Monday, December 19, 2005

Christmas: Food Edition

This year will be a low-key Christmas, and I'm looking forward to that. My sister et al get back on Thursday so we will have Christmas lunch at their place and we'll bring the food to make it easy and relaxed. So far I'm thinking:

+ Crudites (including the white bean and nut butter dip from Chocolate & Zucchini).
+ Bowl of fresh Yamba prawns.
+ Smoked salmon salad: Smoked salmon with avocado, cucumber, tomato, basil, dollop of sour cream.
+ Asian steamed cuttlefish.
+ Christmas pudding icecream. Bowan Island Bakery makes a divine Christmas pudding, and I'm going to bzsch it, stir it through vanilla icecream, and refreeze in little moulds, then serve it with plump red berries.

I think it would be lovely to organise a picnic (even if it's on your living room floor) with friends the day after, with all those delicious leftovers. Epicurious has a feature on cupcakes, and nothing would be more delightful than to make some with yummy frosting and top with green and red sprinkles, and bring these to the picnic.

For ideas these sites are always the best: BBC Food, Food Network, Women's Weekly, Epicurious.


Blogger TessaJ said...

That sounds so lovely. I'll be flying on Christmas Day, so it looks like my celebration will consist of airplane food! I might steal some of your ideas for a nice January cocktail party, though.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

It all sounds delicious. Especially the Christmas pudding ice cream. And there's nothing better than a picnic, even one indoors.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Mabs said...

The Xmas pud ice cream sounds wonderful, thanks for the idea!

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Agathe said...

I'm getting hungry reading that list!

10:01 PM  
Blogger la.dauphine said...

Yes, the Christmas pudding ice cream sounds interesting. Is that like rice pudding? Adding fruit sound wonderful... along with some champagne, bien sur! :)

8:36 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Dauphine, you just get a traditional Christmas pudding and pop it in the blender and crush it up, so it's like rough crumbs, then stir it through vanilla (or chocolate, if you want it super rich) icecream. So you get a lovely spiced, textured, fruity, nutty icecream. Can't wait!

8:53 AM  
Anonymous joy said...

sounds wonderful!

12:54 PM  

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