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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The feast before the feast

Every year, just before Christmas, we invite my husband's cousins over for lunch. It is traditional for us to have a cold buffet style lunch, but we sit at the table to eat it! Here is my dining room ready for the food. We started with Spiced Parsnip Soup which drew very favourable comments, but I forgot to take a photo!

I made a baked ham and roasted a turkey breast, both served cold.
We love to eat pickles with the cold meat, pickled onions, gherkins and beetroot. In the centre of the dish is the homemade cranberry relish which was delicious.
I made a few things from Delia Smith's Happy Christmas book, this is the Spiced Brown Rice Salad which was really tasty with a mild curry flavour and lots of bits of veg, nuts and seeds mixed through.
The pasta salad is simply pasta, sweetcorn and some cheese chopped into little cubes, dressed with mayonnaise.
This is Delia's Christmas Coleslaw which includes celeriac and an amazing dressing made with sour cream and garlic amongst other things. I wouldn't say I could taste the celeriac but the whole dish had a great overall flavour. I didn't get a photo but the whole thing was served with a green salad and roast potatoes.
I usually make a 'real' trifle which means no jelly (jello), just sponge soaked with alcohol, in this case cherry brandy, raspberries, topped with real egg custard and then cream and decorated with toasted flaked almonds. Delia's verision of 'English Trifle' is pretty similar to the one I usually make BUT she makes the custard with double cream :o and I have to say, it was fantastic! I don't think I can go back to the one I usually make with full cream milk.
I also served Apple Pecan Cheesecake, which I've shown on my blog before. The recipe came from Judy's Kitchen and is now a favourite of mine.

I've been asked for the link to the Cheesecake recipe you can find it HERE

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At 15 December 2009 at 21:09 , Anonymous MaryMoh said...

That's such a lovely pre Christmas lunch. Beautiful table setting.

At 15 December 2009 at 21:14 , Blogger Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear said...

I am going to do that Apple Pecan Cheesecake.....
I am sitting here imagining just how delicious it must taste!

At 15 December 2009 at 22:16 , Blogger Hazel said...

Oh yummy ... my mouth is watering at the sight of such delicious goodies x

At 16 December 2009 at 01:44 , Blogger Country Mum said...

It all looks good but I especially like the look of that cheesecake. Can you provide a link to the recipe?

At 16 December 2009 at 02:18 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

I wasn't even hungry when I began reading your post BUT that has change since seeing all of the delicious foods you have prepared. A feast is an understatement!

At 16 December 2009 at 07:52 , Blogger Marie Rayner said...

Ohhhh, what a delicious looking feast!! You certainly did well there, and I am sure your guests were very happy with the meal! Who wouldn't be? Well done!

At 16 December 2009 at 09:36 , Blogger Scrappy~Sarah said...

mmmm hungry now lol....looks an amazing spread :)

At 16 December 2009 at 13:39 , Blogger Victor said...

Simply lovely, love the look of the cheesecake.

At 16 December 2009 at 19:58 , Blogger Choclette said...

Agree, I bet that cheesecake is a real winner - yum yum!

At 19 December 2009 at 13:48 , Anonymous cookeaze said...

I love the pictures! I really want to make this lunch- it looks so comforting. I'll report in when I make it.

At 19 December 2009 at 16:19 , Blogger Chele said...

Such dedication to the cause to have to prepare two huge feasts in such a short time. Looks great ;0)

At 31 December 2009 at 02:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so nice to see a relish tray. Both sides of my family put out a tray. They are mostly German. My husband's family was pleasantly surprised when they first saw it.


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