‘So, what do vegans eat at Christmas?’




Ah, the vegan diet. All kale & quinoa isn’t it? Um, no. For lunch today we had a huge pile of spicy chips with a very delicious garlic mayo to dip the chips in and we don’t even have quinoa in the house. Shocking, I know! I know some vegan diets are fat-free/raw/only green smoothies or whatever, but ours isn’t – we eat much the same sort of thing as we used to, just without animal products. And it all has to be homemade because finding vegan stuff in Portugal is harder than finding a needle in a haystack.

I lost count of the number of times we were asked what we were going to eat on Christmas Day, so to put you all out of your misery, here we go. Breakfast was just normal breakfast – how people can eat a fancy breakfast and then a huge lunch is beyond me. Lunch was lentil roast & vegan sausages, sage & onion stuffing, roast potatoes, braised red cabbage, steamed leeks & broccoli and onion gravy, washed down with a very nice bottle of wine that we splurged €7 on. We were too stuffed to eat dessert straight away, but rallied round and ate mince pies & ginger truffles, washed down with port, while lying on the sofa watching films in the afternoon. In the evening, while watching more films, we had sausage & stuffing sandwiches, more mince pies, more chocolate, more wine. A pretty standard Christmas really.

I’m only slightly ashamed to say that I had eaten a pretty good chunk of my lunch before thinking to take a photo, so rearranged what was left (and yes, licked the fork clean) for the picture below.


And apologies for the quality of the photo, but what can you do when you have so much sun streaming into your house in the middle of winter?



2 responses »

  1. We confirm that vego can be what you normally eat, minus the animal stuff. Last night we had tacos (one of Jan’s staples which we have always eaten) but we just make the yummy, spicy mince with lentils instead of beef. Delicious, filling, healthy and animal-free (except for the cheese, which comes from happy, contented cows). Your meals sound delicious. And the tree is much improved over last year’s stripped version.

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