Vegetarian Christmas

This is what we’ve prepared for this year’s Christmas. Hubby had 2 additional dishes with meat, but I didn’t show them here. Hubby insisted on the Romanian dishes, as he likes them. I preferred the other ones, less traditional.

These are blue cheese canapes. The base is shop bought, filled with a mixture of Stilton with soft cheese and double cream. They were exquisite and so easy to make. vc_01

Deviled eggs, made with the usual recipe, mayo and mustard.
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Roasted baby plum tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil and herbs.
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Mushrooms with homemade mayo and picked gherkins.
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As I love cheese, it can’t be a Christmas day without a cheese plate: spiced cedar, extra mature cedar, cedar with cramberries, mozzarella, cedar with apricots and feta.
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Aubergine rolls, stuffed with mini vegetarian sausages. I wasn’t that impressed with those sausages, it was the 1st time I’ve tried them.
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Baked Camembert with homemade red onion and wine chutney.
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After the starters we’ve enjoyed a roasted potatoes and garlic soup. Another dish that I’ve tried for the 1st time, but I’m very happy with it. Lovely texture and tastes great.
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The next dish is a Romanian classic, dolmades in pickled cabbage leafs. It is served with polenta and sour cream. Usually they are made with mince meat (pork or mixture of pork and beef), but I made them vegetarian, with soy instead of meat.
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Grilled halloumi with sweet potatoes chips and baked Brussels sprouts.
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Cozonac, a traditional Romanian desert similar to a french fruit loaf.
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The sweet bread is made with eggs, milk and sugar. The way I make it is from a family tradition, passed from my great-grandmother to my mother and then to me. A part of the dough is mixed with cacao, unlike the most common recipes. The loaf is filled with walnuts and Turkish delight.
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Christmas pudding, shop bought. I was very happy with it. But the cream is homemade, from double cream with a hint of Bailey’s.
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Two different types of mince pies. I wanted to make them myself, but as I would have to buy the mincemeat from the store, it was pointless to make them at home. I found the iced ones a little too sweet. Hopefully, next year I’ll have more time to cook and I’ll try my 1st batch of mincepies with homemade mincemeat.
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Puff pastry filled with homemade chocolate cream and whipped cream. Lovely and very easy to make.
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Fruit cake, very rich and lovely. As it was 3 months matured, I think next year I’ll give it a go and make it myself.
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