Culinary delights and inspiration over the Christmas period

IMG_0690

So my fridge – my relatively new fridge in fact (still under guarantee phew) – decides to die a dramatic death on 22nd December. Great timing. I mean it could have died in November or in the summer but no it decides to die just as I want to start cracking on with preparations for Christmas.

I will not let my fridge dampen my spirits however. On the bright side I have a freezer and a cold coal cellar so I am going to rise to the occasion and go back in time when freezers did not exist. I now have all the contents of my fridge in storage boxes with ice bags surrounding them. Some jars are in the garden in boxes in the rabbit hutch. Our rabbits passed away recently…..that’s another story….so there is room in the hutch away from prying urban foxes.

So I thought you might need some last minute inspiration of things to cook with turkey leftovers, meals after christmas and before new year and canapés etc. So first up is turkey, ham and leek pie. Very straightforward and a great way to use up the turkey and ham.

IMG_0901

On boxing day or 27th I will be cooking my crispy skin cod with white beans, padron peppers, spinach, dill and aioli. You can use monkfish or hake instead, whichever you decide it’s a lovely dish to serve after the filling fare of Christmas day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This wintery warm lentil and goats cheese salad with a fresh basil dressing will also be making an appearance. Slow cooked tomatoes are a favourite in my household and we are all rather fond of goats cheese. I also like the fact that is vegetarian, filling and incredibly tasty.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Perhaps you have friends or family coming over for a glass of bubbles or mulled wine. Both these canapés are very straightforward and don’t take too much time to prepare. The pastry for the parmesan caraway biscuits can be made in advance and kept in the fridge. When you are ready to cook them you simply slice them thinly, lay them out on a tray and place them in the oven for around 10 minutes, or until they are lightly bronzed. Let them cool slightly and then they are ready to be devoured.

IMG_6479

The rosemary spiced walnuts are wonderful to snack on and are not too filling before the main event. We love them and I am sure you will too.

Whilst we are all very fortunate to have the love of family and friends around us at Christmas a great way to give a little back is reserving a place for a homeless person at one of the crisis shelters. £22.32 reserves a place for one person but also allows them to have:

 – a health check with a doctor, dentist and optician

 – shower, freshen up and clean clothes

– three nutritious meals including christmas dinner

-an introduction to Crisis’ year-round services for training and support for the future.

You can find out more and how to donate here. I think it is a wonderful charity and one that I support each year.

So that’s it from me for 2016. I wish you all a very merry christmas and a happy new year and I hope to be able to inspire you with some exciting recipes in 2017. Thank you for your continued support and readership, it means a lot to me.

Torie xx

 

 

10 thoughts on “Culinary delights and inspiration over the Christmas period

  1. Catherine from Melbourne

    Commiserations on your broken down fridge, Torie! It would be dire here in Melbourne. 33 degrees Celsius here today (Saturday) and 35 for Christmas Day. I’m making the green papaya salad to take to a family lunch (the recipe was given to us by Van from Green Bamboo in 2013). It’s a winner.

    Thanks for the great reading and recipes this year. I look forward to more in 2017. Have a happy festive season and all the best for the coming year.
    Catherine

    • Lovely to hear from you Catherine. Yes a shocker about the fridge but at least I have a freezer that works. Have a wonderful Christmas. Loving the sound of that green papaya salad. I continue to adore Vietnamese food and Van’s course was absolutely magical. Such great memory. Love to your crew. Torie xx

    • Thank you. Made it today but put lots of pastry stars on top this time. Also added lots of mushrooms and mushroom soup instead of stock this time round. Hope you are having a good christmas week. Happy New Year.

    • That is kind of you to say Mary. My new replacement fridge arrived last Friday – almost 5 weeks without a fridge. It feels like a major luxury having it back. The rabbit hutch (we no longer have rabbits sadly) in the garden acted as our temporary fridge over the christmas period. Best Torie

  2. Pingback: GOOD LUCK

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s