Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Time Is Here! What's for Dinner?

The easiest menu of the year is the one for Christmas week, based as it is on our family traditions. Christmas Eve is soup and bread, there's a feast on Christmas (the menu changes year to year, as we are wont to celebrate a different cuisine each year. This year we're doing Caribbean). Boxing Day, for us, is called Non Sans Jammie which is bad and probably inaccurate French for "Never out of your jammies". On that day we lie about all day, watching our collection of Christmas movies. I used to make Boxing Day Cassoulet, using the left-over meat from Christmas dinner, until I realized that I was in the kitchen cooking instead of lounging, so now we have the cassoulet on the 3rd day of Christmas.

All this suits me very well, a flurry of baking and roasting in the run-up to Christmas and then a few days of relative leisure in the kitchen. Both the flurry and the not so speak to my attitude toward the holidays...lots of good food, lots of time to lavish on loved ones.

Merry Christmas!

What's for Dinner?
December 21-December 27
Mexican Lasagna

Teriyaki Beef
Steamed Rice
Stir fried Bok Choy

Chicken in Chutney Crust
Cauliflower and Cheese

Christmas Eve
Cream of Roasted Pepper Soup
Noel Loaf
Mixed Greens & Pears in Shallot Vinaigrette

Christmas Morning
Ham and Cheese Brioche

Christmas Feast
Black Bean and Mango Salsa
Fried Plantains

Jerk Pork Roast
Pigeon Peas and Rice
Ginger-Lime Sweet Potatoes
Sesame Bread

Key Lime Pie

Non Sans Jammie
Cold Cut & Cheese Platter with Rolls
Satsumas (again with the satsumas...the ultimate Christmas fruit!)

Boxing Day Cassoulet
Green Salad
Lots of Crusty Bread


Anonymous said...

(passes out)

Lorraine said...

It was the ham and cheese brioche wot done it, isn't it? Didn't see that coming, did you?

laurelmoons said...

Y'know, Lorraine, you really should put a disclaimer at the top of your blog...

"Not responsible for keyboards ruined by drooling. Try using a modified sneeze guard and plenty of napkins."


Lorraine said...

That's pretty funny, Syd.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Syd's been pretty damn heelarious lately. But she still won't let me access her profile.

laurelmoons said...

Hat...huh? Only profile I have is on MySpace, but I'll gladly send you directions to my profile page if'n you want! Or tell me how to find your page, and I'll send you a friend request like that.

Ham and cheese brioche...yum...

Lorraine said...

Look at the little bloggers, hooking up over the ham and cheese brioche. Awwww.

Willym said...

okay there is a flight leaveng FCO in about 2 hours... if I time it right I can get there just in time for Christmas breakfast. Save some Ham and Cheese brioche.. .please. Now that flight thing may not work out so have a wonderful Christmas.

Lorraine said...

We'll hold on to one brioche just in case, Willym. And a glass of champers. Kinda like the prophet Elijah at Passover. If you don't make it, though, I'll have to drink the champagne.

Merry Christmas!