So this will be my first ever vegan Christmas, which is pretty exciting!
I can’t tell you how many people have asked me what I’m going to eat… it really seems as though people think vegans don’t eat on tis awesome food holiday. This, however, could not be further from the truth, and I have every intention of enjoying even more delicious treats this year! So I thought I’d share my menu with you, incase you’re looking for inspiration too!
Breakfast – My favourite chocolate zucchini muffins with mixed berries. The perfect way to start a day of deliciousness! You can make the muffins the day before and warm them up for breakfast when you’re ready.
Pre-lunch canapés are always a must for my family at christmas, normally we have cheese, smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis, cold meats etc but of course that isn’t really going to work for me anymore! So instead I’m making my sweet potato, sage and cashew dip, which will taste perfect with some yummy vegan crackers and crudités. I’ll also be stockpiling olives, which are my absolute favourite snack!
Now for the main event of the day, christmas lunch, I’m planning to pile a plate high with all of my favourite veggies: sweet potato wedges roasted with cinnamon, paprika and fresh sticks of rosemary, sautéed shiitake mushrooms with olive oil, herb roasted carrots, parsnips and celeriac, some steamed broccoli and a little pea puree on the side. How delicious does that sound?! I know I won’t feel I’m missing out at all with all these amazing flavours!
I hope my plate looks like a cross between these two:
Here is my recipe for the perfect sweet potato wedges - http://deliciouslyella.com/2012/04/27/baked-sweet-potato-wedges-with-guacomole/
After all of this I’m sure I will be so full, but it is Christmas so you can’t skip dessert! I’ve been working on my chocolate roulade recipe the last couple of weeks, and whilst it tastes insanely delicious – think deep, rich chocolate sponge filled with sweet, caramel, banana cream – I just haven’t perfected the consistency of the sponge yet and it keeps cracking too much. So I guess I’ll have to wait until next year to share that! So instead I think I’ll make my chocolate hazelnut tart, as it is one of my absolute favourites! It’s a trillion times nicer than Christmas pudding or mince pies!
For afternoon tea and snacks I’m going to make my raw walnut and cacao truffles, as they’re the perfect alternative to traditional chocolates and truffles, which I’m sure other people will be enjoying so it’s nice to not feel left out! They’re also just so awesomely delicious, and even better, they can be made a few days in advance so they’re totally stress free too! Just keep them in the fridge until they’re ready to be eaten.
I also have one more delicious Christmas inspired recipe coming for you in the next few days – candied pecans! They’re so delicious and so simple. I’ll post the recipe soon but if you want to pre-preapre your shopping all you’ll need are pecans, pure maple syrup, cinnamon and sea salt! Yummmm