna. I make pies all the time, and tend to vary the filling with seasonal vegetables and different spices and herbs. I hope you get to make some home.

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  2. Need to do a party with a few vegetarians coming and was stuck for ideas! Then I remembered your blog and came here and whee! So many great ideas ! Love all these, especially that mushroom and chestnut bourguigonne! x

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    1. So lovely to hear from you Shu Han. The Bourguigonne is very popular in my home, I may make it come January.

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  3. My email to you came back...So I am pasting it here:

    Dear Shaheen,

    I was sorry to read of the death of your feline friend. Such accidents are terrible for all concerned. When I adopted mine or rather as they adopted me, I was urged to keep them as house pets to avoid outdoor accidents, fights and exposure to feline diseases that cats can get from wandering.

    Mine live inside and have full use of a sunny screened space off the back of my front room. I understand your feelings of hurt and loss completely because as I have learned in almost twenty years of having cats, the human-animal bond is quite a wonderful and complex thing. I know that it is possible to love one's cat or other pet completely and have that cat or pet's undivided loyalty and devotion. I think they make us better human beings.

    I wish you peace and a wonderful holiday with your husband's family and I hope that when the time is right another precious creature will find and give you love in your home.

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    1. Hi lovely e.
      I have sent you an e mail. I hope you got it. Thank you so much for your warm words.

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  4. Wow, so many treats for Christmas... I'll have the Roasted Shallots followed by the Mushroon Bourginon and then a tasting dessert of the Pomegranate Parsnip Cake, Gingerbread Men Cakes and the Cranberry Robin Cookie please!

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    1. Thank you so much. Hope you had a good Christmas.

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  5. Hi Shaheen,

    Just looked through the recipes - I'm compiling my own Christmas dinner and these are some great ones to add to the list!

    Thanks so much,

    Besma (http://www.curiouslyconscious.com)

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    1. Thank you Besma. I will come on over later

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  6. wow you have really nailed it for me - so many christmas menus aren't quite in sync with my idea of christmas but these dishes look exactly what I want for christmas dinner - you are welcome to cook me christmas dinner any time :-)

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    1. Thank you Johanna. I would be most humbled to cook for you, but I'd love it if you cooked for me too :)

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  7. Hi Shaheen, thank you for your lovely comment on mine, I wish you were closer too with that mention of your wonderful food ;) I've had a new lease of life with the aga and made Thai spring rolls today. Thank you for sharing all these great festive ideas of yours, I was leaning towards our first Mexican festive feast as I've got a new cookbook so I need to decide before food shopping on Monday. Love your tree and gorgeous handmade decorations, hope you have a fab Crimbo and we can catch up in the new year. Sally xx

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    1. you are so welcome Sally.
      Thai spring rolls sound lovely,
      I am looking forward to hearing of your Mexican festive feat, hope you had a good Christmas, mine was short before I knew it I was back in work. Catch up in the NY xx

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  8. Just imagine if all that lot was the Christmas menu in a restaurant (YOUR restaurant!)... Hope you have a lovely holiday with the family.
    P.S. I'll have the shallots & apricots with goat's cheese, please.

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    1. Thank you Mark x
      These dishes did feature once, who know maybe one day again.
      I trust you had a good holiday break with your family too

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  9. I am honored to have my jumper on your Christmas tree. I've been away from my blog but, am coming back in 2015.

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    1. I too am humbled, thank you and it is really appreciated and will always be on my tree every Christmas that I celebrate. See you back in blogland in 2015

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  10. Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

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    1. Oh Lexa, it is so lovely to hear from you.
      Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

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  11. Hi Shaheen,
    Wish you and yours a Very Merry Christmas (belated) and a Healthy and Joyous New Year!
    The recipes sound delicious - especially the pies.
    We ate a Samosa Pie (complements should go to my lovely wife), which was great!

    I am on and off, as far as visiting your blog, sorry. It's been challenging with all the stuff going on.

    Hope to visit you soon.

    Peace & Love,
    Chandra

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    1. Thank you Chandra.
      The samosa pie sounds awesome.
      I understand, I have come by your blog and learned of the downs in your life at present, no worries. you take care too.

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