|Houses of Parliament, London, with the London Eye behind|
I've been meandering along with a vague sense that Christmas is on the horizon, and all of a sudden that horizon is almost here. Ten days to go! I am not sure I'm ready!
In the spirit of all things festive, I thought I'd share some Christmas scenes and vegan Christmas recipe ideas. I haven't decided what to make for our Christmas meal yet (!) but the recipes below all sound appealing. I'm also sharing an easy recipe for baked pears in red wine and cinnamon, which may not suit Christmas day, but is perfect if you need a festive but low-key dessert. Paired with yoghurt or ice cream the pears are simple, sophisticated and entirely delicious.
|Trafalgar Square, London|
Vegan Christmas recipes ideas
Veggie pigs in sun dried tomato blankets - A fun twist on traditional pigs in blankets (sausages in bacon)
Marmite roast potatoes - Vegemite would work too, I'm sure!
Winter slaw with maple candied nuts - An attractive and festive salad
Tofu turkey - A bit of work, but intriguing
Chocolate mince pies - Johanna takes the classic recipe and adds cocoa to the pastry and chocolate chips to the fruit mince
Super easy spicy raw chocolate bonbons - Delicious sounding chocolate truffles
|Christmas festivities in East Sussex|
Baked pears in red wine and cinnamon
This is an easy recipe that takes pears from boring to exciting - perfect served with yoghurt or ice cream
Serves 2, increase quantities as needed
Author: Bite-sized thoughts
4 small pears
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp maple syrup
Preheat your oven to 150'C (300'F).
Cut each pear into four slices. Combine the other ingredients (red wine vinegar, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup) in the bottom of a small ovenproof dish, then add the pears and shake slightly to coat.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the pears are tender but still hold their shape.
|Baked pears, with yoghurt|
Now, if you will excuse me, I have some Christmas planning to do - mains, sides, desserts and snacks...
|Our Christmas tree|
So...what do you have planned for Christmas?