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Top 14 Christmas food and table décor ideas
Jingle bells jingle bells...Jingle all way... Santa Claus is coming to town riding on a sleigh!!
Christmas is just around the Corner, people!... So, what are the things you can’t imagine Christmas without? If somebody asks me this, my answer would be light, Santa caps, Christmas tree and lots and lots of good food!! Agreed? You would have too..Thus below we have some top Christmas food ideas.
Top 14 Christmas food ideas
Now what is a festival without some sweets and desserts!! How will we repent all the extra calories we have gulped if there are no desserts?
v Cake with added nuts.
- Take a non stick pan and melt some sugar and unsweetened, dark
- Chocolate on low heat.
- Stir and take off from heat.
- Now add the following ingredients one by one while stirring them well
- Into the Chocó butter mix.
- Start by adding flour, cocoa, eggs, vanilla essence and sugar.
- Pour this mix on a tray covered with foil greased in butter.
- Sprinkle some salt over the batter and mix into the batter.
- Let the batter stay for around 30 minute in an oven preheated to 350
- After you take the brownies out to cool off, you can expect them to be semi solid.
- With a crisp edge and coat but a semi solid centre.
- After allowing them to cool off at room temperature for an
- Hour, refrigerate them to solidify them totally.
- Cut into pieces and serve with love!!
2. Pudding: A pudding is cooked sweet dish made typically with flour and suet.
Christmas puddings are served traditionally as a part of Christmas Diner. It also contains lots of dried fruits like Almond, raisins etc held together by a rich, thick batter. It also has hints of spices like: ginger, cinnamon, nutmegs, cloves etc. If has a rich blend of sugar and spices providing a distinctive taste and Aroma. It is often moistened with Brandy, citrus fruit juices etc.
3. Tomato and Basil salad: Your starters are always incomplete without a good, colourful salad.
You would need chopped tomatoes, finely chopped onions, lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil as a salad dressing and fresh Basil and coriander leaves to garnish your salad. So much goodness in a single platter!! Tomatoes are rich in lycopenes, olive oil has its own powerful anti oxidants and basil has been forever known for its cold fighting abilities. If you are more into exotic salad leaves then you may opt for the old classic Lettuce leaves with mayonnaise.
4. Cream of Mushroom soup: Here is a very basic recipe to prepare Mushroom soup.
- Melt some butter in a cooking pan.
- Add some chopped Onions and garlic and sauté till golden Brown.
- Add chopped button mushrooms and sauté till they lose some water and turn Golden Brown.
- Add flour and crushed
- Black pepper and sauté.
- Add some water and stir well.
- Follow by adding some milk.
- Add some salt and keep stirring.
- On low heat, allow the soup to thicken.
- Add some vegetable stalk.
- Take off the flame when the soup gets thick enough.
- Sprinkle some Oregano and serve.
5. Pork with peas:
- In a bowl, stir together some soy sauce, corn flour and salt.
- Cut the pork into small pieces.
- Heat some cooking oil and fry the pork until it is evenly Brown from all sides. Now, add some stock and sugar and mix the ingredients well.
- Bring to boil and stir well.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until pork gets tender.
- This would take nearly half an hour.
- Allow to cool at room temperature and then Refrigerate.
- After another 30 minutes, add the mix in a saucepan and add peas.
- Bring the mix to boil and cook for ten minutes.
- Serve with tossed green salad.
6. Scotch eggs:
- One day ahead, toss the eggs in flour.
- Divide the sausage meat into 4oz portions and on a lightly flavoured surface roll each piece into a circle large enough to cover the egg.
- Dust the surface with flour.
- Place an egg in the centre of each and shape the sausage meat round.
- Pinch the edges together and seal the joints with beaten egg.
- Brush evenly with egg, and then toss the bread crumbs.
- Press the crumbs well in.
- Store in a covered container in the fridge.
- When about to consume, deep fry in oil.
- Frying the eggs a few at a time for about 10 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
- Soak excess oil on an absorbent kitchen paper.
- Cool and refrigerate.
- Serve with salad.
7. Lamb chops:
- Two days ahead, flatten the lamb , make slits in flesh and skin and
- Insert spikes of Rosemary.
- Combine the remaining ingredients and spread half over the fleshy surface.
- Roll up neatly and tie with a fine string.
- Refrigerate, loosely wrapped in greaseproof paper.
