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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Planning a dairy free Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and although I'm not feeling particularly festive, I'm determined to make sure that my little family has a day filled with good food, whilst wearing those silly paper hats from crackers and watching terrible television. This year is going to be a little bit different as I don't really eat dairy anymore, and I must admit it's been quite fun tracking down some alternatives to our long-established family favourites.

In an attempt to not go overboard on the sweet treats we just have a couple of small boxes of chocolates, some chocolate coins and a Christmas pudding, which I'm not usually overly fond of, but when it's served with a generous helping of Alpro custard I'm sure it won't last very long at all.

The Animal Aid shop was our go-to this year, but we also stumbled across these milk free chocolate coins at the Co-Op, which I'm pretty excited about. I have no idea if they'll taste good but the mint crisps smell exactly like After Eights, which are something I sorely miss so I'm certainly looking forward to giving them a try.

It's just not Christmas without a selection of cheese and biscuits, and although most of the dairy free cheeses I've tried aren't great, the Violife mozzarella slices and the Sainsbury's soft cheeses are brilliant. Their greek-style cheese is also nice, but I wouldn't recommend their cheddar style range at all.

We've also stocked up on plenty of pickle, as well as many packets of sage and onion slices from VBites for a little bit of extra variety. Cheese and crackers are some of my favourite things to eat, so I'm ridiculously happy that our tradition can continue even though I only very rarely eat 'real' cheese.

Alongside Mark's beer, my gin and my Mam's whiskey, SPAR very kindly sent over some of their award winning wine for us to try. Now admittedly, none of us are wine experts but we've really enjoyed sampling the Extra Dry Prosecco, and think it certainly tastes like it should be much more expensive than it actually is. I had absolutely no idea that SPAR were so renowned for their wine or had such an extensive selection to choose from, but now I can completely understand why they have such a great reputation.

We're officially all sorted for our accompaniments to our beloved cheese and crackers and I suppose I am feeling, at least slightly, more festive than I was before sitting down to write this post. Mission accomplished.

How are your holiday preparations going?


  1. I'm not dairy free or vegan but do have a big interested in plant based eating so this is a really interesting post! I hope you have an amazing christmas xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

  2. All of these treats look really good! You are all set :) I hope you have a really wonderful, relaxing Christmas <3 xxx

  3. I didn't like the Sainsburys cheddar-style Gary at all but I may have to give the soft cheese a go! It sounds like you've got some lovely treats ready, I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Jennie! xx


    1. It had such a strange flavour, the soft cheese is much better! I hope you had a brilliant Christmas, Beth! x


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