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.
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
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.
When you get sick of all the turkey sandwiches here are some ideas for main meals.
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.
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:
I have done a few breakfast posts too but if you’re felling a little fragile I’d highly recommend the Huevos Rancheros.
Wishing you all a very well fed and Happy Christmas!