Christmas feast menu round up


Deciding which dishes to include on my Christmas feast menu is sometimes more stressful than actually cooking it. With an ever growing collection of cookbook recipes and glossy covered Christmas editions to choose from, it’s easy to see why a dreaded food-paralysis can tighten it’s stealthy grip on good cheer, leaving one completely befuddled.


Festive table settings for the holidays, Bibbyskitchen, Christmas decor


This year, rather than attempting to come up with gastronomically challenging creations, I’m sticking to tried and quadruple tested recipes that taste as impressively good as they are reliable. Starting with casual help yourself snacks to elegant canapés, right through to the main attraction, a regally splendid roast. And what would a feasting table be without something sweet? I’ve included one of South Africa’s most loved summer desserts, the famed peppermint crisp pudding, but in a lusciously creamy ice cream cake. In keeping with a hot baked pud, there’s a spiced Cape Brandy tart, generously doused with brandy  – very befitting of some seasonal whoop! I hope there’ll be something to charm and delight all that gather around your table to share food, love and good tidings. Wishing you all a very blessed, happy and delicious-filled Christmas.


Festive table settings for the holidays, Bibbyskitchen, Christmas decor


Festive table settings for the holidays, Bibbyskitchen, Christmas decor,


Watermelon wreathe with balsamic beads and feta


Watermelon salad wreath with balsamic beads, feta and toasted pumpkin seeds


Candied tomato bruschetta|ricotta and goat's cheese


Candied roast tomato bruschetta with ricotta and goat’s cheese


Buckwheat blinis with beetroot pâté


Feathery light buckwheat blinis with beetroot and feta cream, caviart (vegetarian caviar) and smoked salmon ribbons


Roasted figs with gorgonzola cream and prosciutto


Prosciutto wrapped roasted figs with gorgonzola cream 


Rosemary roast potatoes|garlic and lemon


Roast potato medley with garlic, rosemary and lemon


Miso roast sweet potatoes | Bibbyskitchen recipes


Miso roast sweet potatoes 


Maple glazed gammon with plum sauce | Plum sauce | Joburg food blog | Recipes |


Maple glazed gammon with star anise plum and orange sauce


Barbecued pulled gammon buns


Left-over gammon? Barbecued pulled gammon buns with cranberry and apple slaw


Roast leg of lamb with sweet onion marmalade


Roast leg of lamb with sweet caramelised onion marmalade


Peppermint crisp ice cream pudding cake


South Africa’s favourite summer pud – Peppermint crisp ice cream pudding cake #winner


Sparkling grape jelly pannacotta


Sparkling grape jelly pannacotta with frosted berries


Spiced Cape Brandy pudding aka Tipsy tart


Keeping with a more traditional warm baked dessert –  Spiced Cape Brandy pudding


Cookie cutter mince pies


Cookie cutter mince pies 


Coconut cream chocolate truffles


‘Truffling’ – the ultimate chocolate fix. These rich coconut cream chocolate truffles hit the the sweet spot, effortlessly.


Sweet chilli tomato jam | Preserves


For the not so sweet toothed, a cheeseboard with all the trimmings – fresh fruit, savoury biscuits, cheese and preserves. Sweet chilli tomato jam and spicy fig and plum chutney.





2 Comments. Leave new

  • Wish there more hours in the day!
    Thank you for wonderful and inspiring posts.
    Merry Christmas and keep up the inspiration next year.

  • I agree. So many delicious new dishes to try and so little time. Hopefully some of these will become new favourites at your table. Happy Christmas Kathy.

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