The truth is that I’ve written this list as much for myself as for Eating for Ireland.. I write lists to remind me of things I have to delegate (delegating is good 😉 ) or do (ice the Christmas cake); things to make (more mince pies!); things to hunt for (tablecloth, crackers).
I expect that you’ll be able to adapt this to your own menu, and add all the things I’ve forgotten!
Don’t bother printing , or hand-writing it – just do what I do – take a picture on your phone, and study it as you go about your business. It’s really handy to be able to add things too, as you think of them.
Any of the recipes I mention here are all waiting for you over at www.eatingforireland.com
And remember, as my dear old Mama used to say, ‘if I’ve forgotten something, we’ll just have to do without it’. Truthfully, no one will care. Stay cool, you’re not in a competition.. And remember, the woman with the Food and Lifestyle website (me!) is the only one I know who has actually burnt Brussel sprouts
People will only remember the craic, the good humour and the laughter (and the smell of burnt sprouts, obviously!)
Then you just have to sit around and wait for someone to say on Christmas night ‘Sure it’s all as far away as ever!’
Merry Christmas, from our house to yours.. x
I used to do a grand dinner on Christmas Eve, but I’ve copped on to myself, so now it’s a family favourite from the freezer (this year it’s meatballs, https://eatingforireland.com/recipe/italian-meatballs-with-mozarella/ so here’s what I need for that -)
- Take the meatballs out of the freezer (duh)
- mozzarella for melting on top
- garlic bread
- parmesan cheese
- dessert (to be decided) – I’m thinking Apple Crumble..
- whipped cream
CHRISTMAS DAY – BREAKFAST:
As a change from French Toast, this year it’s Blueberry Pancakes https://eatingforireland.com/recipe/my-fluffy-american-style-pancakes/ with crispy bacon, fresh raspberries and maple syrup, so –
- blueberries (from the freezer)
- Streaky bacon
- Maple syrup
- Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee from Upperlands Coffee Company. A special-occasion coffee – perfect for Christmas day – they still have some at St George’s, but beware, it’s going fast!
CHRISTMAS DAY – DINNER/LUNCH
Fizzy stuff to begin – with Sloe Gin…
Think of your own starter – do you need:
- Sourdough/wheaten bread/melba toast
- fresh mixed leaves
- Cranberry Comport https://eatingforireland.com/2017/12/04/homemade-cranberry-compote// Red Onion Marmalade https://eatingforireland.com/recipe/red-onion-marmalade-with-wine-and-port//Marie Rose sauce
- Turkey (buy the turkey!!)
- Ham (ditto!)
- Potatoes, roasted?, mash?, or Mr Saturday Night’s favourite Champ!
- Brussels sprouts (remember to add water before cooking 😉 – I may never live this down.. )
- Roasted parsnips – whole grain mustard? Maple syrup/honey
- Other veggies – we usually go with family favourites, or childhood memories
- Cranberry sauce, bread sauce (have never tried it), made up mustard..
- Gravy – if you’ve followed Eating for Ireland this past month, you’ll have your gravy stashed in the freezer, awaiting its moment of glory
- wine, soft drinks, water
- tablecloths, napkins, dishes, cutlery, plates, glasses, serving spoons
- Christmas pudding https://eatingforireland.com/recipe/mr-sat-nights-christmas-pudding/ (reheat for an hour if you’ve made your own, or follow the packet instructions)
- Brandy, if you’re going to set it alight!
- Whipped cream/brandy butter/custard/caster sugar
- Mince pies (I like mine slightly heated)
- Cheese board/crackers/relish/grapes/celery
- tea/coffee/liqueurs/Irish Coffee
CHRISTMAS DAY – TEA/SUPPER
In our house, it’s a buffet of:
- Cold meats from dinner (covered, to keep them out of reach of any small furry critters who like such things, even though they’ve had their dinner..)
- trifle – oh do give my easy-peasy cheat’s chocolate trifle a go! https://eatingforireland.com/recipe/the-easiest-ever-christmas-trifle/
- Cheese board
And that it! – Your work here is done!
Feet up, glass of something festive in front of the fire, bathing in the gratitude of well-fed family and friends – Bliss!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night! xx