T’was the night before Christmas…


Its here! Christmas Eve! Now that Im over my jet lag, the preparations for tomorrows big day have started in earnest! Thanks to my amazing mums christmas “to do” list, I feel quite prepared actually! Have re-arranged my living room into a dining area, peeled about 100 potatoes, carrots, etc, and the fridge is stuffed to the gills with turkey (such an ugly bird!), ham, brussel sprouts, cream, jelly and custard. Am trying not to think about the drinks and desserts that need to fit in there as well…

I have found a new recipe that I cant wait to try out tomorrow, its for brussel sprouts and bacon (see the link) and it sounds quite tasty! Im one of the few people that actually like brussel sprouts, but this recipe sounds even better than leaving them plain!

M is in charge of cooking the huge turkey, and I look forward to the results! Im super glad he is doing it, I cant think of anything worse than having to stuff a turkey! Hes off to make fresh breadcrumbs now for the stuffing…I love watching him cook, hes so good at it!

Here is ourt menu for tomorrows Christmas dinner:

Starter: Smoked Salmon Pate with irish brown bread and mini salad & Glass Moet Champagne

Main course: Turkey stuffed with sage and onion stuffing, topped with cranberry baste and bacon, Ham on the bone, roasted potatoes, pumpkin & carrots, Baked potato, Brussel sprouts and gravy, apple sauce and cranberry jelly. Served with italian red wine.

Dessert: Mums trifle & Christmas Pudding served with ice-cream and fresh cream.

Tea/Coffee – possibly an irish coffee!

Not bad huh? It sounds yummy to me! Fingers crossed it all goes to plan. As for all the potatoes, mike insisted on loads of spuds – it must be an irish thing 🙂

Heres the sprouts recipe, wish me luck! xx

Brussel sprouts with bacon

Sprouts as a traditional christmas veg are often overlooked and are not very popular with the kids! However when cooked in the right way they can be very tasty and full of flavour.
Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 500g/18oz of peeled Brussels sprouts
  • 100g/3oz of lean smoked bacon cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove of garlic (chopped into tiny pieces)

Method

Steam the sprouts above a covered pan of boiling water for 20mins or until soft but with still a little ‘bite’. Cut one in half to check they are cooked all the way through.

Cut the bacon into very small strips- Put 1 tablespoonful of oil in a pan and fry until crispy brown add the chopped charlic and fry for 2 more minutes.

Take the steamed sprouts and add them into the large pan.

In the large pan, add in the brussel sprouts and gently fry altogether for a few minutes.

Heat an oven proof dish and keep warm inside until ready to serve alongside christmas dinner.

 

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