The Festive season is over for another year. I love this time of year and in December we hosted two family get-togethers so I was in my element!
What’s Been On My Plate? – Festive Food! (of course)
I love planning and preparing for guests and it was wonderful to have all our blended family together for the first time in 4 years. As we are a blended family, many years ago I set the tradition to have our ‘Christmas’ celebration the week before Christmas. This meant everyone could relax and enjoy our time together rather than rushing from one place to the next. On the 17th we hosted 17, Including Mike and I – 10 adults and 7 children so it was chaotic and hectic but I loved every minute.
Hosting can be overwhelming, especially as we had only returned from our 3-week European holiday two weeks before. However, I made wise choices and my husband and I work well as a team. We had a plan plus a check list so really I found the preparation before and on the day stress free.
Our only stress was how we would fit everyone into our small townhouse! We managed well!
Our second get together was on Christmas Day with only 7 of us so a little less hectic but still wonderful.
On the menu
- Charcuterie board (see my post Easy entertaining for the Festive Season to read how to make it including a Youtube video I found showing how to make salami roses)
- Roasted Turkey breast
- Slow cooked pulled pork which my husband made and was delicious
- Mediterranean salad
- Potato salad
- Make-your-own Pavlova Board (see my post Easy entertaining for the Festive Season on how to put together)
- Baked Ricotta Cheesecake
- Chocolate Gingerbread which I had made with my Simply Stunning Book Club for our baking session
The menu was similar to above however I did try my hand at a Layered roast vegetable and ricotta pie which everyone enjoyed and it looked festive.
For Dessert my daughter made her traditional trifle and I made my traditional Plum Pudding with Custard and some Reindeer Jelly cups for my grandsons.
We also enjoyed some mimosas which my daughter made.
New Year’s Eve
Mike and I have the tradition of spending NYE together at home, just the two of us. We usually make a meal together and enjoy reflecting on the year that has been and discussing our dreams for 2024. We did make an exception this year and had a house guest for the evening – Wallis the Pooch. Her family were going out to a party so she came to stay with Nan and Grandad Mike.
On the menu:
Blinnis with various toppings – Smoked Salmon with Cream Cheese, Basil Pesto and Brie, and Blue Cheese with walnuts
Mixed hot seafood – crumbed calamari, salt and pepper prawn cutlets and fish pieces served with chips and a mediterranean salad.
Individual baked cheesecakes topped with melted Toblerone Chocolate, Macadamia Ice cream and macadamia nuts. I used low fat cream cheese and greek yogurt to make it a little bit healthier after all the festive food we have eaten. I wasn’t at all happy with the ‘look’ and presentation but it did taste delicious and Mike gave his tick of approval.
So that’s what has been on my plate during December and it was delicious!
What’s been On Your Plate lately? I’d love you to share with me.
I’m linking up to the What’s On Your Plate? blog challenge. A monthly link up hosted by Donna at Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass Be sure to pop over to see what’s been on their plate.