A Very Veggie Christmas 2016

For the past two years, I’ve brought you an insight into our veggie Christmas dinners. There was no way I was going to leave you without that knowledge this year! Be prepared to salivate – I’ve got some photographs lined up of the delicious fare that was enjoyed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

As you may recall from our past posts, I always return home for Christmas, and enjoy some of my mother’s delicious home cooking. This year was no exception, so she takes full credit for all of the dishes that you are about to see.

Christmas Day – Starter

Let’s start right at the beginning! Soup was our starter on Christmas Day. It kind of just looked like soup, so no photos of this one, but I can tell you that it was a spiced parsnip soup. It was totally delicious but also light enough to start the meal nicely.

Christmas Day – Main

Oh boy, there is so much going on in this one! Let’s start with the pie, which was filled with a mushroom and chestnut mixture. Rich and satisfying, it was a lot more balanced than the previous mushroom pie that we shared last Christmas (from the Mildred’s cookbook). This was topped off with celeriac, potato, carrot, and swede in a mash topping. No pastry was involved – this was our healthiest Christmas dinner ever!

Christmas pie
Veggie Christmas pie

We also had some other great tasty goodies on the plate. There was a side of lemony carrots dressed in sesame seeds, as well as honey roast parsnips. We also had a red cabbage and cranberry side and roast potatoes. We then dressed our own plates with vegetarian gravy, bread sauce (the naughtiest thing on the plate!) and cranberry sauce.

Christmas Day main
Christmas Day main

Christmas Day – Dessert

Bear in mind that this dessert was eaten quite some time after the main course, as we were pretty stuffed first off! This was a lovely Christmas-themed trifle put together in glasses. We started out with panettone cut into smaller pieces and placed at the bottom.

Christmas trifle
Christmas trifle

This was soaked with limoncello, then covered with a layer of custard followed by raspberries. Repeat the whole process again to finish! It was rich and delicious, especially with the contrast of the smooth custard and the sharp limoncello. Totally yum and with the appropriate Christmas twist!

Christmas day dessert
Christmas day dessert

Boxing Day – Starter

Here we go with round two. Though we were still recovering from the previous day’s food, this was another big one! The starter was a mushroom salad dish.

Boxing Day starter
Boxing Day starter

A bed of baby leaves was topped off with cubes of feta, beetroot, and the mushrooms. These were whole chestnut mushrooms simmered in stock and then finished with garlic, onions, and herbs.

Mushrooms with feta
Mushrooms with feta

Boxing Day – Main

Here’s the last main course of our Christmas special. This was built around a gorgeous homity pie, which was so cheesy and fantastic.

Homity pie
Homity pie

Along with it we had another full plate of sides. We had some more red cabbage and cranberry next to parsnip fries wrapped in (Quorn) bacon rashers. Smashed potatoes and a carrot and swede mash were joined by french peas with lettuce.

Boxing Day main
Boxing Day main

So that’s how we spent our veggie Christmas! Next week we’ll be sharing our New Year’s celebration meals, so catch those soon. 

What did you have for your Christmas dinner? Let’s compare in the comments!

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