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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. 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.
Dec. 27th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
It's the vegetables part that bothers me, I couldn't live on parsnips and raw carrots.
Dec. 28th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
Me, neither. Though my sister is a more sophisticated type of veggie, and the meals she serves are generally more inventive and delicious than that. But to ban all meat from my table? No, I couldn't do that; I'm far too fond of its texture and taste.

Having said that though, I don't eat a lot of it. Fish is the main staple of my diet, simply because I like it even better than meat.