Vegetarian Christmas Turkey Fruit Platter and Thanksgiving Vegetarian Turkey

Vegetarian Christmas Turkey Fruit Platter and Thanksgiving Vegetarian Turkey

This is a quick easy platter to make to keep Christmas festive and healthy.  Mandarins, Kiwi Fruit, Strawberries, Boysenberries, Cheddar Cheese or Hard cheese and Black Grapes.

For the turkey itself:  Cut a pear in half, take the seeds out and a little of the core, use currants or raisins for the eyes, cut the nose and feet out with a hard cheese. Cut little bits out of the pear to place the eyes, nose and feet in.

Tip: you can use a little bit of dip or cream cheese to place in the holes to secure the raisins and cheese in place.


Gingerbread Houses – Christmas ideas

Gingerbread House ideas – These are made with gingerbread dough. Gingerbread Dough Recipe: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and baking soda together until the mixture is smooth. Blend in the flour and water to make a stiff dough. Chill at least 30 minutes or until firm. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius or 375 degrees Fahrenheit. You will need Gingerbread House templates.

Here is an internet link to templates:

1/2 cup butter softened 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup 1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups plain flour

lots of different sweets, lollies, gum drops, liquorice, peppermint, marshmallows, candy canes, biscuits, cookies and put together with royal icing (2 egg whites lightly beaten mixed with 3 cups of pure icing sugar).

Making a gingerbread cubby house: a bunch of boxes, coloured paper, paints, cardboard, toilet rolls, cellophane, long wrapping rolls, spare cardboard and paper plates.

Kiwifruit Christmas Tree – Vegetarian

Two ingredients – Vegetarian – Kiwifruit Christmas Tree


Easy Christmas. No baking. Two ingredients: Kiwi fruit and Strawberries.

Life is a Chocolate mini-cupcake

Life is a Chocolate mini-cupcake – Photography Lynda Gray.

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“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz


Apricot Marshmallow Christmas Log – No baking

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Apricot Marshmallow Christmas Log

We all like Christmas fare that requires no baking.  Here is a tasty log that is sweet requires just a few ingredients and can be made rather quickly.


200 grams dried apricots (chopped into small pieces)

100 grams white marshmallows (chopped into small pieces)

250 g plain sweet biscuits (marie, nice or similar) and crush these with mortar board and pestle, or the side of a rather large kitchen knife or place in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling-pin or some other firm object you have in the kitchen.  I tried a hammer once wasn’t such a good idea the bag broke open 🙂

150 grams walnuts (chopped into small pieces you could substitute with brazil nuts, walnuts are easier to chop up)

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

400 grams sweetened condensed milk

1 cup toasted dessicated coconut (Lightly toast coconut in a moderate oven -148 degrees celsius or 300 degrees Fahrenheit or in a pie dish until golden approximately 6 minutes)

Method:  Take out your baking bowl, mix together the apricots, marshmallows, biscuits, walnuts, vanilla essence and the sweetened condensed milk.  Combine until smooth.  Divide the mixture into quarters 4 pieces, shape each piece into a log shape or tree trunk shape or cylinder (each log will be about 3 centimetres in diameter approximately the length of your thumb).  Once combined roll each one in the toasted coconut.  Wrap each log in aluminium foil or tin foil.  Place in the refrigerator until firm.