Following the fun of Thanksgiving ideas week last month, I thought it was only fair to have a Christmas ideas week for anyone trying to figure out what to have later this month. As I mentioned last month, a British Christmas is a bit like an American Thanksgiving in terms of the foods we would have, so I will be reminding you of some of the Thanksgiving recipes that are relevant, plus I have been dropping in some Christmas ideas in the last week or so. But there are so many things to enjoy, and I have some exciting new recipes to share with you in the coming week as well.
I appreciate not everyone celebrates Christmas, but there are still some great foods to be enjoyed whatever your beliefs and traditions. I am going to conveniently skip over the main dish, as I know this is one that can vary a lot from one country to another. In the UK, turkey is still the most popular, but goose is seeing a resurgence, which used to be more typical and is enjoyed in other parts of Europe. In the US, a big ham is one of the most common dishes, but again that can vary. You might like to consider my delicious roast chicken recipe, but in the coming days I am more going to concentrate on sides, desserts etc. My logic is that I think that’s probably more where you might need some ideas, where there is more variation and also where you can try something new while keeping the core or whatever meal you might have the same. Hopefully that works for you?
So, without further ado, let’s get thinking about Christmas food! As with Thanksgiving ideas week, I will be updating this post as the week progresses with all the links and additional photographs so there is a one-post resource for later reference.
First, an amazing pre-Christmas breakfast/brunch:
Lobster eggs benedict, an indulgent but delicious way to start the day.
Next, some new and some previously posted side dishes:
Rutabaga, bacon and date stuffing, already a hit that we need to have again.
A new sausage stuffing: pear, cranberry and sausage stuffing.
A different way with Brussels sprouts, that typical British side that so many of us love to hate but that can be tasty without too much effort. Here’s my brussel sprouts with bacon and chestnuts.
Cranberry sauce, a perfect accompaniment to turkey, chicken, goose or duck.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without some great desserts and sweet treats:
The previously shared, tasty German hazelnut Christmas cookies.
The beautifully flavored persimmon ginger sorbet, great as a palette cleanser or just because.
And, if you are British at least, it wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas pudding.
And finally to drink:
Try some tasty cranberry and ginger cordial, either with water or in a seasonal cocktail.
Plus, we’ll finally be trying our cranberry gin – here’s a reminder of the experiment so far.
And now we are giving the cranberry gin a try – it’s great!
So, keep checking in over the week for lots of ideas – I hope you will like them!