#WIAW – Favourites Eats from the Festive Holidays

During the past two weeks, I’ve managed to munch my way through lots of my favourite festive foods. Lucky me! πŸ™‚Β  Since I’ve been missing from the WIAW parties for a couple of weeks, I thought I’d play catch up and share some of my favourite eats from the holidays. Thanks, as always, to our beautiful host Jenn over at PeasandCrayons.com.

Christmas Dinner
This consisted of a red lentil and cashew nut roast, glazed with cranberry sauce, accompanied by roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, steamed broccoli and brussel sprouts and a drizzle of roasted onion gravy.

Nut Roast Dinner 500
It was totally lush! Lil’ L loved it too and cleared his plate (bar the 1 brussel sprout that I’d optimistically placed on it).

Christmas Pudding
We love Christmas Pudding, served with Alpro Single Cream or Alpro Vanilla Custard. It’s very calorie intensive though so I’m glad we only eat it at Christmas. This year I tried Tesco’s budget range Christmas pudding as it was dairy-free.Β  As expected, it didn’t have as many nuts or fruits in it as the deluxe puddings but I thought it tasted good, especially for the price.

Mince Pies
I made my own mince pies this year, using my favourite wholemeal chapatti flour. They were really yum, especially when served warm with Alpro custard. Apologies for the lack of pics. In a blink of an eye they were all gone!

Christmas Cake
For the third year in a row, I made the Christmas Cake using my mum’s trusted old recipe. When we finally got round to decorating it (on Boxing Day!), we opted for a ‘snowy scene’ so we could add Santa and his sleigh on top. Lil’ L used the left over marzipan to make aΒ  snowman πŸ™‚

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Even though I baked it slightly later that I had planned to, it turned out just fine. It cuts really well and tastes scrumptious! I’m rubbish at baking cakes so all credit has to go to mum’s recipe.

Christmas Cake 2012 - 500

Grapefruits and Tangerines
I seem to only eat grapefruits at Christmas time. I have no idea why! They’re so refreshing. The tangerines have been really tasty this Winter too. I’ve been eating at least one a day πŸ™‚

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Rocket Salad with Beetroot, Orange, Pomegranate and Walnuts
I made this salad for our Christmas evening buffet and it was really yummy! It looked really pretty too.

Whole Nuts
For me, a bowl laden with whole nuts and a nutcracker is synonymous with Christmas. I love freshly shelled walnuts. They taste so much better than the pre-packaged nuts. And there’s something very satisfying about cracking open the shells yourself… or watching a strong man do it for you πŸ˜‰
Lil’ L has been loving pistachios this Christmas.Β  If you don’t watch him, he’ll easily devour a pot in no time at all!

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Wasabi Peas
I only recently discovered wasabi peas and they quickly became my number 1 evening snack during the holidays. The hotness of the wasabi makes me pull funny faces and makes my nose tickle but I keep going back for more. Anyone else share my strange obsession with these hot little peas?

Hisaki Wasabi Peas


At Christmas, four years ago,Β  I quit drinking alcohol.Β  I never imagined that I’d be able to quit but, to be totally truthful, I haven’t missed it for one second. I’m very glad to say that Christmas hangovers are well and truly behind me now!

Instead of alcohol, this Christmas I’ve been loving warming drinks, such as home-made warm lemon & ginger sodas, and the bottle green spiced berry cordial.Β Β 

bottlegreen spiced cordial woman and home


At meal times, instead of wine, I drank Shloer sparkling juices.

We also drank lots of frozen berry smoothies. Since Lil’ L is still refusing to eat whole berries, blending them into a smoothie has been a great way to get him to eat these antioxidant and vitamin-C rich fruits. We’ve also been blending chia seeds into the smoothies for an omega-3 boost (plus they make the smoothies even creamier!)

Well, largely thanks to the puddings and cakes, my clothes are feeling a little snugger this week.Β  I’m not worried though as I know that the Christmas pounds will soon come off now I’m back into my regular eating habits and morning runs πŸ˜‰

For the month of January, I’m looking forward to cooking lots of easy, minimum prep, cheap, tasty, healthy, plant-based foods… and then sharing the recipes with you guys πŸ™‚Β  I’ve got lots of ideas for quick meals and I can’t wait to test them out.

What was your favourite festive eats? And what sort of recipes are you looking forward to trying this month?


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18 Responses to #WIAW – Favourites Eats from the Festive Holidays

  1. The red lentil and cashew nut roast with cranberry looks super delicious!! Are you willing to share that recipe? And that cake looks like one from a store.
    Bre@BreNaturally recently posted..P3 Frosting + WIAWMy Profile

    • Thanks Bre!
      I would be more than happy to share the recipe for the red lentil & cashew nut roast. I’ll write it up and notify you when it’s posted πŸ™‚
      Have a great weekend x

  2. The lentil loaf and roasted veggies look amazing…yum…
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  3. What a beautiful cake!!

  4. WASABI PEAS?!?!?! Wonder what that’s like!
    Kyra (Scribbles & Sprinkles) recently posted..WIAW: It’s been so long!My Profile

  5. Cracking nuts is one of my favourite Christmas traditions!
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  6. Thanks for all your positive feedback πŸ™‚
    That roast looks AMAZING! Do you have a recipe?
    Sandy recently posted..WIAW on a MondayMy Profile

  7. Wow. That’s so great that you were able to quit drinking alcohol. You have a lot of will-power! The only time I’ve ever had it is with the wine at church. I have a feeling though that even when I’m legal I probably won’t have any. Most for digestion issues, but I guess I’ll always be the designated driver! πŸ™‚

    • I started drinking when I was a young teenager but when I hit late 20s I suddenly started getting really bad headaches and hangovers. It was probably my body’s way of telling me that it’d had enough! I actually like being sober at parties now. I can have a great time without doing anything stupid that I regret, plus I don’t waste the next day being hungover. It’s bliss!

  8. Tolerance

    Great looking roast! Great Xmas. I tried to eat enough mince pies and pudding to get myself through January; just in case we get snowed-in.

  9. So glad your back from your blog break! πŸ˜€ I hope you had a lovely & restful time. It looks like you had a lot of delicious eats. The cake you made looks gorgeous! Love Lil’ L’s addition of the snowman. πŸ˜‰ I’m so looking forward to your minimum prep, healthy, and inexpensive recipes because that’s exactly the kind of meals I like to make.
    Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit recently posted..Confessions of a Healthy CheapskateMy Profile

  10. Yes to freshly cracked nuts! We spent Christmas Eve at my aunt’s and the 25th at my grandparents’ and I was all over the whole nuts at both places. My parents never had a bowl filled with whole nuts at home but I think we should make it a tradition at their place, too!

    I’m glad you had a great Christmas and – though it’s a bit late to say it: Happy New Year, Sharon! Hope there will be quite a bit of the good stuff – really like your blog name! – for you in 2013 :D.
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  11. Wow – all that wonderful food! And I especially like the tips for alternatives to alcohol. I could not agree with you more about giving it up – I have not missed it at all – in fact I love waking up clear headed ready to enjoy the next day through Christmas. Love the snowman! (:^)(***)

  12. I absolutely love the scene on top of your cake…especially the snowman.

    Looks like you all have been having quite a bit of yummy eats!

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