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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!


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...
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
They go nicely with roasted veggies :)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
I'll bet they do! Roasted veggies it is, then - how wonderfully simple and easy!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'm the world's laziest cook but really yummy things are often really simple things :)

Drizzle some balsamic vinegar on those roasted veggies and your guest will love you forever

Edited at 2007-12-22 11:06 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
So does this mean I have to now think up a new and intreasting dish for you Deb *glares and pokes* you have always seemed impressed and now you say ....
'mad?!' (quite possibly!)

'Easy!' You know me too well ;)

They are really nice as a starter s well.. Oh I am suddenly hungry *bugger!*
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they are -- but if I had them as both the starter and the main course, I think my family would quite definitely call me mad ;-)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
I didn't mean both at the dinner, no ! Just if you find another veggie thing you like the look of this also makes a great starter , Oh and esy, we like easy: )
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
We certainly do! I'm just as lazy a cook as your sister confesses herself to be. But...tell me more about this tarte au citron? (I'm also looking for a dessert idea).
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Well that might call for more than A 'mad-easy' type of thing, but if you want the details I will provide thme: )
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Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
Oh no

I loved them so much the first time I had them at yours that I went away and discovered I could cook them too ( and for me to be able to cook them they have to be mad easy ) However you can cook tarte au citroen and lots of other nummy stuff and I ... can't :)
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
OK then I forgive you: )
Dec. 23rd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
get Brie( or Camembert) wedges

To have them as a main course, how much cheese do you think I should use per person? Would 100, 125, 150, 200 grams be enough?
Dec. 23rd, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
They're quite rich I usually serve three wedges a person so that's probably 150g
Dec. 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you. That's very helpful.