I am over-the-moon happy with how easy, tasty and quietly luxurious my first ever Christmas as a vegan has been. Winter is a time for roast veggies, pies and gravy, thigh-thickening meals, candle-light & creamy booze. I got to have all of this whilst maintaining a) a cruelty-free lifestyle & b) my usual disregard for calorie counting or feeling guilty about loving eating food. I did notice that I did feel less oh-man-I’ve-undone-my-Jean-buttons-and-I-still-can’t-breath feelings than my pre-vegan days. Which meant I could hit the cheese board AND the chocolate truffles after lunch. Back-of-the-net!
Hope you’ve eaten well, laughed with family, friends & pets and spent quality time in your pajamas.
Here are some of my festive highlights:
Betty and Chester under the tree. They broke into their stockings early because they’re rebels & don’t conform to your RULES, man.
A vegan cheese-board that way exceeded my expectations. Accidentally-vegan crackers, grapes, Pink Lady apple, Sainsbury’s Wensleydale-Style Free From cheese with Cranberries & Sainsbury’s Soft Cheese-style with. Garlic & Herb. Delicious.
For Christmas Lunch I had my first ever Tofurkey! Verdict: tasty. Surprisingly tasty. Affordable and easy to cook too. Along with stuffing, tenderstem broccoli, roast potatoes in garlic and rosemary, maple parsnips and carrots, sweet corn, creamed leeks and a (gravy) boatload of, um, gravy. Next year I’d probably add some bread sauce and attempt some vegan Yorkshire puddings along with all of this but, yeah, dead chuffed with this lunch.
For a decadent, creamy Christmas tipple look no further than mixing half parts of Marks & Spencer’s Gold Creme Brûlée Liquer and Oatly’s chocolate milk. SO good. If you wanted to make it stronger add a splash of vodka. If you want to make it even creamier add a splash of dairy-free cream.
In case there was any worry, at all, that all this food wouldn’t be enough Josh bought me a whole bunch of vegan chocolate and goodies. Including Booja-Booja truffles (how are they so perfect though?!), a Round Up! Wagon Wheel and Raspberry Ruffles. Truly scrumptious.
What did you have for Christmas? Did you play and win a board Game? And what IS the best Christmas movie? Home Alone right? Right?!