All posts tagged: christmas

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 …

Stollen Cookies

Stollen Cookies

If you’re a follower of my Instagram stories (quick plug, they’re great, get ’em by following me on Instagram) then you’ll know that I’ve spent much of November wandering around supermarkets to ogle at their Christmas food. I love that about this time of year, there’s just so much to look at. I like to imagine that there are special festive food task forces that sit around in meetings all year round thinking this stuff up (for the record, I think that would probably be my dream job). In the Morrison’s bakery section this year you’ll find a packet of five stollen cookies for just under a quid. Tom bought them for me, I ate them all, they were excellent. So excellent, in fact, that I decided they needed to happen in my kitchen. Stollen has always been present at the Christmas dinner table in my family. It’s the disgustingly stodgy, cream soaked dessert that makes absolutely no sense to eat after an enormous dinner but we go ahead and do it anyway. I never …

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 …