Christmas day has been and gone, the family took time to come and visit and we all dined with truly scrumptious foods that left everyone needing that old firm traditional nap in the afternoon. You know which one I mean, the one after the Queens speech.
For us this year though the Christmas day was actually split in two as my step-daughter spent this christmas day with her dad. That meant there we the four of us on Christmas day and then on the 29 December with Ella’s return and the visit of the father in law and the family members it was Christmas day all over again.
Now, although the kids were overjoyed with Santa’s gifts as were my wife and I, it is the food that I’m here to concentrate on. Here is our menu that we are having for our second Christmas day, mainly because we have more mouths to feed.
This menu will be delight to give to the family as it was to make. I am not going to lie, some of it was shop bought, however my wife and I slaved in the kitchen preparing most of this menu.
Looking at the menu I will follow up with several recipes on how we made them and hopefully inspire you to try them out. Best of all these incoming recipes aren’t just for Christmas but rather anytime you wish to divulge in a little bit of luxurious home cooked food.
The starters I admit are bought from the shop and just made to look pretty for service. The main course however slightly different. Starting with the Ham, glazed in my homemade chilli jam which I make every year for the hampers that we give to family and friends as Christmas gifts. The sauté sprouts and pancetta also a winner in our family as there are a few that do not like sprouts but adore this dish. To accompany this lovely meal were the trusty Yorkshire puddings and the sausage, nut and sage stuffing. Both really brought the meal together tremendously.
Now if you were not full enough there is always time for pudding and all three were homemade. The waffles using a new waffle machine we got for Christmas and the ice-cream homemade by my wife Bea.
Bea also made the tremendous gingerbread cake, which was made 5 days prior to the day so you can imagine how hard it was not to open the cake tub and take a cheeky slice.
Finally a classic straight from my childhood, Artic roll, but with he added twist of adding cherries and dark chocolate.
So did this all whet your appetite, all is not finished here in the Brewers home also make hampers for friends and family as searching for the all too perfect gift can at times be a trifle difficult. We solve this by making these hammers as our friends and family as as bonkers about food as we are. Our hampers this year contained;
- Piccalilli, Red Chilli Jam and Sweetcorn Relish
- Home-made Pork Pie
- Good chunk of Brie and Stilton
- Home-made Vanilla Fudge
- Home-made Macaroons
- Home-Made Mince Pies
- Home-made Dark Ginger Bread & Caramel Biscuits
- Christmas Carrot Cake Muffins
- Port, Red or White Wine and Proseco
Well if your fit to burst as am sure we all will be by the end of the day then a job well done I say.
I would like to finish by hoping to have brought some inspiration to my readers but mostly thank you to my wife for being an absolute star in the kitchen and making some fantastic foods, my kids for being truly wonderful and the best food critics and to all of my family and friends.
I wish you all a lovely New Year and please let me know if any of these recipes pleased you as they have us.