VEGAN KERRISTMAS DINNER
PATTY WALTERS, AS IT IS
“Christmas dinner is about eating a meal around the people you love, whether you’re a vegan or not, and for that reason I always look forward to it. I’ve been vegan for eight years, and I’m the only one in my family, so I have a meal prepared separately to whoever I’m with, but it’s still a ‘proper’ Christmas dinner.
“There’s a substitute for everything you’ll find on the plate of someone eating the traditional dinner – you just swap in the replacements. there’s vegan turkey, vegan casserole is a particularly great option! After that it’s all about the vegetables, and for the most part I don’t think you have to do anything different to those the nonvegans at the table are eating, but of course you don’t want anything cooked in butter, and when it comes to the potatoes you’ll cook those in oil and not goose fat. “One thing my mom does, which I love, is acorn squash. She basically cuts that in half and sprinkles brown sugar all over it. You slow cook it and it gets really soft and sweet, which goes great with everything