Christmas Supper

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  1. Simon_GNR says:

    English battered cod – with chips (i.e. French Fries, but not thinly cut) – the best meal in creation!!

    Wensleydale cheese? I’d rather have White Cheshire – bit more savoury & salty.

  2. Animadversor says:

    Tripple Chocolate Cake? This is perhaps a triple chocolate cake with a built-in tipple?

  3. Father, that’s a menu even Jack Aubrey could endorse. I’m curious… what are the wine pairings?

  4. Robert_H says:

    “Too much is always enough.”

  5. Mike says:

    Very Nice.

    We had grilled lamb, roasted vegetables, twice-baked potatoes with truffle oil, eggplant cassorole, served with a 2005 Silver Oak Cabernet, and for dessert, my daughter’s triple-layer chocolate cake.

    God is good; the Lord is near.

    May all that are without find shelter, food, companionship, faith, and love.
    May the Child Jesus console all families touched by the Newtown tragedy.

  6. I can no longer look at a slice of Wensleydale cheese without breaking out in laughter.

  7. The Sicilian Woman says:

    It’s rare I see a menu like this that almost everything is something I would love. Sounded like a lovely meal, thanks be to God.

  8. Supertradmum says:

    Well, my son and I did a traditional English Christmas dinner and I was overruled by the guest, who wanted turkey rather than goose for sentimental reasons. I bowed to his tradition rather than mine, which was always goose or pheasant. However, all went well. Son and I started the night before, of course…..

    Glazed carrots in honey
    Leeks fried in butter
    Brussels sprouts
    Roast potatoes
    Cranberry and orange mold
    Sausage, veggie and fruit stuffing (all gone-no leftovers on that one)

    Desert Chocolate Christmas Log
    Champaign and Stollen brought my guest!

    I am supposed to be making soup and bubble and squeak this morning, but I am really tired.

  9. Charlotte Allen says:

    We had:

    Radicchio, goat cheese, and toasted-pecan salad with vinaigrette

    Prime rib au jus
    Yorkshire pudding
    Braised endives

    Persimmon pudding with vanilla ice cream

  10. Cranky Old Man says:

    Apparently all armies, spiritual included, travel on their stomachs.

  11. e.davison49 says:

    What is that first item on the list? With the fancy writing it is hard to read.

  12. Paul Lemmen says:

    As I was tasked with kitchen duty, our menu was lighter:
    Baked sugar-cured ham butt (with cloves)
    Roasted sweet potatoes (with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and Fluff)
    Fresh green beans with butter and salt
    Cranberry jelly
    Dessert was:
    new York style cheesecake with cherry preserves
    Pecan Pie with fresh whipped heavy cream
    Assorted cheese tray (Stilton, Extra Sharp White Cheddar, Sap Sago [on toast bits], mild cheddar, Colby, Brie) along with Carr’s Water Biscuits and other savory biscuits.

  13. Jeannie_C says:

    Wensleydale cheese? Nice Cistercian connection there! – Cracking good cheese, Gromit!
    Have a very Happy Christmas!

  14. Stumbler but trying says:

    Wonderful menu for a most beautiful feast. ^^ We made tamales…four different types of chiles were used to make the chile sauce from scratch. I hail from the West Coast of the U.S. with strong family ties to the north of Mexico. Also, we had a big pot of fresh made chicken soup, roasted green chiles, fresh red salsa, beans, salad, fresh.
    @Charlotte Allen…every year I make persimmon cookies and persimmon bread. One year I made persimmon bread pudding with a Brandy creme sauce…a Nancy Reagan recipe.
    To everyone who graces this wonderful blog…the merriest of Christmases as the little Lord Jesus blesses each and every one of you. I pray for all to have a wonderful and blessed New Year beginning with Father Z and his wonderful wit, humor and solid faithfulness to all things Catholic!

  15. Charlotte Allen says:

    @Stumbler: Persimmons are wonderful, aren’t they? The Cuisinart is the persimmon’s best friend. You used to have to push the pulp through a strainer–but no more!

    My husband and I are from Southern California, so we love tamales. I used to make them fairly often, but I’ve gotten out of practice. Must start again, although locating the corn husks is tricky here in DC.

  16. Maltese says:

    My favorite meal on this earth, and the easiest to cook, are King Crab Legs, boiled, with real butter on the side. But they are getting hard to find!

    I think those darned Russians have over-harvested them!

  17. Maltese says:

    You’ll never regret this recipe:

    Taverna Opa’s Steamed King Crab Legs

    Recipe and photo from the Taverna Opa Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    Recipe Type: Crab, Seafood, Seafood Appetizers
    Yields: 4 servings
    Prep time: 10 min
    Cook time: 10 minutes

    2 tablespoons minced garlic
    3 cups (24 ounces) fish stock*
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
    2 1/2 pounds cooked and chilled King Crab legs and claws, cracked and legs cut in half crosswise
    1/2 cup 80-proof vodka, room temperature

    * The restaurant chef make his own fish stock for heating the claws, but for the home cook, using the shelf-stable boxed variety from the supermarket is much easier and works fine.


    Melt butter in a large skillet with cover over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 1/2 minutes, until aromatic; do not let it burn. Add stock, salt, pepper and crab legs. Cover and simmer 6 minutes.
    This may have to be done in batches if they don’t all fit into the pan at one time. If done in batches, remove the heated legs from the pan and keep them warm until all are heated through. If done in batches, repeat until all are heated.

    When the last batch of crab legs are heated in the pan, remove cover, and reduce heat to medium high. Add the vodka around the side of the pan and let the vodka warm. Ignite it. Once the flame subsides, serve crab legs with pan juices over them.

  18. AnnAsher says:

    We struck out on a new menu this Christmas. We had the families favorite meal. Spaghetti with meat sauce (I make the sauce with fresh herbs from my potted herb plants and a dash of Zin). Paired with the usual home made garlic Parmesan baguettes and the rest of the Zin. Caesar salad available for those who choose. Desert: triple chocolate brownies.

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