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Supermarket giant Aldi is expanding its Christmas offering this year with its biggest ever vegetarian and vegan range! From show-stopping centrepieces to brand-new vegan pigs in blankets, it has everything covered for vegetarians or meat-eaters looking for something tasty to try – and from just £1.49!
No Turkey Roast

For the first time ever, Aldi has launched a No Turkey Roast (350g, £2.99), a festive, taste sensation of cranberry, apricot and pumpkin seed stuffing, wrapped in a tasty soya and tofu coating – the perfect masterpiece for a main! Available in stores from 16th November.

The vegan feast continues with a showstopper – the Specially Selected Vegan Wreath (550g, £3.99). A hearty blend of chestnut mushrooms, butternut squash and fruit stuffing in a handmade vegan pastry wreath. Available from 21st December


Specially Selected Nut Roasts

Aldi has nut roast lovers covered this Christmas with its heavenly Specially Selected Nut Roast (390g, £2.99). Made with root vegetables and available in two flavour varieties: Cranberry Sauce (VE) or Camembert (V), on sale from 26th October.

For those who just can’t get enough of their vegetables, the Specially Selected Vegetable Bakes (400g, £2.99) are back with a brand-new vegan, Root Vegetable & Cranberry option. Or stick to what you know and love with the return of the award-winning Butternut Squash, Mushroom & Wensleydale treat, available from 10th December.

Vegetable Parcels

Showing that vegetables are anything but boring, Aldi is bringing you Goats Cheese & Red Onion and Spinach, Leek & Cheddar Vegetarian Lattices (300g, £1.49), along with a selection of Specially Selected Vegetable Parcels (400g, £1.79). Choose from a Button Mushroom & Cranberry Parcel (V) which has an oh-so-indulgent creamy brie sauce, or a chunky Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Spinach Parcel (VE) which has a wonderfully aromatic lightly spiced sauce. Available in store now.

Sumptuous Sides

New to Aldi’s Christmas sides this year, are the Plant Menu Vegan No Pigs in Blankets (280g, £1.99) – a Christmas classic. A meat-free pepper and herb vegan ‘pig’ hand-wrapped in crispy puff pastry – the perfect mouth-watering meat-free trimming. Available from 19th December.

Specially Selected Potato Dauphinoise with Extra Mature Barbers Cheddar Cheese

It’s time to pair your roast, bake or parcel with the perfect companion – the indulgent Specially Selected Potato Dauphinoise with Extra Mature Barbers Cheddar Cheese (480g, £1.89), available in store now.

Transform the sprouts this year with Aldi’s scrumptious Specially Selected Balsamic Roasted Sprouts (400g, £1.69), available with Bacon or Pine nuts from 26th October. Or stuff yourself silly with the Specially Selected Vegan Stuffing Balls, available in classic Sage and Onion or brand-new Cranberry, Apricot and Mandarin. In stores 10th December.

Specially Selected Thai Roses

Get the festive party started with Aldi’s dazzling selection of vegetarian party food. Kick off with a platter of brand-new Specially Selected Thai Roses (170g, £2.99) which come in two flavours – Yellow and Red Thai. Both handmade, the yellow is made from a cooked vegetable filling, yellow curry paste, green and red chilli, all wrapped up in filo pastry. The Red Thai Rose swaps out the curry paste for a fiery red chilli and sweet paprika filling. Available to buy from the 10th December.

A staple of every British party, Aldi’s new Vegan Cocktail Sausages (200g, £1.49) are made with pea and wheat protein, vegetable couscous and an array of spices and sage – the perfect nod to classic Lincolnshire-style flavour, without any of the meat! Available from 10th December

Fusion Skewers and Oriental Veg Selection

Give the festivities an Oriental twist this Christmas with Fusion Vegan Skewers (240g, £1.99) filled with either Sweet Chilli, Satay or Thai Green Curry. Or embrace the return of the Oriental Vegetable Selection (212g, £1.99), and Vegetable Gyozas (210g, £1.69), served with a delicious chilli and soy dip.

Returning to stores for 2020 are Aldi’s Let’s Party Vegan Bites (200g, £1.99), available as Cauliflower & Pumpkin bites, or No Duck Hoisin Spring Rolls.

The perfect Boxing Day leftovers are here – Aldi’s Specially Selected Brie and Cranberry Quiche (400g, £2.19), a rich quiche baked with creamy French brie and hand finished with vibrant sliced cranberries, available from 27th November.

Desserts New for 2020, Aldi has launched its Specially Selected Belgian Chocolate & Orange Melt in the Middle Pudding (470g, £2.49). A delicious vegan chocolate pudding made with hidden orange compote, finished with a rich dark chocolate sauce and a gold shimmer.

