Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Seasonal holiday cooking

One thing I love about the Christmas holidays is I get a chance to cook all the things I'm normally to busy to cook.Been meaning to do a vegan Christmas blog post but have been so busy over the last few days I haven't got round to it, I'm sure you all know where I'm coming from.

A few days before Christmas my brother brought me round some lovely seasonal produce I knew I needed to cook them up fast because if I didn't I wouldn't have the time for a few days so off I set stocked up on Mushrooms,Cranberries and blueberries.

Up to press I haven't done anything with the blueberries I've just froze them to use later.The cranberries however is a different story I made the obligatory cranberry sauce for Christmas day.One of my favourite things is Cranberry mincemeat which is taken from the Nigella Lawson (Christmas cookbook) it's a change from the usual mincemeat.I haven't made any mince pies yet but that's tomorrow's job so I will post the recipes and pics then.

I did however make some gorgeous cranberry and Orange marmalade, if you have a Bread Machine this is a really easy recipe.You just add 3 cups of fruit I used 2 cups of Cranberries and 1 cup of orange(roughly chopped) depending on your taste you could reverse it to 2 cups of Oranges to one cup of Cranberries, no rules here.
Next I added 1 and 1/4 cups of Sugar, now I like my jams less sweet than most people so those of you who like regular jams and marmalades I suggest you add 2 cups or even 3 depending on the level of your sweet tooth.

All you add then is one tablespoon of lemon juice 1 packet of pectin and a splash of Grand Marnier (optional) then set machine to Jam setting, sterilise your jars and voila one large pot of Christmas Cranberry and Orange marmalade.

I made a Cranberry Cheesecake as well, have to admit my base was a bit crumbly but it was delicious and definetly would make it again but I just need to search for a better recipe for the base.

From the mushrooms I made a mushroom stroganoff,mushroom Pate and mushroom soup which was all delicious.All the above recipes are vegan and it just proves because you are Vegan you don't have to miss out on all the lovely holiday food.I will post the recipes in another post for the cheesecake.

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