Christmas Feast

I was really pleased with how Christmas Dinner turned out. Mum made our customary Christmas Cranberry Chestnut Ring which is made with leeks, carrots, onions, cranberries, and chestnuts with a vein of feta cheese through the middle. The outside is then wrapped with pastry and decorated elaborately with pastry holly leaves and sprigs of rosemary and cranberries for colour. Never fails to gain a gasp of awe when it’s brought to the table. It’s a stunning piece and knocks seven shades of sh*t out of a dry old turkey carcass any day.

For the meat eaters I made Christmas Kebabs but substituted beef for smoked ham. This was ideal particularly for my nana who struggles to feed herself these days, so the bitesize chunks of meat and veg on the kebab sticks was perfect as it didn’t require use of a knife and fork.

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/166641/Christmas-kebabs

To accompany I made:

Red Cabbage with Apple and Raisins which was spiced with a very festive flavour of cinnamon.

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/137549/Red-cabbage-with-apples-and-sultanas

Maple Glazed Sesame Parsnips

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/137914/Glazed-parsnips-with-sesame-seeds-and-maple-syrup

Lemon, Ginger and Honey Stir Fried Sprouts with Cashews – I used baby frozen sprouts which I warmed through in some boiling water briefly before cutting in half and stirfrying. They turned out so nicely that 3 of us who are avid sprout haters actually ate more than one (and enjoyed them).

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/281252/Stir-fried-sprouts-with-honey–ginger-and-lemon

Butter and Rosemary Roast Potatoes

Dessert was courtesy of a Jamie Oliver recipe and went down an absolute treat. Winter Pudding Bombe looks stunningly elaborate but is actually very simply put together with Pannetone, icecream, pistachios and glace fruit. I also used some frozen fruits of the forest as I had trouble sourcing different glace fruits.

http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/chefs/jamie-oliver/winter-pudding-bombe-recipe_p_1.html

Today I used the left over red cabbage & raisin dish and blended it with chickpeas, lemon juice, cumin, tahini and olive oil to make the best tasting hummous which Wil and I scoffed with some veggie sticks, crackers, cheese and a glass of red wine. A welcome treat after the bingeathon we had yesterday!

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3 Comments »

  1. mrs hojo said

    Merry Boxing Day! xx

  2. Foxsden said

    Cheers, same to you!

  3. jadeosaurusrex said

    OMG you crack me up missy! I love the analogy of the food being like Big Brother contestants. Bloody hilarious!!!!!

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