I am planning the menu at the minute which is a difficult task as we have 2 vegetarians (D & I), 1 very fussy adult eater (you know who you are!) and 4 littlies who can be fussy and difficult to cater for... especially if you consider the rich tastes that Christmas often brings. And it's these rich tastes that I want to create.....
Ideas so far:
- Turkey..... I am guessing a crown will be the best idea. We have a local farm where turkeys are free range and organic, so we plan to visit the farm shop soon to discuss requirements.
- A veggie main. No idea what yet.
- Potted cheese and home-made oatcakes.
- Red cabbage with braised apples.
- Sprouts cooked in an inventive way ( I have seen a recipe for cooking them in an orange and butter sauce which I am tempted with).
- Carrots. Plain. So children will be happy to eat them.
- Cranberry sauce of some description. I am tempted to do a cranberry salsa which I spotted on a foodie site not so long ago.....
- Chipolatas. Again sourced from above mentioned organic farm.
- A cheeseboard with artisan cheeses, figs and grapes.
- Mince pies. I plan to make the mincemeat soon.
- Christmas cake. This is something I have never attempted before. A friend has linked me to a recipe made with vanilla flavoured vodka, which is apppealing to me more and more.
- An alternative sweet/pudding that will appeal to the children. Unsure what yet.
- Chutneys and pickles. Home-made of course!
So, much to do, and less than 3 months to go. I plan to make the mincemeat and pickle the onions this week. I also hope to finalise which cake recipe I will use. I took delivery of a second hand copy of Delia's Christmas Book this week and I am waiting for a copy of Nigella's book too......