December 26, 2014

Christmas Eve Dinner Menu

Christmas Eve excites me, it's a time when I can pull out the crystal glasses, linen napkins and plan the perfect menu.

Using the Thermomix I made a soup and butter for entree and caramlised onion for one of the sides. The  poached turkey breast and cauliflower dish both Donna Hay recipes were pulled off without a hitch and after two disatorous attempts at panna cotta I finally got it right with a layered dessert consisting of mousse, sponge fingers and berry coulis.

Poached turkey prior to stock being added

Cream of mushroom soup


Cream of mushroom soup
Dinner rolls
Garlic, chive and truffle oil infused butter


Poached turkey breast with lemon and thyme gravy
Crispy garlic and sage roast potatoes
Cauliflower, caramelised onion and fontina gratin
Pan fried asparagus


Layered white and dark chocolate mousse with rum sponge and berry coulis
Egg nog

Cauliflower, caramelised onion and fontina gratin
Layered mousse with sponge fingers and berry coulis and Egg nog

To dress the table I used a white table cloth, tied the napkins with red and white twine and a sprig of thyme and placed white crepe myrtles into two glass jars.

Napkin dressed in twine and thyme
Entertainment for the night included Santa trivia, various items left outside for Santa and his reindeers, a Very Muppets Christmas followed by the Carols in Melbourne and a stroll around the neighbourhood to check out the lights.