Monday Meal Ideas: Christmas entertaining

We are on the countdown now my friends…just three more school days to get through, things should be slowing down with the shop and next week…CHRISTMAS! I can’t remember looking forward to having a break and slowing down more!

I NEED to do so many things (like start my Christmas shopping) order the ham from the butcher, plan our food for Christmas Day, all those things that *should* have been done before now. Here’s a BUMPER guide of all things Christmas food: from canapés, to bring a plate to the main event and cocktails, this should help you on your way for inspiration!

2019 Christmas blog posts

Give the Gift of Fresh (hampers)
Hamxieties: hacks & shortcuts this Christmas
Girls Christmas dinner (ideas for table & food bon bons)


Campari Mojito
Christmas Prosecco cocktail
Rosemary and lemon vodka cocktail
Hendricks with cucumber, dill & lime
Rhubarb syrup cordial
Aperol Spritz with a twist


Salmon rilettes with baguette
Baked Camembert
Home made crisp bread (with hommus & chorizo crumb)
5 Vegetarian canapes
How to build a festive platter
Deconstructed pumpkin salad
Roasted vege shortcuts
Chilli tuna dip with dukkah
Cheat ladies lunch ideas with lots of canapés 
Pork & chorizo sausage rolls
Spinach & fetta Triangles 
Fried eggplant


Chorizo & bean soup
Salt & Pepper Squid
Salmon with cucumber & dill
Smoked Salmon Stacks
Mango & Prawn Salad
Smoked Salmon Pasta


Potato salad
Pork belly salad
Salmon Nicoise salad
Glass potatoes
Quinoa Salad
How to make bread rolls
Two Festive sides
Make ahead gravy
Risoni Salad
Spring super salad
Potato salad with hot smoked salmon & dill
Lebanese Summer salad (fattoush)
Brussel sprouts
Thai chicken noodle salad
Butternut pumpkin, eggplant, rocket & quinoa salad
Charred marinated fennel
Roasted broccoli
Master class: Gravy, Red wine jus, stock & how to carve a chicken
Thai Style BBQ Chicken Salad
Bearnaise sauce 
Crustless quiche
Tomato & onion vinegar salad

Main Events

Pork Rib Roast in the Weber
Slow cooked lamb shoulder
Slow cooked pork shoulder
Pork Belly
Slow roasted lamb
Salmon en Croute
Whole salmon cooked in salt
Maggie Beer double marinated lamb
Thai chilli roast chicken
Standing pork roast
Moules Frites
Ottolenghi’s One pot roast chicken with dates & capers
Chinese Lemon Chicken 
How to Glaze a Leg Ham
Spinach & ricotta cannelloni
Fish in a bag with coconut rice


Christmas fruit cake
Strawberry & lemon curd pavlova
Lemon Meringue Pie
Simple pavlova recipe
Lemon curd
Apple & caramel crumble
Sticky Date Pudding
Pavlova canapés size
Sultana cookies
Bitter orange cake with candied fennel
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Baked Cheesecake
Chocolate sponge cake

Hope this all gives you a little inspiration for the week ahead and don’t forget my motto this year: DONE is better than perfect. Just get it done and spend time with people…that’s what matters and that’s what people remember. Truly!

Have a great week friends x


  1. You are a gem! I think I’ll do a ‘make your own’ style pav this year and appreciate you having such a great range of recipes in one place x

    • Oh I have seen those pavings making platters where people can add their own toppings – love that idea! Actually, I might do something similar this Friday night!

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