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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 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: )
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, please! I can always fall back on ice cream if I make a hash of it.

Mental note: buy ice cream
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
OK then here goes...

You need to bake blind a sweet pastry case, but not too sweet and leave to cool.

I will do this in instalments because the dogs now need to go out for a walk, Dogs, who'd have them?!
Dec. 22nd, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well - you, obviously!

Take all the time you need. Christmas dinner is still some time off.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 09:06 am (UTC)
Yep that would be me (mad I am)

Here goes then.

250g butter
175g icing sugar
2 small eggs, beaten
500g flour

Zest of 4 lemons and 180 ml of juice
4 large eggs
120g caster sugar
120 ml whipping cream
icing sugar and lemon wedges to decorate

To make the filling, finely grate the zest from the lemons and squeeze enough juice to give the required quantity. Break the eggs into a bowl, add the sugar and whisk lightly to combine -- not until it's frothy. Then, still beating, add the lemon zest and juice and the cream. Put this mixture in a jug.

Put the pastry case on the baking tray and slide it out of the oven far enough to be able to pour the filling in, carefully. You want it to come virtually to the top of the pastry. Slide the tray back in, and bake for about 30 minutes until the filling is set and just firm in the centre. Temp of oven is about 180

Remove from the oven, allow to cool, and decorate by sifting icing sugar over it and adding some crystallised or raw lemon slices to the top. Serve at room temperature -- you don't need anything with it.
Oh and it tastes good: )
Dec. 23rd, 2007 09:12 am (UTC)
You make it sounds so easy...I'm definitely going to try this, if not for Christmas dinner then for New Year's Eve.
Dec. 23rd, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
Oh cool, it is easy and it is sooooo tasty : )