I am continuing our Christmas retrospective today. The 25th is nearing but you still have time to make these dishes. All but the kale salad can be made in advance. The Burmese tofu can be substituted with extra firm pressed tofu or tempeh (if you are not soy-free) to reduce your prep time and make life easier.
Part 2 of my delicious Christmas Recipes …(all dairy, meat, gluten, sugar and soy free).
I suggest Part 2 to be either an alternative to Part 1 or for Boxing Day. This is the day after Christmas the British call Boxing Day. I have no idea why? Perhaps, when telly first bounced into life, eons ago, when it was black and white, they may have shown boxing on the TV. Who knows? Someone does..but not me.
So, anyway, these recipes are for that day…the day after Christmas. When we are all looking for something lighter to eat, stomachs still distended from the previous day of heavy feasting. This is what came to mind for me to make. It still holds a Christmas feeling, using traditional spices, cinnamon, orange and anise. You could of course veer from the traditional Western fare totally and put on a Middle Eastern feast or an Asian spread. Personally, I think some flavours should be kept for Christmas. Otherwise, it becomes a time like any other. I love the smells that fill the house at this time of year and the heat given off by the oven, forever turned up a baking or roasting something. Yes, today I’ve combined some raw foods, foods kept vibrant, fresh and full of nutrients but it all still mounts up to an, albeit, lighter meatless Christmas dinner. Our bodies thank us for it, we feel appreciative of the easing back on quantity and enjoy the flavours only Xmas can bring.
Sticky Glazed Vegan ‘Ham’ with Star anise and Onion & Rosemary Relish.
After looking at many recipes for Burmese Tofu (all the same) on the web, and reading about some long winded (inexplicable) processes used, I decided to wing it. It all seemed overly complicated to me. After I’d successfully made my own version, I then found the video below. Basically, Miagi and I seemed to be of the same mind, but I omitted the nutritional yeast and I poured the finished mix directly into an oiled pan and not into a tea towel (didn’t understand that part?). Make this 2-3 days ahead. It takes a little planning. But that is one of the elements that make Christmas…taking time (I know, easy for me to say…I don’t have 5 children under the age of ten and grandparents to deal with!).
Ok, now you’ve done that. The next step is this…THE GLAZE
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees
5 medjool dates
juice from 1/2 an orange + zest
2 Tbs coconut sugar
2 Tbs tamari
1 Tbs liquid smoke (if you don’t have then sub with 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or chipotle powder)
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs mirin (or red wine vinegar)
1 tsp salt
grinding of fresh black pepper
10 star anise
Once the Burmese Tofu has set overnight then it is time to baste it. Gently turn it out into a larger baking try. Score the surface in a criss-cross pattern and with a pastry brush, glaze top and sides. Then stud the beautiful little star anise buttons into the criss-cross. Bake for 40 mins. Leave to cool for 30 mins before serving. The ‘crackling’ is sticky and delightfully sweet. Great with some left over Christmas sauces from Part 1 recipes here or take 10 minutes to cook up this fantastic onion sauce.
2 clove garlic
2 Tbs coconut sugar
2 Tbs red wine vinegar or red wine
2 Tbs fresh rosemary
2 Tbs dried onion (or onion powder)
1 Tbs mustard seeds
4 bay leaves
2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
3 Tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Grind the bay leaves, rosemary and dried onion
In a small food processor mince the shallots and garlic (or use a knife)
Pour the oil in a small pan and heat. Add the onions and garlic until fry for 2 mins. Stirring. Add the mustard seeds until the pop. Then add the ground spices, red wine vinegar and salt and simmer for 5 mins. Take off the heat. Add the lemon juice. Stir and then leave to cool. Pop it into a jar. Serve
with this gloriously fresh and crunchy….
Shaved Brussel Sprout & Cranberry Walnut Salad with a Dijon and Lemon dressing.
2 cups sprouts finely sliced
I’ve taken a recipe from my friend Russell James – (not) Sugar dusted Raw Mince Pies & cashew cream Joyously, rich and crowd pleasing. They take over the course of a day to make (if you are dehydrating them) but only minutes to prepare.