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Georgie Georgie VIC Posts: 58
1 15 Dec 2009
For those of you who will be celebrating Christmas this year (despite the commercialism and regardless of any religious connection), what will you all be eating? Last year I did my own take on beef wellington using my recipe for tempeh burgers wrapped in pastry with Tartex mushroom pate and grilled portobellos. This year I'm thinking some sort of chickpea and caramelised onion tart, maybe with cranberry sauce. Can you tell I love cooking and dreaming up new recipe ideas? Come on, get my mouth watering with your plans!
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Karen Karen United States Posts: 1012
2 15 Dec 2009
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Wow Georgie! That sounds divine!!

Xmas can be tricky, particularly if you're the only vegetarian/vegan in the family (like me!) My family always commemorates xmas with a traditional Danish dinner -- that is, a big dead turkey, caramelised potatoes dripping in butter, red cabbage, with desert being a dairy-cream-laden rice pudding.....  cry

Every year I make inroads on this meal in attempts to make it more animal friendly. It's tough 'cos there are a few in my family who are very "purist" about cooking this meal in the utmost "traditional" way.... This year we had an 'early' xmas and I'm so delighted to report that for the first time ever, my family sat down to a fully vegan "traditional Danish Christmas dinner!" I'm still pinching myself happy

I found the Redwood Cheatin Turkey roast (tastes just like I remember turkey tasting), made the caramelised potato recipe with Nuttelex, and then prepared the pudding desert with Soyattoo non-dairy whippable cream (which was SO much better than the dairy version!). My carnivorous family finished every bite, and I actually got a compliment or two in the end...

Now if I can just get them to be vegan *every* day, realising it's just as interesting and tasty!! One step at a time....??

There are some great vegan xmas recipes in the Unleashed xmas feature this year too! I recommend trying the "Little Chocolate Logs". I've been told they are to die for!
www.unleashed.org.au/features/pardon-a-pig/festive-recipes.php

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Georgie Georgie VIC Posts: 58
3 16 Dec 2009
Yummo, that really did make my mouth water! I forgot to say that the rest of my family still does the traditional turkey and ham thing. My Mum is very traditionalist when it comes to Christmas food, so I don't think I'd contemplate hijacking her day. However, she always does a heap of veggie sides which she is happy to ensure are vegan.
I actually did a Christmas in July this year and made a massive vegan steam fruit pudding with brandy Nuttelex and custard, but I ate so much I don't know if I'll actually make another for actual Christmas. At the July party, a friend of mine also made mulled wine using a Yellowtail red (vegan). I'd never had mulled wine before, but it was so warming and delicious I am now definitely a fan!
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Rosie Wolf Rosie Wolf VIC Posts: 163
4 16 Dec 2009
Wow Karen! Great work!
I was hoping to do all the cooking for christmas eve dinner and make it a spectacular vegan feast. unfortunately everyone has decided that they'd rather have some chicken & ham on the table, i'm pretty disheartened about the whole thing. I'm still going to cook the absolutely amazing looking stuffed tofu turkey (http://veganeasy.org/26-D) , as i have to eat, and i want everyone to see exactly what would have been perfectly delicious as they're main meal.  
I'm also making trifle for dessert using soy whipped cream and vegan custard, i'm so excited, it's our traditional family dessert but i haven't had it in sooo long, i bet the vegan version is even better! And i'm also making Gingerbread men, but i'm doing that today. Looking forward to decorating them all, i even bought new piping bag tips so hopefully they end up looking pretty awesome =]
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Jojo Jojo VIC Posts: 175
5 16 Dec 2009
I'm going to make a Stuffed Tofu Roulade: http://veganeasy.org/Tofu-Pumpkin-and-Stuffing-Roulade and maybe a trifle or cheesecake: http://veganeasy.org/Christmas-Recipes

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Georgie Georgie VIC Posts: 58
6 16 Dec 2009
The vegan easy site has so many awesome ideas. I've been looking at all the recipes for inspiration but haven't actually made anything from it yet - Has anyone had any success? Despite being surrounded by rellos who insist on having their turkey and ham, my favourite thing to do is cook something amazing for myself, then force my Mum to try it, and make her jealous that she's not partaking of my personal feast, mu ha ha...
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Pomi Pomi VIC Posts: 311
7 16 Dec 2009
I really want to make Christmas dinner but I can't cook and my family 'don't like' anything like tofu.
Haha Georgie maybe I shall have my own feast and invite my imaginary friends!
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Jojo Jojo VIC Posts: 175
8 16 Dec 2009
Georgie said:
The vegan easy site has so many awesome ideas. I've been looking at all the recipes for inspiration but haven't actually made anything from it yet - Has anyone had any success? Despite being surrounded by rellos who insist on having their turkey and ham, my favourite thing to do is cook something amazing for myself, then force my Mum to try it, and make her jealous that she's not partaking of my personal feast, mu ha ha...
Well I'm a bit biased because I did a lot of the recipes, buuuuuuuut they're awesome hehe ashamed2

The tofu turkey and the tofu roulade are a bit similar, you could make the roulade into the turkey shape if you wanted and possibly vice versa.  The nut roast for main is great too.  As for desserts, we'll be adding more soon but I don't think you'll go wrong with what's up there happy
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ChloeMB ChloeMB VIC Posts: 560
9 16 Dec 2009
for me its more a case of lunch at christmas, and i spend it up in melbourne with the extended family, who eat meat, so i have to be careful about what i eat, but i was thinknig of making some sort of vegan dish to take down.
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x.Tara x.Tara NSW Posts: 357
10 17 Dec 2009
So for xmas I'm going up to my aunty's place. There'll be cousins, uncles etc. basically, quite a few people. THEY'RE ALL MEAT-EATERS!!!! =( I don't know my family very well either, since I live a state away from all of them.
I don't want them asking me questions like "where do you get your protein from?" and "why are you veg?"
I don't want to offend anyone by bringing my own food either...

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