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It was watch­ing my vege­tar­ian boyfriend Thom heat up his sad frozen pizza ev­ery time we had peo­ple over for din­ner that in­spired me to start my blog, The Re­luc­tant Vege­tar­ian. There’s so much more to veg­gie food. At Christ­mas, the trick is to pack in as much flavour as pos­si­ble. Puff pas­try pin­wheels with mush­room paste, bread sauce and roast veg­eta­bles go down a treat, but iron­i­cally it’s the meat-lovers who al­ways scoff the nut roast. This year we’ll be hav­ing Christ­mas at Thom’s par­ents in Green­wich. They’re do­ing the cook­ing, which suits me. Ev­ery year we squeeze 65 peo­ple a night into the con­verted Hack­ney pub we call home for a string of fes­tive sup­per club pop-ups, so by Christ­mas I’m happy to let some­one else take over. The high­light is al­ways a boozy cho­rus of ‘12 Days of Christ­mas’ with my house­mate Dan [Gille­spie Sells from The Feel­ing] on the pi­ano. At least I don’t have to do much Christ­mas shop­ping — Thom and I are get­ting mar­ried in July so we’ve agreed not to spend any­thing be­fore then. He pro­posed last New Year’s Eve, which was the best gift you could ask for.

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