It’s Christmas time, and what better way to spend the festive season than rounding up your closest pals & knocking out some ace Winter dishes? So we called round to see our great friend Paris from Avocado Please to see what she’ll be cooking this Christmas. The result: Wriggle & Avocado Please are proud to bring you a series of seasonal sides…
After the Wriggle gang approached me to do some festive recipes, it conjured up thoughts of festive, frivolous gluttony. But this got me thinking: what recipes can I make that will nourish the team, but allow them to take some home and team up with their left over nut-roast, stuffing and turkey? The sides – it was always the sides, wasn’t it? The sides are often overlooked with the Christmas menu, which is a dire shame as they’re often some of the best parts of the meal! So, this is where our series of sides was born.
First up are the carrot and fennel balls. The red root can often be overlooked which is a shame as they can boast such a wealth of versatility, naturally high amounts of Vitamin A, fibre and that natural sugary sweetness. Aside from roasting and gratin’s there isn’t usually much made of them. The carrot and fennel seeds balls can easily be made in mass batches, they’re safe for freezing or will sit for a day to just graze on as a snack or with different meals.
The aniseed flavouring of the fennel seeds combines really well with the creamy undertones of tahini and the powerful sweetness of the carrot; the balls have quite a aromatic and herbal flavour, meaning they team up with a world of leftovers, an overload of kale or simply on the side roasted vegetables, seeds and perhaps some rosemary gravy. If fennel is a little overpowering for your palate, then it can easily be replaces with thyme, tarragon or just by doubling up your tahini. The sides are about being creative and versatile – both in their pairing with other foods and their ease for tweaking here and there. Get creative and enjoy!
The rest of the sides are on their way – stay tuned!
Paris is the genius behind vegan and lifestyle blog Avocado Please. Exploring cities, cooking up a mighty storm and talking all things wellness, it’s one of those blogs you can lose yourself for hours browsing and discussing. Her recipes are absolutely fantastic and we had an incredible time shooting this series of posts with her. There’s a lot more to come so keep your eyes peeled.
Images: Daniel Waller