A champagne holiday cocktail party is a must to get the spirits soaring! There will be chestnut soufflé, caramelized onion bruschetta, mushroom crab cakes with cranberry jus, succulent bacon wrapped quail bites, rich dolcetta blue cheeses with lavender honey, candied orange slices and wine soaked figs.
Next, there will be a Christmas Eve dinner in anticipation of tiny hooves on the roof. Roast Beef with fresh horseradish and rich beef stock gravy; roasted and caramelized carrots, parsnips and potatoes; sautéed kale sweetened with oyster sauce, baked artichokes with breadcrumbs and parmesan and then of course – a flaming Christmas pudding – all to be washed down with rich red wines tasting of tobacco, blackberries and oak!
Christmas morning and the excitement of opening gifts, excited voices and phones ringing with well wishes from far off places, begs more champagne and of course breakfast. Smoked salmon, lox, capers, chopped onion, lemon, crème fraiche, toasted bagels, pumpernickel triangles, hard boiled eggs, fresh melon, homemade orange ginger jams, herb cream cheeses and hazelnut biscotti.
Pull out those old Christmas traditions, dust them off and celebrate this year with a focus on what is truly important; family, friends and freedom. May your season be merry, your kitchen busy and your house aromatic with the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.