The 12 recipes of Christmas

No. 1: Mushroom and Cashew Nut Wellington (vg) This makes a fantastic Christmas centrepiece, together with a rich mushroom gravy and all the trimmings. You can make the filling in advance and pop it into the pastry and bake on the day. This comes from Nicola Graimes’ “New Vegetarian Kitchen.” Serves 8 MUSHROOM AND CASHEW…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 12: Lemon possets And finally……a vegan sweet treat, probably the simplest of all these recipes, and lovely at any time of year. Posh tasting enough for a dinner party.  Easy enough to make for any time you deserve it! 600g firm silken tofu Zest and juice of 2 lemons 60ml agave nectar 5 tbsp…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 11: Mushroom and Puy lentil Moussaka This is a really good January dish.  Warming, comforting, filling – and yet still manages to transport you to Greek shores.  Bit fiddly to make, but hey, you’re worth it!  This is my own take on the classic recipe.  It makes enough for, I think, about 6 people….

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 9: A Trio of Speedy Starters If you are short on time but want to pull off some really excellent flavours to start a dinner party, or just a special meal for friends or family, these 3 recipes do the trick, and are nothing short of Delicious! a) Pistachio dukkah with bread and olive…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 9: The Best Bolognaise This one is a bit of a surprise, as we only ate it for the first time last night and decided it had to be included!  Slightly adapted from one of my Christmas recipe book gifts, written by the people who make Higgidy pies, it is an absolute knock-out, packing…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 8: Spanish Orange Cake (makes 1 x 20cm cake) This is most definitely a Christmassy pud to make. It will fill your kitchen with warm spicy aromas, and leave your tongue and belly most content! It also happens to be vegan and gluten free. Taken from the very wonderful Demuth’s Cookery School website. 2…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 7: The Best Pakoras Ever My first ever vegetarian recipe book was Indian Vegetarian Cookery by Jack Santa Maria, first published in 1973.  It is much loved, much thumbed, and you can tell the best recipes because the pages stick together.  From here I am delighted to include his Pakora recipe: deceptively simple, utterly…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 6: Nutty stuffed aubergines I think I was about 20 when I invented this recipe, and it has been pretty much unchanged ever since.  It uses an egg to bind, but can be veganised by using flax seed soaked in boiling water.  Lovely served with a range of salads.  Serves 2. 1 medium aubergine…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 5: Leek and lemon risotto with braised fennel and a pea and mint pesto Another one of my recipes, and OK, it sounds very dinner party-ish, and it is.  But you can forget the fennel and pesto, and just make a lovely, wintery warm risotto and top it with cheese (regular or vegan) of…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 4: White chocolate, orange and pistachio puddings (vg) Doing a Diploma at the very wonderful Demuth’s Cookery School in Bath gave me the confidence to take myself seriously as a pop up chef and Cookery School tutor.  If you ever get the chance, treat yourself to one of their courses.  Their website is also…

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

No 3: Carrot and fennel burgers (vg) I used to work for the EAT Festivals in Somerset, running drop-in Cookery Schools suitable for any ages, and one year this was the recipe I used.  I have to say that after making it probably about 50 times over the year, mostly with kids (they love it…