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#1 Old 12-12-2006, 02:16 PM
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So what is everyone planning for Christmas dinner? This will be the first time I am actually trying to cook a Christmas dinner and I wonder how it really differs from a Thanksgiving dinner?



For Thanksgiving I made:

Homemade Stuffing

Mashed Rosemary and garlic Sweet potatoes

Boiled Carrots (I love them plain and I add a little bit of vegan butter to them)

Green Bean Casserole

Pumpkin Pie

My boyfriend bought a ham for him and his daughter



So what are some staples for a good Christmas dinner? Thanks!
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#2 Old 12-12-2006, 03:48 PM
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I'm doing:



Pear and watercress soup for starter



Chestnut and cranberry casserole

Roast parsnips and roast potatoes

Mashed carrot and swede

Steamed mixed veg (whatever looks good in the shop when I go to buy ingredients)

Some kind of stuffing



Christmas pudding for afters (shop-bought, can't be bothered to do home-made)



This is part of the plan to corrupt my relatives into the ways of veganism (or at least showing them that they can like vegan food) - I cooked for my parents last year and afterwards they went round telling everyone how great it was (after looking a bit glum beforehand when other people were comparing what animal they were eating as the Christmas dinner centrepiece, and they had to say "we're having vegetarian..." *no jokes about eating vegetarians for Christmas dinner please!*). This year we have my uncle and aunt there too, so more people to corrupt
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Quorn roast, cranberries, stuffing, mushroom gravy, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes or yams, green beans (but maybe I'll do like derwenna and just get whatever looks good in the shop - yeah, that sounds better), bread, and apple pie with ice cream.
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#4 Old 12-12-2006, 11:32 PM
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Garden Protein stuffed "turkey" breasts from WFM.

Cranberry relish

Roasted garlic skins-on mashed potatoes

Triple mushroom gravy

Vegan green bean casserole

Sweet potatoes with apples and pecans

Salad

Some type of fruit pie with vegan crust and crumb top.



If the gb casserole recipe doesn't turn out right we might do steamed beans or broccoli with a little olive oil and garlic.

Keep on freepin' on

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#5 Old 12-15-2006, 09:59 AM
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I'm doing:



Pear and watercress soup for starter



Chestnut and cranberry casserole

Roast parsnips and roast potatoes

Mashed carrot and swede

Steamed mixed veg (whatever looks good in the shop when I go to buy ingredients)

Some kind of stuffing



Christmas pudding for afters (shop-bought, can't be bothered to do home-made)



This is part of the plan to corrupt my relatives into the ways of veganism (or at least showing them that they can like vegan food) - I cooked for my parents last year and afterwards they went round telling everyone how great it was (after looking a bit glum beforehand when other people were comparing what animal they were eating as the Christmas dinner centrepiece, and they had to say "we're having vegetarian..." *no jokes about eating vegetarians for Christmas dinner please!*). This year we have my uncle and aunt there too, so more people to corrupt



Chestnut and cranberry casserole sounds good. Do you have a recipe that you could share?
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#6 Old 12-15-2006, 03:11 PM
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Yep, here it is:



Chestnut and cranberry casserole



1 leek, sliced

1 tbsp oil

450g/1lb peeled chestnuts, fresh or frozen

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped

1 courgette, quartered and sliced thickly

4 sticks celery, chopped roughly

50g/1 3/4 oz raisins

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp fresh coriander

1 cinnamon stick, broken

425ml/ 3/4 pint vegetable stock

225g/8oz fresh cranberries

2 tbsp demerara sugar

soy sauce to taste

freshly chopped coriander to garnish



Cook the leek in the oil until softened but not browned, then add the chestnuts and stir over the heat until defrosted, if frozen. Add the pepper, courgette and celery, stir fry for one minute, then stir in all the remaining ingredients except the cranberries and sugar.

Bring the casserole to the boil, then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes. Add the cranberries, continue to cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir in extra soy sauce to taste.



For a meal on its own, the recipe suggests serving with brown rice, but I'm doing it without rice for Christmas 'cos there'll be enough other stuff to eat with it.
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What is courgette?

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What is courgette?



It's British for Zucchini. Sorry, forgot to translate!
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and a much better word, too! Thanks - this looks very tasty.

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So far I am planning a nut/tofu roast, scalloped taters, peas, carrots vichy (is gingerale vegan?), and a apple/raisin stuffing.



I hope it turns out ok. I think the apple raisin will complement the nut loaf. I can't wait!
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#11 Old 12-16-2006, 08:01 AM
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Ours is today, and here's my plan:



-Apple and agave baked beans

-lemon and thyme roasted potatoes

-yam puree

-PPk's cornbread



Not much, I know. But my mom was like "I hope your stuff isnt going to take up a lot of room. We already have ham, turkey, chicken casserolle, and macaroni and cheese!" What in the world?! You dont think I want to have some food to enjoy too?? It made me pretty mad.
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Here's our plan:



Baby spinach and lettuce salad with dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, pears and a basil vinegrette



Pumpkin lasagna (TNS's recipe)



Baby sweet peas with sauteed mushrooms



Roasted beets with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar



Artisan bread



Vegan pecan pie




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Wow, all of these dinners sound fabulous! MY boyfriend wants me to stick with the same food I made last time but with different desserts. I am pretty happy about that because I know I can make these recipes well and they were delicious. I think next year I will try to get a bit fancier!
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My mom si going to make the 13 fish for christmas eve dinner, thank godoness their will be sides.



My mom is making the christmas day dinner to so here's what she has planned ,but i'll be eating mostly sides.



Cheese Lasagna

eggplant parmasagn(of course i'll have the cheeseless peices!)

Peas

artichoke

Baked ziti

antipast



..and that's all we have planned for now. We're ganna have the other relatives bring the other food. My mom doesn't want to deal with it. Lol
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