I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas I like to have everything organised as early as possible. As well as the day itself, what I love most about Christmas is that you are surrounded by some of the best people in your life, which always makes it such a special occasion. With the big day only two months away, I’ve already started thinking about my menu, table decorations, serveware and drinks trolley. I’ll be sharing my top Christmas tips at the Eat & Drink Festival this weekend but for anyone unable to make it, I’ve included a few easy ideas for the ultimate Christmas menu below…
For me, food should be quick, easy and look great. The last thing I want, especially on Christmas day, is to be stuck in the kitchen behind the stove. A few rules I stick to which means I can also host, and more importantly drink with my guests are: keep it simple, keep it fool proof and keep it seasonal.
Christmas lends itself perfectly to sharing dishes; it’s all about getting people round the table and there’s nothing more inviting than a delicious, seasonal sharing salad. I’ll stick to classic ingredients and give them a twist; this year I’ll be making a warm brussel sprout salad with cranberries, alongside a roasted squash, cabbage and bacon dish and to complete the trio – a beetroot and goat’s curd salad.
Canapés are a great way to get creative in the kitchen – served alongside a chilled glass of fizz and your party is on to a winner. A trusty go-to I find myself making time and time again is a classic smoked trout pate, paired simply with fresh bread and served on a gorgeous platter. Delicious! Another of my favourites is honey’d goats cheese – it’s such a winner. Mix with a dash of honey and double cream with crumbled goats’ cheese (blitz if easier) and serve with toasted hazelnuts on a crisp-bread.
No Christmas is complete without a good stiff drink, and the Social Pantry team have compiled an edit of deliciously festive cocktails to serve your guests something different this year. Visit the website here for more info.