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I'd promised my sister I'd help her and the kids move house, so I presented myself bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at their address early this morning. More help arrived in the form of Mick's goth friends, all wearing those impossibly impractical platformed boots and with no conversation other than about purple nail varnish and the latest vampire horror films -- but nice boys, all three of them.

The plan was that the husband of a friend of my sister's would ferry her stuff over in 'the van' - but when he arrived, it turned out that there had been a slight miscommunication between them: he thought she'd have organised a van, and she thought he would bring it...so in the end, they had to go looking for one. Unfortunately, despite going round several hire companies, there were none to be had at such short notice, and the move had to be postponed till after Christmas. They're now going to move in to their new place on Thursday.

As I hadn't seen the new-build they're moving into yet, and as they were eager to show it off, we took a trip down there anyway. They're moving into the country, onto a new estate outside one of the villages near The Hague,

front door

back door

Romeo & Soraya decorating the Christmas tree

and 3 pictures taken on our walk into the village

Their old place though is a shambles. Everything's bagged and boxed up, all the beds and cupboards have been disassembled, the cooker has been disconnected...What could I do but invite them over to mine for Christmas?

So now I'm going to have to think about, plan and execute a fabulous vegetarian Christmas dinner when I would have been perfectly happy with a glass of wine and a piece of venison or pheasant breast (I hadn't decided yet), and watching the Doctor Who Christmas special on my own.

I'm thinking Portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat's cheese for starters, but I'm stumped for a main course -- I'm such a bloody carnivore that I can't think of anything festive yet meat-free at the moment. Help me out, please, vegetarian flist of mine! Share with me your ideas for a quick, easy and delicious vegetarian feast!


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Dec. 22nd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Filo pastry parcels with brie and cranberries

mad easy to make

Just buy ready made filo pastry , get Brie( or Camembert) wedges ,split them in half, sandwich them back together with cranberry sauce, put another dollop of cranberry sauce on top of each wedge, wrap in filo pastry, brush with oil bake till the pastry is crisp.

Edited at 2007-12-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
That sounds really good -- and yummy, too! I could serve them with a nice salad...and maybe some sprouts, for that traditional Christmassy touch? Or some honey-glazed carrots, perhaps?

Thank you so much; I think I'll give these pastry parcels a try. Esp. since you say they're mad easy to make...
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Dec. 22nd, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
I usually do quiche for vegetarians, unless they don't eat dairy.

Can you buy a readymade, deep dish pie crust from the frozen section of the supermarket? In the USA, these come packaged in sets of two. Let them thaw a bit, or make your own crust if you're more talented with that than I am. Fill with grated gruyere or other sharp white cheese, five eggs (beaten), a bit of heavy cream, and then the vegetables of choice (mushrooms, spinach, broccoli flowers, onion). Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes up non-gooey. I'd bake here at high altitude at 400F. I bet there are plenty of quiche recipes online to further inspire you.

Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
I don't think those readymade deep dish pie crusts have made it into our supermarkets yet, but I could always make my own...and your recipe's reminded me of a dish I used to make when I was a student on low income, and ate more cheese and eggs...I wonder why I stopped making it; it was really nice...
Dec. 22nd, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Stir fry lots of red and green veg, with a big handful of cashew nuts?
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Not sure that'll do the trick, but thanks for the suggestion anyway!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
And the new house looks really nice.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's quite lovely, esp. the location. It's nice and quiet, and they've got a view now of meadows and horses and sheep; and there was a hare sprinting through the garden while we were there...quite different from the busy thoroughfare leading to the centre of town where they're currently living.

Romeo went round all (5) houses in his street, and has made a very good impression on all the neighbours, by introducing himself and telling them that he was 'looking for friends'. He's found some, too!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Would lentil loaf be of interest? It's like a meatloaf, but made of lentils. You can spice it however you want - rosemary and thyme to make it like stuffing, or indian spices to make it like a curry.

If you'd like I can scan the recipe.
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Lentils? Don't they have to soak like for days? Mum used to make them into a thick soup when we were kids...Thank you for the offer, but I never really cared for them, and if I have to forego meat this Christmas, I think I'd rather go with something else.
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Dec. 23rd, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: veggie dishes
Thank you so much for these ideas and recipes...Yes, they do eat fish so I'm making some shrimp dim sum Christmas Day morning for them to nibble on in the afternoon while I stress about cooking dinner on only two hobs (the other two have inexplicably stopped working).

I'm definitely going to try the tartiflette some day -- I adore mushrooms and this sounds absolutely delicious.

BTW, I'm keeping your comment screened because it contains your e-mail address, and I don't want you to run the risk of your privacy being violated through a public post in my LJ.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
All this cheese is why I'd never make a veggie.
Dec. 27th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
You'd probably have more luck as a vegan; they won't touch cheese, either. Although I do believe that for very strict vegetarians, there's a soya substitute for cheese, too.
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Dec. 27th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't see this in time to help. One tip if you ever need it in the future, let a nice pasta dish be your main and have sides around it.
Dec. 27th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll remember that!
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