It’s that time of the year again. The dining table gets extended, the extra chairs are brought in and dusted off from the garage and the food is piled up lovingly for friends and family to enjoy; it can only be Christmas.
With just a couple of weeks until Santa’s arrival now is the ideal time to start preparing your festive menu to keep your loved ones full to the brim with Christmas cheer.
If you are looking for some creative seasonal inspiration in the kitchen then worry not – take a look at our top 10 Christmas food and drink recipes to add a little something extra to your celebrations.
Turkey and Cranberry sandwich
This is one of our most popular Boxing Day sandwiches here at All Fancy Dress and we’ve taken inspiration from food blogger, Alice Currah with her very own Turkey Cranberry sandwich recipe
with a twist. Alice suggests adding cream cheese, mayonnaise and even leftover sprouts to the mix!
Roasted carrots with a twist
Fed up with boring lifeless carrots with your Christmas turkey? Have you ever considered roasting your carrots to bring out their natural sweetness? That’s what The Creative Pot recommends
, drizzled in balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with chopped chillies and crumbled with feta over the finished product – a very unique flavour!
Brussel sprouts tossed with bacon
If you have never had brussels sprouts or you have and they simply weren’t your cup of tea then this could be an attractive recipe for you
. After cooking your sprouts, toss them in with fried cubes of bacon and onions for a crunchy, sweet concoction. The saltiness of the bacon combines wonderfully with the sprouts; give it a try!
Roast Turkey 101
For the ultimate crash course in perfecting your roast turkey at Christmas, Simple Bites provides a simple tutorial for roasting your bird for your family meal. If you have struggled with cooking a bird in the past this step-by-step guide
will help ensure your meat is moist and cooked to perfection.
English nut roast for a vegetarian alternative
Stumped what to cook for your vegetarian guests at Christmas? How about this traditional English nut roast
from vegetarian foodies, www.happycow.net? Not only will you get some great brownie points from your friends and family you may find you actually enjoy it too!
Typically English winter soup
Thanks to i2cook for this wonderfully traditional winter soup
, ideal for a festive family starter at Christmas. With potato, peas, garlic, nutmeg and short-grain rice it is a hearty, homely broth that will certainly leave their bowls empty!
Breakfast muffins for Christmas morning
If you have only got time for a coffee and a cake while your kids are ripping open their presents on Christmas morning you will love this muffin recipe from Katie Goodman of GoodLife Eats
. Dipped in butter and covered in cinnamon sugar, these delectable cakes taste so much like doughnuts you’ll never want the real thing again!
Cranberry and pomegranate sorbet
A wonderfully appropriate seasonal party dessert, this colourful cranberry and pomegranate sorbet
not only cleanses the pallet superbly it tastes super sweet and is ideal with a few glugs of champagne! Or for the non-alcoholics consider serving with sparkling water or white grape juice. Thanks again to Katie Goodman for another clever creation.
Traditional mince pies
Have you always opted for the swift and simple cop-out of buying readymade mince pies at Christmas? Now is your chance to have a go in the kitchen yourself with this easy-to-follow mince pie tutorial
from food blogger, Under the High Chair. Fanatical foodie, Aimee discusses her traditional Canadian version of this holiday pie filling in her cooking demo.
A great time to drink Margaritas is during the winter when it is icy cold. Chef, Rose Levy Beranbaum recommends frozen Margaritas
all round as a topical twist to your standard alcoholic beverage! If the kids and non-alcoholics are jealous you can always make icy lemonade to ensure they aren’t left out!
Christmas is the greatest time of the year to be creative in the kitchen and sample some wonderful delicacies in the comfort of your own home. We hope you’ll be inspired to cook up a storm!