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!








Christmastini cocktail with homemade cranberry clementine vodka

Rassecco (prosecco & raspberry vodka cocktail)

Sloe gin (homemade) and Sloe Lovin’ cocktails

Peppadew cheese puffs

Savoury palmiers

Cheese olives

Serrano ham, goat’s cheese & honey crostini 







Tomato, olive & basil bruschetti




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







Brandy and Coke glazed gammon

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






Whole leg of lamb on the braai (barbecue)







Sous vide duck breasts in a charred orange & Cointreau sauce

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

 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






Braised 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





Spicy Brussels sprouts with nduja and preserved lemon









Cape brandy pudding






Christmas pudding semi freddo with brandy sauce & cinnamon streusel







Spiced pears roasted in red wine (gluten-free)







Individual charred clementine puddings







Clementine & cranberry upside down cake

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)







Gingerbread-spiced persimmon cake







Chocolate chestnut fondant (almost gluten-free)

Peppermint Crisp tart





South African Peppermint Crisp pudding

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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