Cremant from Ten Green Bottles (better than cheap champagne)
Canapes with smoked salmon from Forman & Field
Focaccia bread shots from the Aga
Spaghetti vongole (a nod to my Italian roots and our family tradition of doing a mixed Italian/British christmas meal)
For veggies: spaghetti without the vongole, with olive oil, garlic, white wine and parsley
Salad of mozzarella and tomatoes
Saumon en croute
Veggies: Garlicky wild mushrooms
Roast Vegetables: potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips, onions, garlic (all from Riverford Organics)
Might do Brussel sprouts with chestnuts
Cheese board from Neals Yard
Christmas pudding with cream and brandy
Home made mini mince pies
Pavlova with passion fruit, salted caramel
Home made Candied fruit
Fruit, nuts, chocolates
I will match these with wines.
But one of the best christmas dinners I ever had was staying with an Algerian family when I lived in France. The mother made her own harissa and steamed couscous the proper way. It was delicious.
According to wegottickets.com I am the only place open for that day in their roster of events! I'm looking forward to my dining room once more becoming a living room, I'm moving a sofa back in, and as it will be quite intimate, we will eat at a large table. The telly will be on throughout the meal (that's traditional isn't it?). People should wear loose clothing or elasticated waist bands so you can slump in front of the roaring fire...
Lets hope it snows...