Sloe gin for Christmas


broccoli2016Day 30 in the 2016 VeganMoFo: Food Gifts – Do you like to give food as a gift? Or receive? Show/tell us!

Every year my fella makes sloe gin for  friends for Christmas..

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If there is any left by the summer,it makes a great cocktail mixed with elderflower champagne!




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Vegan Turkey for Christmas!

Day 29 in the VeganMoFo: Holiday Test Run – It’s always good to practice – show off your hits and misses.

I made Miyoko Schinner’s UnTurkey! It has to be the strangest thing I have ever cooked and I’m not sure I’ll do it again for a while but unless my good friends are liars… (I am sure they are not as they don’t usually hold back if they don’t like something) it was a real hit! One of them peered into the oven and shouted “Oh my God! It’s even got an arse!”.


Seasoning mix

  • 2 cups Nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp marjoram
  • 2 tsp tarragon
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 4 tsp sage
  • 4 tsp celery seeds
  • 4 tsp thyme
  • 4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tsp onion powder
  1. Blend to a fine seasoning powder.

For the turkey mix:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 tbs soya sauce
  • ¼ cup gram flour
  • ¼ cup seasoning mix
  • 4 cups vital wheat gluten flour
  1. Mix well BEFORE adding water
  2. Add water and mix with a spoon then by hand
  3. Put on a greased baking tray and pre-bake for 30 mins at 180°
  4. Simmer for one hour in large pan with water plus ½ cup seasoning and ⅓ cup soya sauce
  5. Taste broth to check it is seasoned enough
  6. This is the ‘boiled’ turkey


For the stuffing:

  • ½ cup rapeseed/olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2-3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • Medium bowl of chunky breadcrumbs (toasted ciabatta)
  • 1 tbs sage
  • 1 tbs thyme
  • 1 tbs rosemary
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  1. Sauté the veg for a few minutes
  2. Combine with breadcrumbs in a large bowl
  3. Add herbs and mix well
  4. Add 2-3 cups of the broth from the turkey
  5. Stir and keep adding stock until breadcrumbs are moist
  6. You can add cranberries/ chestnuts… whatever you want
  7. Take the turkey out and cool
  8. Cut a section off the fattest side and slice through it then fan it out to form the base of the turkey
  9. Slice through the middle of the remaining bit – not cutting all the way – then open like a roof on a house and place on the base – this will be the final shape of it

For the turkey skin:

  • Yuba
  • ¼ cup of seasoning mix
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup rapeseed oil
  1. Put sheets of yuba in a tray of water and soak for a few minutes to soften
  2. Combine the seasoning mix, wine and oil in a bowl to make a basting liquid
  3. Squeeze out the yuba and place in basting liquid
  4. Take ‘skin’ and lay out in baking dish
  5. Place turkey base on skin
  6. Cover in stuffing – build it up high!
  7. Take the turkey body and place on top of the stuffing
  8. Gather up yuba and cover, baste with the basting liquid
  9. Use second piece of yuba to enrobe the whole turkey ( I had to tie it all up with cotton string as the skin was quite thick and would ‘enrobe’ my turkey!
  10. You can freeze this for up to 6 months
  11. Bake for 30-45 minutes

For the gravy:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 tbsp flour
  • Hot broth that the seitan was cooked in
  • Splash white wine
  • Dash of soya sauce
  • Seasoning mix to taste
  1. Make a roux
  2. Add broth
  3. Add wine and soya sauce
  4. Taste and add seasoning mix to taste

There you go, a cruelty-free Christmas turkey for all! Cheerio VeganMoFo 2016! xx




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Christmas Vegan Nut Wellington

Day 28 in the 2016 VeganMoFo: Holiday Bake Day! – What are you planning on baking over the winter holidays? Do you make cake, or cookies? Or something savoury? I’ll be making a vegan nut wellington for Christmas dinner this year. This one works really well and the leftovers are good with a pickled walnut.


