2017 Christmas Gift Guide

In the words of the great Nelly "AHHHH SHIT!" - it's that time of year again! While many of you aren't down with the festive season, Christmas for me is truly the most wonderful time of the year because I get to share with you all my Christmas Gift Guide! There are so many gems in this year's guide, you're probs gonna want it all (and I don't blame you). So leave this post open on your computer where your loved ones can see it - they'll think they found these bitchin' gifts all on their lonesome. Be sure to keep reading - there are some discount codes throughout this post! The Luxe Traveller | Ettitude Travel Kit | $50.00AUD (buy here) Know...

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4 Ingredient Macaroons

Difficulty: Easy Makes 18 Looking for a quick and easy treat to take along to your next gathering? My 4 Ingredient Macaroons are going to be that quick and easy treat, whether or not they make it to the gathering entirely depends on your restraint though. Ingredients 2/3 cup aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup caster sugar 2 cups desiccated coconut Method Preheat the oven to 160°C and line two baking sheets with baking paper. Add the aquafaba and vanilla extract to the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat on high. While the mixture is whipping up, add the caster sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed. Gently fold through the...

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Creamy Potato Bake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4-6 When I announced on Instagram recently that I was going to start prepping Christmas recipes, I could almost hear the groans coming through the phone. While it does seem a tad early to start rolling our the festive fare, you gotta realise that I do it for you guys so that you can plan your holiday meals well in advance! My mum makes our vegan Christmas lunch so this is all 4 u, fam. Potato bake is one of those classic dishes that appears at just about every Aussie gathering. Usually it's full of cream and covered in cheese but my Creamy Potato Bake is nowhere near as bad for you but tastes hella fine. Don't wait til Christmas to...

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Festive Feast – Scalloped Baked Potatoes

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 No festive feast is complete without a hefty serving of potatoes and this year is no different. By thinly slicing the potatoes into discs, not only do you get delicious crispy edges but you also get a hella tasty and good lookin' side dish that makes the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas meal. Ingredients 4 white potatoes, washed 4 red potatoes, washed 2 small red onions 1/3 cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper to serve Method Preheat the oven to 200°C and prepare a shallow baking dish that is suitable for cooking and serving. Very thinly slice all of the potatoes as well as the red onions; you want all of them to be in discs...

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Grapefruit Gin + Tonic

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 Well, we've somehow survived 2016 (nearly) and that means we have bloody earned a drink or two (or ten). My Grapefruit Gin + Tonic is such a fun drink to whip out over the festive season cos it's fresh, fruity and bright. Plus you can whip up a batch in a few minutes, meaning you can spend more time drinking and less time prepping. Bonus. Ingredients 200mL gin 120mL Cointreau 1 1/2 cups red grapefruit juice 4 cups cubed ice 1 cup tonic water Red grapefruit and red currants to decorate Method Mix together the gin, Cointreau and grapefruit juice together. Fill 4 short glasses nearly to the top with cubed ice. Chuck a slice of red grapefruit on top...

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Festive Feast: Whole Cauliflower with Cranberry Stuffing + Mushroom Gravy

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6 You wouldn't think cauliflower could be a holiday showstopper but try your hand at this recipe and you'll understand why 2016 seems to be the year of the cauliflower roast. Taste aside, the best thing about this dish is that it's so easy to make, meaning you've got more time on your hands to unwrap gifts or hide from your family. While the cauliflower itself is pretty good, it is still a cauliflower so I must insist that you make my cranberry stuffing and mushroom gravy to have with it, ok? Ingredients Cauliflower Whole head of cauliflower 1/2 cup olive oil 1 cup vegetable stock 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup almond meal 1/2 teaspoon...

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Festive Feast – Ginger Carrots

Difficulty: Easy Serves 4 The rules of Christmas are that you simply must add at least  one vegetable to your plate for health reasons as these counteract the tonne of shit food you've eaten over the past couple of weeks. These Ginger Carrots are super tasty and kinda sweet so you can basically just pretend they're Christmas candy. Ingredients 500grams Dutch Carrots 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons agave syrup 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger Salt to taste Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and prepare a baking dish. Trim the tops off the carrots and set aside as garnish for later. Wash the carrots and place in the baking dish. Whisk together the olive oil, agave and freshly grated ginger. Coat the carrots...

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Rum & Raisin Fudge

Difficulty: Easy Makes about 20 pieces  When sweetened condensed coconut milk came on the scene recently, I knew my life would be changed forever. Why? Because fudge was back in my life and in a huge way. I've been playing around with a few fudge recipes this month and in a massive win for everyone involved, the easiest one turned out the best. Christmas is the perfect time for fudge because it's indulgent yet easy to make plus it's the perfect homemade gift! And what's a festive recipe without a little fruit and alcohol huh? Nothin', that's what! Ingredients 1 320mL can sweetened condensed coconut milk 1 tablespoon vegan margarine 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 shot of rum (a teaspoon of rum essence will...

