Miss H, the Mother, Snowy and I have been on a lovely summer holiday spending a lot of our time at the beach.
But I forgot to show you the dinner for Christmas Eve. So, even though Christmas has well and truly passed, here is our Nutcracker Christmas.
There was only 6 of us - the Boss, the Mother, Grandma, Miss H and two guests from England - friends of the Mother's from 30 years ago!
All the food was completely vegan. Miss H didn't even let the tea drinkers have milk for their cuppas (well, actually, she did offer almond milk but that's not the same...)
Miss H was the Head Chef and everyone pitched in and helped to make the dinner a success.
First was appeterizers - assorted nuts of course!
Here is our dinner spread.
This is the lentil roast - yum!
But the gravy deserves a special mention. Mr. D, the Englishman, spent the entire time (about 3 hours) making the gravy - and it was totally worth it!
We nicknamed the roasted cauliflower "The Brain" because that is what we thought it looked like.
The recipe was by Jamie Oliver and it tasted truly divine!
Dessert was just as delicious. In the middle was a divinely rich raspberry chocolate truffle tart! And fear not, there was ice-cream (made with almond milk - it was REALLY good!). In fact, the only thing that didn't taste good was the store-bought vegan cheesecake (surrounded by strawberries) - cardboard would be an accurate description.
And there was a salted caramel apple pie! YUM! Miss H decorated it with a kiwi and the 4 stars to represent the Southern Cross.
This was the supper table at the end. Everything on the table represented one of the dances of the sweets in the Nutcracker ballet.
Everyone, even the friends of the family who popped in as a surprise and had some dessert, loved the food! So Miss H's challenge of a completely vegan Christmas was a total success, and she incorporated the Nutcracker story throughout.
This year it will be the Mother's turn to organise Christmas - and she has already chosen a theme...