All posts filed under: Vegetarian

Veggie Festive Bake (Brie, Cranberry, Parsnip and Stuffing)

If you can resist a Greggs festive bake then you’re a better man than I. They’re delicious. I mean it’s just Christmassy beige mush wrapped in flaky pastry, but that is exactly what I’m looking for at this time of year, and they do it so well. We recently discovered that Iceland are now selling frozen festive bakes to cook at home, so I thought it was probably time I tried to make my own version of these things before I gave in to temptation and turned my entire freezer into a Greggs shrine. I didn’t want to make an exact copy of the festive bake though because I’ve very much made it my mission this year to vegetarianise as many Christmas classics as I can. I want to prove that while meat is arguably delicious, it’s not essential for deliciousness – even in December. It’s also super helpful for me to lean towards vegetarianism in December to make Veganuary a little easier next month.. I’ve used brie as the cheesy element here for no …

3 (Vegetarian) Ways with Sprouts

The vegetable that divides the nation come December is finally back in season, and I’m sat firmly in the camp of people that are delighted. I’m fairly sure I despised sprouts as a child, as did most of us. These days, my fridge is never without a bag in the winter. Those of us with a fondness for sprouts are often looking for new ways to prepare them so as to entice those of us who refuse to pile them onto their plate. I wanted to try and do something vegetarian this year, because in previous years I’ve relied solely on bacon to tempt sprout haters and I like a challenge. Whether or not you succeed in convincing the sprout haters in your life that the little green things should be given another chance, I hope you’ll find something in this post that you haven’t tried before. Sprouts with Goats Cheese and Dried Cranberries This never used to be my style, but I’m finding this year that I’m more partial to sprouts that have been …

Vegan Christmas Sandwich

When I told the boys at the office that I was working on a vegan Christmas sandwich recipe, they all took the piss. Mercilessly. I don’t know what it is about the word ‘vegan’ that drives some people to immediate outrage. People have no chill. As regular readers know, I’m not vegan myself but do take part in Veganuary every year and have the utmost respect for those that choose a vegan lifestyle. They’re doing their bit for the planet and for animal welfare and I think that’s a pretty cool way to do life. So it grinds my gears when people take the mickey out of them, and it grinds my gears even more when people suggest that vegan food is shit. It’s really, really not. Vegans eat some of the filthiest, dirtiest, junkiest food there is. It’s entirely possible to make absolutely droolworthy food with just plant based ingredients. I, as an omnivore, wanted to prove this with a pornographic triple decker Christmas sandwich. Just as a two fingers up to anyone who …