For the ultimate Vegan treat, Aldi has launched the Moser Roth Gin & Fruit Creams (90g, £1.49). These luxuriously thin dark chocolate creams come in a range of delicious flavours including, Blood Orange Gin, Pink Gin, Elderflower Gin, Sloe Gin, or Strawberry, Orange, Violet and Rose centres – the perfect end to a fantastic spread.


Finally a product specially for children that won't dry their hands out the way ordinary hand cleaners do.

Foaming Hand Sanitiser especially designed for children to safely remove any nasty bacteria whilst moisturising young skin.

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria
  • 98% natural
  • Alcohol Free
  • Foaming
  • Moisturises young skin
  • Suitable for kids age 3+
  • Not tested on animals
  • Made in Great Britain

You can find a lot of information on their web site and they currently have a good offer on.

We will be reviewing the product shortly. My little guy can't wait.

How to give children a taste for World Food Day

Watch out for World Food Day on October 16. The date commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organisation by the United Nations in 1945. This year’s theme is Grow, Nourish, Sustain, Together.

This is a great opportunity to do some fun activities at home with your children to give them a better understanding of how a sustainable supply of food relates to their own lives and the local area as well as those in far-away places. And the event is of particular significance this year because it takes place at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic threatens food security in many parts of the world. Former primary school teacher Oli Ryan of education resource experts PlanBee reports

Four great ways to celebrate World Food Day 2020

1. Discover fascinating food facts

World Food Day Facts

Eight hundred million people around the world suffer from hunger.
In parts of the world where hunger is a big issue, life expectancy is shorter, infant mortality is higher, and productivity is lower.
Around the same number of people around the world suffer from obesity due to unhealthy diets.
Obesity kills more people than hunger.
Inefficient, unsustainable food systems harm ecosystems and contribute to global warming. Changing the way we produce food is key to tackling climate change.
As the climate changes, we will have to change the way we produce food: yields will decrease, and new food sources will have to be found.
In developed countries, tackling obesity would save hundreds of billions of pounds in healthcare costs.
In countries where hunger is an issue, eliminating hunger would dramatically increase productivity and national wealth.

2. Make it meaningful.
Food security and food poverty are significant issues in the UK too. It's a good time to talk about food banks, free school meals and the importance of eating nourishing food for health, happiness and even for effective learning.

What is 'food security'?
Food security means being having access to adequate supplies of food to live healthily. To have food security:

People must have enough money to buy food
Food must be affordably-priced
There must be reliable supply chains for food
There must be enough reserves of food, or reliable enough supply chains for a variety of foods, to ensure that access to food is not interrupted
The food available must be nutritious, so those who consume it can lead active, healthy lives

What are 'sustainable food systems'?
Effective, sustainable food systems affordably provide an adequate amount of food to meet demand while also supporting the ecosystems they rely on for the production of food.

A good example are the new greenhouse system in Norfolk and Suffolk, set to produce 10 per cent of UK tomatoes. The greenhouses will be heated by warm water pumped from nearby water treatment plants, producing far lower carbon emissions than traditional growing methods. It also reduces food miles and establishes a more reliable supply of food in the local area. Can you think of an example of a sustainable food system in your own area?

3. Link it to your local community
Church of England schools have a long-standing tradition of celebrating harvest festival by collecting store cupboard food items for the elderly and vulnerable in their community. This year, Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival, is celebrated 2nd-9th October.

If there's not much happening locally, why not arrange to do something to help those less well-off in your community? Find out where your nearest food bank is. Many will list the items they are most in need of each week on their website.

4. Make healthy, nutritious food together
Talk 'around' the recipe you choose to follow; for example, you might try to find out about the food journey of one or more of the ingredients.

You can find out more about what's happening during World Food Day 2020 by following the hashtags #WorldFoodDay and #FoodHeroes on social media. For more activity ideas and resources for celebrating World Food Day, check out PlanBee's World Food Day collection.

Former primary school teacher Oli Ryan is a senior member of the team at PlanBee, the education resources and lesson planning experts


Available from Lulu. Good quality print book.

Deadlanders is available from two different online shops now. With talk of a feature film, this science fiction adventure is now in second edition.

Still available on Amazon.

Written a number of years ago and not published until 2017, it tells the story of a virus that mutates people but wait, it also mentions a virus that killed off a lot of elderly people in 2022, spooky.

Only a couple of years out of the real thing. Lets hope the rest of it doesn't happen or we will be running from aliens, zombies and who knows what!

The story follows Alex, Daniel, Samantha and 'Frank' as they find their destinies in the new world.

There is plenty of humour, romance, action, no hard swearing and it is suitable for around twelves years to adult.

The follow up is due out for Christmas.

Available throughout the world, prices may vary. Links are to UK site.

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