Christmas 2015



So it’s that time of year again and I just love it! I get a nice break from work so I love to relax, catch up with friends and family and eat. Eat everything. I predict I will be 75% cheese by the time January rolls round.

I put a post together last year with ideas for entertaining or just enjoying food yourself over Christmas and you can read that here. So I decided to do it again to get some cheap page views thank everyone for reading and supporting the blog during the year. And hopefully to give you some inspiration if you are stuck for ideas. I’ve noticed that there are a lot of people researching desserts, so I’ll give plenty of time for those below!

If you are having people over for lunch or are looking for some simple starters for a big meal there are so many options to go with. A soup can always be prepared in advance and then you can freeze any leftovers.


Roasted Tomato Soup, Mushroom Soup,

Butternut Squash Coconut and Chilli Soup, Carrot and Lentil Soup

Guinness Brown Bread - A Cookbook Collection

My Guinness Brown Bread would be perfect with any of these.

Salads are always a good choice for a starter as you can pack plenty of flavour in but still keep it light if having more courses. I often make salad for a quick midweek dinner, you can make more of a meal of them if you serve with some great bread or a side like these Balsamic Roast Potatoes and Onions

Balsamic Roast Potatoes and Onions - A Cookbook Collection


Warm Beef and Blue Cheese Salad, Beetroot Orange and Halloumi Salad, Mozzarella and Orange Salad, Grilled Watermelon and Sesame Feta Salad,

Butternut Squash and Chorizo Salad with Harissa and Feta, Crab and Apple Salad, Brussels Sprouts, Beetroot and Pomegranate Salad

If you want to make slightly more of an effort with your starter, this Blue Cheese Panna Cotta with Spiced Poached Pear  can be prepared in advance but will really impress. Scallops are very popular and these Scallops with Black Pudding and Pancetta would be ideal.


I’ll be making a roast beef for a special dinner this week and I’ll be serving Orange Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower Puree on the side.


When you get sick of all the turkey sandwiches here are some ideas for main meals.


Brussels Sprouts Risotto will use up any leftover sprouts, Gnocchi with Blue Cheese Spinach and Pancetta, Butterflied Leg of Lamb

Chicken Kiev, Stuffed Aubergine Rolls, Duck Ragu

These are all salads – more salads says you! – but I think they are so filling they have to be main meals rather than starters. It’s not the best time of year for watermelon but you could substitute pink grapefruit to go with the duck, just sweeten the dressing a bit.


Crispy Duck and Watermelon Salad, Warm Chicken and Bacon Salad, Cauliflower Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad

If you’re having a party and looking for finger food ideas, any of the soups could be served in shot glasses. The salads could be served in lettuce cups or on some crostini. You can’t go wrong with these Drunken Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip or Zingy Crab Cakes. For dips try something a bit different to the usual hummus and go for a fiery Romesco Sauce.



And now on to the desserts and sweet treats! Because let’s face it, going on the searches coming through to the blog at the moment, that’s all you are interested in. 🙂 It’s pretty much all chocolate. They don’t really need any commentary:


Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream, Poires Belle Helene, Malteser Cheesecake, Chocolate Biscuit Cake


Baked Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake, Mini Ricotta Doughnuts, Chocolate Trifle with Baileys, Chocolate Brownies

And if you just want something to have in the biscuit jar, try Orange Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies or Cherry Crumble bars.


I have done a few breakfast posts too but if you’re felling a little fragile I’d highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros.

Huevos Rancheros -A Cookbook Collection



Wishing you all a very well fed and Happy Christmas!

Donna x

14 thoughts on “Christmas 2015

    1. Thanks Nicola! I’ll be spending a lot of time catching up on blog posts ?
      Many happy returns to you. From what I’ve seen your kids have already had an amazing Christmas. And the big fella hasn’t even arrived yet! x

  1. And…. I’m so late to this party, it’s out of drink! Just wanted to say never apologise for doing recap posts, Donna. Someone has to remind me of all the stuff I swore blind I would cook and…. never mind. I’ll be in the kitchen 😉

  2. Hope you had a lovely Christmas! I rarely am online during the Christmas period so had missed this post but it’s a fabulous one! I really want to try the Butternut Squash and Coconut Chili soup – it sounds perfect for all the rainy days we’ve been getting. BTW you were one of my top comment-ers this year, so I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for visiting me so often. I really, really, really appreciate a lot. Here’s to a great 2016!

    1. Thank you Maggie! I kind of shut down over Christmas too – I haven’t done a new post for nearly 3 weeks. Very bad! That soup is very tasty I hope you like it. I love reading your blog and look forward to more in 2016! 🙂

      1. Thanks, Donna! It’s still on the list – where has January gone! 🙂 I love reading your blog too and seeing what you’ve been up to! Hope 2016 is treating you well!

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