Vegan advent calendar 4th Dec – Christmas tree spiced shortbread

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Christmas shortbread

Om nom nom shortbread. You know, I haven’t made shortbread since I was a child, so making a vegan version is definitely going to be a challenge for me.  Luckily, the recipe in my Mum’s cookbook (read about that here) didn’t require eggs like some recipes I’ve seen. So the only substitution was to use vegan margarine instead of butter. I also upped the quantity of marg, as I just wasn’t getting a dough, and I added spices to give it a more festive feeling.

shorttray

Ingredients

6 oz vegan marg

6 oz flour

2 oz caster sugar

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

Sieve the flour into a bowl. Add the margin,spices, sugar and knead into a dough.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface till about 1/4 inch thick (quick tip: an inch is roughly the length from the tip of your thumb to it’s first knuckle, use that as a guide).

Cut into Christmas tree shapes (you can buy biscuit cutters in most supermarkets) and place onto an oiled baking tray.

If you want to hang your Christmas tree shortbread biscuits on your Christmas tree, then make a little hole in the dough at the top, by using a sharp knife.

Bake in the oven at 150 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes.

Decorate however you want. Getting children to help with this is a fun task. Try sprinkling sugar, edible glitter, edible gold. Ice them with icing sugar tinsel and baubles. Go crazy with colour. It’s Christmas after all!

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Vegan advent calendar 1st December – Advent Calendars!

Well, it’s been a little quiet here for the past week, as I’ve been preparing for my self-challenged challenge, a vegan advent calendar of blog posts! That is, one post everyday in December with tips on how to have a vegan Christmas. From highlighting various gifts that are vegan friendly, to how to make vegan mince pies, I’ll try my best to be as informative as possible this December.

So, the theme for today is vegan advent calendars. For the first few years when I went vegan, I had to make do without an advent calendar. You could say that I’m too old for an advent calendar anyway, but I say you’re never too old for a daily allowance of chocolate.

There are more and more advent calendars on the market, so without further ado, here are some of the ones I’ve found.

Holland and Barrett

I saw this advent calendar advertised on the television this year. I have not seen it before, so I’m not sure if it is new for this year or not. It is no longer available on the website, but with a bit of luck your local H&B will have one left 🙂

Moo Free

This is the advent calendar I purchased this year, from my local independent health food shop. It isn’t bad for the price, but they do tend to sell out quickly. You can’t buy them direct from their website, but there are plenty of retailers. At the time of writing, Vegan Store still has some in stock.

Montezumas

Montezumas do a more luxurious advent calendar, and this is reflected by the price. However, it is now on offer, presumably because it is 1st December.

Hotel chocolat

Another luxury one and for fans of dark chocolate and possibly a slightly less childish one, but again it is more expensive.

Plamil

Unfortunately this one seems to have sold out on their website. I’m unaware if there are any other retailers, but I’m putting it on the list for future reference 🙂 EDIT: These advent calendars can be purchased here

Celtic Choices

Same story with this one, sold out already. You might get lucky and find it for sale at another retailer though.

Do you buy or make vegan advent calendars? Have I missed any? The countdown to Christmas has officially begun.

Events List + Upcoming posts

Events List | My Yorkshire Pudding.

Added some UK vegan festivals to my events page. The list is a much for myself as anyone else, so I can keep track of what is happening and where+when. If anyone knows of any other events, please let me know.

This is a brand new blog and I’d like to thank all of you that have followed/read/liked/commented already. Just so you know, I’ve got plenty of posts in the pipeline, including my entry to the PETA bake off, where to buy vegan beauty products on the high street and my top 10 vegan Halloween treats (loved researching that one ;P)

Is there anything that anyone would like to see on the blog? New vegans (or not so new vegans)- what are you finding it hardest to locate here in the UK? I’ll try and help 🙂 

First post ramble

My goal is to write about vegan beauty, food and fashion happening here in good old Blighty. There are so many great vegan blogs out there, but so many of my favourites are based in the USA. Not that that’s a bad thing, mind you, I love our vegan siblings across the pond, but seeing your favourite blogger write an amazing review of  a restaurant 3000 miles away only succeeds to make me hungry. What about that amazing pair of shoes from a cruelty free company? They look great, right? Only if you want to pay £50 to have them shipped over (did I mention I like things to be affordable? I’m from Yorkshire after all…).

My point is it can be a little disheartening to the newly out-of-the-closet vegan to find all these amazing products from the USA and very little from our home in the UK. Well, it’s out there people and I hope this blog will help highlight all the amazing vegan goodies available on our little patch of the planet.

So, yes, the is a British vegan lifestyle blog and I do like my yorkshire puddings 🙂

Victoria Quinn