- One day ahead, unwrap and place the lamb in a roasting tin, pour the
- Remaining spice mixture over and bake at 180 degree C for 1.5 hours.
- Serve cool with mint jelly.
8. Spicy meat loaf:
- 1 day ahead Mix together the beef, sausage meat and bacon.
- Add the breadcrumbs, onion, mixed spice, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Mix thoroughly, and then bind with egg.
- Place the bay leaves in the bottom of a greased loaf tin.
- Spoon in the meat mixture and press well down.
- Cover with greased and refrigerate
- 2 hour ahead Place the tin at the baking sheet and bake in the oven at 325 degree F, 170 degreeC (mark 3) for 2hours.
- Turn it out of the tin.
- Required cold, allow cooling then refrigerating, wrapped in foil, until required the same or next day.
How to Make Meatloaf with Spicy Tomato Gravy!
- One day ahead, heat the butter in a large pan, add the onions, cover and fry until transparent.
- Add the leaks, peppers and carrots to the pan, stir well, cover and cook over fairly high heat for ten minutes.
- Gradually add stock, milk and Bay leaf.
- Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Season to taste.
- Cool and store covered in a cool place.
- Fifteen minutes ahead, bring the soup to simmering point.
- Meanwhile, mix the corn flour with the little water to a smooth cream.
- Add a little of hot soup and then stir it into the bulk.
- Bring to boil, stirring all the time.
- Serve garnished with plenty of chopped Parsley
- 1 day ahead finely slice or dice the potatoes, onion and carrot.
- Place them in a saucepan with the celery and water.
- Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
- Cool and store in the refrigerator.
- About 10 minutes ahead
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the parsley and reheat without boiling. Adjust seasoning, sprinkle in the parsley and serve.
11. Flan pastry with almond and cherry pie:
- Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl and rub in the fat with the fingertips until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
- Mix in the sugar.
- Add the egg and water, stirring until the ingredients begin to bind, then with one hand collect the mixture together and knead very lightly to give firm smooth dough.
- A few hours ahead roll out the pastry and used half to lind a pie plate.
- Spread Raspberry jam over the base.
- Blend together the ground Almonds, sugar and eggs and spread half this mixture over the jam.
- Add the cherries and cover the remaining Almond mixture.
- Cover the pie with the lid made from remaining pastry and seal the edges. Decorate with leaves made out of pastry trimmings.
- Bake in the oven at 190degree Celsius for around 30 minutes.
- Cool and dredge with caster sugar.
12. Potato croquettes:
- Sieve or mash the potatoes and add the butter, egg, parsley and seasoning.
- Form the mixture into small balls or rolls and coat with eggs and crumbs - twice as possible as this helps to prevent breaking.
- Keep covered in a cool place.
- 10 minutes ahead: Heat the cube until a 1 in cube of bread takes 40-50
- Seconds to brown.
- Fry the croquettes for 4-5 minutes, drain well and serve immediately.
13. Pineapple Chocó crunch:
- 1 day ahead place the butter, chocolate and syrup in a sauce-pan and heat gently until smooth.
- Stir in the cornflakes, walnuts and pineapple.
- Turn the mixture into a 7-in sandwich tin and press down well.
- 30 minutes ahead whip the cream lightly.
- Turn out the Chico crunch carefully on to a flat serving plate, spread evenly with a whipped cream and decorate with walnuts and grated chocolate.
- Serve in wedges.
14. Brie Bites with some Sugared Cranberries:
This appetizer is very elegant and easy to make at the same time.
- Soak the required amount of cranberries in simple syrup for the whole night.
- Drain this and roll into the sugar.
- You can use this to top the crackers that can be covered into the slices of Brie cheese.
Christmas Table Décor ideas:
- You can just buy a wide-nibed calligraphy pen that can be used to write your guests’ name for the cards for Christmas hampers. You can also get them printed them computer by adding some really beautiful font.
- You can decorate the mantel arrangement by some beautiful ornaments which will complement your flowers colour.
- You can make a wood box at home for the dining room. You can also used this décor to make your living room table look more beautiful this Christmas season.
- You can keep Mason Jars in the Row as centrepieces at the dining room table. Just add some cranberries, some juniper with a single layer of the Epsom salt.
- Add some plaid ornaments to the greenery and also the silver pieces. This will give you the perfect traditional setting of the Christmas table.
- Pick up a charming colour palette to enhance the dining room and table. You can also choose hues different from the regular red and green.
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Wishing you Merry Christmas!!!