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Gingerbread Folk Vegan Gingerbread House Kit

Price: $39.95 Where to Buy: www.gingerbreadfolk.com.au Nothing says Christmas like food and craft and what better way to combine the two than by making a gingerbread house! The guys at Gingerbread Folk have just released a Vegan Gingerbread House Kit and sent one to me to try PLUS we're giving one reader of Like a Vegan to win one of their own (see more about that below). 4 walls, roof pieces and a chimney are all included in the kit plus instructions, baseboard, icing bag and vegan royal icing mix. The royal icing is incredibly easy to mix however I did need to add a little more water than the instructions suggested, I would recommend adding it very slowly until you get the desired...

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Holiday Roast w/ Apple Walnut Stuffing & Maple Glaze

Difficulty: Medium Serves 4-6 I've had a few store-bought vegan roasts in my time but this year I decided it was time to make my own holiday roast. Glazed with sweet maple and stuffed with my apple walnut stuffing, this dish is sure to impress vegans and non-vegans alike at the Christmas table. The best thing about it is that you can prepare it up to a week in advance and all you're left to do is glaze and bake it on the day. I doubt you'll have any leftovers however if you do, chuck a couple of slices on a sambo and you've got yourself one heck of a lunch there too. Christmas rules! Ingredients Apple Walnut Stuffing 3 pieces wholemeal bread, toasted and...

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Chocolate Covered Peppermint Marshmallows

Difficulty: Medium Makes 24 Christmas is just around the corner so I thought it was time I got cracking on some Christmas recipes. First cab off the rank is a treat so damned delicious that you'll want to eat it all year round! Light and fluffy peppermint marshmallow, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Doesn't get any more freakin' festive than that, right? These guys are gluten and soy free if you choose the right chocolate and candy canes too! Ingredients Marshmallow 1/4 cup icing sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon agar agar powder 1 cup glucose syrup 2 1/4 cups caster sugar 1 teaspoon peppermint essence Other ingredients 300grams vegan dark chocolate 1/4 cup crushed vegan candy canes (I used Coles brand) Method Prepare a standard loaf tin by sifting...

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Reindeer Bark

Difficulty: Easy Serves 10 It ain't Christmas without some kind of peppermint treat so I've thrown together this super simple reindeer bark recipe. Layers of dark and white chocolate are topped with crushed candy canes to make an awesomely tasty treat that looks wonderfully impressive. Ingredients 4 cups dark chocolate buttons 4 blocks Sweet William white chocolate 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 1 packet candy canes Method Line a large baking tray with baking paper. Melt the dark chocolate and pour into the tray, spread evenly and pop into the fridge for about 15 minutes. Melt the white chocolate and stir in the peppermint essence before spreading over the top of the set dark chocolate. Roughly crush the candy canes and sprinkle evenly over the top of the white chocolate. Allow to set completely...

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Cherry Rum Balls

Difficulty: Easy Makes 36 Rum balls are a traditional Christmas favourite but I thought I would flip the script on this treat and make them a little different. Adding cherry to this incredibly easy recipe means that you can whip them up in a jiffy and use them as snacks to please unexpected guests over the holiday season. Ingredients 1 375 gram jar morello cherries 1 can Soymilke condensed milk 1 1/2 packets Nice biscuits 1 cup desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling) 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 tablespoons dark rum Method Strain the cherries really well to lose as much liquid as possible. Use a fork to press the cherries down and check for pips. Put the cherries in a food processor and pulse a few times before straining out more...

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Cherry Cheesecake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Ingredients 18 Digestive biscuits 1/3 cup Nuttelex, melted 1 375 gram jar morello cherries (check for seeds) 1/3 cup caster sugar 3 teaspoons agar agar 1 tub Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese 1 carton Soyatoo Topping Cream 1/3 cup icing sugar 1/4 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted Method Grease a springform cake tin. In a food processor, combine the biscuits and melted Nuttelex until completely crumby. Firmly and evenly press the In a saucepan, combine the cherries (including liquid), the caster sugar and the agar agar. Slowly bring to the boil while stirring. Remove from the heat and pour into the cake tin. Allow to set in the fridge for about half an hour. In a bowl, whisk together the Soyatoo and cream cheese. Sift in the icing sugar and continue to whisk. Pour the...

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Gingerbread Ice Cream Cake

Difficulty: Easy Serves 8-10 Fact: gingerbread is delicious and so is ice cream. That's why I decided to combine the two to make one heck of a festive frozen dessert! You're going to need a few special vegan ingredients to whip this up but what you'll spend on ingredients, you'll save in time. Pop it in the freezer a few days in advance and bring it out on the big day! Ingredients 2 1/2 cups ground gingerbread cookies 1/3 vegan margarine, melted 2 cartons Soyatoo Topping Cream 1 can Soymilke condensed milk 1/3 cup Monin gingerbread syrup 1 cup candied ginger, roughly chopped Method Line a rectangular loaf tin with baking paper, leave some overhang so you can easily slide the cake out when frozen. Add the melted margarine to the gingerbread...

