Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Day Cookery

I've been cooking nonstop. My latest ventures include real mincemeat (with real beef and real pork, and real--weird--beef suet) but I've also been playing with sourdough starters, quince jelly, and spiced purple sauerkraut. Those might not sound like holiday treats, but for some reason, they are for me!

Christmas day meals are are planned and nearly made already. I've made the stollen ahead, mother will whip up a batch of her breakfast frittata, and dad will make something meaty. We'll snack helplessly throughout the day to keep our strength up, and then we'll have standing rib roast with chard, roasted potatoes, and dilled carrots. We'll have a myriad of desserts, from whiskey-spiked chocolate fruitcake and mincemeat to the usual pecan and apple pies.

In case you're still deciding what to make for your Christmas noshing, I've gathered up some of my recipes I thought might be nice.

Christmas Day Breakfast:

For the cake-eaters: Cardamom Coffee Cake

For the health-conscious: Orange Marmalade Baked Oatmeal

For the protein-needy: Eggs Baked in Cream

For the sweeted-out: Savory Seedy Nut Bread, with salted cream cheese

For the traditionalist: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

For the knowing: Stollen, of course.

Some recipes for the Dinner and Beyond:

For those in need of freshness: Fruit and Nut Tabouli, great with beef, lamb, or poultry, but I can imagine it going especially well with duck--like an unstuffed stuffing.

For the hungry: Warm Sprouted Grain (and Butternut) Salad, filling and delicious (even without sprouting)

For the grain gurus: Kamut Dinner Rolls, soft and buttery.

For the bored: Curry Goat, no really! It's spiced, savory, and deep. It's slow-cooking. And its goat! Serve with a crisp green salad, and maybe roasted carrots, if you like.

For the bundters: Grand Marnier Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake or Whiskey-Soaked Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake

For the delicate: Mara's Marzipan Chocolate Cake

For the creamy: Chocolate Cream Pie

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! And happy eating too!