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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:52 am 
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I'm going to my mum's. My favourite bit of the whole thing is definitely roast potatoes. I'm also bringing powder to make Bisto gravy and my mum has a family recipe for stuffing that she always does, which is good. There will be sprouts. As a centrepiece I believe mum is making giant mushrooms sprinkled with sherry, or something.
On a less festive note, my brother has insisted they have moose as it was sold in Lidl. Mum likes having meat leftovers around and doesn't think moose will work for that, so is making some other sort of meat as well. Hopefully this will mean she won't bother doing sausages?

Oh and I'm bringing a big bottle of Fentimans dandelion and burdock to drink.

Wanted to make rumballs again but don't think I'll have the time or the energy.


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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:21 am 
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Sorry. Lost my phone so been away from PPK a bit.

I've tried a few YP recipes and had better success with some than others. Last year I used one from that Great Vegan Conspiracy blog but it seems to have been deleted. I'm going to see if I can find my print out. If I can't I might try these from maple Spice http://www.maplespice.com/2009/09/vegan ... dding.html

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All the GVC recipes are still in the notes section of the facebook page.

You can find her toad in the hole recipe using the following link, so should be able to modify the recipe for plain old yorkshires

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:14 pm 
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Oh well done, though i don't think that was the one I used. Hmm.

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So, I ended up making a porkless pie using Isa and Terry's buttery double crust (vodka variation, no sugar) for the crust and Granose (I think - the green box) sausage mix (2 boxes) for the filling. It wasn't exactly traditional, but it was probably the best porkless pie I've ever eaten. It was amazing. But because we ate just before 11pm, I got lazy and just made roasted broccoli and leftover rice for sides. I only just remembered that I bought stuffing. Oh well, I can make it as a side for leftover pie tomorrow.

Oh, and I made a yule log with the chocolate cupcake and chocolate buttercream recipes from VCTOTW. We haven't eaten any of it yet, but it at least looks better than my last log attempt.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:18 am 
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Your yule log sounds much like mine Rachell, except I cheated and bought ready made frosting!

My redwoods roast was pretty shiitake, I only ate a few mouthfuls, but to be honest I didn't need it, as my mum's roasties and the veg & stuffing was plenty and totally awesome. I'm still looking forward to my boxing day sandwich though.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:41 am 
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on christmas day itself i had the standard at my parents' house- redwoods' turkey, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, steamed brussels sprouts, mashed carrot and swede, steamed parsnip, sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy. and my mam had made a steamed apple and date pudding with soy single cream for my dessert. it was good.

then on boxing day, christmas dinner #2 with cidersmurfette at her house- pizza!

firstly, cheesey garlic bread! VWaV pizza dough recipe, with tons of garlic lightly fried in olive oil (and the oil too), and some grated Vegourmet 'volcano' style cheese on it... so, so good:

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main course, mushroom pizza! same dough, my secret recipe pizza sauce, sliced mushrooms, shallots, tomatoes, more Vegourmet cheese and some mixed herbs. Best pizza I've had for a long time:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:55 am 
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Hot damn, y'all's food looks awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
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I usually get Tofurky, because I haven't been able to order one this year I ordered 2 roasts from Vegusto for Christmas.
Now Natural Grocery has got the Tofurky back in stock so I have ordered one of those and I guess I will use the Vegusto roasts on sandwiches over the next fortnight or save them for New Year.

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We are going to be spending Xmas Eve, Xmas Day and Boxing Day with a long time pal of mine who has place in the country near the Offords ... near Huntingdon ...

He loves to have company, loves to cook, views my vegan diet with tender consideration ... we have been exchanging e-mails and planning ... he told me he has bought a vegan cookery book with a special holiday section ... would he tell me which book? not yet ... but I have rabbited on enough about Isa and her books that I reckon it is one of them ...
We have been discussing starters ... a wonderful one he makes with slow roasted tomatoes, garlic etc. ... I am going to make ALL the puddings aside from a fruitcake his cousin sends him every year ...

