I know, it’s a crazy season, but lets forget about endless traffic jams for a while; isn’t it exciting to feel the magic settling? You cannot ignore it! The beauty of the Christmas mood gets into your mind and heart. After a long and tiring day at work, on the roads, you’re back home and here it is: your Christmas Tree! the lights, and colours you added, the candles and wreaths, they all make a natural space to feel the magic, and you feel better. Which make me want to say again and again, how important your living space ambiance is. But this is a longer story, for a post coming very soon.
If you live in the country, or you spend your Christmas vacations in a chalet in the mountains, you must expect people to sleep in; so breakfasts, lunches, dinners & everything in between is included.
Cozy evenings by the fire pealing chestnuts, drinking wine and tasting your preferred gourmet cheese selection, is a definite yes!
I get the picture, I can visualize the atmosphere, and I wish I could join you! But instead, I will give you some tips and ideas to let the magic work its way through.
Breakfasts, They are the best! It’s such a nice gathering in the morning when everybody is just waking up and your guests start joining in batches half asleep, first up first served, right? And it goes on and on until the last one up is fed. Think juices, eggs, pancakes, marmalade, or maple syrup.
Or you can self-serve! I have a great recipe given to me by Rabih Abouhalka (who is a good friend and member of my family, and the funniest chef I’ve ever met)He’s got great recipe ideas like this one; it’s a quickie and delicious.
Most of the ingredients are bound to be in your cupboards, just get some seasonal berries, and your guests can do them as quickly as their coffee.
For each muffin, just mix 4 tbsp of flour, 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup, a pinch of baking powder, 3 tbsp of milk, 1 tbsp or corn oil, 1 pinch of sodium bicarbonate, 8 blueberries, 4 blackberries, just put them all in a mug, mix them again, throw it in the microwave for 1 minute, let it rest & cool for 5 minutes and there you go.
A typical Christmas lunch must-eat. This recipe is very dear to me, and so is the person who used to make it as far as I can remember. I will let you in my family cookbook, its been here for a while, written, tested, tasted, repeated every single year, you can have a sneak peak
1 kg chestnuts, the turkey liver, 100 grs of minced meat, 100 grs of bacon, 2 cubes of chicken stock, 1 orange, 1 egg, 20 grs of butter, 1 bunch of parsley, 1/2 cup of cointreau, salt & pepper.
here’s how to do it:
Boil the chestnuts, peel them & keep aside. Grate the orange and keep the zest, cut the bacon in small chunks, fry the turkey liver in some butter, when its done smash it with a fork. beat the egg as for an omelette.
Mix 1/2 the qtty of chestnuts, the orange zest, the bacon, the liver, and the egg, then add the minced meat, the parsley chopped roughly, and the cointreau. Mix again.
Start filling the turkey with this preparation.
For the baking, my mom used to say that the best way to cook a turkey is to put it in an oven bag, and baste it with all the juices until its cooked.
serve with rice and the rest of the chestnuts, lots of love and many smiles.
Did you light anyone’s fire lately? oh you will! Believe me the following baked cheese recipe will make any frozen heart melt:
Brie Baked with Herbs & Garlic
500grms of Brie cheese , 2 cloves of garlic, a tspn of dried or fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme), ½ a small onion finely chopped.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, place the Brie round into your cheese baker, pierce the cheese top & insert the herbs (rosemary, basil, thyme) , the garlic cloves finely chopped, and the onions. Place the lid and bake for 15-20min. you want the cheese to be soft and melted. Remove from the oven & serve in the baker. (ensure the baker is placed on a heat proof surface). Cut the cheese & serve with crusty bread and wine.
Last but surely not least, Christmas family gatherings are about simple pleasures, cozy meals lots of joy and bunches of love.
This is my Christmas wish to you all !