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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 09:48 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...