Christmas, a time to have fun and enjoy being around your loved ones. In our fantasy this includes a crisp white snow landscape, a warming fire place, hot chocolate or warm wine and a festive meal. Everyone’s joined around the table, soft music is playing and precious memories are made.

So far for the fantasy. In reality, it’s raining cats and dogs, the kids are screaming at each other since 8 am, you’ve discovered you forgot to buy that one key ingredient for the main dish, and when you quickly tried to pour yourself some hot wine (Need. Alcohol. Now.) you stained your new dress. The dog ate all the gingerbread men, and just threw up behind the tree, and you just know uncle Bob is going to make bad jokes about puking dogs at every Christmas for the next twenty years.

Sigh.

No matter what you Christmas looks like this year, I’ve got you covered. Food-wise that is. I can’t help you with the uncle Bob’s in your family, sorry.
I’ve made 4 Christmas menu’s: an Italian-inspired vegetarian menu, a menu for Christmas with kids, a menu for when you’re hosting a large group of people and a menu pour deux.

Italian-inspired vegetarian Christmas menu
Appetizer, Mini pizza’s with caramelized pear, goat cheese and thyme
Starter, Grilled pepper and parmesan soup, with rocket salad oil
Main course, Homemade tagliatelle with lemon and parmesan
Dessert, Panna cotta with red berry coulis

What can be made a day in advance? The pizza dough, soup and panna cotta.

Italian-inspired vegetarian Christmas menu

Italian-inspired vegetarian Christmas menu

Christmas-with-kids menu (with food that most kids, and adults, will love)
Entree, Creamy turnip and potato soup with crisps
Main course, Grilled citrus chicken
Dessert, Christmas bundt cake

What can be made a day in advance? The soup and the cake

Christmas-with-kids menu

Christmas-with-kids menu

Large group Christmas menu (buffet style, so everyone can help themselves and most dishes can be made in advance)
Warming pumpkin soup
Easy homemade spelt bread
Pepper terrine
Quick leek and gruyère quiche
Galette with Emmental and bacon
Salad with avocado, baked feta and pomegranate seeds

What can be made a day in advance? The soup, the terrine and both the quiches.

Large group Christmas menu

Large group Christmas menu

Just-the-two-of-us Christmas menu
Entree, Parmesan soufflé
Main course, Easy Beef Wellington
Dessert, Raspberry pavlova

What can be made in advance? The pavlova

Just-the-two-of-us Christmas menu

Just-the-two-of-us Christmas menu

Have a wonderful Christmas!

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