A meat-free Christmas

So what did the veggie-vegan eat for Christmas? The menu of the day was a mixture of tried and trusted classics (homemade hummus of course) and a few new creations I whipped up on Christmas morning. Being eternally late for everything, there was little pre-preparation but each dish was lovingly put together swiftly on the day…

My meat-free Christmas menu included:

– An Iraqi-style breakfast puff pastry with tahini paste and date syrup. Wow, wow, wow.

– Edamame, pea and mint dip

– Homemade hummus

The brilliantly green edamame and pea dip with delicately sweet flavours was definitely my favourite.

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– Arabic tea (pictured above)

– Roasted butternut squash stuffed with rice, broadbeans, dill and christmasy spices.

Potato, parsnip and onion rosti  from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s parsnIp recIpes In this weekend’s Guardian.

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– and lots and lots of roast veggies with marinated avocado on the side.

What a feast! Did you have a veggie-vegan Christmas? Any recipes to share from your day?

 

(Excuse any obscure formatting or typos today! I’m writing on a new tablet and haven’t quIte got the hang of it!)

 

Hangover cure: Home-made hummus

home made hummus

There’s really little more satisfying than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a food processor for instant, home-made hummus. Especially on a hangover. It’s comforting and relaxing, and after a night of alcoholic excess, it’s reassuringly self-caring. It’s my go-to 7-minute dish and one which everyone also likes to tuck into.

How to make hummus in 7 minutes flat

Put in a food processor:

  • 1 can of chick peas with a little bit of its water (or two cans if you’re making for a few people)
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed (or two or three if you / your guests love a rich taste of garlic like I do)
  • over half a lemon squeezed or a whole one for two cans of chick peas. The more lemon you add the brighter and more uplifting the taste. If your hummus tastes dull and dense then you probably haven’t added enough lemon.
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini per can of chick peas (sesame seed paste)
  • generous salt
  • generous pepper
  • generous glug of olive oil (in the mixture and for drizzling at the end)
  • chilli flakes/cayenne pepper/paprika – optional to season

Whiz in the food processor until as smooth or as chunky as you like. If it’s too dense, add a glug of plain, unflavoured yoghurt or more olive oil.

Also ensure it’s full of flavour – nothing worse than hummus without enough kick – always add more lemon juice than you think you need and don’t be shy with the seasoning. Be generous, and give it some life!

So that’s it.. no frills, no fuss (just a bit of mess), speedy, natural and utterly delicious. Just toast some pitta, grill some tomatoes, kick back and enjoy.

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Hangover cure #3: Home-made hummus

home made hummus

There’s really little more satisfying than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a food processor for instant, home-made hummus. Especially on a hangover. It’s comforting and relaxing, and after a night of alcoholic excess, it’s reassuringly self-caring. It’s my go-to 7-minute dish and one which everyone also likes to tuck into.

How to make hummus in 7 minutes flat

Put in a food processor:

  • 1 can of chick peas with a little of its water (two cans if you want to make enough for four people)
  • 1 clove of garlic (or 2 or 3 if you love garlic as I do)
  • just over half a squeezed lemon (make this one whole squeezed lemon if you’re using two cans of chick peas)
  • 1 tablespoon of tahini per can of chick peas (sesame seed paste)
  • generous salt
  • generous pepper
  • generous glug of olive oil (in the mixture and for drizzling at the end)
  • chilli flakes/cayenne pepper/paprika – optional to season

Whiz in the food processor until as smooth or as chunky as you like. If it’s too dense, add a glug of plain, unflavoured yoghurt or more olive oil.

Also ensure it’s full of flavour – nothing worse than hummus without enough kick – always add more lemon juice than you think you need and don’t be shy with the seasoning. Be generous, and give it some life!

So that’s it.. no frills, no fuss (just a bit of mess), speedy, natural and utterly delicious. Just toast some pitta, grill some tomatoes, kick back and enjoy.

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