  • 10 dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large shot brandy and a drop of hot water
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 handfuls of nuts; cashew, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 pack of pre-cooked chestnuts, chopped
  • 5 Sundried tomatoes, soaked in hot water then chopped
  • Splosh of olive oil
  • Fresh thyme and sage, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shortcrust pastry
  1. Soak the apricots in the brandy and hot water and set aside.
  2. Mix the chopped vegetables with the nuts and tomatoes.
  3. Add olive oil and herbs and season.
  4. Blend ⅓ of the mixture until smooth texture.
  5. Mix back into the coarsely chopped mix.
  6. Then place ½ of this is a slightly flattened sausage shape on some greased baking parchment.
  7. Layer the brandy-soaked apricots along the middle then layer on the rest of the mix over it and smooth into a long sausage/loaf shape.
  8. Bake at 150°C for 45 mins until starting to dry slightly.
  9. Leave to cool.
  10. Invert onto pastry then fold the pastry over and place back on a baking tray.
  11. Decorate with pastry shapes – Christmas tree, holly leaves, stars or hearts.
  12. Brush with soya milk and turmeric mixed for a golden glaze then bake at 180° for 20 mins until the pastry is cooked.


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Spiced squash risotto



Day 23 in the 2016 VeganMoFo: Autumn/Fall Traditions – Are there any foods you traditionally make in this season?

  • 1 small squash (this was a red kabocha).
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper corns
  • ¼ teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 200g Arborio risotto rice
  • A glass of white wine or vermouth
  • 500ml vegetable stock, warmed
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • Basil leaves
  • Vegan parmesan (Violife Prosociano)
  1. Cut the squash into 2cm cubes but do not peel.
  2. Crush the coriander seeds, black pepper corns, chilli flakes, 1 clove of garlic and ½ tsp of salt in a pestle and mortar.
  3. Put the squash, crushed spices, oregano and 1 tbs of olive oil into a bowl and mix so that the squash is coated.
  4. Put the squash into an oven pre-heated to 180° for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  5. Fry the onion in 2 tbs olive oil for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned.
  6. Add the remaining 2 cloves of garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the rice and fry until slightly transparent but not brown – stir constantly so it doesn’t stick.
  8. Add a glass of white wine or vermouth.
  9. Boil off the most of the liquid.
  10. Add a ladle of stock.
  11. Add the roasted squash.
  12. Simmer and keep adding ladles of stock whenever the liquid has been absorbed.
  13. Cook until the rice in tender.
  14. Garnish with basil and shavings of vegan parmesan.


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Day 22 in the 2016 VeganMoFo: Silly food – What are some silly food traditions/memories you have?


I remember my fella making this smiley brunch for me one lazy Saturday morning! We should eat more happy food, after all, there are no dead animals on the plate!


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Sausage, beans and mash in London

Day 21 in the 2016 VegaMoFo: Favourite memory – What’s your favourite ever food memory? Recreate it.


Nine years ago I needed to stay near to the intensive care unit of the Royal Free Hospital in London so I booked into the Premier Inn hotel on Haverstock Hill and ended up living there for a month. I lived on takeaway salads and snacks, I had my first Pot Noodle there!

Then I was offered a room in a house for a weekend with a kitchen (and a fancy bathroom designed by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson). It had a communal kitchen and dining area and a pretty, litttle back garden. When my husband visited, he offered to cook me anything I wanted – anything at all – I asked for sausage, beans and mash. It remains one of the most memorable meals I have ever had. You can’t beat simple, comfort food made with love.

Thanks Marc xxx


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Green = vegan

Day 20 in the the 2016 VeganMoFo: It’s Easy Being Green – Look after the environment, or just eat green veg – go green today!

If you can about the environment, then you have to go vegan. There it is!

Kiwi, watercress, kale, parsley and ginger juice – peppery and green! A vegan is the only diet for the environment! Find out more here in the excellent report Diet of Disaster written by Tony Wardle for Viva! following the publication of the UN report Livetock’s Long Shadow.



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