I love cooking & cook a nice meal from scratch at least 5 times a week as well as all our bread, biscuits, etc. Last year was our first Christmas alone with dd and I'd planned a lovely meal but somehow (dd was only 6 months & not sleeping) forgot to buy lots of things including any dessert. It was great as I remembered wine but to say we eat well every day one of the most special meals of the year was distinctly unspecial.
This year I want a magnificient spread. We want to order our meat now from the organic butcher so I've started wondering what to make. 3 or 4 courses. No turkey. We like strong flavours and love almost everything from seafood (my fave) to salami. Anyone?
is it for 2 adults plus a toddler? or a larger number of people, as that would make a big difference to menu. Assuming its the former my personal tastes would be canapes with drinks, then something seafoody like lobster or king prawns, maybe in some sort of modern cocktail (thinking Marco PW langoustine cocktail as opposed to 70's style shrimp in jar sauce), then maybe duck with many accompaniments and something decadent for dessert, a rich choc thing or a poshed up pavlova maybe, then a cheeseboard/grapes/chutneys/ with port.
Thats just off the top of my head though. I'll be having turkey and ham at the inlaws though as usual, so what do I know?
Yes, pooexplosions, for 2 and a toddler. Might have a look on line at MPW's cocktail. I make a mean pannacotta and could get some nice fruit to go with or I once made some chocolate mousses which were very rich but to die for with polenta biscuits. Could be nice.
I've never cooked duck. Is it hard to cook nicely?