Christmas 2020 Edition

Christmas 2020

Welcome to our Christmas 2020 edition of bare ingredients. Well, what a year 2020 turned out for all of us. For us Foodies, it has been one where we developed our 'at home' culinary skills, and we have had to be very inventive in thinking new ways to cook those staples to avoid insurrection from the family.

So, Christmas is almost upon us, so let's make the big event something spectacular for the whole family to enjoy. We here at bare ingredients have been busy checking recipes, and Sarah has put together her Christmas Preparations list, including of things you need to be doing now so that on the big day there will be far less to prepare and do.

Roasted Citrus and Saffron Turkey
Roasted Citrus and Saffron Turkey with a Jewelled Couscous Stuffing

8-12 Portions (dependant on size)

Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 2 1/2 - 3 hours (allow 18-20 minutes per 450g)

Mince Pies at Christmas
Christmas Mince Pies

Prep: 20 minutes plus 30 minutes resting time for the pastry
Cook: 15 minutes

Stollen sliced to show the mazipan
German Christmas Bread Stollen

Prep: 20-30 minutes plus 3 hours rising
Cook: 30-40 minutes

Christmas Preparations

If you are like me, Christmas is a period of temptation, with Christmas cake, chocolate truffles, mince pies and all demanding attention. The cake and mince pies better made in advance, so now is the time to be assembling the ingredients, soaking the fruit for the cake and mincemeat, cooking and preparing them.

Once you have baked the Christmas cake, feeding it is a tradition that makes the difference between an average cake and a superb cake. A few days before Christmas, you engage in icing the cake and putting the final decorations on it. Then, all is revealed to the family, and it is then that all that effort pays off, making the day complete.

The recipes: Cake, Pudding and Mincemeat

Cakes

Mincemeat

Pudding

Seasonal Recipe Ideas

Sarah's Seasonal Recipe List has been updated with great ideas, which can be found below. Also, we have the August's guide to the best seasonal produce. It is our "What to eat now" guide for those who are looking to get the most out of their local ingredients. There are Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere articles.

Broad Beans and New Potato Tortilla in bite-sized pieces
Broad Beans and New Potato Tortilla

6-8 Portions

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Asparagus and Herb Quiche
Asparagus and Herb Quiche

6 Portions

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes

Cookie Leekie
Cock-a-Leekie

4-6 Portions

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours

Next issue

We are looking forwards to an updated Christmas Menu around the 15th, so keep you eye out for it. Also, please feel free to reach out to us about the new site. Simply pop over to Twitter or Facebook and send us a message.

Enjoy!

The bare ingredients team.