I may grown up all over Europe, but one constant was the Czech Language and Czech Traditions. Christmas in Czech Republic is celebrated on the 24th of December. Our traditions include buying a live carp from the markets and letting it swim around in the tub. We do not eat all day until dinner time because we are so busy preparing the Christmas Tree and food for dinner.

Since becoming vegan, obviously a fish in the tub is not an acceptable Christmas solution. I therefore tried to design several meals which retain their Christmas-ness while being fully plant based!

So main meals :

Desserts :

Potato salad:

  • As many potatoes as you want : we used 1.5kg
  • 2 grated Carrots
  • 1 can of corn
  • 10 cut up pickles

Cook the potatoes until they are soft, but not falling apart. Then cut them into little cubes.

The sauce is made from vinegar, water, Dijon mustard and some sugar and cooked through on the stove until boiling. Then add the mixture to the potatoes and leave them in the fridge overnight.

Then add all the remaining vegetables : grated carrots, 1 can of corn and cut up pickles.

 

Chargrilled vegetable couscous recipe is available here.

Stuffed Capsicum

  • 1 cup of Rice
  • Vegetable Stock
  • 400g cut up mushrooms
  • spices : cumin, paprika, powdered garlic, salt, pepper

Place 1 cup of rice with 2 cups of water in a pot with vegetable stock. Cook rice however you would usually cook it. I am infamously bad at cooking rice so I let my mum take care of that part. Then add the mushrooms, spices and carefully keep adding water so it does not burn. The whole process takes around an hour, letting the water boil off.

Its really hard to write accurate cooking instructions..

While the mushroom risotto is cooking, cut off the top of the capsicum and scoop out the seeds and white parts. Then fill the capsicum with the risotto and either place it into the oven for 20 minutes or serve it as is!

Dessert consisted of Chocolate Mousse and Apple Strudl

Chocolate Mousse

  • Two Ripe Avocados
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa
  • teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla sugar

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix! Probably the easiest dessert I have ever made. Adjust the amounts to taste and serve with berries!