Ever wonder what we would be dining on at our Christmas dinner if the Pilgrims had “found” a deer … moose … duck … fish … instead of a turkey … Yep, you get where I’m going with this …
Festive holiday dinners are for family, friends … sharing time, food and stories together. A time of cheer, fun, love and laughter. Stressing out over the cost, presentation and “perfection” of a holiday meal drains the spirit! Whether you serve up a roast beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, lasagna, mousaka, ribs, fish, tofu, … a meal made with joy is one remembered by all.
After many years of large turkey dinners, that took at least 3 days to prepare (leaving me exhausted and a little cranky) … I changed tradition … egads! The first Christmas we enjoyed a roasted chicken (roasted in the grocery store and spiced up and re-cooked by me), sweet potatoes, peas & carrots, green salad, a tomato salad and a store bought pie – it was relaxing, tasty and FUN! Instead of waking up at 6 a.m. and stuffing a huge bird, we slept in – as much as possible when young children are a part of your life – opened gifts together, visited friends in the afternoon, revelled in the company of friends at dinner – and … clean up was soooo easy! The following years were a mix of going to the mountains with friends/family, dinner shared at a friends home or dinner at our table with guests bringing a dish to share – the dinner options are endless. Make it simple, relaxing and fun!
This years’ menu for 10 will be a roast leg of lamb with potatoes – sweet and russet, broccoli & cauliflower salad, peas (must have!), pickled beets, tomato & avocado salad … maybe carrots, maybe a green salad – depends on what the day brings, another dish or two supplied by guests … add music, a few candles and voilà a celebration. I am looking forward to enjoying the time with family and friends! Beats stressing out over dinner and table settings … 🙂
Enjoy! The perfection of a meal is in the love added by those who make it and the enjoyment of the loved ones sharing it.
Photos will be posted on Christmas Day!
Leg of Lamb
Fresh squeezed lemon juice
Extra virgin olive oil
Oregano or Thyme
Poke lamb and stuff with garlic cloves – as many as you like!
Pour lemon juice, wine and oil over – in this order – making sure that all areas are covered
Spread mustard – Dijon or regular – all over – except bottom
Sprinkle on herbs & spices
Start roasting, time depends on size and your oven!
Extra virgin olive oil
Cut up potatoes into bite size pieces. Mix in the remaining ingredients (be liberal!)
Add to lamb roast.
Depending on size of pieces, cooking time is usually one hour.
Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad
Broccoli & Cauliflower – fresh
(Is there a theme here?)
Place cleaned cauliflower head (take off leaves and cut out center – from the bottom) in a pot with approx. 4 cm. (2 inches) of water.
Arrange Broccoli “trees” around cauliflower
Steam, covered, medium to low heat, for 5 – 10 minutes.
Drain and cut up in pot by running a sharp knife through the veggies in a checked pattern.
Drizzle oil, juice over all and sprinkle pepper.
Keep posted … More holiday recipes coming … with photos!