Christmas preparations part 3
Serving different fare than the usual stuff for Christmas is an often re-occurring thought that comes to mind when the time of the year approaches. A thought that always comes too early and after the thought, the thought remains a thought, December, it’s still a long way off and when Christmas is near there is no more time and we resort to the usual fare.
When Christmas is behind us we sit and think, it was ok, but I could have done something different.
Here are a couple of more ideas you can make way in advance, making full use of your vacuum sealer.
Assuming you love cheese and like to serve cheese as dessert or as a cocktail bite, here a great Christmassy chutney that accompanies cheese perfectly.
Recipe for Pear and Cranberry chutney
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium red onion (finely chopped)
1 pound pears (cored and diced)
6 oz golden raisins
8 oz cranberries
1 tsp all spice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
5 tbsp dark brown sugar
Zest and juice of 1 orange
½ wine glass of red port
Salt and pepper.
Great drink to make in advance
Mulled wine or ‘Gluhwine’ is a wonderful Christmas drink, extremely appropriate and loved on a cold day.
It is pretty easy to make and only gets better over time.
1 bottle of red wine
1 wine glass measure red port
2 wine glass measures water
1 ½ wine glass measures orange juice
1 wine glass measure brandy
1 cinnamon stick
3 pieces star anise
1 orange (sliced)
1 apple (peeled, cored and cut in small pieces)
Note: This recipe will give you about 10 servings, if you need more, just multiply the recipe.
You don’t need a vacuum sealer for this, (I will come back to that, not to worry) but that doesn’t make it a less lovely drink and it goes absolutely brilliant with the cheese and chutney. You can make it easily a month ahead of time; ensure to keep it in your refrigerator.
Last treat in this part are easy to make and store Christmas cookies.
1 ½ cup all -purpose flour
2 tsp ground cardamom
8 oz unsalted butter
5 oz icing sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
Pinch of salt
Edible glitter or ground nuts
Three great recipes to make your life easier and to give you more time for your Christmas preparations.
In the next episode I will give you a few more ideas.
In the meantime don’t forget to order your vacuum sealer here:
By: Marinus Hoogendoorn