We had an early Christmas celebration on Sunday.
The main course was Christmas bone-in ham, which I ordered from supermarket. All I need to do back home is to reheat in the oven and add some simple garnishing:
I like to include a variety of hot and cold side dishes for the party. Where possible, try to include a few dishes where you can prepare in advanced, and just put together before the party. For instance, the drunken chicken was done a day ahead (soaked in rose wine broth), sliced and arranged just minutes before the party. The century egg tofu was prepared in the morning and kept chilled in the fridge.
|Nicoise Salad with Lemon Garlic Light Vinaigrette Dressing|
|Herbal Drunken Chicken|
|Chilled Century Egg Tofu|
I love to include a colourful dessert for party. It is visually pleasing and serves as a lovely centrepiece for the party. For this purpose, I made the Mixed Berries Baked Mango Cheese Tart. The tart base is digestive biscuit crumbs and mango cheesecake, baked and chilled, before garnished with assorted fresh berries. To add to the festive mood, I have also made a ice cream log cake.
|Mixed Berries Baked Mango Cheese Tart|
|Green Tea & Red Bean Ice Cream Log Cake|
With a little planning ahead and some helping hands, you can also enjoy a sumptuous Christmas lunch at the comfort of your home.
Here's a peek behind the scenes to getting the Christmas lunch ready: