Tuesday 29 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hello and a slightly belated Merry Christmas!

I hope you all had a lovely break, I just wanted to share with you how my Christmas day was! I had such a lovely day filled with lots of food and relaxation - I couldn't have asked for more!

The best way to start the day is by making muffins, (these are from the Nigella Christmas recipe book) and fill the house with an amazing festive scents. I love the fact that they have a sugar crust on the top as it makes them super crunchy!

Then afterwards I started cooking lunch, I made so so much food! Oh it was yummy though!
My husband likes chicken, my Dad wanted turkey and I wanted a nut roast (my mum fits somewhere in the middle ha ha). Heres what we had...

Roasted sprouts & chestnuts, roasted sweet potato mash and a nut roast

I also made a warm kale, pea and mint salad which was delicious

The main event! Turkey, chicken, yorkshire puddings, stuffing, tomatoes and sweetcorn cobs

Then, finally my favourite bit - the roast potatoes and maple roasted carrots and parsnips 

I also made some fresh cranberry sauce and then for dessert we had a blueberry pavlova - which I unfortunately forgot to take a picture of ha ha! Let's just say it went down well! ;)
Then in the afternoon I made some fresh bread, once it had cooled slightly we made sandwiches in the evening with all the leftovers! I think this was pretty much my favourite part of the day. I highly recommend doing this, I was super lazy and just used a bread mix in my kitchen aid so it didn't take too much work. The bread was really delicious though and made those sandwiches all the better!

The next day I had to decide what to do with all the leftovers - there were quite a few! My husband was feeling a little under the weather so I decided to make a bone broth with the chicken bones. This is so so good for you. Chicken soup is an amazing analgesic and is so soothing. It also has so many nutrients in it too so if you're a meat eater definitely give it a try.
I also used the leftover vegetables to make a soup which was so delicious! I just boiled up the roasted vegetables with some vegetable stock and then blitzed it in the vitamix. I then served it with some of my 'mushroom' bread (only the shape, I didn't push mushrooms in it ha ha). 

I hope you had a lovely time too! Right, New Year is next... best get planning!

All the best for 2016!

Emmaline x


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