Yesterday (Christmas day) my brother's son had his turn experiencing a crushing Christmas mistake. The little bloke, who is about eight, lost some cash that had been wrapped in a gift for him. If the loss of the money wasn't bad enough, he had been told it was not time to open presents yet but he persisted and added shame to his loss. His tears were inconsolable but if that's the worst Christmas he ever has, he will do well.
Today I am preparing a vegan buffet to share with my extended family. We will meet at my sister's house and the experience of cooking here but being hosted there will be a new one. I will need to make sure all details are remembered because it won't be any good to anybody if things are left at home.
My brother in law has spent the past year as a vegan, he has completed the year he challenged himself to and I doubt he will continue with it but I wanted to support his choice in these last days of the project and it won't hurt the rest of us to honour the earth with a kinder, more sustainable meal.
There will be
- baby beetroot
- asparagus, cuccumber, green beans and tomatoes
- curried chickpeas
- smoky middle eastern carrots
- roasted sweet potato
- lebanese lentils and rice
- green hommous with coriander and lime
- mango dressing
Dessert is yet to be decided. I have seven hours to figure that out!