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How to survive the holidays when you’re vegetarian/vegan

Christmas is the family celebration par excellence, when everyone meets again in native land, even all of the cousins and far away aunties you haven’t seen in ages and barely know at all! And with all of these people reunited around the same festively sparkling table, it is not always easy to be the only vegetarian and confront yourself to the traditional meal of December 25th…

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Little pots of vegan cinnamon / coconut / chocolate cream (coconut free alternative available)

I will never say it enough, but to me, there are no festivities without chocolate, and there is no magic without sweetness! So with the dessert of the last day of the year, it’s about finishing a chapter and starting a new one carried by a cloud.
My personal cloud is a little pot of vegan cinnamon / coconut / chocolate cream (for which I also have an almond-based alternative should someone dislike the taste of coconut)!

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Vegan Hachis Parmentier

There’s no reason why it should be all about Christmas, so on New Year’s Eve, let’s lay the table and sit down to dinner again. And so as to celebrate the new year, devoted to a fresh start and which already guarantees to be filled with hopes, promises, and a lot of magic, I undertook to make a flamboyant, tasty of course, and 100% vegan creation! On December, 31st of this year, let’s make an almost ‘unicornesque’ Hachis Parmentier!

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Fig-hearted Christmas chocolates

Ah December, Christmas, New Year, all that, and its chocolatey treats! I don’t think you eat as much chocolate the rest of the year as you do at that time, even if I have to admit being – surely – one of the biggest chocolate eaters “off-season”! But after all chocolate doesn’t fit one season – except maybe for the Christmas-shaped ones – it always cheers you up, and full stop!

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My vegan version of Mum’s chestnut yule log

Of all the 23 Christmases I got to celebrate to this day, I’ve never loved dessert as much as when it was Mum’s traditional chestnut yule log. Therefore, this year, I have naturally turned to this festive treat, drawing most of the inspiration from her recipe, but turning it vegan and (maybe?) a tiny bit more digestible!

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