WIAW… and I made the Christmas Cake!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope it’s been a great one for you!

Lil’ L had a bonus day off school today as the teacher’s were striking.  We spent the day in Bath with my  mum, doing a little shopping in between the coffee drinking and delicious lunch at the Thai Basil restaurant 🙂

As I knew I was going to be tied up for the past couple of days, I recorded my eats from Monday for Jenn’s WIAW party.  Here goes…

Hot water & lemon; Nettle tea
Inspired by the Christmas Cake, which I ACTUALLY got round to making today 🙂  I decided to make a festive-tasting porridge.  Into the mix went Flahavan’s jumbo rolled oats, Alpro soya milk, 1 tsp mixed spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, mixed dried fruit, a couple of chopped glace cherries, handful of almond slices, 1tb ground flaxseed, and a sprinkling of goji berries and drizzle of agave syrup on top.  Oh and I also added a teaspoon of raw cocoa powder for even more yumminess.

Talking of cocoa, I’ve just come across Jessica Fenton’s Raw Chocolate Recipe Book (here’s the US Version).  It looks truly scrumptious!  Does anyone fancy fresh cherry and chocolate truffles?  Or how about a Raw Chocochino?  This beautiful hard cover book will definitely be on my Christmas List for Santa 😉

For lunch, I had the last piece of the roasted veg pastry bake that we had for dinner on Sunday.  I cheated and used ready-made puff pastry for this meal. On top, I spread some sun-dried tomato pesto, and a sprinkling of roasted veggies (red and yellow peppers, red onion, mushrooms), chopped cashews and almonds, black olives and sun-dried tomato pieces.  On Sunday, we had the pastry with a serving of crispy kale, but for lunch it was sufficient on its time.


Snacks & Drinks
Dried figs (loving these at the moment!)
Plenty of water
1 black coffee

I had to make a super-quick dinner tonight before Lil’ L went to Cubs, so I chose to make spaghetti bolognaise.  I haven’t made this in ages!  I used Morrison’s own brand soya mince (which they assure me is GM-free).  I rarely use soya mince, but the Morrisons brand is my favourite (great texture IMO).  To the soya mince, I added a jar of organic tomato and basil pasta sauce, some finely chopped courgette, grated carrot, chopped mushrooms & fresh basil.  Once the bolognaise had cooled down slightly, I mixed in 4tsp of Good Hemp Light oil (for an omega-3 boost).  The bolognaise was served on a bed of organic wholewheat spaghetti, with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast flakes on top (with added B12).

I’d forgotten just how nice this dish is!  So quick and simple to make, and super tasty!

For dessert, we had some yoghurt, mixed with apple puree, goji berries and chopped nuts.

Well I finally got round to making the Christmas Cake today!  I used my Mum’s classic recipe (I’ll post it tomorrow) and whilst it gently baked away in the oven for four and a half hours, the most gorgeous fruity smells kept wafting up to my office! 

The cake doesn’t look very spectacular at the moment, but it will do when Lil’ L and I get our hands on it on Christmas Eve morning!  We’re planning to do a snowy scene this year, with lots of marzipan, desiccated coconut, and a reindeer & sleigh centrepiece 🙂

Until then, M has carefully wrapped it up in greaseproof paper for me (he gets all the wrapping and tin lining jobs as I’m rubbish at them!).  

So that’s another Christmas job done!  I’m hosting Christmas for the first time in years, and I’m really looking forward to trying out lots of delicious vegan festive dishes.  I went for a 40 min run the other day, and when I got back home I realised that I’d worked out all the dishes that I’m going to make for Christmas dinner and tea.  I should definitely go out for runs more often 😉 

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to test out a few recipes, so I’ll keep you posted on how I get on.  The Vegetarian and Vegan charity Viva! have produced a mini guide to a veggie Christmas, which has lots of great recipes in it.  You can view it online or buy it for £1 from their online shop.  It’s definitely worth a look at.

Are you baking a traditional fruit and nut Christmas cake this year, or are you going for something a little less traditional? 
Are you hosting Christmas?  If so, it would be great to swap ideas over the next couple of weeks. 

Happy WIAW everybody! xx