Farmersgirl Kitchen

The feast before the feast

Uncategorized | December 15, 2009 | By

Every year, just before Christmas, we invite my husband’s cousins over for lunch. It is traditional for us to have a cold buffet style lunch, but we sit at the table to eat it! Here is my dining room ready for the food. We started with Spiced Parsnip Soup which drew very favourable comments, but I forgot to take a photo!

I made a baked ham and roasted a turkey breast, both served cold.

We love to eat pickles with the cold meat, pickled onions, gherkins and beetroot. In the centre of the dish is the homemade cranberry relish which was delicious.
I made a few things from Delia Smith’s Happy Christmas book, this is the Spiced Brown Rice Salad which was really tasty with a mild curry flavour and lots of bits of veg, nuts and seeds mixed through.
The pasta salad is simply pasta, sweetcorn and some cheese chopped into little cubes, dressed with mayonnaise.
This is Delia’s Christmas Coleslaw which includes celeriac and an amazing dressing made with sour cream and garlic amongst other things. I wouldn’t say I could taste the celeriac but the whole dish had a great overall flavour. I didn’t get a photo but the whole thing was served with a green salad and roast potatoes.
I usually make a ‘real’ trifle which means no jelly (jello), just sponge soaked with alcohol, in this case cherry brandy, raspberries, topped with real egg custard and then cream and decorated with toasted flaked almonds. Delia’s verision of ‘English Trifle’ is pretty similar to the one I usually make BUT she makes the custard with double cream 😮 and I have to say, it was fantastic! I don’t think I can go back to the one I usually make with full cream milk.
I also served Apple Pecan Cheesecake, which I’ve shown on my blog before. The recipe came from Judy’s Kitchen and is now a favourite of mine.

I’ve been asked for the link to the Cheesecake recipe you can find it HERE

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    December 15, 2009

    That's such a lovely pre Christmas lunch. Beautiful table setting.

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    December 15, 2009

    I am going to do that Apple Pecan Cheesecake…..
    I am sitting here imagining just how delicious it must taste!

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    December 15, 2009

    Oh yummy … my mouth is watering at the sight of such delicious goodies x

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    Country Mum
    December 16, 2009

    It all looks good but I especially like the look of that cheesecake. Can you provide a link to the recipe?

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    December 16, 2009

    I wasn't even hungry when I began reading your post BUT that has change since seeing all of the delicious foods you have prepared. A feast is an understatement!

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    December 16, 2009

    Ohhhh, what a delicious looking feast!! You certainly did well there, and I am sure your guests were very happy with the meal! Who wouldn't be? Well done!

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    December 19, 2009

    I love the pictures! I really want to make this lunch- it looks so comforting. I'll report in when I make it.

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    December 19, 2009

    Such dedication to the cause to have to prepare two huge feasts in such a short time. Looks great ;0)

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