Tonight we'll be having a big fish pie before Nana Muddle, Big Muddle and I go to the candlelight carol service. I've always done a 'one-pot' dinner for Christmas Eve and used to do lasagne, but last two years I've done fish pie and it always goes well.
Tomorrow breakfast we'll have sausages, grilled tomatoes and eggy bread, made with ciabatta slices and duck eggs (nom!) to keep us going in the long morning slog!
Then the main event is prawn, pomegranate and grapefruit salad (from this year's Christmas Good Food mag) followed by:
- Turkey with lemon & sage butter (buttered today)
- Pigs in blankets
- Sausage, cranberry & lemon stuffing balls (prepared today)
- Brussel sprouts gratin (I don't like sprouts, but eat loads of this!)
- Honey roast carrots & parsnips
- Mulled red cabbage (cooked today)
- Cranberry & bread sauces
- Gravy made with stock from giblets (made in slow cooker today)
I've bought a ready-made roulade for pud, as I'm not a big pudding fan anyway, I'd rather have at the cheese board! As you can see, the menu contains many components that can be prepped beforehand (red cabbage in particular can be made up to a month in advance and frozen) leaving me free to enjoy plenty of the day with the kids!
Nibbles for the evening if/when we get hungry will be mini pies (from the Co-op's very impressive Christmas range) and these Baked Stilton Mushrooms!
I'd like to wish all of you a very happy Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous 2013!