Wondering what to cook for Christmas dinner?

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…  and up and down the land people are pondering the perennial question:  what to make for Christmas dinner?  It’s never easy cooking for family and friends, especially for a special occasion that only comes once a year and most of us have been stuck in a supermarket the day before Christmas panicking by the chiller cabinets with no inspiration as to what to make.  Never fear – help is at hand!  Here are some Christmassy ideas from my archives with something for everybody, from the old hand who is tired of making the same old Christmas meal year after year, to the nervous newbie attempting their first Christmas meal.  And there is everything you need for a celebration, from cocktails and canapé inspirations, right through to desserts. Merry Christmas!




Peppadew cheese puffs

Savoury palmiers

Cheese olives

Serrano ham, goat’s cheese & honey crostini

Rassecco (prosecco & raspberry vodka cocktail)

Sloe gin (homemade) and Sloe Lovin’ cocktails




Smoked salmon & packerel parcel © J Horak-Druiff 2012




Smoked mackerel & salmon paté parcels


Crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms © J Horak-Druiff 2006




Crab-stuffed portabello mushrooms


Smoked salmon avo stack © J Horak-Druiff 2012   Smoked salmon and avocado stacks

Chicken liver & Cognac paté © J Horak-Druiff 2007




Chicken liver and Cognac paté


Roasted nectarines in Prosciutto © J Horak-Druiff 2007





Roasted nectarines wrapped in Prosciutto




Roast Christmas gammon © J Horak-Druiff 2010





Glazed roast gammon

Roast duck with pancetta & potatoes © J Horak-Druiff 2008





Roast duck with pancetta and potatoes

Nigel Slater slow-roast lamb © J Horak-Druiff 2007





Nigel Slater’s slow-roast spicy lamb

Schweinsbraten © J Horak-Druiff 2012





Schweinsbraten(Austrian slow-cooked pork shoulder)





Pot-roast pheasant with apples & pancetta and a bread gravy

Whole leg of lamb on the braai © J Horak-Druiff 2010





Whole leg of lamb on the braai (barbecue)

Salmon en Croute © J Horak-Druiff 2007





Salmon en croute




French beans with almonds and garlic © J Horak-Druiff 2010





French beans with toasted almonds and garlic

Rotkohl 1 © J Horak-Druiff 2012





Red cabbage with apples

Sauteed Brussel sprouts © J Horak-Druiff 2007





Simple sautéed Brussels sprouts with garlic & shallots

Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic lemon chilli © J Horak-Druiff 2011





Brussels sprouts with caramelised garlic, lamon & chilli

Brussels sprouts shredded with pancetta © J Horak-Druiff 2011





Shredded Brussels sprouts with pancetta & pine nuts

Sprout gratin title © J Horak-Druiff 2012





Easy cheesy Brussels sprout gratin

Butternut squash bake © J Horak-Druiff 2007





Creamy butternut squash bake








Cape brandy pudding





Christmas pudding semi freddo with brandy sauce & cinnamon streusel

Cranberry pear upside down cake © J Horak-Druiff © 2008





Cranberry pear upside down cake  

Raspberry white chocolate cheesecake © J Horak-Druiff 2007





White chocolate & raspberry cheesecake 





Chocolate orange trifle in a glass





Nigella’s spiced chocolate orange cake (gluten-free)

Chocolate blackberry almond torte © J Horak-Druiff 2008





Chocolate, blackberry & almond torte (gluten-free)





Decadent flourless chocolate cake (gluten-free)





Cranberry ginger caramel self-saucing pudding





Individual chocolate fondant puddings




Marmalade bread & butter pudding


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