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Chestnut stuffing by Rebecca (Christmas 2019)


  • A large onion, finely chopped
  • Two cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • Packet or tin of cooked chestnuts, broken up a little
  • Packet or tin of unsweetened chestnut purée
  • 150g or so of breadcrumbs
  • A tbsp nooch
  • A handful of cranberries, chopped apricot, apple or prunes
  • Sage, rosemary, thyme
  • Soy sauce and pepper to taste
  • Non-dairy butter or oil
  • Optional: Chopped walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds
  • Optional: Finely chopped mushrooms


  1. Sauté the onion till soft and translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another couple of minutes.
  2. Optional: If you’re making this as a meal rather than as stuffing or a side dish, sauté 200g of finely chopped mushrooms with the onion till almost cooked and there’s no liquid.
  3. Combine the sauté mixture with the breadcrumbs, nooch, chestnuts and purée, fruit, herbs and nuts (if using).
  4. Season with a tablespoon or so of soy sauce and pepper. Check for taste.
  5. If it seems dry and won’t clump together when you squeeze a bit of it, add non-dairy butter or oil.
  6. Use this stuffing to fill the Christmas Roast, bake it in a dish to serve as it is, form it into patties or balls and bake or fry. It’s also great for stuffing portobello mushrooms or red peppers. Freezes perfectly.

By Rebecca

7 Dec: Peace at Christmas, stall in #HebdenBridge

Following our Christmas Faves Cookery Demo, 3 Valley Vegans will set up a stall in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge on Saturday, 7 December. We will share some of our usual supportive information, focused on the ‘Bring peace to all this Christmas‘ message from Viva!, particularly for turkeys. Thanks to Sacred Space and Compassion in World Farming.

If you are able to help out for a few hours, please let us know!

29 Nov: Christmas faves cookery demo in #Todmorden

Learn how to make our cooks’ favourite seasonal dishes.
Enjoy taste testers throughout the evening.

🎄Here are the recipes:🎄

Christmas cookery demo poster 2019

Limited places are available: email info@3valleyvegns.org.uk

  • Friday, 29th November
  • 7.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Suggested donation: £4
  • Gluten-free options
    (please tell us any dietary requirements in advance)
    (suitable for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores)
  • Wheelchair accessible venue

Fielden Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden OL14 7DD

Nearest bus stop:
🚌 Todmorden High School, Burnley Road (589/592)

Nearest train station:
🚂 Todmorden (0.8 miles, 17 minutes walk)

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Here are photos of the Christmas recipes from this cookery demo:


Sri Lankan Aluwa (Sweets)


  • 1 kg roasted rice flour
  • 750 g sugar (dark brown)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100 g cashew nuts


  1. Put sugar into a saucepan and add the water. Bring it into boil. When the sugar syrup becomes a bit sticky, switch off the flame and add ground cardamom and fennel, then roasted rice flour little by little but constantly into the sugar mixture. Keep ½ cup of rice flour back.
  2. Before you start boiling sugar syrup, spread that spare rice flour on the tray where we are going to set our Aluwa.
  3. When you’ve added all rice flour and the mixture has become like a fudge, put it on the tray. Press it until flat.
  4. Then mark lines on it in a diamond shape or as you like. Separate the pieces before it gets hard.

Recipe by Theja

3rd December 2014: Christmas Dinner

holly3 Valley Veg*ns’ first Christmas Dinner will be held at The Vedas, Todmorden (get directions here)

The dinner will comprise (all vegan) ; 
Poppadoms and chutney
A choice of 4 starters
A choice of 4  main courses, to include rice, chips or chappatis
A wide range of teas and coffees.
Cost : £11.95
Time : 7.30
Date : Wednesday, December 3rd
Vegan beers, there may be vegan wines.

We need to know numbers by 28th November, so just fill in the form below and we will put your on the Christmas List!  Partners and family very welcome, it will be a good chance to all meet up with all the cooking done!

(Christmas pud image from peachypalate.com)