Sunday, 2 December 2012
So now my mind turns to grub. Every year I order a turkey crown (I am not a huge fan of turkey and this way there's less leftovers and the bird cooks much quicker) and dozens of cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon. They will be eaten with the Jamie Oliver get-ahead gravy I made last year. Smoked Salmon will come from Forman's the old London smokery opposite the Olympic Park. To be eaten on its own, or curled with some cream cheese and a spritz of lemon in croustades. If you've not heard of these, hotfoot it to the supermarket and stock up. They are the Scandinavian equivalent of blinis and are just brilliant. They can be stuffed with anything - ham and cheese, Brie and my homemade cranberry sauce or onion and goats' cheese.
This tea and fruit cake lasts for ages and is great with cheese. Even better most children don't seem to like it, so it won't get gobbled up in one sitting. If you do want to entertain little ones, then these homemade decorations are great to make with children, but making marzipan fruit still rocks my world. Really.
And as for the wreath above. It is by Donna Hay and just beautiful. My alternative Christmas pudding. I've not made mine yet (watch this space) but like a normal meringue, it can be baked and kept in an air-tight container and assembled just before eating. Hay serves hers with eggnog custard, but I think passionfruit and pineapple will cut through some whipped cream just beautifully.
What are you cooking this Christmas? Do you have come traditional favourites or are you binning the turkey for something else? (Claire cooked capon, the year before last!) Share your ideas and recipes with us. We'd love to hear them!
Posted by Lucymmcdonald@gmail.com at 12:45