Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Snow Days and Menu Planning.

The snow is still with us and has somewhat delayed any last minute Christmas shopping as the roads are still so icy.

The food shop is my next task, the menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is done, the shopping list is written and this evening I am off to get as much of it done as possible!

On Christmas Eve we are joined by friends and family for a teatime Buffet of easy to eat food. I keep it relaxed and as stress free as possible as people drop in to share the food and Christmas wishes.

On Christmas Day we have the traditional dinner, Turkey and all the trimmings.

Once I cooked dinner for 27 people!! it was a major operation just seating everyone but 'Oh what fun we had...'

These days it is a quieter affair with 12 for lunch this year and a few more joining us in the evening.

Here's the Christmas 2010 Lunch at Shelly's Menu:

Welcome to all: Champagne, Raspberry Vodka shots and Mulled Fruit Punch.

Let's Begin: Seafood Platter or French Onion Soup or Mellon Cup.

The Main Event:
Roast Turkey, Honey Glazed Roast Gammon.

Sausage and Bacon Wraps, Apricot and Walnut Stuffing.

Roast Potato's, Buttered New Potato's.

Baked Cauliflower Cheese.

Garden Peas and Glazed Carrots.

Brussel Sprouts with bacon and walnuts.

Port Gravy, Cranberry sauce and Redcurrant jelly.

Sweet Sensations:
Christmas Pudding with Brandy Sauce.

Pandoro Cake with Vanilla Custard

Mince Tarts with Brandy Butter

Chocolate Yule Cake with Vanilla Ice cream.

Cheese Platter.

Port and Coffee.

Chocolate mints and truffles.

I am truly blessed to be able to celebrate in this way with my family and friends and I am truly grateful for those blessings.

Hope your plans are going well and as my niece told me today ...

"only 4 more sleeps to go"



  1. Your menu sounds fabulous Shelly!

    Have a very Merry Christmas (especially after a couple of Raspberry Vodka shots) - hic'!!


  2. your menu sounds wonderful and much fancier than mine! Enjoy a very merry Christmas!

  3. Wishing a Merry Christmas to you and yours,
    hope you will have wonderful holidays,
    take care