Its that time of year when the Christmas party is being organised. Desks fill with seemingly endless piles of menus. This time last year I wrote about how much cheese seemed to be on the menu for vegetarians.
So once again I start the sifting of menus. Hopes being filled by lovely starters, only to see the same thing rehashed as a main. Or goats cheese and blue cheese being snuck in where, quite frankly, it isn’t required. I have even come across three venues that have no vegetarian or vegan option at all.
Overall this year’s offering seem to be a bit better though. A move back to the days of nut roasts (hope they aren’t as dry as last year’s) and a move to root vegetables in various forms. but most of them still have cheese attached to them in some form or other.
One menu I have come across has lovely starters and desserts, all marked as vegetarian, but no main course. There is the option to have just two courses, so should I go for starter and dessert? Or ring them and see if they can do a veggie main? The first option would be better for the waistline. The latter option will make me feel like the awkward one, but probably make the evening go by more easily. Decisions, decisions.
All the menus I have seen so far are very ‘brown’ looking. None of them reflecting any of the colours we like to fill our homes with at this time of year.
I would still like to see something like a spinach and mushroom roulade, a chickpea wellington, cashew nut and red pepper roast or spicy butternut squash with chickpeas. All these go well (in my opinion) with the traditional Christmas veg.
Despite all the moves this year to vegetarian and vegan diets becoming more mainstream the Christmas offering does not seem to have kept pace. Alas the world of variety of food for vegetarians at Christmas is one that continues to pass the majority of caterers by.
I would love to know what disappointing menus have you come across this year.