All posts tagged: roast dinner

Roasted Garlic and Lemon Asparagus

Its coming to the end of asparagus season here, so if you can get hold of some still you have to give this recipe a go. This makes the perfect side dish to so many meals. Try it with lemon braised tofu or some kind of delicious vegan pie with new potatoes. Or just on their own is pretty damn awesome too. I have never really been a fan of asparagus until I tried it this way. The traditional boiled and smothered in butter I always found a bit boring and overrated. This bunch we grabbed last week while we were on holiday in Derbyshire, straight off Bakewell market. Then just a little olive oil, garlic, lemon and salt is all else you need to create these little gems.   Roasted Garlic and Lemon Asparagus   12 stalks of fresh asparagus olive oil 2 thick lemon slices/wedges 2 cloves garlic, chopped sea salt pepper to taste Pre heat your oven to 180c. With a sharp knife cut off the woody ends of the asparagus and place …

Stuffed Seitan Roast

And now for the main event of your Vegan Christmas Dinner. Just because it’s vegan it doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste amazing! This Stuffed Seitan Roast really brings all the other elements of this dinner together. Serve alongside Perfect Roasties, Sage Onion and Apricot Stuffing, Minted Apple Sauce, Red Wine Onion Gravy and mountains of lightly steamed and roasted vegetables. All the classics such as roasted parsnips, mashed sweet potatoes, braised cabbage, burnt broccoli, Brussel sprouts, roasted carrots etc. But don’t forget to save room for the Apple Crumble, or whatever other delicious vegan Christmas desserts you have waiting! Note: This roast can be made in the morning and left to cool before things get too hectic. Then just slice off the portions you need for dinner and reheat for 10 minutes until hot all the way through just before serving. This way it free’s up space in the oven and preparing the dinner can be more relaxed and less overwhelming! Have an awesome Christmas everyone, I hope you try out a few of these recipes! …

Ron’s Perfect Roasties

This next dish can either make or break a roast dinner, seriously! If the roasties are soggy, or under cooked or just glorified oily steamed potatoes it can really ruin my whole day. The art of roast dinners was something I learned from my granddad, and he taught me the trick to making the ‘perfect roasties’. He was undoubtedly the King of roast dinners, especially the roast potato part (not so much the overcooked vegetable part but I think that was a generation thing!), he set the standard high so I knew what to aim for, and never settle for badly cooked potatoes! So this recipe is for him.   Ron’s Perfect Roasties 4 – 5 medium to large roasting potatoes, such as Maris Piper salted water to cover 4 Tbsp Olive oil ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper ¼ tsp dried rosemary ¼ tsp dried thyme   Preheat the oven to 200°c. Peel and slice your potatoes into 1½- 2 inch pieces. Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with …

Red Wine Onion Gravy

Whilst photographing the gravy for this post I realised how difficult it is to photography gravy… especially if you don’t have a fancy gravy boat and live on a boat where all your plates and bowls are plastic and battered. So don’t let the ugly brown goo pictures put you off. Its worth it and it would not be Christmas dinner without onion gravy!   Red Wine Onion Gravy 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, micro planed ¼ cup vegan red wine 2 Tbsp plain flour 2 Tbsp cornstarch 4 tsp nutritional yeast flakes ½ tsp dried sage ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp thyme ¼ tsp ground pepper 2½ cups cold vegetable broth 2 Tbsp soy sauce   Heat the olive oil in a saucepan on a medium heat and add the onions. Cook onion, stirring now and then for a few minutes, add garlic, then continue to cook until onions are lightly browned. Turn up the heat, add the wine and simmer for 3 minutes to burn off the alcohol and reduce slightly. Whilst …

Minted Apple Sauce

The next few weeks I am dedicating to posting Christmas inspired recipes! Which basically amounts to recipes for amazing vegan English roast dinners, which in my opinion should be eaten all year round! One of the best things about vegan roast dinners is the sauces. And the fact you don’t have to stick to the one type someone decided is the right sauce to go alongside whichever animal flesh is on offer…with a vegan dinner you can have them all! And mint and apple are my favourites, so why not mix them together? So I give you my recipe for Minted Apple Sauce, best served with roast potatoes, stuffing, and tons of lightly steamed veggies.   Minted Apple Sauce 4 green apples ¼ cup water 1 tsp sugar 1 Tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp salt 1 Tbsp dried mint leaves, crumbled up 1 Tbsp maple syrup 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar   Peel apples and chop into small cubes. Place apples, water, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan, place on a medium heat and cover …