Vegan Christmas!

I know that we are only 2 days away from Christmas but I thought I’d post some last minute vegan/veggie-friendly options in case you’re struggling to come up with some food ideas. Truthfully, I’m not feeling festive at all this year, but what I’m excited for is cooking Christmas food as it’s my first year of being a vegetarian/vegan during this festive period. I won’t babble on with my usual bullshit and get straight to the point!

Starter:

Mushroom and tarragon pâté

BBC Good Food is like my recipe bible, it’s full of amazing food that’s easy to cook and tastes incredible! This recipe isn’t vegan friendly –  however, you can easily substitute the dairy products in this to tailor it to your dietary needs. I’m making it for my whole family as mum and I in particular adore mushrooms.

  • 50g unsalted butter (vegan butter)
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 100g shiitake mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche (you can substitute for a vegan-friendly ingredient)
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon, plus extra to garnish
  • 1 French stick ; extra vigin olive oil; mixed salad leaves, to serve

Main:

Christmas Nut Roast

I was SO happy when Jamie Oliver put this recipe up on his YouTube because I’m super excited to make this! This seems the kind of thing that everyone would enjoy, unless you’re allergic to nuts of course… Either way it’s a perfect mix of something new/different but feels like a Christmassy dish at the same time! I’ll also be substituting pumpkin seeds for chestnuts in this recipe as my mum has bought too many and wants me to do ‘something about them’.


Main:

Roasted Aubergine With Cornbread Stuffing

Once again, I shall be substituting the cornbread stuffing with a traditional sage and onion stuffing (because I’m a lazy bitch… But also because I like the taste of it) This will be perfect for all the family as stuffed aubergines are way more ‘indie’ than stuffed peppers but taste just as good.


Drink:

Mulled ‘Wine’ 

Since my grandma is diabetic and I tend not to drink anyway (unless I’m going out) I thought that a healthier alternative that suits my grandma’s dietary needs as well as mine would be a nice finish to the suggestions I have made above. This is a recipe by a YouTuber Niomi Smart, who I’ve previously mentioned in my ‘Massive Healthy food haul’ blog post, and who has become one of my favourite people to follow for vegan/healthy recipe ideas as she lives in the UK and introduces people like myself to certain products that are accessible to me in the UK. Either way, I hope you try out this recipe because I sure shall be enjoying drinking this on Christmas day.


I hope I might’ve helped some of you who, like myself, are going to be doing some last minute food shopping before the big day. Happy holidays everybody!

Eva xoxo

My ‘Ultimate Christmas Songs’ list

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written on here but as I’ve been busy and not had much inspiration to write about anything interesting I thought I’d take a little break. Besides, November is such a weird time in England, after we celebrate Halloween and Bonfire Night, it’s that awkward period of just everyone waiting for the 1st of December so it would be socially acceptable to blast out cheesy Christmas songs and put up their decorations and do some stress-filled Christmas shopping. At least in America you can get excited for Thanksgiving and make yummy things like pumpkin pie to pass the time!

Anyway, I’m back with a list of my favourite Christmas songs that get me feeling fuzzy and warm inside.The majority of these are very generic and you’d probably see all these songs mentioned in numerous ‘Top (insert number here) best Christmas songs of all time!‘ advertised by various websites, but nonetheless I thought I’d share some of my favourites.

In no particular order, I present:
  • Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande


    Now, I know I’ve reviewed Ariana Grande’s newest album a couple of months ago and it may seem like I’m some hardcore fan of hers but I promise this is just a coincidence, I just really happen to like this song no matter how much I didn’t want to (I felt the same way about her album) What can I say, I guess she’s my guilty pleasure! Plus I think this is a nice sounding, Christmassy song that makes me feel happy!

  • All I want for Christmas is You – Mariah Carey


    Putting Mariah Carey after Ariana Grande, oh the shade, the absolute shade of it all! I know, but this song has to be mentioned in any Christmas song list EVER, regardless of whether you like it or not! I put this song at the beginning to just get it over with, because, let’s be honest, there isn’t a song more Christmassy than this. It would even put the grumpiest and least merry person into a Christmas mood!

  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms


    This is just another classic that needs to be mentioned, it’s so fun and light-hearted! However, if you’re a female between the ages of 13-35 and don’t associate this song with that Mean Girls scene (can I get an amen if you automatically know which scene I’m talking about) then you really need to re-consider your life choices. I kid of course, but seriously, you need to watch that scene. If you’re a male and know what I’m talking about, then that’s even better!


  • 8 Days of Christmas – Destiny’s Child 


    The prize of the sassiest-sounding Christmas song goes to Destiny’s Child. You’ve just got to love everything about this, the outfits, Kelly’s hair and the love interests who serve no purpose in the video. Everything about this just screams F-I-E-R-C-E!

  • Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens


    Another obvious one but a goodie, not sure about that video though… Primarily because I hate children. And those robotic elves look creepy as fuck.

  • Driving Home for Christmas – Chris Rea 


    I imagine myself sitting by the fireplace next to my husband of 20+ years smoking cigars and drinking whiskey to this, laughing about our younger years, and not in a sentimental ‘aw we were so young and cute’ kind of way but in a ‘ha ha ha you were such a twat ha ha ha’ way. This song is amazing but for some reason it reminds me of a particular video from two of my favourite YouTubers… Disclaimer: They are both very weird but this following video is not meant to be serious.


  • Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee 


    You’re lying if you say that this song doesn’t get you all happy and giddy, it’s the kind of song that doesn’t get old and you will always hear being played in shops whilst you do some last-minute shopping.

  • White Christmas – Bing Crosby 


    This is such a beautiful and timeless song, just makes me want to be with all my family opening gifts and hugging each other like in a scene from a perfect family film.

  • Baby it’s Cold Outside 


    There are way too many covers of this song and I can’t pick my favourite one so I thought I’d include this one sung by Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer. Another beautiful classic that is just a must around Christmas time!

We’ve now come to my 3 all time favourite Christmas songs and in order this time:

3. Walking in a Winter Wonderland – Dean Martin 


Makes me want to build a snowman ( wayo, reference! and NO, I’m not including that song in this list) and create snow angels right now, too bad I live in England where we are lucky to get 3 cms of snow and it would be considered a ‘blizzard’ and all channels will talk about the dangers of such ‘heavy, deep snow’.

2. Sleigh Ride – Amy Grant 


Not only do I listen to this song all year round but it reminds me of Elf so much that it just puts a smile on my face! This is also my favourite rendition of the song, it puts me in a merry and cheery  mood straight away.

1. Last Christmas – Wham! 


This is simply my favourite song of all time. Yep, you heard that right. I don’t think of it as a Christmas song, I literally listen to this every week. Wham! does something to me and makes me feel things I never thought I could feel, I don’t know whether it’s George Michael’s blonde locks, the outrageous jumpers they wear or those shady, broody looks he gives that bitch in the video but I simply can’t describe my love for Wham! and this song even if I tried. This long/extended version is so much better because it makes me feel all types of emotional. My biggest dream would basically be to be in the video for this song, rocking those jumpers, a sassy 90s hairstyle and to frolic with George in the snow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of favourite Christmas songs and enjoy your Christmas, and if you don’t celebrate Christmas then I hope you enjoy the holidays of your choice and/or religion! Happy holidays everyone!

Eva xoxo