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Five festive feasting tips

Keep all your guests happy!

11 December 2014

Christmas celebrations bring family and friends together for festive food but keeping all your guests happy at Christmas can be tricky.


Alex Connell, Principal Tutor at the Vegetarian Society’s cookery school says, “As a veggie I want to enjoy a festive feast with all the trimmings and flavour you’d expect, but just no meat thanks. For anyone new to the wonderful world of a veggie Christmas, or if you are catering for a veggie for the first time, I’ve put a few tips together to help. We’ve also new recipes and old favourites at for all your Christmas cooking.”

Five festive feasting tips from Alex:

  • Rosemary roasties! Roast spuds in olive oil, with a sprig of rosemary, a twist of rock salt and a squeeze of lemon for a deliciously delicate roastie with a light, fluffy centre. Make lots though as everyone loves them.
  • Tasty trimmings - Veggie sausages are widely available, you can roast these until they are nearly cooked then wrap in veggie “bacon” or sundried tomatoes. Secure with a cocktail stick and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Noël nut roast - As a vegetarian alternative, the nut roast has become a popular choice. Delicious hot or cold, and even good in a butty. Making your own is straightforward, easier still with a food processor. Simply take nuts, a few mushrooms, breadcrumbs, herbs, grated vegetarian cheese, a couple of free range eggs, a stock cube and a splash of soy sauce. Whizz it up and place in a lined loaf tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes and you won’t go far wrong.
  • Gallons of gravy and a sack full of stuffing – Gravy and stuffing can really make a roast dinner, especially at Christmas. Instant veggie gravy and stuffing is readily available or visit for homemade ideas. 
  • Magnificent main – Not taken with nut roast? Try the Vegetarian Society’s simple yet very tasty Butternut bell or tempt your taste buds with Smoky leek, harissa and hazelnut tart. Visit for the recipes, you’ll also find seasonal stacks, perfect pies, parcels and all you need for festive feasting.


More tips and lots of festive recipes are available at - everything from the simple to the gourmet.

The Cordon Vert cookery school, part of the Vegetarian Society, is the world's premier vegetarian cookery school. Cordon Vert teaches both the general public and professionals the many aspects of vegetarian cuisine through workshops held at our cookery school in Altrincham. Our courses are open to everyone, whether vegetarian or not. Find out more at


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