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Nut Roast Roulade

Difficulty: Medium-Hard Serves 6+ For at least the last 6 years, Christmas in my household has been a completely vegan affair. Nut roast is always on the menu but this year I decided to add my own twist to Mum's favourite recipe. If you can't make your own pastry, just use a store-bought one, I won't tell anyone. Perfect served with vegetables, salad and gravy, this is the stand out dish for your Christmas meal that can be enjoyed by vegans and non-vegans. Ingredients Pastry 2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 200 grams Nuttelex (or vegan margarine), chilled 1/3 cup chilled water 1 tablespoon lemon juice Nut Filling 2 cups brazil nuts 2 cups hazelnuts 2 tablespoons Nuttelex (or any vegan margarine) 2 brown onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons dried mixed herbs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3...

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Rocket and Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6+ Salads are a staple of the Australian Christmas so this year I decided to make two. If you've been paying attention you would know that this is the second festive salad on the menu for this year and if you haven't, check out my bitchin' Jewel Salad. Back to this dish, I have decided to keep it super simple; a bit of rocket, a bit of pear and topped off with some fancy candied walnuts. You can prepare the walnuts in advance and then just throw the rest together moments before your guests arrive. Ingredients 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/4 cups walnuts 2-3 large handfuls rocket 2-3 pears Lemon infused olive oil Method Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking...

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Truffle Flavoured Roasted Kipflers

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6+ What's Christmas without some roasted taters, huh? Nothin'! Sure, you can serve up some regular potatoes with your festive feast but if you want to make them just a little bit special I totally recommend this recipe. You can get artificially flavoured black truffle olive oil from most specialty stores and you'll probably be able to pick up some black salt too. Ingredients 12 kipfler potatoes 1/4 cup black truffle flavoured olive oil 3 tablespoons black salt Method Preheat the oven to 200°C along with the baking tray inside. Wash the kipflers and cut them each in half lengthways. Chuck the potatoes in a large bowl and coat with the oil. Lay out evenly on the baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden...

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Red Velvet Cupcakes with Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 12 Cupcakes are good food all year round but come Christmas time you can make 'em extra festive. Poppin' a teensy candy cane on top of these babies instantly gives them a festive feel and are wonderful as edible gifts or a Christmas gathering. Ingredients 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup canola oil 3/4 cup caster sugar 1 1/3 cups plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 tablespoons red food colouring 3/4 tub Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese, make sure it's real cold 1/4 cup Nuttelex (or any vegan margarine), this has to be cold too 1 teaspoon peppermint essence 3 cups icing sugar Method Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cupcake tray with liners. Whisk together the soy milk and apple...

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Israeli Couscous Jewel Salad

Difficulty: Easy Serves 6+ This is the first of my Christmas recipes that I'll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks. Red pomegranates and green pistachios give this jewel salad a real festive look and against the texture of the Israeli couscous, it's like a Christmas party in your mouth! The salad can be prepared in advance, so you can throw it together and shove it in the fridge until it's time to eat. Ingredients 3 cups Israeli couscous 3 3/4 cups boiling water 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1 pomegranate 1 1/4 cups raw pistachios Salt and pepper to taste Method Combine the Israeli couscous and boiling water in a large saucepan, allow to simmer for about 6-8 minutes until...

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Cannellini, Fennel and Rosemary Pâté

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 2 ramekins Only recently have I delved into the world of fennel and so far I absolutely adore it. Cooked or raw, it's totally delicious and has so many bitchin' applications. I'm also a sucker for a good dip, so I decided to throw the fennel in with some cannellini beans, rosemary and a few other ingredients to make a dope pâté. The best thing about this is that you can prepare it the day before and it's going to taste even better than when you first make it. Perfect for the holiday season, it's sure to be a hit at any festive gathering. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small brown onion 1 bulb fennel 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 sprig rosemary 1 can...

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Gingerbread Christmas Cookies

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Makes 125 small cookies Last Christmas I was living in Sydney and making trips back to Newcastle every weekend. I was also hating on Sydney so wasn't feeling particularly festive. This year I'm home and have plenty of time to make the Yuletide gay. Last weekend I whipped up a huuuuge batch of gingerbread cookies and went on a covert mission to secretly deliver them to my dearest friends. I was lucky enough to find that Queen cachous doesn't contain gelatine so this comes in handy for decorating. All the food colouring I use is from non-animal origin, this site is really helpful if you're unsure if what colours are suitable. Ingredients 2 teaspoons egg replacer 2 tablespoons water 1 cup Nuttelex 1 cup firmly packed...

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“Beef” Enchiladas

Difficulty: Easy-Medium Serves 4 Mexican food is super tasty and although people seem to think it's tricky to make vegan, it really isn't. These mock beef enchiladas are delicious proof of that! As I've said before, I use store-bought Mexican stuff but please do make your own if you're that way inclined. Make sure you serve with a big dollop of Tofutti Sour Supreme and guacamole (I'll post my wicked recipe for that soon) for an extra tasty treat! Ingredients 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 cups (about half a packet) beef-style chunks, cut into strips 1 bag enchilada sauce 8 tortillas 1/3 block Cheezly Method Preheat oven to 180°C. In a frypan, toss the garlic and onion in some oil before adding the beef-style chunks. After stirring for...

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