Hosting Christmas day with a little help from Momo the Thermomix. What’s on our menu this Christmas.
We are a French – British family, living near London in the UK. There’s 6 of us – 2 adults, 2 teens, 2 four-year-olds. I suppose like most multinational families out there, we alternate where we spend Christmas.
This year it’ll be an English Christmas. The big day is happening at our place where we only have one oven to feed 12 and it’ll be Momo the Thermomix first Christmas cooking experience.
Oooh, the excitement!
I absolutely love cooking, baking, making and sharing. I always happily spend hours researching, ordering and then making food for crowds big and small. And this Christmas will be no exception, apart from…
There’s no way I’m going to shut myself off alone in the kitchen all day. Christmas is not just about the food for me, it’s about being with family and having fun.
So, here’s my plan, my to-do list if you like – it will most certainly help me go through it all with time to spare and enjoy everything and everyone else.
I thought I’d share in case it’s helpful to others and some of you might have suggestions for improvement… It’s not yet completely finalised but getting there.
I’m starting with a recipe list of what we will be having. Underneath, you’ll find a recap of what will happen in chronological order.
People will start arriving at 12noon. We will open presents, drink Prosecco and enjoy nibbles. Appetizers need to keep us going until about 4pm when we’ll sit down for Christmas dinner so we are preparing a lot of stuff. Most will keep for the few days after, should they not get eaten.
Appetizers will be:
- Smoked salmon, Comte and cream cheese bites – will be made on the day
- Two salmon pate on sourdough bread – will be made the day before.
- Cranberry and brie bites – cheats all the way with this one with shop bought pastry and shop bought cranberry sauce
- Mini snails tartlets – recipe & picture to follow soon
- Bacon & halloumi bites – recipe & picture to follow soon
- Gravadlax salmon slices – recipe & picture to follow soon
- Foie gras (I know! It’s a very French thing though) with apple compote and crumbled gingerbread – recipe & picture to follow soon
- Pull apart Christmas tree – recipe & picture to follow soon
- Vietnamese pork balls – recipe & picture to follow soon
- Vegetables and dips – Moroccan roast carrots from The4Blades; Tzatziki from Skinnymixer; cream cheese and sweet chilli from Thermobliss and my very own feta & roasted pepper are amongst the contestants at the moment, though this might change!
The starter will be a soup. Exact flavour is yet to be determined. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share.
Main course will be surf & turf, cooked on the BBQ (solving the one oven only problem!) – Momo will be required to make accompanying sauces the day before and steam vegetables on the day while a potato gratin will cook in the oven.
Cheese then pudding (the French way) or pudding then cheese?! Which do you prefer? I have gone very British with this one and now prefer the second option.
Puddings will be:
- Christmas pudding – shop bought
- Lemon & raspberry frozen log – will be made a week in advance. Recipe to follow soon.
- Clementine and Prosecco trifle – Recipe and picture of the finished article to follow soon.
Cheese. Momo the Thermomix will make a variety of cheese crackers a couple of days before the event. Chutneys etc are already made.
DD15 and DD13 are in charge of truffles, fudge, Turkish delights and other sweet stuff to go with coffee. They’ll be making those, with a little help of Momo, a few days before.
And that, my friends, is how we are planning to spend a good few hours in the kitchen together as a family (which will undoubtedly result in some sorts of arguments!) ahead of schedule and on Christmas morning so that we can all enjoy time together the rest of the day!
What do you think? What happens in your family on Christmas day?
To recap, here’s what will happen in chronological order:
The weekend before Christmas:
- Make chocolate truffles, fudge and Turkish delight
- Make lemon and raspberry frozen log and store in freezer
- Make soup for starter and freeze
23 December – total prep time: 1h15
- Bake a gingerbread loaf for the foie gras shot glasses – prep time: 15 minutes
- Marinate the salmon for the Gravadlax – prep time: 20 minutes
- Bake Madeira cake for trifle – prep time: 10 minutes
- Bake various cheese biscuits – prep time: 30 minutes
Christmas Eve – total prep time: 50 minutes
- Make Vietnamese pork balls mix and keep refrigerated to cook on the day – prep time: 10 minutes
- Make apple compote for foie gras shot glasses – prep time: 10 minutes
- Lay the table – prep time: 30 minutes
Christmas Day Morning – total prep time: 4h20 – between 6 of us!
- Pizza dough for pull apart Christmas tree – prep time: 5 minutes. Leave to rest.
- Shortcrust pastry for snail tartlet – prep time: 5 minutes. Leave to rest.
- Assemble trifle: 15 minutes. Leave to chill in the fridge.
- Assemble foie gras shot glasses – prep time: 10 minutes.
- Make dips – prep time: 20 minutes.
- Make two salmon pate – prep time: 15 minutes.
- Assemble cranberry and brie bites – prep time: 10 minutes. Cook.
- Make smoked salmon, Comte & cream cheese bites – prep time 2 minutes. Cook.
- Prepare halloumi and bacon bites – prep time: 10 minutes. Cook.
- Put together snail tartlets (with pastry made earlier) – prep time: 10 minutes. Cook.
- Make pull apart Christmas tree (with dough prepared earlier) – prep time: 10 minutes.
- Peel & slice potatoes and make gratin: 20 minutes.
- Prep veg for the main: 15 minutes.
- Chop veg for the appetizer: 30 minutes.
- Slice salmon gravadlax: 20 minutes.
- Everything else eg. reheating the soup, putting cheese board together, checking the table, having a glass or 2, dealing with children, big and small, arguing (!!) – prep time: one hour.
There will be 4 adults and 2 teenagers to help prep and look after our 4yo twins, which means we should be done in plenty of times … famous last words hey?!?!
Now, what have I forgotten?!