Christmas Day food is my favourite, but I really like eating it on Boxing Day, rather than Christmas Day, if that makes sense.
While I like the pomp and ceremony of the 25th, I love the 26th. It is my favourite festive day. I love the feeling that the pressure is off, that you can just slug about, that you don’t have to do anything for anyone. Perhaps you do too?
This year Boxing Day brought the rain, so we woke up to a much cooler day and the comfort of rainy day sounds and smells. Nice, right?
Another thing I love about Boxing Day is eating leftovers. Everything tastes better when it’s had some time for the flavours to develop. And everything tastes better when you can wear your pyjamas all day and be a bit messy and slow things right down. AND you can have everything wodged atop a bit of toast. PERF.
Our Christmas food was really yummy this year. Here is what we made…
Main – served buffet style
Herby and smoked paprika-y roasted eye fillet – recipe here
Braised, spatchcocked turkey – recipe here
Ham with many mustards
Grilled vegetables with herb vinaigrette and goats cheese
Garlicky potato salad – recipe here
Red salad of beetroot and red cabbage – recipe here
Homemade orange sorbet – recipe here
Homemade raspberry sorbet
Homemade nougat ice cream
White chocolate sauce
The dessert was inspired by a dish that Stephanie Alexander used to make. Her version was exquisite – a white chocolate half egg shape, filled with nougat ice cream and a cumquat sorbet ‘yolk’. Amazing.
OUR dessert was super delicious too – obviously not in the Stephanie’s realm – but amazingly good! I improvised the nougat ice cream and raspberry sorbet. I will make those again and share the recipes here FOR SURE.
We loved the bruschetta and it was a great way to start. Rin made those. I could eat them every day. Even the pickiest eaters loved the white bean version, so that was a total win.
The salads were REALLY good. I am making those again. Yum. I loved them.
The turkey (it was on the smallish side, granted) took just an hour to cook because it was roasted flat on a bed of vegetables (lots of fennel, apple, cider and carrots). It was good, but maybe a bit too aniseed-y for me. Maybe less fennel if you don’t fancy that flavour – or no fennel, even? That’d work too.
We rarely (if ever) have eye fillet, but Rin loves it, so we thought we’d give it a go. It was delicious. Max said it tasted like burritos, but he meant it in a good way. I think he’s used to chewing his meat. Eye fillet is not like the other meats.
Right now there is a little bit of ham left and a couple of spoonfuls of sorbet. I sent half the leftovers home with the kids who are not living here – and some with a friend who dropped by on Boxing Day – the rest we have pretty much eaten. Well. We did give some turkey and ham to the cat we are cat-sitting, but apart from that we pretty much polished everything off.
I think this means we made the right things and the right amount of things. Phew.
What did you eat on Christmas Day? Do you love Boxing Day THE MOST?!
PS: Rin is my eldest kid and she’s nearly 28 (sometimes people tell me I should explain these things, so I am!)