I'm a little later with my Christmas menu planning than I was intending but I've still made it with 4 days to spare!
We spent most of the day today celebrating an early Christmas with my dad's side of the family. As usual the food was spectacular - ham off the bone, maple glazed chicken, quiche and 8 different salads including my Rice Salad, and followed by cheesecake, a chocolate and raspberry ice cream pudding and a very boozy trifle. The kids were spoilt rotten and we also came home loaded with homemade Christmas cake, chutneys, shortbread and rum balls. Whew!
Yet again for the big day though we are going for low-stress and fuss-free so our menu is quite pared back. No roast turkey again this year just lots of seafood, salads and fruit. We are planning on doing a roast pork belly for Boxing Day.
We are going to my mother in law's house for Christmas Eve and then hosting at home for Christmas Day. I'm very excited to have our first Christmas in our new home, plus the boys have a BIG present coming to the backyard on Christmas Eve!!!
Cheese, crackers, nuts and truffles
Barbecued chicken and witlof salad
Grilled prawn, chorizo and corn couscous salad
Sweet potato salad
Steamed orange pudding
Pate, crackers and nuts
Seafood platter with tiger prawns, smoked salmon and condiments
Barbecued side of salmon
Crunchy duck fat roast potatoes
Avocado, mango and walnut salad
Dairy-free Mango and raspberry trifle
I still have a few more festive recipes to post over the coming days but now that the official Christmas menu is set I feel ready to go. I'm doing our final Christmas shopping kid-free first thing in the morning and then it should be smooth sailing!
How is your planning going? Any family favourites that you just couldn't have Christmas without?