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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
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I will be eating whatever food they give me as I cruise along the Mekong delta.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:19 am 
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I'll be making Julie Hasson's chicken style roast, just as I did last year. Although this time hopefully I won't mix up the poultry seasoning with 5 spice again! hahaha!

I love that it makes a lot so there's plenty left for my boxing day sandwich and for my dad's snacks! (he loves seitan!)

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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
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I will be eating whatever food they give me as I cruise along the Mekong delta.


Niiiiiice!!!

As we're being grown ups (tm) and staying at home this year there will be no overboiled sprouts that taste of sadness (his mother) and no sneaking turkey run off into the stuffing (my mother). Blargh.

For main I'm going to attempt to make Isa's stuffed seitan roast and a bunch of delicious sides that I haven't yet decided on. Gratin potatoes maybe? Something involving butternut squash or sweet potato? Sushi? :)
I'm hoping the leftover seitan will work well in sandwiches as well. I love me some leftovers sandwiches.

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I don't like getting stressed out making Christmas dinner, or spending all morning in the kitchen instead of making merry and all that, so I usually do this thing where I get a loaf pan and do one layer of that granose chicken style roast, one layer of stuffing from a packet, and one layer of granose sausage mix. It's pretty tasty and takes like 10 minutes to rehydrate the packets and assemble.

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 Post subject: Re: What are you doing for Christmas dinner?
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Is it time to start thinking about Christmas already? Eep!

I always make a vegan main for me and my husband (no one else in my family is veg*n unfortunately but they will often try bits of whatever I make). The last two years I've made seitan loaf things from 500 Vegan Recipes. I feel like I should try something new but those recipes are so good!
My mum and dad make all the sides vegan and my mum always makes soup that is "vaygun" for starter too. I might make some little dinner rolls to go along with that. I always make a cake too. I'm thinking the Orange chocolate bundt from Isa Does It this year. Maybe drizzled with icing and decorated with holly from my garden.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:43 am 
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My mum does most of the cooking and she makes sure all the veg / sides are vegan (except the meaty stuffing but I think that comes with the turkey they buy anyway).

I normally do all the baking. Usually it's a yule log (that my bro and I affectionately refer to as the poo log) and some sort of fruity Christmas cake thing that I make up as I go along and hope for the best.

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oh now I'm getting excited for Christmas and it's only the beginning of November!

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My mum does most of the cooking and she makes sure all the veg / sides are vegan (except the meaty stuffing but I think that comes with the turkey they buy anyway).

I normally do all the baking. Usually it's a yule log (that my bro and I affectionately refer to as the poo log) and some sort of fruity Christmas cake thing that I make up as I go along and hope for the best.



Hehehehehe poo log....

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hehe we're both in our 30s and it's still funny.

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Efcliz wrote:
I will be eating whatever food they give me as I cruise along the Mekong delta.


AMAZING! I lived in Vietnam for 3 years, I'm sure you'll love it. Where exactly are you going, what's your plan? The weather will be a vast improvement on the gloom of the UK!

I have no idea what to do for Christmas dinner yet, except that there will definitely be parsnips.


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I have no idea what I'm having yet. I'm going to my aunt's, and if it's going to be anything like the last christmas I was at hers, I'll have to bring something myself so I don't just eat roast potatoes. Perhaps I'll try Isa's seitan recipe too!


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Ah yes...the dreaded "I'll have the potatoes" option.

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I will be eating whatever food they give me as I cruise along the Mekong delta.


AMAZING! I lived in Vietnam for 3 years, I'm sure you'll love it. Where exactly are you going, what's your plan? The weather will be a vast improvement on the gloom of the UK!

I have no idea what to do for Christmas dinner yet, except that there will definitely be parsnips.


This time we'll be in Laos and then Cambodia, but we did something similar in Vietnam 18 months ago and loved it.

I don't normally plan to be away at Christmas but it was the only time we can both get away from work this year. I'll definitely be doing a Christmas dinner before we
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