When we were kids Christmas was huge – heaps of food – heaps of work and then we’d all stuff ourselves and sleep through the afternoon.
As I got older I realised there are different options and a couple of times (when we’re home) Tom and I have planned a Christmas menu and served a plated meal. It means more manageable portions, buying quality over quantity, fewer leftovers, and I find it much more exciting to cook a few special things.
Here’s a couple of sample menus that you could use.
Light spinach soup with basil and dill
New potatoes with mint
Vanilla bean ice cream
Vietnamese spring rolls with duck
Pea and rocket – recipe will be tomorrow’s blog post
Roast lamb with fresh homemade bread and green salad
Individual brown sugar Pavlovas with Greek yoghurt and lemoncello-soaked berries*
*Lemoncello soaked berries are the best. Make or buy lemoncello, put berries in a bowl, cover with lemoncello, leave for a couple of days. They’re REALLY potent and brilliant. If you do raspberries then you can add those to the bottom of a glass of bubbles too.