My childhood memories of Christmas are wonderful - Santa, toys and family. As I got older, though, I realised that Mum spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen.
So when I was handed the Christmas reigns last year, I decided to make an abrupt departure from traditional fare and the Keeping Christmas Merry Menu was born.
The ideas behind it are:
- little tastes of food - a kind of Christmas tapas menu.
- lots of little jobs that can be delegated - I've found there's always lots of willing helpers around, but unless I'm organised I can't really make the best use of them.
- cooking on the BBQ and using the smoker. Because I can't stand the heat in the kitchen - boomtish!
The great news? It worked! Everyone was happy to do a little job and I didn't spend the day sweating it out in the kitchen and missing out on the frivolity!
So for your Christmas cooking pleasure I give you the Keeping Christmas Merry Menu.....
Whole snapper flavoured with Asian aromatics and baked in a banana leaf. (Baked on the barbie.)
Sides: Bok choy with oyster sauce and fried crispy garlic & rice.
Oysters served a few ways: natural, Japanese, kilpatrick, thai with mango & pomegranate or grilled with garlic crumbs.
Salt and pepper prawns with Lemon grass Mayonnaise.
Asparagus wrapped in pancetta.
Peachester Gold ham - you can order this directly from the Barry Family Butchers. Ask for Nathan - he's gorgeous!
Cold cooked prawns.
Keen for a tasty Christmas that's fun for everyone?
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In the meantime, have you got any Christmas tips? How do you stay organised?