Christmas just keeps on giving

Oh, this Christmas post is late! I’m always a bit slow to get back into action after the big day. It also took me a while to get all the pictures from everyone’s devices and cameras. But here they are – finally! And here’s my report on our 2 lovely Christmas celebrations, plus the inevitable leftovers.

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What a horrible week it’s been, with the awful news about the seige in Sydney. It’s really knocked everyone around – even as far away as here in Melbourne. It’s been hard to feel merry and bright for Christmas, but we’re trying!
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All Christmassed out

Melbourne really turned it on for Christmas this year. After a miserable week, we finally got some amazing weather.

Now Christmas is over, and I’m chillin’ on the verandah with a soda water. The dog is roaming around the sunny garden, and I thought this would be a good time to catch up on a bit of blogging. Christmas didn’t turn out exactly as I’d planned, but it was very relaxing, a lot of fun, and way too much great food was devoured by all.

Vegan Christmas: no drama

The loaf, fudge babies and cashew cream.

I’ve read a lot about nightmare Christmases, where vegans dine on a lettuce leaf or bread roll, while their friends and family hack at an animal carcass and try to persuade them that they need to eat meat.

Those stories made me a little bit worried about what was in store for me this year. Perhaps attitudes are changing, because I’ve had 3 Christmas dinners, and so far, I’ve eaten VERY well, no carcasses have been thrust in my face, and I haven’t even had to face any debates on the pros and cons of a vegan diet!

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Christmas main course – sorted!

Sliced loaf showing the pastry, bean and stuffing layers

Do you ever have those days when everything in the kitchen seems to go to plan…and it turns out way better than you expected? Well, I had one of those days today!

Lately, I’ve been poring over blogs and cookbooks to find something to take to our family Christmas celebrations. Today it was time to experiment, so I put together a whole lot of my favourite options and, amazingly, it all came together really well – including getting the nod from all the family.

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