My Christmas special is "Dale's Mulled Wine". Even the neighbours pop round for a dram or two! I use some Glogg (Scandinavian fruit/spice drink) as a base and add sugar, sliced oranges and a little cinnamon to a full-bodied red wine and gently heat it in a slow cooker – it's da bizness!
I am looking forward to the Norwegian special Christmas lunch; roast pork ribs, homemade meatballs and special sausages with potatoes and red cabbage sauerkraut. It's the cooking of it that is somewhat less appealing!
I don't have any particular favourite recipe as I don't cook a huge amount. However, I just love mince pies, slightly warmed. I wish they were easy to get a hold of all year round. I have been known to eat two or three in a row, and then return for more later! I always eat Christmas pudding too. Actually, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas pud, but it's tradition! Having written this, I fancy a mince pie now!
Christmas dinner, now there's a thought. My Dad's Christmas dinner is astonishing. He times everything to perfection! And Dad's roast potatoes are in a class of their own! I could eat a plate of those alone! His gravy is always homemade and what Dad puts in it I've no idea, but it's so very, very tasty!
I do love having a little time to bake some goodies in the kitchen. I remember trying to make mince pies with the kids when they were very young and then realising that our bun tin had gone missing. We turned our mince pies into mince 'pasties' by folding them over and pinching them around the edges! Typical Chez Huntley scenario.
Cheese straws are always nice, they remind me of my father who is no longer with us. He was fantastic in the kitchen and a great cheddar lover so his cheese straws were especially cheesy! Mum makes some cracking winter comfort food too. Stew and dumplings and heavenly old-fashioned rice pudding. Yum!
The Christmas highlight for me is the pudding. I'm a brandy cream girl myself. However, I have to say that it's the evening buffet that I really love. Deep fried camembert with redcurrant sauce, pork pie with cranberry topping, all the fab platters of continental meats and cheeses with superb pickles that we tend not to have the rest of the year. Just as well really!
My perfect Christmas lunch has to be a true tradditional turkey roast with mashed and roast potatoes, brussels, honey and thyme glazed carrots, pigs in blankets, pork and apricot stuffing and my wife Sue's classic cranberry sauce. I'v tried bread sauce but just don't like it.
On Boxing Day we're ususally all turkeyed out so we like to have a West Indian curry with rice and peas, sweet potatoes, spicy pickled cucumber and onion topped off with hot chilli sauce. Yum yum!