Montezuma’s, a company that has provided vegans with completely delicious chocolate since we went vegan over 20 years ago, has some lovely gift ideas this year! There’s truffles and buttons and gift bags and even a library, yes a library, of chocolate! Go see!
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Well, not exactly baubles, but Christmas chocolate and treats! We have two new posts about them, that’s how excited we are getting this year…
See More Christmas Chocolate for a ready made chocolate Yule log, buttons, a wreath, Santa and even Cocoa Gin and Morello Cherry jam!
In A Little More Christmas we detail festive offerings from the Co-op and Plamil and Holland & Barrett and Choices.
And for those who are not ready for Christmas and are looking winter directly in the face, we have many many soup recipes and a nice Scotch Broth and a great bread sauce recipe to go with those hearty hot dinners that we need this time of year.
Also: a memory of snow in April and a banana muffin recipe.
Leaving these here for reference:
Holland and Barrett have a gorgeous selection of dairy free Christmas goodies in store and online here.
Cranberry & Orange Tiffin Mini Bites and Mini Iced Fruit Cake Bites from the Co-op (click photo for bigger image):
This year hotel Chocolate have produced this gorgeous Yule Log! It’s 70% dark chocolate praline with almonds and hazelnuts…
There’s some other sweet things going on there too, see them all in the vegan section of their site:
And… don’t forget the amazing All Dark Collection
And don’t miss our own Vegan Christmas page!
Eating: a simple trifle made of bananas in vegan jelly, topped with thick custard and this rather nice provamel cream (we were lucky enough to find a few of these cheaply on Approved Food recently). There’s a more detailed trifle recipe on the Vegan Christmas page.
Reading: Manda Scott’s Boudica series.
Looking at: wintry sunsets.
When we first started this website and journey in 1998 veganism was quite a far throw from the mainstream. Vegan cheese was only to be found in health food shops and newspapers reported on the lifestyle as if it were something akin to a cult.
We remember the excitement when the first vegan white chocolate came out and the delight taken in a simple vegan sausage roll.
What changes there have been since then! And so many of them in the last couple of years.
You can now choose from a huge variety of vegan cheeses in most supermarkets. Tesco sells ready to eat vegan macaroni cheese. Both Asda and Tesco have a value garlic bread that is vegan. And Quorn – finally – have a few vegan products.
From The Telegraph: Number of Vegans in Britain Rises by 360% in 10 years
Since this article on restaurants missing out on half a million vegan diners many chains have come out with vegan menus. MacDonald’s have removed that beef ingredient from their fries (in the UK at least) and do a vegan burger. Wagamama, Costa, Pret, Starbucks, Handmade Burger Co., Las Iguanas, Yo Sushi, Zizzi: they all cater for us, and well. Ben and Jerry’s have three new vegan flavours of ice cream…
Yes. It’s wonderful! Long may it continue and grow!
But sometimes we still take delight in the smaller vegan moments. The latest River Cottage cookbook? Vegan.
And we remember the companies who have always served us well: the many eateries both local and distant, Pizza Express, Lazy Day Foods, Linda McCartney Foods, Holland and Barrett, VBites (formerly Redwoods) and the online shops such as Ethical Superstore (voucher code below), hotel chocolat, Montezuma’s and Goodness Direct.
Long Live the Veganity!
And for the adults…
The All Dark Collection!
And this delicious Black Forest Gateau Bar…