my list from last year), I ducked home for some tidying during the party, and when we got home we baked biscuits and made bark and then I cooked gravy and chopped vegetables. We spent all Sunday morning preparing the food and the house.
Christmas in July menu:
- Cheese, dips and crackers
- Mulled wine
- Candy cane pizza
- Kids punch (with ginger ale)
- Aubergine and tomato nut roast (recipe to come)
- Roast potatoes and roast pumpkin
- Whole cauliflower cheese (recipe to come)
- Bauble biscuits (recipe to come)
- Christmas bark (recipe to come)
- Reindeer bark (recipe to come)
- Lamington bark (recipe to come)
- Festive fruit and marshmallow skewers (recipe below)
I was reflecting that I have made quite a lot of Christmas dinners without ever making one on Christmas day. I would have to be far more organised to do dinner on Christmas day. Chopping and soaking vegies for roasting overnight always helps. I made the nut roast a week before and froze it. And this year I bought a bag of frozen peas rather than chopping brussels sprouts. I wasn't sure about making cauliflower cheese in advance but I did decide to do a whole cauliflower because it seemed easier.
Kids punch. It was pretty similar to the one she made for her birthday but it used ginger ale rather than raspberry lemonade. I liked that much better. She put lemon slices, frozen raspberries and mint leaves into the mix. It worked very well in our cactus drink dispenser. I was worried about it being lukewarm, so I froze water in a bottle but had to melt it quite a bit to get it out. I think it helped. And drinks don't need to be as cold in winter as in summer.
By the way, I had good intentions of finding vegan marshmallows but they weren't at the health food shop I went out of my way to visit (just like all my favourite stalls weren't at the farmers market on the weekend).
Previous Christmas in July dinners on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Layered nut roast for Christmas in July (2018)
Christmas in July dessert cheese platter (2017)
Christmas in July lunch and fruit mince flapjacks (2016)
Stuffed nut roast for Christmas in July dinner party (2015)
Christmas in July smoky cheese and barley nut roast (2014)
Hubert the Hog’s Head (2005)